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Travel brings history to life. No book or documentary fulfills the personal sense of history you feel when you actually walk paths of the past. Standing in the midst of historic sites invokes deep respect for the struggles and sacrifices that led to life today. Countries and cities around the world strive to preserve and protect their heritage.
For instance, Hamburg, Germany is a dichotomy of dramatic history and Old World charm in a cosmopolitan present day city of steel and glass skyscrapers. From mega-resorts to intimate inns, finding accommodations in Hamburg is rarely a problem. However, choosing the best accommodations for personal tastes and interests may be more challenging. Many travelers find that staying at a historic luxury hotel enriches their travel experience.
The Hotel Atlantic Kempinski, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, opened its doors in 1909 as a grand hotel for wealthy ocean steamer passengers preparing for their voyage. If the walls could talk, they would tell marvelous tales of guests that included kings, emperors, princes, dukes and duchesses, international film celebrities and industrial magnates. Today, after almost 100 years, the five-star Hotel Atlantic remains the leading historic hotel destination in Hamburg for discerning travelers.
Often called the “white castle,” Hotel Atlantic's dramatic Edwardian white gabled exterior houses an equally impressive interior. The marble lobby sparkles with glittering chandeliers and an impressive collection of artwork and priceless antiques. Guest rooms blend Old World decor with modern amenities, like wireless Internet access and lavish bathrooms. Two acclaimed restaurants serve gourmet international and Asian cuisine. The Energy Clinic is a state-of-the-art spa specializing in massage and energy treatments from cultures around the world. And, the Atlantic PrivateMax (the first private cinema in a hotel in Germany) offers hotel guests exclusive film screenings for up to eight people. Located on the scenic shores of Lake Alster, the Hotel Atlantic is a natural starting point for exploring historic Hamburg.