Hamburg

By Ruth J. Katz Legends take time to accumulate the burnished patina that renders them mythic. The glorious Fontenay Hotel is scarcely a year old, yet this shrine to the ultimate in lodging was the talk of le tout Hamburg before the front door was even unlocked. Touted to be

By Monique Burns In Northern Germany, Hamburg, the great port on the River Elbe, is festive year round.  In spring, summer and fall, sightseeing boats, freighters, ferries and tall ships fill the harbor while canoes, kayaks and paddleboats ply the leafy Alster Lakes.  Winter brings Christmas Markets with hand-crafted ornaments

By Monique Burns Given our long love affair with cars, we Americans rarely choose to vacation near train stations.  But in Europe, with its extensive network of fast, modern trains, rail stations are not just waiting rooms, they’re popular destinations filled with restaurants and shops.  Even luxury hotels are only

By Marian Betancourt Five million Europeans left from Hamburg for the New World during the 19th and 20th centuries, and another seven million departed from nearby Bremerhaven. Two museums on the North Sea coast keep all those travelers memories alive. Hamburg’s Emigrant World Ballinstadt opened on the Fourth of July

By Monique Burns Exploring the Baltic led me on a watery course.  I followed in the wake of the Hanseatic League, powerful traders who, for more than six centuries, plied that great sea and the mighty rivers flowing into it.  I toured Hamburg, the world’s second-largest port, renowned for art,