Hamburg is the ideal place for a city break – compact enough to explore by foot yet with multiple attractions worth exploring. However Situated on the bustling river Elbe, Hamburg is the second largest port in Europe. However, the city is home to much more than merchant ships. Grand historic buildings, beautiful lakes and canals, a museum dedicated to chocolate and plenty of Christmas markets are just a few of the highlights a visitor can experience in this epic city.
Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe: readers' travel tips
We had a huge response to our article on the 10 best weekend breaks in Europe’s smaller cities, with many readers making their own suggestions. Here are some of our favourite short-break destinations, chosen by you