The focus of Hamburg’s Altstadt, or Old Town, is the Rathaus on the old market square. Streets leading off the square head to the classical arcades of the stock exchange, and to the old red-brick Speicherstadt warehouses lining the river.
Away from the Elbe, the Alsterarkaden has elegant shopping arcades lined with cafes.
Along the Deichstrasse you’ll see restored 18th-century homes, and the area has some lovely old churches, including St Petri, St Katherine, St Jakobi and St Nikolai.
The Altstadt is a fine area for walking, with bridges across canals, parklands, statues and fine old buildings to discover.