For a few years now, Berlin has been on the lips of travelers in the know. “It’s Europe’s Williamsburg…”, “There are many cool boutiques and designers there…” These are the types of phrases you are likely to hear in connection with Berlin. But we’re here to tell you of another German city that should be on your must travel list. It’s a place largely undiscovered by many tourists, which is why it might be a better option than Prague or Barcelona: Hamburg. It is Germany’s second biggest city, has beautiful townhouses like London, and has friendly locals. From the new Westin Hotel in the up-and-coming Haffen City neighborhood to the city’s 9 Michelin-star restaurant, there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye.

Check out slideshow to see exactly why we think Hamburg will be on your travel list for 2017.