Second Cities of Europe is our guide to Europe’s non-capitals. These cities play second fiddle in population, but never in reasons to visit.
Let’s start this series with Germany’s second city, Hamburg — where sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll collide with some of the biggest industry, start-ups, media, and money in the country. It’s also home to a football club that has built its fanbase around being anti-fascists, which is a pretty on fleek way to build a fanbase.
Hamburg is continually rated among the most livable cities worldwide, and it’s easy to see why when you stroll the ancient harbor’s cobbled streets. Read on for some of the best reasons to hit the Hanseatic city as soon as your travel plans allow: