One of Hamburg’s
In a number of ways,
Germany’s main port city is happily ensconced in its storied
past -- but always with an eye on the here and now.
For example, the old warehouse
district, known as Hafen-City, is Hamburg’s hottest neighborhood.
Along with dozens of warehouses that have been converted into
homes, offices, galleries, restaurants and shops, the area features
many museums, parks and attractions. This spring will see the
opening of the International Maritime Museum of Hamburg in
Kaispeicher B., HafenCity’s oldest warehouse. The museum will
feature model ships, nautical devices, paintings and charts.
Another nod to the past is the
BallinStadt - Port of Dreams, which celebrates the period from 1850
until the late 1930s, when Hamburg served as the “Gateway to the
World” for some 5 million European emigrants who departed for the
United States via its bustling docks. Visitors today can relive
their experience at the newly opened museum, which is housed in the
beautifully restored Emigrant Hall.
Some older properties are being
revitalized, while new ones have come on line.
The 156-room Raffles Hotel Vier
Jahreszeiten, one of Hamburg’s grand dames, recently has been
reflagged as the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten,
Hamburg. The property has four restaurants, two bars, a
spa and fitness center, and 6,700 square feet of meeting space.
The 135-room Treudelberg Hamburg has
been reflagged as the Steigenberger Hotel Treudelberg
Hamburg and features an 18-hole golf course and 15 meeting
The 277-room Hamburg Marriott
Hotel recently finished a renovation of its 4,500 square
feet of meeting space.
Among the new properties is the
328-room EmpireRiverside Hotel,
with 13,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 187-room Mercure Hamburg
City will launch a new event space, called The Floating
Experience, in April. The unique conference venue, with six meeting
rooms, is set on pontoons in the city’s Middle Canal.
The 226-room Movenpick Hotel
Hamburg is being built in an old water tower and will open
this year with 4,800 square feet of meeting space.
The 270-room Radisson Hamburg
Airport Hotel will open in July 2009. To be connected to
Hamburg Airport’s Terminal 2, the property will include a
restaurant, a bar, a fitness center and 7,000 square feet of
The Congress Center Hamburg completed a
US$30 million expansion this past fall. Among the enhancements was
the addition of a new 75,000-square-foot exhibit hall, giving the
center a total of nearly 130,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit
space. The venue offers 43 air-conditioned halls and meeting rooms
and an 86,000-square-foot rooftop garden.
Hamburg Messe is expanding its main
trade show hall from 700,000 square feet to more than 900,000
square feet; the project will be completed at the end of the
An underground rail station at the
airport will be connected to the city’s metropolitan rail network
this year, providing a 23-minute ride to Hamburg’s main downtown
The Hagenbeck Tropical Aquarium has
opened in the city’s Tierpark. The venue is available for private
receptions and seated dinners for groups of up to 1,000 and 700,
The Hamburg Convention & Event
Bureau has launched the Messe & Congress Card for meeting and
convention attendees. Valid for up to 48 hours, the cards entitle
attendees to free public transportation, discount car rental rates
and reduced prices for various attractions, along with other perks.
The cost is US$20 per card.