As we approached Berlin, the focal point of our journey, we decided to sink our teeth into the exceptional parts of Germany’s second largest city- INTRODUCING HAMBURG. Hamburg is home to Europe’s second biggest port, and instead of the overt grind of an industrial hub we found a cool city immersed in the kind of atmosphere you’d expect from any genteel Swiss town. There is of course the Hamburg of impressive colossal industry and media – The Warehouse District called The Speicherstadt for instance: We feasted our senses on one of the coolest places you could hope to live work and play. Getting around: The ideal way is a combination of foot and train. Stick with the U-Bahn (city subway) and you won’t stray too far from your intended destination. Buses are another option, albeit no equivalent in terms of German efficiency. Catch some trip highlights via the Dark Horse Instagram @darkhorse_cpt One of our favourite finds was the Bohemian quarter of the city, also reminiscent of Cape Town, ‘Shanzerviertel’ where Graffiti is as gritty as it comes. Mirko Reisser or “DAIM” began in infamy when he used to spray walls 25 years ago. Today he is a luminary in the high arts – to which field he says he remains indebted, listing influences like the Salvador Dali and Van Gogh. Hendrik or “ECB” is a world-famous street artist in the classical sense of the phrase. Though he has received world-wide attention for surrealist works, he is more well known for immortalizing his subjects by the “sheer force of (their) personality”, which he achieves through photo-realism on massively scaled-up murals. Staples for the journey: A reliable urban backpack with a slim-line profile will fare you well on a jaunt through Hamburg. The Dark Horse Leather Backpack takes your camera, an I-pad (and laptop if you’re on a business trip).