Don't be scared off by Hamburg's position as Germany's biggest port and second-largest city. Despite its size and industrial background, it's a beautiful city. The city is latticed with canals and rivers, with more bridges—2,300—than London, Amsterdam and Venice combined. In the city center are two artificial lakes created on the River Alster, skirted by historic buildings and regal cathedrals. 700 years of European art history are on display at the Hamburger Kunsthalle museum, while more modern delights can be found in the Reeperbahn entertainment district.