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With more than 50 museums, 45 theatres and around 100 music venues and clubs, Hamburg has quietly grown into a cultural mecca almost on a par with Berlin. In January 2017 the city even celebrated the opening of one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world, the Elbphilharmonie – a major coup. But beyond its newfound cultural pre-eminence, a rich maritime history and proximity to the North Sea also make Germany’s second city and biggest port a (sea)foodie haven, with breathtaking harbour views at pretty much every turn. From a stroll down the infamous Reeperbahn Red Light District to the world’s biggest model railway to a gin basil smash at a bar that claims to have invented it, these are the very best things to do in Hamburg.
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