A version of Lisa’s article called “Hotel Insider: A Luxurious get-away in Europe’s Hidden Gem” was first published on Yahoo Travel.
Those looking for lesser-known places that need be on your Europe travel itinerary, we’ve got another for the list!
If you’ve visited Germany, you’ve heard of Hamburg, the second largest city in the country and eighth largest in the European Union. Hamburg has a big city feel with lots of delicate touches, think beautiful bridges and quaint walk-ways; it’s even been referred to as the “Venice of the North”. Like other great cities of Europe, Hamburg will offer you everything you desire on a get-away: culture, with incredible museums and live-music venues, dining-out options to suit all tastes and luxurious hotels like the Reichshof.
If you want to be at the centre of action, Reichshof has the perfect location. You’ll find yourself steps away from the city’s museums, top-class restaurants, and high-end shopping. Not to mention, public transportation is at your fingertips with Hamburg’s main railway system just around the corner. Though travelling on foot will get you to most places you need to go, including the beautiful Aussenalster (Alster lake) which is ideal for passing a relaxed afternoon.
The vibe of the Reichshof is one reason it stands out from the rest; as soon as you enter you’ll feel at home. Sit down in one of the many nooks, have a cup of afternoon tea, put some music on and leave the rest behind. Simply studying the decor is a treat; imagine century-old Italian marble columns mingling with pink chandeliers. Reichshof has quite the history, which you may note upon arrival; opened in 1910 it was and still is a treasured piece of the community. Years later, the hotel was renovated and re-opened in July 2015 as part of Curio-A Collection by Hilton. While changes were made, the Reichshoff retains its original charm and beauty.
Without even leaving the property, you’ll have plenty to enjoy. The rooms at Reichshof offer everything you could want: flat-screen TVs, waterfall shower heads, luxurious beds, WIFI, coffeemaker and a safe. Just downstairs, you’ll happen upon the hotel’s bar, 1910, featuring homemade drinks and tonics. When hunger hits, there may be no better place than the Reichshof’s very own restaurant, Slowman, with chef Frank Bertram; specializing in dishes like sushi, pumpkin ravioli and hand-crafted desserts.
Once you do venture out of your new home away from home, you’ll want to take advantage of the fact you’re in a giant port. Make a visit to the local fish market and floating docks (Landungsbrücken); from here you can hop on a cruise to see the city sparkling at night or coming to life during the day.
So next time you’re planning a trip to see some of Europe’s finest, think past Paris, London, Venice etc. and make a stop at Hamburg. You’ll be glad you did!