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Hamburg For... Luxury Lovers

Five-Star hotels, haute cuisine, spas and shopping: Hamburg has a wealth of exclusive treats to entice visitors looking for an exclusive experience.

Dine and Drink Beach Bars

Why not have a drink outside when the weather is nice? Hamburg has plenty of beach bars and clubs to choose from.

Comedy Hamburg International Comedy

Hafencity, 27 Jan: In need of a laugh? Hamburg International Comedy puts on regular comedy shows in English!

Visitors Museums

From modern art and German romanticism to ethnology and maritime history, Hamburg boasts a wide variety of museums.

Events Highlights of the Month

Sports, exhibitions, concerts, trade shows, street festivals - there's always something going on. See this month's highlights at a glance.

Visitors Dine and Drink

Pick your favourite from Hamburg's many restaurants, bistros, cafes, bars and pubs to wind down after a long day of exploring.

Day Trips Nature and Activities

Just outside the city's doorstep, the beautiful landscape of Northern Germany unfolds. Explore on foot, by bike or in a canoe.

Events Hamburg DOM Fun Fair

Held three times a year, the DOM is North Germany's biggest public festival.

COVID-19 Corona: What's New

Most of the COVID-related restrictions have been lifted all over Germany, but there are still certain things to keep in mind. Read our overview.

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Visitors Events

Stay up-to-date on festivals, street fairs and recurring events like the Port Anniversary, Christmas markets and the Hamburg DOM.  

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Dine and Drink Restaurants

From haute cuisine to local specialties, taste the wide variety of Hamburg flavours — sorted by cuisine and location.

 Explore Hamburg's nightlife

Dine and Drink Bars and Pubs

Night owls won't be bored. Dance all night long – explore the bars and pubs of St. Pauli and Sternschanze.

 Hamburg's museums host excellent exhibitions

Visitors Day Trips

Feeling adventurous? Discover the best day trips around Hamburg: from beaches and wildlife parks to castles and medieval villages.

 Mother Courage and her Children at Thalia Theater Hamburg

Explore Theatres

Out of Hamburg's 40+ theatres, many offer the occasional English play, while others focus entirely on the language of Shakespeare.

 Port of Hamburg

Business Port of Hamburg

From the latest ship arrivals to hi-tech port logistics and a multitude of responsible bodies: we'll help you navigate Hamburg's port.

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Shopping Sports

Find your next fitness outfit, running shoes or exercise equipment in these sports stores.

 Street Festivals / Christopher Street Day in Hamburg, Germany

Events Street Festivals

As soon as the spring shines, street festivals pop up all over Hamburg.

 Find the best record stores in Hamburg

Shopping Music

Whether you're after the latest labels or vintage vinyl: visit these well-stocked record shops and discover the sounds of Hamburg.

 Hamburg has round about 1460 parks

Explore Outdoors

Enjoy Hamburg's plentiful outdoor opportunities ─ stroll around the Alster or go jogging in the Stadtpark.

 Hamburg Books

Explore Books

Whether you're looking for a unique travel guide or a collection of the city's street art: check out our Hamburg book suggestions.

 Reeperbahn in the heart of St. Pauli district

Explore Reeperbahn Nightlife District

The famous street in the heart of St. Pauli offers everything from theatres and galleries to trendy nightclubs and smoky sailor bars.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 Fishmarket Markets

Sights Fish Market

Every Sunday morning, the Hamburg Fish Market by the Elbe attracts thousands of visitors, night owls and early birds alike!​​​​​​​

 See Hamburg's most expensive venue.

Visitors Elbphilharmonie

Towering above the Elbe and HafenCity is the city's newest landmark — the impressive concert venue Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

 Walk under the water - visit the Old Elbe Tunnel

Sights Old Elbe Tunnel

Always free to pedestrians, the St. Pauli Elbtunnel (or Alter Elbtunnel ) connects the Landungsbrücken piers with the port. 

 Stroll around Hamburg's UNESCO World Heritage.

Sights Speicherstadt UNESCO Site

The world’s largest warehouse complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see on every trip to Hamburg.​​​​​​​

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Sights Landungsbrücken Piers

Spectacular views, historic waterfront buildings and a public transport hub? Look no further than St. Pauli's Landungsbrücken.​

 Climb the steps to the observation deck and have a great look over the harbour

Sights St. Michael's Church

The 'Michel' is Hamburg's largest church and one of the city's must-see sights. Its bell tower offers a stunning view over the city.​​​​​​​

 Planetarium Hamburg

Sights Planetarium

Standing proudly in the centre of the Stadtpark, the planetarium has been shining new light since its grand reopening in 2016!

 Catch the best photo light in the morning.

Sights City Hall

The impressive Rathaus (City Hall) is Hamburg’s seat of government. Hamburg's parliament and senate assemble here. 

 Luxury Hotels in Hamburg, Germany

Stay Luxury Hotels

Discover the most exclusive and elegant five-star hotels the city of Hamburg has to offer.

 Affordable and high-priced hotels in Hamburg

Stay Hotels

​​​​​​​From five-star hotels and business resorts to B&B accommodation: find a room that suits your needs.​​​​​​

 When travelling on low budget, A & O Hostel is the perfect place to stay

Stay Hostels

Book a dorm bed or private room in one of Hamburg's high-quality hostels and meet like-minded travelers.

 Musical, opera house, exhibitions - explore Hamburg's rich cultural life

Stay Packages

Watch a musical, sleep at a classy hotel and discover Hamburg's attractions with a single ticket, the Hamburg CARD. Top packages.

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Bars and Pubs Hotel Bars

Every night, visitors of Hamburg's many hotels go for a drink at the in-house bars. From functional to fancy, all price ranges are covered.

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Stay Camping

Take your motorhome to the city, tow your caravan to the dyke, pitch your tent on the beach! Camping options in and around Hamburg.​​​​​​​

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Useful Information Hamburg CARD

Enjoy free public transport and up to 50% discounts on museums, musicals and tourist attractions with the Hamburg CARD and Hamburg CARD Local.​​​​​​ ​

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Useful Information Parking

Travelling to Hamburg by car? Find a parking facility near your hotel or business centre and learn about costs, regulations and signage.​​​​​​​

 Also find the busiest train stations

Getting Here Stations

Hamburg has 4 railway stations - Hauptbahnhof, Dammtor, Altona & Harburg - as well as a long-distance bus terminal (ZOB).

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Visitors Plan Ahead

Discover Hamburg's top activities, restaurants, nightlife, shopping districts, clubs, places of worship and more.

 Getting around

Visitors Getting Around

Train, bus, car or bike: Hamburg has a number of transport options, both public and private, that will let you navigate the city with ease.

 Or party hard in St. Pauli

Residents Neighbourhoods

Maps and guides for Hamburg's seven administrative districts (Bezirke) and 104 quarters (Stadtteile).

 Luxury fashion or vintage chic - shopping in Hamburg

Visitors Shopping

Whether you're into high fashion or vintage chic, Hamburg is a great city for shopping. Get to know the best shopping districts and outlets.

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Visitors Holidays

From Christmas to Halloween to New Year's Eve, learn how holidays are celebrated in Hamburg.

 Port Anniversary Hamburg

Events Port Anniversary

Maritime parades, historic sailboats and ships, music, fireworks and food: celebrate Hamburg's biggest festival along the banks of the Elbe.

 Celebrate Hamburg's port anniversary and many more events.

Visitors Getting Here

Planning a trip? Hamburg has four railway stations, a coach station, an international airport and a cruise terminal. Find out more here.

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Visitors Hamburg by...

Choose your mode of transport to roll, paddle or ride through Hamburg your way: Options include trains and free-of-charge Stadtrad bikes.

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Visitors Hamburg for...

Travelling with kids, teens or pets? Are you on a vegan diet or a slim budget? See our tips and tricks to find what best fits your needs.

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Visitors Useful Information

From practical advice on finding the nearest tourist information to insight into Hamburg's colourful history. Get to know the city here.

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19 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Hamburg

Written by Bryan Dearsley Updated Dec 27, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Hamburg, the largest city in Germany after the capital of Berlin , lies at the head of the long funnel-shaped estuary of the River Elbe. Its location makes it an important link between the sea and Germany's network of inland waterways and numerous islands.

The city is best known for its famous harbor area, the Port of Hamburg. In addition to being a major transportation hub, Hamburg has become one of Europe's most important cultural and commercial centers, as well as a major tourist destination.

The only part of old Hamburg to survive centuries of fires and wars, the narrow, curving Deichstrasse gives a sense of the city's past. Built long before the 19th-century warehouses and 21st-century harborside complexes, the street offers a glimpse into the city's Hansa past. The Hanseatic League was a medieval association of independent port cities and merchants along the Baltic and north Atlantic from the 11th to the 18th centuries, and even into the 19th century. Its distinct architecture is found throughout Baltic Germany.

Deichstrasse takes you straight onto a bridge over one of the city's many canals. Massive brick warehouses, built a couple of centuries after the Hansa's power faded, form a canyon along the canal's sides.

A second footbridge leads into the hottest new neighborhood, Hafencity, where old and new mix in a striking blend of 19th-century, neo-Hansa brick, with contemporary steel-and-glass apartments, their balconies jutting out over attractive cafés, eye-to-eye with vintage sailing vessels. Many of the most interesting things to do in Hamburg are in this port area.

To help you find the best places to visit in this important German port city, be sure to refer to our list of the top attractions and things to do in Hamburg.

See also: Where to Stay in Hamburg

1. Take the Pedestrian Trail to the Port of Hamburg & Speicherstadt

2. miniatur wunderland, 3. see a concert at elbphilharmonie, 4. get your art fix at hamburger kunsthalle, 5. visit the hamburger rathaus (city hall) and mönckebergstraße, 6. st. michael's church, 7. board the historic tallships: rickmer rickmers and cap san diego, 8. explore ships of the past at the international maritime museum, 9. explore the alster lakes, 10. museum of art and design, 11. see one of the world's largest burial grounds: ohlsdorf cemetery, 12. take a walk in a park: planten un blomen and wallringpark, 13. hear the historic organ at st. james' church, 14. museum am rothenbaum & prototyp museum, 15. altona & the altonaer museum, 16. see the old ships at museumshafen oevelgonne (museum harbor), 17. jenisch house, 18. visit the zoo: tierpark hagenbeck, 19. drive to schloss ahrensburg, where to stay in hamburg for sightseeing, map of attractions & things to do in hamburg, hamburg, germany - climate chart.

The Water Castle in the Speicherstadt, Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg, the Hamburger Hafen – also known as "HafenCity" – encompasses 100 square kilometers of tidal harbor and is known as the Gateway to Germany. It's also where you'll find many of the city's most-visited tourist attractions, and on summer evenings and weekends, it's full of local residents relaxing.

A lovely pedestrian trail takes in the old 19th-century Warehouse District , the Speicherstadt , with its continuous lines of tall brick buildings once used to store tobacco, coffee, dried fruit, and spices. Built up from 1883 to 1927, it's reputedly the world's largest such warehouse district and was in 2015 designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site .

Another landmark of the Port of Hamburg is the Köhlbrandbrücke , a 3.9-kilometer bridge that spans the harbor. The newest and most spectacular addition to the waterfront area, though, is the Elbphilharmonie , the city's most important cultural venue (see more on this attraction in #3 below).

The adjacent Traditionsschiffhafen/Sandtorhafen harbor lines the peninsula and is a great place to see vintage tall ships at their docks. If you've got time, a good way to explore the Port of Hamburg is by boat, with numerous tours departing from Landungsbrücken.

Miniatur Wunderland

Although billed as the world's largest model railway, Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland is really much more than simply a toy train layout. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in the city's historic Speicherstadt warehouse district. It's the world's largest model railway, boasting more than 15,400 meters of track and 1,040 trains (so expect to spend plenty of time here, especially if you're traveling with kids).

Built on a truly massive scale, the attraction covers an impressive 2,300 square meters. Highlights include areas dedicated to the USA, Scandinavia, and Germany, as well as an airport with planes that actually take off, plus some 100,000 vehicles that actually move, all of it illuminated by more than 500,000 lights and containing some 400,000 tiny (and unique) human figures.

As this is one of the most visited attractions in Germany, you can avoid a long wait by reserving your ticket online. Fun, behind-the-scenes guided tours are available and are highly recommended. Dining and snacks are available on-site, including a restaurant for the kids.

Address: Kehrwieder 2-4/Block D, 20457 Hamburg

Official site: www.miniatur-wunderland.com

The magnificent Elbphilharmonie

Known locally as "Elphi," the imposing Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall) is the crown jewel of the revitalized Port of Hamburg. Located at the point of the Grasbrook peninsula, this new building has become the city's major landmark, and is considered one of the largest - and most acoustically pleasing - concert halls in the world.

Opened to great fanfare in 2017, its base consists of a 1960s-era, six-story-tall former cocoa, tea, and tobacco warehouse built of red brick. Above this rises an additional 20 stories of curved, shining glass.

The largest of its three concert halls seats 2,150 and features 10,000 plates specially designed to tune sound waves. The building is also home to a major hotel, residential apartments, restaurants, and other features, including parking. A publicly accessible observation platform, the Elbphilharmonie Plaza provides splendid views of the harbor and the city.

Classical music fans should also plan on an evening at the Hamburg State Opera (Staatsoper Hamburg). This state-of-the-art facility is much admired for its rich program of opera and its excellent acoustics.

Address: Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, 20457, Hamburg

Official site: www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/

Hamburger Kunsthalle

Occupying three separate but connected buildings on the Glockengießerwall, Hamburger Kunsthalle – literally translated as the "Hamburg Art Hall" – is one of Germany's top art galleries. Highlights include numerous altarpieces, works by local artists of the 14th century, and Dutch masters of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Also of note are its fine collections of 19th-century German and French paintings, plus substantial modern and contemporary art collections. Tours and fun programs for children are available.

Another notable art collection is housed at the Deichtorhallen , one of the largest galleries of contemporary art and photography in Europe.

Address: Glockengießerwall 1, D-20095 Hamburg

Official site: www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de

Hamburger Rathaus (City Hall)

In the center of Hamburg's Rathausmarkt stands the majestic City Hall, or Rathaus. This large, elaborately decorated Neo-Renaissance building adjacent to the Stock Exchange (Börse) was completed in 1897 and consists of 647 rooms, many opened to the public for the city's annual Long Night of Museums event.

Notable features include the spectacular painted ceiling in the Kaisersaal, which depicts the importance of German merchant shipping. Guided tours are available, as are opportunities to observe the local government in action.

From the Rathaus, the wide Mönckebergstraße, Hamburg's principal shopping and business district, leads past 14th-century St. Peter's Church , a cathedral and fine example of brick Hansa architecture notable for its 133-meter bell tower.

A column in the south part of the church bears a painting called Christmas 1813 , commemorating citizens who were locked in the church that year for refusal to provide food to Napoleon's troops. Continue on Mönckebergstraße all the way to the Central Station and the Schauspielhaus theater.

Address: Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg

St. Michael's Church

The most famous of Hamburg's many churches, St. Michael's (Hauptkirche Sankt Michaelis) was built in the Baroque style between 1750 and 1762 and is one of the city's most important landmarks.

One of the top things to do when visiting this catholic church is to ascend its 132-meter-high tower, known locally as "Michel." Accessible by stairs and an elevator, the tower's viewing platforms offer excellent panoramic views over the city and port, a particular treat during their regular extended evening openings.

Also, be sure to look out for the stunning bronze statue of Archangel Michael killing the devil, a fascinating piece of artwork that can be seen over the entrance. Also of note is the church's crypt, the final resting place of some 2,425 people, and one of the city's most interesting concert venues.

In a courtyard to the east of the church are the Krameramtswohnungen . These dwellings were originally built to house the widows of members of the local Shopkeepers' Guild. There's also a good museum here.

Address: Englische Planke 1, 20459 Hamburg

Official site: www.st-michaelis.de/en/

Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego

Berthed along the river at Landungsbrücken, Rickmer Rickmers is a three-masted tall ship with a long and colorful history. Built in 1896, the ship returned to Hamburg in 1983 and, after four years of restoration, is now a museum focused on the role of the merchant marine in the 19th and early 20th centuries (there's even a restaurant onboard).

The MS Cap San Diego , a 1960s cargo ship, is another merchant marine ship museum with visitor access to the entire vessel, from the bridge to the engine rooms (fun overnight stays are also available).

A different view of the Cold War is available in the former Soviet submarine , B-515 , now open as a museum and docked at St. Pauli Fischmarkt 10. For those interested in maritime-themed art, a visit to the Altonaer Museum is well worthwhile, and features numerous important paintings, sculptures, and cultural artifacts related to shipping.

Address: Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken 1a, 20359 Hamburg

International Maritime Museum

The International Maritime Museum (Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg, or IMMH) is a great place to discover more about Hamburg's rich maritime history and all things sea-related.

Housed in the city's oldest warehouse, a massive red-brick heritage building in the HafenCity area, the museum's fascinating exhibits cover more than 3,000 years of human connection to water. The oldest artifact displayed is a dugout boat, hollowed out of a tree trunk thousands of years ago, that was recovered from the Elbe.

Models show how shipping has progressed, from Phoenician galleys to Viking long ships to the caravels of the Golden Age of Discovery. An entire floor (there are 10 all told) is devoted to the latest in marine research, with films taken by diving robots and recordings of undersea sounds. Another gallery is filled with maritime art.

The newest addition is a superb ship simulator, which allows you to try your hand steering a container ship. A variety of tours and workshops are available, and there is a great little bistro here called, aptly, "Catch of the Day."

Address: Koreastraße 1, 20457 Hamburg

Official site: www.imm-hamburg.de/international/en/

Alster Lakes

The focal points of Hamburg's inner city area are the Inner Alster (Binnenalster) and Outer Alster (Aussenalster), two artificial lakes connected to the rivers Alster and the Elbe. It's here you'll find Hamburg's most picturesque city squares and historic avenues, as well as its famous pedestrian areas, the passagens . The best routes take in the elegant Jungfernstieg with its cafés and landing stages used by tour boats, and the Ballindamm , with the city's largest shopping center.

The lakes are also popular for sailing and kayaking in summer and skating in winter, and are lined by many beautiful parks and gardens. The area is also popular among cyclists.

Also popular is the Pöseldorf area, with its galleries, boutiques, and cafés, along with the canals, or "fleetes," which link the lakes with the Elbe. If you're visiting in late summer, be sure to attend the annual Alstervergnügen , a street fair held around the lakes with great entertainment, including numerous concerts.

Museum of Arts and Crafts

Hamburg's Museum of Art and Design (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, or locally as "MKG"), located handily near the train station, ranks alongside the Bavarian National Museum in Munich as one of the country's most comprehensive displays of German, European, and Asian applied art.

Founded in 1874 and modeled after London's Victoria and Albert Museum, it's particularly well known for its displays of china, furniture, and silver from northern Germany. Other collections include applied art from East Asia, and a collection of works by Oskar Kokoschka. Also of interest is a large collection of keyboard instruments, as well as a fine display of porcelain. English-language guided tours are available, and a restaurant and bookshop are located on the premises.

The Hamburg Museum (Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte) will also be of interest to museum goers. Dating back to the 1830s, the museum is home to a large collection of artifacts that, together with their accompanying displays and information, offer a detailed look at life in the city over the centuries.

Address: Steintorplatz 1, D-20099 Hamburg

Official site: www.mkg-hamburg.de/en/home.html

Ohlsdorf Cemetery

Not only is Ohlsdorf Cemetery (Ohlsdorfer Friedhof) the world's largest rural cemetery, it's one of the most important. Covering 961 acres and boasting 12 chapels, more than 1.5 million burials have taken place here in some 280,000 burial sites.

The cemetery is also where you'll find the Hamburg Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery , where more than 400 allied prisoners-of-war are buried, along with many who died in battles on German soil. Other notable memorials include those dedicated to victims of Nazi persecution, the Hamburg Firestorm of WWII, and members of the city's anti-Nazi resistance.

Don't be put off by the fact that the site is a cemetery. More than two million people each year visit its memorials, monuments, and museum while strolling through the pleasant gardens along its 17 kilometers of streets and paths. Another important Hamburg memorial is the Bismarck Monument , the best known of Germany's many towers commemorating the country's most revered politician. Fascinating English language guided tours are available, and are highly recommended.

Address: Fuhlsbüttler Straße 756, 22337 Hamburg

Official site: www.friedhof-hamburg.de/en/

Planten un Blomen and Wallringpark

At the St. Pauli landing stages in Hamburg is the Wallringpark, a large recreational area that includes some of the city's most popular open spaces, such as the Old Botanic Garden and the Kleine and Grosse Wallanlagen , the gardens laid out on the line of the old fortifications.

The best of these excellent parks is Planten un Blomen - quite literally translated as "Plants and Flowers". The lovely 116-acre park was established in 1821 with the planting of a Platanus tree that can still be seen here. It's a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a picnic, or if visiting at night, take in the famous water-light concerts or a musical performance.

From Wallringpark, you're just minutes away from the 272-meter-high Heinrich Hertz Telecommunications Tower , popularly known as 'Tele-Michel"; though now closed to the public, it remains a striking sight.

Address: Marseiller Str., 20355 Hamburg

St. James Church in Hamburg

A few minutes' walk east of Hamburg city center will take you to the attractive St. James's Church, also known as St. Jacob's (Hauptkirche St. Jacobi). It's one of the most important religious sites in the city after St. Michael's. A church has existed on this site since 1255, at which time it was outside the city walls.

The splendid 14th-century building you see today houses a variety of important artifacts and architectural highlights, including its medieval altars. Perhaps its most important feature, though, is its Arp Schnitger organ. Built in 1693, this magnificent instrument is one of the oldest and best preserved still in use today and boasts no less than 60 registers and over 4,000 pipes.

Visitors can get to hear this masterpiece during regularly scheduled concerts and recitals, often with the church's choir. Interesting tours of the church, including some that focus specifically on music and its organs, are available and come highly recommended.

Address: Jakobikirchhof 22, 20095 Hamburg

Official site: https://jacobus.de/en/

Cars at the PROTOTYP Museum

Museum am Rothenbaum: Kulturen und Künste der Welt (or simply MARKK) – formerly the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology – was founded in 1879 and is one of the largest such museums in Europe.

With a focus on "Cultures and Arts of the World," this fascinating museum boasts more than 350,000 artifacts and documents. Highlights include a binder used to cover a Torah, dating from 1711; an African exhibition with traditional cultural and religious items; and fun hands-on exhibits such as foosball, xylophones, and cameras.

Also interesting is the PROTOTYP Museum , a car museum that focuses exclusively (as its name suggests) on prototype vehicles. Most of the 45 vehicles on display are racing and motorsport related and are accompanied with exhibits relating to their history and drivers. Porsche fans will also want to try their hand at the driving simulator. A café is also located on-site.

Address: Rothenbaumchausee 64, 20148 Hamburg

Official site: https://markk-hamburg.de/english/

Altona

Above the high bank of the Elbe is Hamburg's vibrant, ritzy Altona district. It's popular for sightseeing due to its many attractive Neoclassical houses, many of them protected as historical monuments.

Here, you'll also find Museumstrasse, which runs north from the end of the Palmaille, and the Altonaer Museum with exhibits relating to the geology, landscape, settlement, and economy of Schleswig-Holstein and the Lower Elbe region. Other highlights include displays of marine artifacts, including old models and preserved ship figureheads.

Afterwards, be sure to explore the area around Altona, including the Altonaer Balkon . You'll be rewarded with fine views of the river and the port, as well as the fishing harbor and fish market.

Address: Museumstrasse 23, 22765 Hamburg

Historical ships at the Museumshafen Oevelgonne

Hamburg's popular Oevelgonne district contains the New Elbe Tunnel , a 3.5-kilometer-long tunnel running under the River Elbe. Here, near the Neumühlen ferry station on the Elbe main shipping channel, you'll find the Museumshafen (Museum Harbor), home to about 20 historic vessels from the period 1880 to 1960, each carefully restored by a private organization.

This impressive collection of important old vessels includes traditional German and Dutch flat bottom ships as well as barges, fishing boats, and steam tugs, some of them open to the public. One of the larger vessels is the SS Stettin , a former icebreaker built in 1933 that's now used for pleasure trips.

Also of interest are the numerous pilots' houses on the Elbuferweg and the Oevelgonner Seekiste , a small museum with a variety of displays and maritime artifacts.

Address: Baron-Voght-Straße 50, D-22609 Hamburg

Jenisch House

Not far from the New Elbe Tunnel , in the Klein Flottbek district of Hamburg, lies the beautiful 110-acre Jenischpark , one of the city's largest and most attractive open spaces.

Here, you'll find the superb Neoclassical 19th-century Jenisch House ((Jenisch-Haus) with its rooms reflecting the taste of the prosperous middle classes in styles ranging from Louis XVI to Art Nouveau, all preserved in the on-site museum, a branch of the Altona Museum .

The park is also home to the Ernst Barlach Haus , with its collections of sculptures, drawings, and printed graphic art.

Address: 50 Baron-Voght-Straße, Hamburg 22609

Official site: https://shmh.de/en

A sleeping lion at the Tierpark Hagenbeck

Tucked away in Hamburg's northwestern suburb of Stellingen, Tierpark Hagenbeck, the city's zoo, was established in 1907 to house a collection of exotic animals owned by a local fishmonger-turned-exotic animal trader by the name of Carl Hagenbeck. The zoo is still run by his descendants.

This excellent facility was the first in the world to use open enclosures surrounded by ditches as opposed to cages, increasing the free-range area of the animals. It was also the first zoo to group animals by species, ideas that inspired the owners of other zoo parks to adopt.

Other family attractions worthy of a visit is Planetarium Hamburg , located in an old water tower, and the CHOCOVERSUM Chocolate Museum , a fun interactive museum with displays focusing on chocolate making. And yes, you can make your very own chocolate bars!

Address: Lokstedter Grenzstraße 2, 22527 Hamburg

Schloss Ahrensburg

About 23 kilometers northeast of Hamburg is the town of Ahrensburg, famous for its old mansion, Schloss Ahrensburg (Ahrensburg Palace).

Now a museum, the castle was built in 1595, and many of its original interiors and furnishings remain intact, providing a fascinating insight into the life of country nobility. The mansion also makes a great backdrop to the regular concerts and events held in its attractive grounds.

Address: Lübecker Straße 1, D-22926 Ahrensburg

Official site: www.schloss-ahrensburg.de/das-schloss/english-information/

For easy access to Hamburg's top attractions, the best place to stay is in the central Hamburg-Mitte district. An easy walk to Miniatur Wunderland, the world's largest model railway, as well as the city's always-bustling port, this district is also home to great shopping, dining, and art galleries. The following highly rated hotels are perfect for exploring:

Luxury Hotels:

  • Overlooking Inner Alster Lake, the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten offers huge suites, spa services, and high tea in the plush Grand Hall with its fireplace and fine art.
  • Just minutes from Hamburg's main railway station, the Park Hyatt Hamburg boasts spacious rooms with balconies and heated bathroom floors, as well as an indoor pool and spa.
  • For a more contemporary feel, try The Madison Hamburg with its spacious rooms (some including kitchenettes), large indoor pool, and on-site dining.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • Small and close to Hamburg's harbor, Hotel St. Annen offers spacious rooms, the best of which overlook the inner courtyard.
  • If it's funky and fun you're after, try Prizeotel Hamburg-City featuring large rooms with rainforest showers and heated tiles.
  • Also worth considering is Hotel Wedina . Overlooking Outer Alster Lake, it's a popular place to relax with a book thanks to its well-stocked library and pleasant courtyard garden.

Budget Hotels:

  • At the higher end of the budget scale, the Art Deco-styled Superbude Hotel Hostel St. Georg offers funky, colorful (and quiet) rooms large enough to sleep a family.
  • Other good affordable options close to attractions and entertainment in Hamburg-Mitte are Motel One Hamburg Alster with its modern décor and furniture, and Ibis Hamburg St. Pauli Messe , as popular for its harbor location as it is for its comfortable, modern rooms.

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Hamburg is Germany 's second largest city (after Berlin ) and home to 1.8 million people. Located in the north of the country off the Elbe River and North Sea, it features a large working harbor, interconnecting waterways, and hundreds of canals. Hamburg has more bridges than Amsterdam and Venice combined, all adding up a to a bustling city with lots of maritime charm.

Today, Hamburg is the mecca of the German media and its publishing houses make the city one of the wealthiest in Germany. Hamburg is also known for elegant shopping , world-class museums , and the legendary nightlife on the Reeperbahn . It is one of the cities you must visit in Germany with plenty to do for the whole family.

Attractions in Hamburg

There are more than just ten things to see and do in Hamburg . Among the must sees:

  • Hamburg Harbor - The 800-year-old harbor is one of the largest ports in the world. Take the free ferry or wander through the reinvigorated Hafencity , a warehouse district that is newly built up and offers the latest in shopping and dining.
  • Fischmarkt - Another historic, lively working site is the 300-year-old fish market. Come early to shop, or come here after a late night to eat.
  • Emigration Museum Ballinstadt - This museum covers the mass migration of 5 million people who moved through the city from 1850 to 1939.
  • Church of St. Michaelis - A baroque church that defines the city skyline and ls known affectionately at "Michel".
  • Hamburger Kunsthalle - An impressive art collection makes up one of the largest museums in the country.
  • Planten un Blomen - A botanical Garden with the largest Japanese garden in Europe.

Hamburg Nightlife

After dark the city doesn't stop. This is the city where the Beatles first found fame, there are endless bars and clubs, and the Reeperbahn, one of the biggest red light districts in Europe, earns its reputation.

Explore Hamburg's top bars , restaurants, theaters, sex shops, erotic museums and strip clubs any time of day, but visit at night to get the full neon experience. And while you need to watch your possessions , the area is generally quite safe.

Food in Hamburg

Hamburg is famous for seafood: The fresh catch from the North Sea arrive daily at the harbor. For fine dining, head to Restaurant Rive , which offers excellent seafood and commanding views of the harbor.

For a cheap snack on the go, walk down the main pier of Landungsbrücken where you can get fresh and inexpensive fish sandwiches called Fischbrötchen .

Weather in Hamburg

Hamburg's weather is typical of Germany and due to its northern location and westerly winds coming in from the North Sea, Hamburg travelers should always be prepared for rain .

Hamburg summers are pleasantly warm and breezy with temperatures in the upper 60s. Winters can be very cold with temperatures dropping below zero and the people of Hamburg like to go ice skating on the frozen lakes and rivers in the city center.

Transport in Hamburg

Hamburg International Airport

Hamburg International airport opened in 1911 and is Germany’s oldest airport still in operation. Recently, it has undergone major modernization and now offers a new airport hotel, shopping malls and modern architecture.

Located only 8 km outside of Hamburg, the fastest way to reach the city center is by metro. Take the S1 to reach the city center in approximately 25 minutes.

Cabs are also available outside the terminals and cost about 30 euro into the city center.

Hamburg Main Train Station

Situated in the center of the city, Hamburg’s Hauptbahnhof (main train station) is surrounded by many museums and is just a few steps away from its main pedestrian shopping street , Mönckebergstraße .

So how long does it take you to reach Hamburg by train?

  • From Berlin to Hamburg : 1.5 hours
  • From Frankfurt to Hamburg: 3.5 hours
  • From Cologne to Hamburg: 4 hours
  • From Munich to Hamburg: 6 hours

Getting Around Hamburg

Besides exploring the city by foot, the easiest way to get around is by public transportation . Well-developed, modern and easy to navigate, the Hamburg metro system ( HVV ) includes rail, bus, and ferries (that are also a great and affordable way to see Hamburg's cityscape from the waterside).

If you plan on using the metro a lot, the Hamburg Discount Card may be a good deal for you.

Where to Stay in Hamburg

From affordable hostels, to luxurious hotels, Hamburg offers a wide range of accommodation that suits every taste and wallet. For example, check out the design-conscious Superbude Hotel on our coolest hotels in Germany list, or our complete list of best hotels in Hamburg.

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Located on the Elbe river in northern Germany, there are countless attractions in and around Hamburg and so much to love about this beautiful and bustling hanseatic city.

Keep reading this guide for an overview of what to do and see in the Hamburg area. Or check out one of our more in-depth guides:

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In addition to the usual museums and shopping, Hamburg has a huge lake in the middle of its city center (the Alster), a TV tower for excellent views, lush parks and botanical gardens, a famous fish market with delicious food, an historic harbor, and so much more.

Northern Germany looks and feels different than southern Germany, and I highly recommend visiting. I used to live in Hamburg and it’s one of my favorite cities in Germany.

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What to Do and See in Hamburg

Whether you’re into food, history, architecture, nature, art, or spontaneous adventures, you’ll find plenty to see and experience in and around Hamburg! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

READ our guide on what to do in Hamburg.

  • Hop On Hop Off City Tour
  • Hamburg Rathaus
  • Rathausmarkt
  • St. Michael’s Church
  • Reeperbahn & St. Pauli
  • Harbor & Speicherstadt Cruise
  • Canoe the Canals
  • Uni Hamburg
  • Schanzeviertel
  • Port of Hamburg
  • Alster Lake Cruise
  • U-boat Museum
  • Planten un Blomen
  • Ride the U-3 from Rathaus to Kellinghusenstrasse

Miniature Wunderland

Elbphilharmonie.

  • Hamburg Zoo
  • Maritime Museum
  • Knusthalle Hamburg (art gallery)
  • Hamburger Dom (festival)
  • Evening Harbor Cruise
  • Blankenese Treppenviertel
  • Ohlsdorf Cemetery
  • Harvestehude Neighborhood
  • Alster Arkaden
  • Eat a Franzbrötchen

TIP: if you have our Germany Travel Planner be sure to check out the interactive planning map so you can see where the best sights are located. Seeing where these sights are on the map, along with our up-to-date photos and tips, makes planning your trip SO much easier. If you don’t yet have it, click here to get access.

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Hamburg Accommodations

You’ll find a wide variety of accommodation options in Hamburg, including hotels and apartments, from budget to luxury, city center to beautiful neighborhoods to on the Elbe river.

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If you’re looking for an apartment in Hamburg, do a search on Booking.com . We’ve found several great apartments there (less than what we saw on Airbnb for the same apartment) and it’s SO nice to have all hotel and apartment reservations in one place.

Tip: if you have our Germany Travel Planner you’ll find recommended hotels on our interactive planning map. Seeing where these hotels are in relation to the top sights makes it a lot easier to find the perfect place to stay. If you don’t yet have it, click here to get access.

Book your Hamburg accommodations in advance! They tend to fill quickly during peak travel times (summer, Christmas, etc) so I recommend seeing what’s open for your travel dates .

Hamburg Tours & Tickets

Hamburg has many guided tours and special tickets to make your visit extra fun. Book in advance so you don’t have to scramble once you’re in town and potentially miss out on an activity or tour you’re looking forward to.

Find the best deals on Hamburg tours & tickets here!

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Bike Tour Around the Alster

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Hamburg Day Trips

One of the best things about making Hamburg your home base while visiting northern Germany is that you have countless day trip options. You can plan your own day trips for maximum flexibility or book a guided tour for maximum relaxation and convenience. Here are some ideas to get your planning started.

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TIP: If you have our Germany Travel Planner/Bundle look at our interactive planning map to see do-able day trips. Seeing the castles, towns, and other must-see sights on the map (along with our photos and up-to-date tips) makes it much easier to decide what to add to your itinerary. If you don’t yet have it, click here to get access.

Know Before You Go

Airport: Hamburg International Airport (HAM)

Currency: euro Language: the official language of Germany is German (Deutsch) Time zone: Centra European Time (CET / GMT+ 2 / 6 hours ahead of US EST) Germany Visa: tourists from the US, Canada, and several other countries do not need a visa to visit Germany for under 90 days Germany Electricity Socket: Germany uses different voltage and sockets than in North America, the UK, and other parts of the world. Read our guide to adapters and converters so you can safely use your tech in Germany. Germany SIM card: Read our guide here to SIM cards and other ways to use your phone in Germany. Germany Car Rentals: We find great deals on rental cars here . You can also check out our scenic Germany road trips article here.

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Hamburg Travel FAQ

Where is hamburg located.

Hamburg is located on the Elbe river in northern Germany, north of Bremen, south of Lübeck, and west of Berlin.

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Where Can I Find The Above Map?

It’s part of our Germany Travel Planner , and it’s your Germany travel planning BFF! Using our custom interactive planning map you’ll be able to quickly see the best sights, castles, hotels, day trips, and more – along with our photos and up-to-date insider tips. Seeing where these things are in relation to each other makes it much easier to plan your overall itinerary, as well as each day of your trip. If you don’t yet have it, click here to get access.

Does Hamburg Have an Airport?

Yes! Hamburg has a good sized international airport that you can easily reach from the city with flights all over Germany, Europe, and beyond. I’ve flown in and out of this airport several times.

How to Get to Hamburg ?

Hamburg is easy to reach via train, bus, car or plane. If arriving from the US, consider flying directly into Hamburg’s international airport. We’ve started doing this and usually transfer in London or Frankfurt after an international flight from the US. You can take an U-bahn (metro) from the airport into the city in about 40 minutes, hop in a taxi or book an  easy airport transfer here .

How to Get Around Hamburg?

Hamburg has an excellent public transport system that you can use to go all over the city. If you’re flying into Hamburg you can easily take the U-bahn into the city center from the airport or arrange an  easy airport transfer to your lodging.

If arriving via the main train station or bus station, you can walk to many hotels, catch a bus, U-bahn or S-bahn or grab a taxi. Hamburg’s public transportation is excellent and will easily get you where you want to go. If you use public transportation during your visit, I highly recommend getting a day pass over continually buying individual tickets.

Another way to get around Hamburg, at least for part of your visit, is the Hop On Hop Off bus ! We did this one day and actually had a lot of fun seeing a lot of the city in a short amount of time.

You don’t need a car to explore Hamburg. It’s better to take the S-bahn, U-bahn, bus, and ferry to get everywhere you want to go in Hamburg. There are also taxis, Uber, and the HOHO bus.

If you drive to Hamburg make sure your lodging has parking. It’s often possible to find on street parking but it’s not always easy, especially in some parts of the city. The last time we were in Hamburg we spent about 40 minutes looking for a place to park our car and then another 20 minutes walking to our Airbnb. It wasn’t a big deal for us on that trip but it’s something to be aware of.

Does Hamburg Have Uber?

Yes, you can use Uber in Hamburg.

Is Hamburg Worth Going To?

Yes! Hamburg is the largest city in northern Germany and is unique because it’s a city-state, meaning that Hamburg is both a city and Bundesland (state). There’s a lot to do and see in this beautiful maritime city, plus there are several options for day trips to cute town full of gothic brick, as well as beaches on the North and Baltic seas. You can even visit the islands of Sylt and Heligoland from Hamburg.

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Hamburg Basics

Population 1.8 million (city) 5.1 million (metro)

Airport International Hamburg Airport Helmut Schmidt

Bundesland Hamburg (it’s one of 3 “city-states” in Germany)

Schleswig-Holstein is the state north of city

Lower-Saxony is the state south of city

Train Travel Times to Hamburg Berlin ➔ Hamburg = 2 hrs Frankfurt ➔ Hamburg = 4 hrs Munich ➔ Hamburg = 5.5 hrs Salzburg ➔ Hamburg = 8 hrs Paris ➔ Hamburg = 8 hrs Rome ➔ Hamburg = 20 hrs Prague ➔ Hamburg = 7 hrs

Fun Facts The greater Hamburg area has as many inhabitants as Norway!

Hamburg has more bridges in its city limits than any other in the world and more canals than Amsterdam and Venice combined!

Hamburg is often shortened to HH, which is what you’ll see on Hamburg license plates

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10 BEST Places to Visit in Hamburg (2024)

Known locally as the Gateway to Germany, Hamburg is the 2 nd  biggest city by population and there’s a lot here to keep both locals and tourists entertained. The former city-state is built up on around the River Elbe, and as well as being a progressive and modern German city, it’s known for being just… well, cool. It has a vibrant music and nightlife scene, and there is a range of festivals throughout the year. It also has a rich cultural heritage, and the maritime spirit of the city is hard to miss. You can visit a number of museums and galleries while you’re in town, before indulging in the city’s food culture!

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the best places to visit in Hamburg, hopefully helping you to make the most of your trip to the city, and just get an idea of how to visit Hamburg for a short break. Hamburg really does have it all!

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Altona, Hamburg

Bordering St Pauli to the west, Altona’s smaller eponymous quarters – Altona-Altstadt and Altona Nord – are all about history and green spaces.

  • Marvel at the Lutheran church of Haupt-Kirchengemeinde St. Trinitatis Altona
  • Get your modern history on at the riverside U-Boat Museum
  • Pay your respects to steel statues of the Beatles at the vinyl-shaped Beatles-Platz

Hamburg is RIFE with absolutely amazing accommodation options. Knowing what to do in this city without having a base to check in to first is only half the equation. Be sure to check out where to stay in Hamburg and get set up in your favourite Airbnb first!

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#1 – Speicherstadt – One of the more unique places to visit in Hamburg

Speicherstadt

  • A protected UNESCO World Heritage site
  • The largest warehouse district in the entire world
  • One of the most fascinating points of interest in Hamburg

Why it’s awesome: This Hamburg must-see is usually near the top of tourist itineraries to the city. Built in the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries, the Speicherstadt became the largest collection of warehouses in the world, and its colourful red bricks and Neo-Gothic architecture give these incredible huge buildings lots of character. These buildings were a key part of the German economy, storing coffee, tobacco, and spices. Nowadays, Speicherstadt is home to lots of cool leisure activities – some which will pop up in this list! It’s also a great place to walk around, thanks to a number of paths and bridges.

What to do there: Walking is a lovely way to see the Speicherstadt, but if you fancy seeing it in a different light, take a boat trip! There is lots to keep you entertained in the district too. Later in our list, we’ll take about the Maritime Museum and Miniatur Wonderland as they deserve a spot on their own. Other notable places include the Automuseum Prototyp, which is packed with rare historical concept cars, and the Hamburg Dungeon – a great place to learn about the city’s history with a grisly twist. Take a moment to relax at the Kaffeerösterei. The former coffee warehouse offers tastings of some of the world’s finest beans!

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#2 – Elbphilharmonie – A great place to see in Hamburg if you love architecture

Elbphilharmonie

  • The tallest inhabited building in Hamburg
  • Get fantastic views of the city from the observation deck
  • Enjoy a concert in one of the most acoustically advanced venues in the world

Why it’s awesome: The most recent addition to Hamburg’s skyline has only been around since 2017. At over 100 metres tall, the Elbphilarmonie incorporates Hamburg’s maritime history into its design, with people comparing the building to both waves and the sails of a ship. The building has some impressive numbers other than just its height. There are 100 curved windows and space for 2,100 spectators in the concert hall itself. The modern design and architecture have made it one of the most acoustically advanced venues in the entire world!

What to do there: You don’t have to be a music lover to but the Elbphilharmonie on your Hamburg itinerary. Seeing an Elbphilharmonie Orchestra concert here is an unforgettable experience and will definitely be a high point in your trip. However, if you don’t have the time or budget to see a concert, you can still enjoy the building itself. Heading up to the top floor observation deck will get you some great shots of the skyline (and maybe even some new followers on Insta), while the café is a great place to stop and enjoy a rest. For cool Hamburg vacation ideas, look no further than the Elbphilharmonie!

#3 – St. Pauli – A great place to visit in Hamburg at night!

St. Pauli

  • One of the coolest neighbourhoods in Hamburg
  • See the bar where Paul McCartney ran up a massive bar tab (and still hasn’t paid)
  • A mixture of seedy nightclubs and top restaurants has to be seen to be believed!

Why it’s awesome: St. Pauli is one of the best places in Hamburg . Period. Known outside of the city for having one of the most liberal football teams in the world, closer to home it’s known for being the city’s most creative district. Oh, and the Reeperbahn too. If you’ve never heard of the Reeperbahn, it’s the most famous of all the hotspots in Hamburg for nightlife. However, that’s not telling the full story! It’s also the red light district and is known locally as die sündgiste Meile (the most sinful mile!)

What to do there: You may have been put off by Red Light District, and although prostitution does still happen here, it’s not like it was in the days when sailors regularly frequented the area! Nowadays, there is excellent nightlife and food around the Reeperbahn too. In fact, you’ll find some of the best places to eat in Hamburg here! Unless you’re travelling with kids, you really do need to head out and enjoy the hedonistic lifestyle of the Reeperbahn! If you’re a Beatles fan, there are self-guided tours where you can see the spots and clubs that the Fab 4 played before they were famous!

#4 – International Maritime Museum

International Maritime Museum

  • Located inside the Speicherstadt’s oldest building
  • Learn about Hamburg’s maritime past
  • One of the most interesting attractions in Hamburg

Why it’s awesome: The international Maritime Museum doesn’t just cover the city’s seafaring past. Oh no, in fact, this place delves into more than 3,000 years of history of the human relationship with the sea! The oldest artefact comes from the River Elbe itself – a dugout boat made from a tree trunk. There are a number of models throughout the museum too, from Phoenician vessels from before the times of Christ, Viking longboats, and the galleons used to discover the New World. You can also learn about Maritime research and admire art themed around the sea. Don’t miss one of the best places in Hamburg to learn and educate yourself!

What to do there: If you’re not sure where to find the Maritime Museum, there are a couple of giveaways. First of all is the massive propeller outside. If you manage to miss that, then you just need to search for the oldest building in the Speicherstadt District! You can easily spend a few hours at this Budapest must-see, with model ships, naval memorabilia, and artwork placed around the 11 floors of the building.

#5 – Miniatur Wunderland – Awesome place to visit in Hamburg with kids!

Miniatur Wunderland

  • A miniature world which takes up a whole Speicherstadt warehouse
  • One of the best places in Hamburg for a family day out
  • See 1:87 models of Hamburg, Italy, and even the United States!

Why it’s awesome: Even though we’ve already had Speicherstadt as one of the best places to visit in Hamburg, Miniatur Wunderland deserves an entry all to itself. It all started with a model railway and some models of Central Germany and Austria at the beginning of this century, and since then has expanded and will continue to in the 2020s! A day only lasts for 15 minutes in Miniatur Wunderland, as a computer controls all the lights. It also controls the 15km of railway track that wind their way through the warehouse!

What to do there: It’s not just a computer that controls the exhibits at Miniatur Wunderland. Some of the displays are interactive, and you can flick over 200 switches which will allow you to control helicopters, windmills, and even a space shuttle. This place is a Hamburg must-do if you’re on holiday with little ones! Miniatur Wunderland is quite a popular attraction and it can get busy. However, if you want to skip the queues then you can get a ticket that allows you to do that!

#6 – Planten un Blomen

Planten un Blomen

  • Considered one of the best urban parks in Europe
  • A great place to enjoy a picnic
  • Get views of the garden from the Heinrich Hertz telecommunications tower

Why it’s awesome: Visiting Hamburg is a lot of fun, but it is a huge 24-hour city. So, sometimes you might feel like you need a break from the hustle and bustle. If that’s the case, then Planten un Blomen is one of the best places to visit in Hamburg to relax and disconnect for a while. Just inside the city walls, the park has been here since 1821 and has been one of the most favourite attractions in Hamburg for locals and tourists alike.

What to do there: There are a lot of things to do to keep you entertained in Planten un Blomen. If you’re especially interested in plants, then head for the Old Botanical Garden. It’s home to five inter-connected greenhouses which contain plants from around the globe. If it’s a bit warm, you can always stay in the great outdoors and enjoy the Rose Garden. Even if you’re not that bothered about flowers and plants, still give this place a visit. It’s the perfect place to relax with a picnic and perhaps a book. The colourful musical fountain shouldn’t be missed if you’re here at night, especially if there’s a concert on!

#7 – Kunsthalle

Kunsthalle

  • One of the largest and most important museums in Hamburg
  • See masterpieces from both classical and contemporary great artists
  • One of the most recognisable landmarks in Hamburg

Why it’s awesome: Art lovers simply can’t miss this Hamburg must-see. Not only is it one of the best museums in Hamburg, but the whole of Germany. Whatever period of art you’re interested in, you’ll be able to find something relating to it here. 16 th and 17 th century Dutch masters, old masters such as Goya and Rembrandt, and even contemporary galleries with priceless works from Picasso and Andy Warhol are all on show here. The Kunsthalle is made up of 3 buildings, the most recent being added in 1997.

What to do there : If you want to learn more about the artists and their works on show here, take a tour of the Kunsthalle. Travelling with kids? You’ll be pleased to know that there are cool educational workshops that they can take part in too! That may even give you the peace and quiet you need to enjoy your tour and take in all the fascinating information offered. Don’t miss out on one of the best places to visit in Hamburg!

#8 – Övelgönne – A very cool place to go in Hamburg for the day

Övelgönne

  • Walk or bike the Elbe Tunnel under the river
  • Get some sun, sea, and sand at Elbe Beach
  • Visit the historic ships Övelgönne Museum Harbour

Why it’s awesome: There are 3 really cool attractions in Övelgönne, and it didn’t seem fair to pick one and miss the other two out! The Övelgönne Museum Harbour is a fascinating place to visit, as you can see ships from the 19 th and 20 th centuries here. At the small museum next to it, there are also some cool artifacts on display. You can also visit the engineering marvel of the Elbe Tunnel. This transformed the lives or harbour workers but is now also a quick and safe way for tourists to get around!

What to do there : Visiting both of the attractions above are a great way to spend your day in Övelgönne, but there’s one more thing. Although Hamburg is a port city, it’s quite far down the River Elbe. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the beach though! Elbe Beach is one of the summer hotspots in Hamburg, with cool bars, volleyball matches, and pleasure cruises. Of course, if you want to just lay down your towel and take an afternoon snooze that’s fine too. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!

#9 – Lake Alster – A beautiful and scenic place to check out in Hamburg

Lake Alster

  • City centre lake where you can swim, sail, and row
  • Keep an eye out for the lake’s graceful swans
  • The perfect spot for ice skating during the winter

Why it’s awesome: Hamburg’s city centre has two artificial lakes – the Binnenalster (Inner Alster) and the Aussenalster (Outer Alster). They connect the Elbe and Alster rivers but more importantly, are home to some of the prettiest squares and walking areas of Hamburg. You’ll definitely want to spend some time here whether it’s to sample some of the best places to eat in Hamburg, or to do a spot of shopping so consider finding one of Frankfurts best hostels nearby! If you’re visiting in September, enjoy the Alstervergnügen, a street fair held around the lakes.

What to do there: You should definitely spend some time walking around the passagens . These are the famous pedestrian areas of Hamburg’s picturesque city centre. The canals which link the lakes with the River Elbe are pretty too. The centre of the Inner and Outer Alster Lakes it the waterfront promenade – Jungfernstieg. Admire the classicist and neoclassical architecture, or just head into one of the department stores for some retail therapy. However, it can be just as nice to sit and people watch with a coffee at one of the most famous places in Hamburg!

#10 – Fischmarkt (Fish Market)

Fischmarkt (Fish Market)

  • This is one for Sunday morning early risers
  • One of the best places to eat in Hamburg. Try Fischbrötchen!
  • Afterparty spot from a Saturday night on the Reeperbahn

Why it’s awesome: It may seem strange to go to a fish market after a night on the town… your stomach certainly might not agree with fresh fish after a night of pints and shots, but in Hamburg it’s a tradition! From 5am on a Sunday morning during the summer, this fresh food market is open for fish and other foods. However, it also has energetic dance music playing, so it’s the perfect spot to carry on the party.

What to do there: If an afterparty doesn’t sound like your thing, or you didn’t go out in the first place, don’t worry. The Fischmarkt is a great place to do some shopping for fresh fruit and vegetables (for a picnic in Planten un Blomen), clothes, or even flowers. What you have to do here is try the local Hamburg street food: fischbrötchen . Freshly caught North Sea salmon, mackerel, shrimp, or pollock are stuffed into a roll. It’s a great way to soak up the alcohol after a night on the Reeperbahn! Also, if you come at the right time of year, it’s a great place to watch the sunrise over the Elbe!

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Find out what people want to know about the best places to visit in Hamburg

What should you not miss in Hamburg?

If there’s only one site you see in Hamburg, it had better be Speicherstadt.

Is Hamburg worth visiting?

Hamburg is very unique to other cities in Germany. It has a lot of history and cool sites to see, so I would consider it worth a visit.

What is Hamburg best known for?

Hamburg is famous for being a progressive and modern city on the River Elbe.

What is the best place to visit in Hamburg for shopping?

If you’ve come to shop in Hamburg, you’ll find many cool shops around Lake Alster.

Final Thoughts

So, that concludes our list of the best places to visit in Hamburg. Hopefully, you’ll have found it useful and informative and you’ll be plotting the points on a map! We think we’ve probably shown you enough places to visit in Hamburg in 3 days, and also given some handy tips on the best places to stay in Hamburg.

Hamburg isn’t all about the Reeperbahn, and although you should definitely visit that, the other spots on this list are definitely worth a few hours of your time too. Whether it’s art and culture, great nightlife, or the city’s culinary prowess you’re interested in, you certainly won’t be bored on your trip!

All that’s left is for us to wish you a fabulous time and a safe journey as you head off to explore the best places to visit in Hamburg!

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18 Best Things to Do in Hamburg, Germany

Updated February 11, 2021

Most of Hamburg's attractions, such as the  Hamburger Kunsthalle ,  Miniatur Wunderland  and the trendy HafenCity neighborhood, are clustered in the city center and Harbour districts. But you should explore Hamburg's other neighborhoods to experience

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Elbphilharmonie Elbphilharmonie free

A stunning architectural marvel often compared to Sydney's opera house , the Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall and performance space designed by the Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. As soon as it opened in 2016, it became an instant architectural icon thanks to its wave-like rooftop and glass façade. Luckily, you don't need tickets to a show to enjoy the striking space.

A public viewing platform is open to everyone and offers breathtaking, 360-degree views of the city and the harbor – a particular highlight for recent visitors. While admission to the viewing plaza is free, you do need a ticket to enter. Advance booking is available and recommended by recent visitors, though a booking fee of 2 euros (or about $2.25) applies. Reviewers also recommended taking a harbor cruise to admire the building from the water.

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Alter Elbtunnel Alter Elbtunnel free

The  Alter Elbtunnel  (also called the Old Elbe Tunnel, St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel) is a pedestrian, bike and motorist tunnel (though cars are not permitted), which travels underneath the River Elbe. It connects central Hamburg to the southern side of the river. Opened in 1911, the tunnel was built to serve the port and shipyard workers as a connecting route between the Landungsbrücken and Steinwerder piers. It became a tourist attraction when the "new" Elbe tunnel opened in the 1970s. It has been undergoing renovation for the past several years.

While walking through the quarter-mile-long tunnel, take time to look at the tile reliefs that line the walls, which portray starfish, dolphins and other creatures. Past travelers enjoyed the experience of walking beneath the river and taking in the great view from the opposing side. Others said it provides an interesting photo opportunity, though there is little else to do.

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Planten un Blomen Planten un Blomen free

Planten un Blomen , which translates as the very imaginative Plants and Flowers, spans over 100 acres and is a favorite among locals and travelers. Referred to as "Hamburg's green lung," it is home to various themed gardens, including a rose garden, Mediterranean terraces and one of the largest Japanese landscaped gardens in Europe. Planten un Blomen offers much more than the eponymous "plants and flowers." There are playgrounds, mini-golf, an ice rink in winter and a roller rink in summer, and even life-size chess games. There are also several cafes and food kiosks.

Many past visitors said the park is a relaxing place to unwind and highly recommend touring the Japanese garden. Others said the park is well-maintained and a worthy stop even in the offseason.

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No visit to Hamburg is complete without getting out on the water. The easiest, not to mention one of the least expensive, ways to enjoy Hamburg by water is via a public ferry. Head to the Landungsbrücken piers and hop aboard one of Hamburg's many public transportation options.

One of the most popular ferry trips is aboard the No. 62 toward Finkenwerder island, which takes 30 minutes and allows you to see some of the city's most important waterfront sights. You can also hop on a guided tour, many of which also operate from the piers at Landungsbrücken. You'll enjoy an overview of the industrial docks, the historic Speicherstadt warehouses and modern architecture highlights such as HafenCity Hamburg and the  Elbphilharmonie . Rainer Abicht Elbreederei and Barkassen-Centrale Ehlers GmbH earn high marks from recent tour-goers. You can find more information about available harbor cruises on the city's tourism website .

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Fish Auction Hall and Market Fish Auction Hall and Market free

All-night revelers finish up their partying at the Sunday morning St. Pauli  Fischmarkt  (Fish Auction Hall and Market) and early morning shoppers get a head start on the day. Not only are there stalls brimming with fresh fish and other goods, there's also steaming hot bratwursts, free-flowing beer and even an energetic band to keep the jovial atmosphere alive. It's also one of those uniquely Hamburg attractions, one which has been an institution since 1703. If you sleep in (or you're just getting to bed after bar hopping), you'll miss out on the Fischmarkt; it's open on early Sunday mornings only.

Recent visitors who knew what they were in for say the scene is fun and festive, while those looking for a traditional market were a bit disappointed. Reviewers described the scene as merry, with many comparing it to Oktoberfest.

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Miniatur Wunderland Miniatur Wunderland

Self-described as the world's largest model railway, the more than 10,000-square-foot Miniatur Wunderland takes visitors around the world to admire models of miniature-sized countries and cities, including Southern Germany, Hamburg, USA, Scandinavia, Switzerland and Venice. Across nine different sections are more than 1,000 trains, 130,000 trees and nearly 250,000 figures.

Recent visitors offered rave reviews for Miniatur Wunderland, saying it was appealing to both kids and adults alike. Others were in awe of the attention to detail. However, a few warned that since this is a popular attraction, it can get very crowded. Miniatur Wunderland advises timing your visit in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the largest crowds.

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St. Michael's Church St. Michael's Church

St. Michael's, Hamburg's largest church, is actually the third church to be built in the same spot and was constructed in 1912. Visitors flock to the landmark church to see its five different organs, its 65-foot altar, its crypt and the amazing views from the nearly 350-foot-high observation deck. The church's 433-foot-tall tower, home to Germany's largest clock bell, is visible from all over the city. In the crypt far below, about 2,000 people have been laid to rest.

Views from the top are not to be missed, according to recent visitors. Others described the church's interior as "ethereal." What's more, travelers were pleased with the affordable admission fee.

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Hamburg Zoo (Tierpark Hagenbeck) Hamburg Zoo (Tierpark Hagenbeck)

The Tierpark Hagenbeck (or Hamburg Zoo) is owned by the Hagenbeck family; Carl Hagenbeck, Jr. (who founded the zoo in 1907) was a wild animal trader and merchant. One of his innovations was to use moats instead of cages to enclose animals, a practice still used to this day. Today, visitors can encounter thousands of animals at the zoo, including one of the largest elephant herds in Europe. Of special note is the four-level Tropical Aquarium, an artificial habitat comprising more than 14,300 animals, including Nile crocodiles and around 13,000 fish. There are also several restaurants, playgrounds for kids, feeding demonstrations and a recreation park, among other attractions.

Recent visitors advised allowing plenty of time to check out all of the exhibits (some said they spent the whole day at the zoo) and said it's a great family-friendly activity. Reviewers were particularly fascinated by the walruses and polar bears. According to travelers, the zoo provides food to feed select animals (donations are encouraged).

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Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg

Just as compelling and moving as Ellis Island, this museum and ancestral research center conveys the story of European emigration to the United States and elsewhere. The museum occupies the land originally used by the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Aktien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG) shipping company for the city's Emigration Halls, which were built 120 years ago to accommodate people from all over Europe hoping to sail across the Atlantic. To lessen the likelihood of immigrants being sent back from the United States due to illness or other reasons (at the shipping company's cost), HAPAG offered medical examinations. Millions of people passed through the complex, which at one point included a hospital, a church, a music hall, housing and even hotels.

There are several halls that detail why people were emigrating, their journey across the ocean and what happened when they reached America, with interactive exhibits, displays, photos and artifacts. For an even more immersive experience, consider grabbing a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant Nach Amerika (or "To America"), which serves meals based on recipes used in the canteens of the former Emigration Halls. Visitors can also search complete passenger lists of all the ships that left the harbor in the family research area.

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Hamburger Kunsthalle Hamburger Kunsthalle

One of Germany's great art museums (and one of its largest in terms of exhibition space), the Hamburger Kunsthalle boasts an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures – both old and new. The permanent collection encompasses art from eight centuries – with some pieces dating back to the Middle Ages. In the modern and contemporary sections, artists like Andy Warhol, Max Beckmann and Bruce Nauman are represented; in the older sections, you'll find works by Rembrandt and Anthony van Dyck, as well as a noted collection of works by German Romantic painters.

The museum is a highlight for many recent visitors, who rave about the excellent collection, especially the representation of German painters. Others were impressed by the building.

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City Hall (Rathaus) City Hall (Rathaus)

The  Rathaus  (City Hall) is big – bigger than  London's immense  Buckingham Palace  – and according to travelers, it's one of the best sights in Hamburg. Resting on a square, inspired by  Venice's   Piazza San Marco , the neo-renaissance building's formidable exterior opens into a lavish interior, which is peopled by Hamburg's city council and state government officials. English-language tours take about 45 minutes and wind past the opulent state rooms, a mere fraction of the 647 rooms located on-site.

Recent visitors called the building "beautiful" and recommended taking the tour if you can.

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International Maritime Museum International Maritime Museum

Located in a former warehouse, the International Maritime Museum offers a look at 3,000 years of maritime history across nine floors, with a stunning number of exhibits, artifacts and more, including thousands of model ships – a highlight for many recent visitors. Others were pleasantly surprised with the interesting and informative exhibits. One of its most treasured pieces is a copy of the "Atlantis Majoris" from 1657, the first nautical atlas printed in the Netherlands. Other exhibits include medals and uniforms from navies around the world, displays of commercial and passenger shipping and works by well-known maritime painters. One way to tackle the massive museum is by taking a 60- or 90-minute tour, which is offered in English, and costs 70 euros (about $77) and 80 euros (around $88), respectively. Audio guides are also available for a much smaller cost.

Recent visitors called the museum "fascinating" and said you should be prepared to do a lot of walking throughout its various levels and set aside several hours. However, some reviewers expressed disappointment that a few exhibits did not offer English translations. 

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Speicherstadt Speicherstadt free

The red brick buildings of the  Speicherstadt  (Warehouse District) used to shelter the city's imports – coffee, spices, silks – which were carried fresh off the boats in the harbor. In 2015, Speicherstadt became Germany's 40th UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, this area full of neo-Gothic buildings, mostly constructed between 1883 and the late 1920s that are fun to see on foot. Though there are a few attractions within the area, including Miniatur Wunderland and the International Maritime Museum , it mostly attracts visitors in search of photo ops and a picturesque stroll. Popular photo spots include the Wasserschloss (or "water castle") at the end of Holländischer Birdge and Fleetschlösschen, a former customs booth.

Recent visitors call the area magical and recommend taking a canal tour if you can. A few reviewers said it's worth visiting at night when the area is beautifully illuminated.

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Reeperbahn Reeperbahn free

Hamburg's Reeperbahn once rivaled  Amsterdam's Red Light District for its sex trade, but times have changed (slightly). Located in St. Pauli, the Reeperbahn is a nightlife hub, still notorious for its corridor of sex shops, strip shows and brothels, though there are plenty of other non-X-rated activities and sights, from dive bars to the Beatles monument (the Beatles made their mark in Hamburg). St. Pauli is now almost better-known for its huge live-music scene, with clubs, bars, theaters and music venues. The annual Reeperbahn Festival in September brings in around 25,000 people to hear live music.

Recent Reeperbahn visitors found the area interesting to see, with plenty of music and pubs to check out. Others warned of potential pickpockets.

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Hamburg Planetarium Hamburg Planetarium

Head to the Hamburg Planetarium to see everything from children's films to 3D trips through the solar system. The art deco building dates back to 1912 and is considered one of the world's oldest observatories. Visitors can also enjoy concerts and other musical shows in the enormous domed hall. The high-tech planetarium claims it's the most modern planetarium in the world. Previous shows include "Night Flight through the Galaxy," "Laser Zeppelin," and the "Green Planet 3D." After your show, head up to the rooftop terrace for unparalleled city views.

Recent visitors were impressed with the planetarium and highly recommend seeing a show there. Others suggested taking a stroll through the lovely Stadtpark City Park, where the planetarium is located, before or after a show.

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8 Super Useful Tips for Visiting Hamburg, Germany

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When it comes to the types of destinations you come across in Europe , I think the port cities there are some of the continent’s most curious. Rather than being loaded with history or grand beauty, these places always seem to ooze character. I rarely know what to expect going in and usually leave still processing what I’ve seen. That’s how I feel after visiting Hamburg this March.

There was never any doubt that Hamburg would be on my Germany itinerary. People who had been told me how much they enjoyed the city, but never in ways that made it clear what was so special about the city.  I needed to see this city for myself. Having spent 3 days in Hamburg sightseeing around this city in northern Germany, I can clearly see just how complex and unique Hamburg is. Only looking back on it now can I see the similarities between it and other port cities I’ve been to in Europe.

Anyway, to help you along with your trip, here are my tips for visiting Hamburg based on my recent thought-provoking visit.

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Don’t Just See Speicherstadt

Speicherstadt, Best Places to Visit in Hamburg, Germany

When I was planning my Hamburg visit, there was one particular part of the city that I was really excited to see. Called Speicherstadt , this warehouse district had firmly settled in my brain thanks to all the photos I’ve seen of it on Instagram .

In my head the image of red brick warehouses looming over narrow waterways was what I expected from Hamburg. While exploring Speicherstadt definitely delivered on that front, standing out as a place unlike any other I’ve seen in Europe, don’t let that be all you see of Hamburg.

Old Elbe Tunnel, Hamburg Sights

What I naively didn’t realise before my first time in Hamburg was that this massive city has loads to see and do. I had no problem filling three days with sightseeing here, bouncing around from one part of the city to the next. What’s great is that these attractions come in many forms. Take for instance the Old Elbe Tunnel which you can descend down into to walk or cycle across under the river. Built in 1911, it’s the oldest river tunnel in Europe and the old lifts that take you down are something else!

Another sight that blew me away was the interior of the St Michael’s Church . I’ve seen loads of European churches at this point, and yet this church still showed me something new. With a lavish baroque design and rings of balconies, it felt more like a theatre than church. I didn’t even climb up its 132-meter-high tower to see the city views and I still left impressed. I’ll get to some of the other major sights in a bit, but that should definitely give you some ideas to start with.

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Start Your Visit with Rathausmarkt

Hamburg City Centre, Visiting Hamburg

Rather than just heading straight for Speicherstadt, instead begin your Hamburg trip with the Rathausmarkt . This square at the very heart of Hamburg sits wedged between a number of the city’s compelling sights, not least the Hamburg City Hall. There’s a lot to like about the neo-Renaissance look of the City Hall , especially with its central towering spire. You can also duck inside to take a look at its grand halls and continue through to its ornate courtyard.

A short distance from the square lies the Binnenalster , a scenic lake that boasts a great view of the Hamburg cityscape. To get there, I recommend crossing the Kleine Alster canal and walking through the charming Alster Arcade .

Circling out further from the main square, you’ll come across several churches like the St. Peter’s Church. You’ll also see one of my favourite historic buildings of Hamburg, the Hulbe Haus . With its patterned brickwork and bay windows, its design seems like a rare sight in Hamburg.

Hulbe Haus, Hamburg Attractions

By starting with Rathausmarkt, you quickly get to see several Hamburg attractions straight away. You’re then in a prime position to easily move through the city to wherever your next stop may be.

Don’t Stress, Stay at Superbude

Superbude, Where to Stay in Hamburg Germany

A daunting part of visiting Hamburg is understanding where you should stay in the city. As soon as a map of hotels and hostels shows up in front of you, confusion is bound to follow. Because of Hamburg’s layout, your accommodation options can be spread out in all directions. The only place there doesn’t seem to be much is right in the city centre. This might all be disheartening at first but don’t fret, it’s perfectly normal.

Because of Hamburg’s decentralised nature and excellent public transport, chances are you won’t be staying right in the middle of the city. This means you need to prioritise other things in your search like cost, quality and public transport access. That’s where the Superbude Hotel Hostel St Georg comes in.

Superbude Hostel, Where to Stay in Hamburg Germany

Actually located just beyond the edge of the St Georg district, this hotel/hostel has a fantastic energy as soon as you walk in the door. Colourful and fun, every effort is made to make you feel welcome and a stay here feel a joy. Seeing families with kids, young couples and older couples all in the same space immediately told me all I needed to know.

Passing the internet station smothered in stickers and the photo-booth outside you have access to the hotel rooms. Upstairs in my room, the wall shelves are skateboards, a drink crate has been converted into a nice stool and there’s a singing fish in my bathroom! Throw in warm heating in winter, blackout curtains and good Wi-Fi and I couldn’t have asked for more.

Superbude Room, Best Places to Stay in Hamburg Germany

To help with your Hamburg stay, Superbude are offering Travelsewhere readers 5€ off their stay per room and per night with the promo code “ superstay “. There’s also another Superbude located in St Pauli if that side of the city seems more your speed. Accommodation in Germany isn’t the cheapest so don’t miss this opportunity to save money on somewhere that’s worth it!

Enjoy Free Views from the Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie, Leipzig Sightseeing in Germany

Only opened in 2017, the Elbphilharmonie has quickly become a star attraction in Hamburg. That’s because this concert hall down by the waterfront of HafenCity is mesmerizing to look at. The lower half of the hall is simply a restored warehouse building typical of the area, but the upper glass section is something else entirely. While to me it looked somewhat like an iceberg, others have said it mirrors the shape of waves or sails on a ship. Whatever it reminds you of, it sure is beautiful.

Even if you’re content with just staring up at this beautiful piece of architecture, there’s more to see. You’ll need a concert ticket to actually go inside the main hall, but that’s not the only way to see inside. The venue actually offers free tickets to the plaza level, where you can see the inside of the building and walk around its observation deck.

Elbphilharmonie Views, Tips for Visiting Hamburg, Germany

Plaza tickets have set time slots so may have to wait a little if it’s busy, but it’s worth it. Doing a lap of the deck, one side shows you the waterfront along the Norderelbe, another across the river to the industrial districts, the next nearby HafenCity and the last shows you the city skyline. Couldn’t ask more from a free viewpoint in my opinion!

Make the Most of Public Transport

Hamburg Ferry, Getting Around Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg isn’t the kind of city where every sight, attraction and thing to do is found in single district. As you go about sightseeing in Hamburg, you have to move from one district to the next and that’s plain exhausting on foot. You can walk everywhere if you feel like it, but a better use of your time is to make use of the city’s public transport.

To help you cover the sprawling footprint of Hamburg, you have the U-Bahn metro, S-Bahn metro, buses and even ferries at your disposal. Between the two metro networks you can reach most places in Hamburg, but buses are another option. The HVV harbour ferries are also nice as they let you mix things up and see the city from the water.

With the Hamburg Card you get free use of the city’s public transport for its duration. You also get discounts on attractions and museums which is handy. These kinds of cards take the stress out of navigating public transport and used right can save you money too.

Explore Hamburg’s Neighbourhoods

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There are some cities in Europe where you have no need to leave the city centre or old town. Hamburg is not one of those cities. The layout of the city means that to see the sights you need to move around. But the major sights aren’t the only reason to explore the different districts of Hamburg. The look and feel of each district can be quite different from the last, making each neighbourhood fresh and interesting.

You only need to compare the warehouse district of Speicherstadt with the outer parts of Hamburg-Neustadt to see this. While both are centred on waterways, Hamburg-Neustadt feels like a trendy inner city neighbourhood and not a maze of brick. Venture into Hamburg’s Portuguese Quarter down by the riverfront and you find something new altogether. Full of mediterranean restaurants, tiled buildings and luxury cars, it feels like a totally different city.

Michelwiese Park, Where to Visit in Hamburg Germany

Sometimes that change happens within a single neighbourhood, as it does in St Pauli . Some streets there feel rough and tumble, covered in graffiti, while others feel gentrified and quite pleasant or benign. It’s only by feeling your way around the city that you come to understand just how dissonant Hamburg is.

Understand the Red Light Districts

Reeperbahn, Hamburg Nightlife, Germany

For some travellers, especially stag parties, the reason why they travel to Hamburg is the city’s infamous nightlife. If that’s what you’re after with your Hamburg visit, then the Reeperbahn Red Light District is where you want to go. Found along the Reeperbahn is a seemingly endless run of bars, restaurants and clubs, and yes, strip clubs and brothels.

Rather than a seedy back corner of the city, the Reeperbahn is quite an open area. It even feels kind of tame if you pass through during the day. To some this nightlife district is just another part of Hamburg’s culture, similar in a sense to Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

The important thing to understand is that this is one of two red light district’s in Hamburg. The Reeperbahn is thoroughly policed with an active presence of patrolling police officers. Much like any area with drunk people and sex tourism, it still pays to be careful if you visit, but the Reeperbahn is safe for the most part. The same can’t be said for the city’s other red light district in the heart of the St George District .

With warnings from locals about the problems and dangers of the area, the streets around Steindamm and Hansaplatz are best avoided altogether . The areas along Kirchenallee, Lange Reihe and south of Beim Strohhause seemed mostly fine, so maybe use those as boundaries when navigating St George.

But Seriously, Go Visit Speicherstadt

Hamburg Warehouse District, Things to do in Hamburg Germany

I could say that I glossed over Speicherstadt and wanted to tell you more about it. The truth though is that I simply wanted to share more photos from the area. It’s strange to think that a warehouse district could be considered beautiful but Speicherstadt certainly is. With block after block of red brick buildings, it can get quite repetitive, but looking along the harbour canals it somehow becomes quite transfixing. No wonder it’s exceptionally popular with tourists.

Hamburg Waterways, Sightseeing in Hamburg Germany

Travel Tips for Visiting Hamburg

Rathausmarkt, Sights to See in Hamburg Germany

Knowing what to do in Hamburg during your visit is only really useful once you’ve organized the logistics of your visit. Now, I’ve already shared why staying at Superbude is such a good idea. But you can also get 5€ off your stay per room and per night at Superbude Hotel Hostel St Georg using the promo code “ superstay “.

We should also talk about actually getting to Hamburg as well, because your range of options are impressive. Being a large city, you will find that it’s pretty easy to get to by public transport. Direct trains connect Hamburg with lots of major cities in Germany, from Berlin and Dusseldorf to Bremen and Schwerin. It’s also worth comparing the train offerings against Flixbus , as their prices or timetables may be better.

While it’s no surprise that travelling to Hamburg from in Germany is easy, you might not realise how easy it is to reach Hamburg from Denmark . Direct trains to Hamburg run from both Odense, Aarhus, and even from Copenhagen, making it a convenient way to connect trips to both Denmark and Germany. There are even frequent buses between Copenhagen and Hamburg, if the train doesn’t appeal to you.

Have you ever visited this curiously complex German city? What else do you think travellers need to know about visiting Hamburg? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

*Disclosure: My stay at the Superbude Hotel Hostel St. Georg was as a complimentary guest . I also received a complimentary Hamburg Card from Hamburg Tourism to help me with my sightseeing. As always, opinions are completely and genuinely my own.

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David is the author behind the Travelsewhere travel blog and is always on the search for the quieter, less-visited corners of the world.

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25 Best Things to Do in Hamburg (Germany)

Since the days of the medieval Hanseatic League Hamburg has been a Free City and port of international status. Hamburg still has the second busiest harbour in Europe, and stands as a City-State in Germany’s Federal Republic. A constant ebb and flow of seafarers has given Hamburg a rakish reputation, which is half the fun of St Pauli and the infamous Reeperbahn.

There are many other sides to the city, whether it’s the peace of its canals and the Alster lake in summer, or the many first-class visitor attractions. If you haven’t been to Hamburg for a few years, now is time to come again. The city is changing as we speak, as the new HafenCity revitalises the waterfront and adds new, ultra-modern reference points like the mesmerising Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Hamburg :

1. Speicherstadt

Speicherstadt, Hamburg

When Hamburg finally joined the German customs zone in 1888, work began on a new warehouse district for its free port.

Residential quarters on the Zollkanal were removed and storage facilities were constructed on oak piles and with Gothic Revival architecture.

Now protected as a World Heritage Site, the Speicherstadt or City of Warehouses has an atmosphere all its own, and it’s enough just to walk through these red-brick canyons, crossing the canals and admiring the glazed decoration on the gabled facades.

Some of the warehouses have recently been turned into apartments, others are visitor attractions, while a few still fill their original purpose, storing spices, tea, coffee and electronics.

Suggested (guided) tour : Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity

2. HafenCity

HafenCity

Encompassing the Speicherstadt, HafenCity is a new waterside quarter that was made official in 2008. Partly on reclaimed land in the Elbe, HafenCity will continue to grow over the next 15 years, creating homes for 12,000 people and jobs for up to 40,000. Already a large chunk of the free port has been regenerated, and outside the heritage quarter the architecture is creative and cutting-edge.

Think glossy office blocks, apartment complexes and leisure amenities, all designed with real panache and sensitivity for their waterfront location.

So far the main sight to see is the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, which deserves its own entry.

3. Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie

Officially unveiled in 2017, the Elbphilharmonie is Hamburg’s tallest inhabited building at more than 100 metres.

Despite its considerable size, this project by Herzog & de Meuron still has a light, ethereal quality, and its enigmatic profile has been compared to waves, the sails of a ship or a quartz crystal.

On that shimmering facade are around 1,000 curved windows, and at the very top is the Plaza, an observation deck and sleek cafe both open to the public.

The Great Concert Hall has space for 2,100 spectators and if you love music you owe it to yourself to hear the Elbphilharmonie Orchestra play in one of the most acoustically advanced venues ever built.

Recommended tour : Elbphilharmonie Guided Tour

4. Planten un Blomen

Planten un Blomen

If you had to make a list of Europe’s best urban parks, Planten un Blomen, 47 hectares of gardens, lawns, ponds, greenhouses and botanical plantations will be near the top.

In the park’s green folds is the Old Botanical Garden, which was planted on the site of the city wall in 1821. Allow some time to poke around the five inter-connected greenhouses: The largest, the Schaugewächshaus has plants from Mediterranean climes and contains laurels, olive trees, palms and eucalyptus.

Just as captivating is the Kakteenhaus, replete with succulent plants from desert climates.

Outside the park really shines in summer, when the rose garden is in bloom, the apothecary is most fragrant and the colourful musical fountain injects more magic into the scene.

5. International Maritime Museum

International Maritime Museum

Kaispeicher B, the oldest warehouse in the Speicherstadt, is 11 storeys high and has an arresting gabled facade.

As you’ll know from the monumental propeller out front, it houses Hamburg’s maritime museum, which opened in 2008. The core of the collection began with Peter Tamm, the chairman of Europe’s largest publishing house Axel Spriner AG, who was an avid hoarder of model ships and naval memorabilia.

Anyone seduced by the romance of the open sea will be won over the by the museums’ cache of maritime artefacts: There are whole sailboats and engrossing curios like Admiral Nelson’s letters, a reproduction of Ernest Shackleton’s lifeboat and a 3,000-year-old canoe discovered in Hamburg’s harbour.

Book tickets: International Maritime Museum Entrance

6. Kunsthalle Hamburg

Kunsthalle Hamburg

A brief walk from the Hauptbahnhof, between the Binnenalster and Außenalster is one of Germany’s largest and richest museums.

It’s no exaggeration to say that the Kunsthalle has enough to keep you under its spell for a whole day: There are old masters like Goya, Rembrandt, Rubens, Lucas Cranach the Younger and Canaletto.

Then Caspar David Friedrich, Max Liebermann, Manet, Degas and Gauguin are some of the many luminaries in the 19th-cetury gallery.

Moving into the modern gallery and contemporary art the illustrious names keep coming, like Paul Klee, Kirchner, Franz Marc, Picasso, Francis Bacon, moving on to Warhol, Tracey Emin and Joseph Beuys.

7. St Pauli

St Pauli, Hamburg

If you arrive expecting a sanitised, corporate district, St Pauli will be a rude awakening.

The quarter, just east of the centre and descending to the Elbe is rough around the edges and daubed in graffiti and neon.

The Reeperbahn is notorious, and its porn shops, parade of prostitutes and strip clubs hardly need mention here.

But you may never have more fun on a night out around this street, whatever your taste in music, and St Pauli’s rebellious and creative ambience makes it a great place to live if you’re young.

Beatles fans can take a self-guided tour.

Three of the clubs Fab Four played at in the early 60s are still open in some form: Kaiserkeller/Große Freiheit 36, Indra and Moondoo, while Paul McCartney ran up a big tab at the bar Gretel & Alfons, which he never paid off.

8. Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wunderland

The Speicherstadt’s blockbuster attraction is a moving miniature world filling a whole warehouse.

A bit like HafenCity itself, Minatur Wunderland is has been rolled out in phases since the early 2000s.

It all began with a miniature railway rattling through 1:87 scale models of Austria, Central Germany and an amalgam known as Knuffingen.

But over the last 16 years scale models of Italy, Hamburg, the United, States, Switzerland and Knuffingen’s airport have been added, while many more are in the pipeline for the 2020s.

All these places have thousands of automated moving parts, from people to traffic, controlled by a sophisticated computer.

As of 2017 there are 15.4 kilometres of railway track, while the world flits from day to night in 15-minute cycles, and visitors can flick a total of 200 switches to control things like windmills, a helicopter or space shuttle.

Skip-the-line-Tickets : Priority Entrance: Miniatur Wunderland

9. Harbour Boat Tour

Harbour Boat Tour Hamburg

Boat trips aren’t just another thing to do in Hamburg; They’re the best way to see the harbour and waterside districts.

These trips can also be done on the cheap (or free on your Hamburg CARD), as a line-up of public HADAG ferries depart the floating jetties at Landungsbrücken and make round trips.

So say you want a whirlwind trip past the hulking cranes of Europe’s second-busiest container port, you can catch the 61 boat, which sails to Neuhof and back.

Or if you’d like to marvel at the HafenCity and the Elbphilharmonie from the water step aboard number 72.

Suggested cruise : Evening Illumination Cruise through Harbor

10. Jungfernstieg

Jungfernstieg

At the dynamic and commercial heart of Hamburg, Jungfernstieg is a waterfront promenade on the Binnenlaster.

The name comes from a historic tradition of wealthy Hanseaten families parading their unwed daughters (Jungfern) for eligible bachelors.

Landward there are flagship shops and department stores like the storied Alsterhaus in tall Neoclassical and Historicist buildings.

Also, see the refined white arcade that lines the Kleine Alster off to the side, built in the middle of the 19th century.

Fronting the Binnenlaster is a terrace where you can bask in the sun in summer check out the water jet, or tuck into a coffee and pastry (Kopenhagener or Franzbrötchen) at the glass Alsterpavilion.

Related tour : Guided Tour Through Old Town and City Center

11. Elbe Tunnel

Elbe Tunnel

Nobody had ever seen anything like the 426-metre Elbe Tunnel when it opened in 1911. At 24 metres below the river, it transformed the lives of Hamburg’s harbour workers commuting from the right to the left bank.

The northern entrance is hard to miss at Landungsbrücken for its vivid green dome, and that Jugendstil architecture is half the tunnel’s charm.

There are two parallel tunnels for cars and pedestrians/cyclists.

If you go on foot take the steps to gauge the size of this project and take your time to enjoy the vintage signage, maritime motifs and glazed tiles.

12. Außenalster

Außenalster

A neat piece of trivia about Hamburg is that this one city has more bridges than London, Amsterdam and Venice combined.

Many of these cross the tangle of canals and rivers that feed in to the upper end of the lake at the centre of the city.

The shores of the Außenalster, separated from the smaller Binnenalster by the Kennedy Bridge, are one large park.

Joggers come to squeeze in their early morning exercise and friends meet up for coffee at one of the many kiosks and bars on the tree-lined banks.

Those canals and slow-flowing rivers in the upper parts of the lake weave through Hamburg’s most affluent quarters.

When the weather’s warm you’ll be able to hire a canoe or rowboat at Osterbekkanal for instance to navigate the city in a less conventional way.

13. St Michael’s Church

St Michael's Church, Hamburg

Northern Germany’s most famous Baroque church has seen a lot of drama in its time.

The design is from the 17th century, and that 132-metre dark cupola at the top of the tower is visible from almost any part of the city.

In 1750 it came tumbling down after a lightning strike, and was razed again by fire in 1906 to be totally reconstructed in 1912. Ironically St Michael’s Church managed to escape extensive damage in the Second World War and was already repaired by the early 1950s.

You can go up to the observation deck at 106 metres for a complete view of the harbour, and just be wowed by the building’s spectacular proportions: There’s room for 2,500 worshippers inside, while the vast 17th-century crypt holds the remains of 2,425 people including composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (second son of Joseph Sebastian).

14. Fischmarkt

Hamburg Fischmarkt

For those brave partygoers who have the stamina, a Hamburg tradition requires you to stagger down from the Reeperbahn to the fish market on the harbour to continue the party into Sunday morning.

From March to November the market opens at 05:00 and the 19th-century Fischauktionhalle has live bands and djs.

There’s a strange mix of early-risers and people who haven’t even been to bed hovering around the stalls, which sell flowers, fruit and fresh fish (the fish traders are pretty entertaining). You can also soak up some of that alcohol with a Fischbrötchen, Hamburg’s answer to Berlin’s Currywurst.

It’s a roll stuffed with mackerel, herring, pollock, salmon or shrimp, fresh from the North Sea.

15. Hamburg Rathaus

Hamburg Rathaus

Hamburg’s city hall is as stirring as they come, and reflects the prosperity and optimism of a newly united Germany at the end of the 19th century.

The architecture on the 133-metre-wide facade is Neo-Renaissance, and the tower in the centre soars to 112 metres.

There are short-term exhibitions inside, which are free to view and you can go through to the courtyard, which has a fountain crowned with a statue of the goddess Hygieia.

Or you can pay a small fee and take an hour-long tour.

The interior has more of a Historicist design and one of its talking points is the amazing number of rooms inside: 647 at the last count, because oddly enough a whole new room was discovered in the tower in 1971.

16. Tierpark Hagenbeck

Tierpark Hagenbeck

If you’re really fond of animals you may be tentative about visiting a zoo, but Hamburg’s has always placed a lot of importance in the welfare of its inhabitants.

Carl Hagenbeck and his son who established the zoo initiated the “Panorama Exhibit”, in which animals’ natural habitats were recreated using moats as natural barriers, all allowing clearer views for visitors.

The zoo is in 24 hectares of Planten un Blomen, and the walking trail adds up to more than six kilometres.

Among the park’s 510 species are Asian elephants, Rothschild giraffes, impalas, leopards, orangutans, zebras, ostriches, lions, porcupine and alpacas.

The aquarium holds more than half of the park’s species, from spiders to sharks, all in terrariums and 29 separate freshwater and seawater tanks.

17. Sternschanze

Sternschanze

Head a couple of stops north of the Reeperbahn for a walk on Hamburg’s grubby but independent side.

To the naked eye Sternschanze is a bit intimidating for its walls coated in graffiti and some of the interesting characters that roam its streets.

You’ll come across anarchist communes mingling with hipster bars and unusual shops.

If there’s a demonstration happening in Hamburg you can put money on it going down in Sternschanze.

But because of the neighbourhood’s DIY ethic some of the best parties also take place in this quarter.

They’re organised by university students or local art scenesters but open to everyone in the loop.

Just do a bit of digging online and see what you can find.

Suggested tour : Downtown, Alster & Alternative Areas Bike Tour

18. Dialogue in the Dark

Dialogue in the Dark

Also in the Speicherstadt is one of the few museums that will genuinely change your outlook on the world.

Dialogue in the Dark was the first in an international network of attractions that puts you in shoes of a blind person, requiring you to use your other senses to get through.

You’ll be blindfolded in a small group led by a blind or visually impaired guide.

The museum’s power lies in its sense of role reversal, as you’ll be vulnerable and dependent on you guide for help.

That instant hit of empathy bleeds into other spheres of course, which was what its founder Andreas Heinecke intended.

He created the museum while processing the knowledge that members of his family had been killed in the holocaust.

19. Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

Within touching distance of the Hauptbahnhof is a decorative arts museum par excellence.

The scope of the galleries is dizzying and if your idea of a perfect day is spent adoring masterfully made porcelain, tapestry, sculpture, weapons and musical instruments there’s nowhere better.

A brief summary of the best bits has to include an Art Nouveau/Jugendstil ensemble of jewellery, poster art, furniture, glassware from the 1900 Paris World Exposition, 650 classical artefacts, high fashion from the 18th century to today and a 1728 harpsichord crafted by Christian Zell.

20. Deichtorhallen

Deichtorhallen

Between the Hauptbahnhof and Hafencity is an exhibition centre for art and photography in glass, brick and steel market halls erected in the 1910s.

The Deichtorhallen are a sight to behold from the outside, in an Industrial style in the period between Jugendstil and post-First World War styles like Bauhaus and Art Deco.

They also constitute one of the largest exhibition spaces in Europe that has put on landmark shows for Nobuyoshi Araki, Gilbert & George, Sarah Moon and Antony Gormley in the last few years alone.

21. Treppenviertel Blankenese

Treppenviertel Blankenese Hamburg

Grab the S-Bahn or ferry to this quaint old neighbourhood ten kilometres from the city centre above the right bank of the Elbe.

Treppenviertel literally means “Stairs Quarter” and that’s where this neighbourhood’s allure comes from.

Untouched by the war, the Treppenviertel is a chaos of sharp, twisting alleys, walled by beautiful whitewashed houses and interlinked by stairways.

These add up to more than 5,000 steps, and don’t be surprised if curiosity leads you to walk them all, before you have to stop next to the Elbe for much-needed refreshment.

At Easter the Blankenese is one of the places on the river where large bonfires are held.

22. Chilehaus

Chilehaus

Two streets in from the Speicherstadt is an eye-catching building inscribed in the same World Heritage Site and lauded by architects for 90 years.

The Chilehaus was built in early 1920s in a style known as Brick Expressionism: The frame is made from reinforced concrete, and is overlaid with 4.8 million grey bricks.

For photos the best angle is on east side where the wavelike facades of this nine-storey wonder convene at a sharp point on the corner of Burchardstraße and Pumpen like the bow of a colossal ship.

The man behind the design was Johann Friedrich Höger, and it was constructed for the banker Henry Brarens Sloman who made his fortune shipping saltpetre from Chile.

23. FC St Pauli

Millerntor Stadium

You just know that a sports team based St Pauli will have a unique identity.

FC St Pauli operates according to rules that anchor it to its location, imprinting a philosophy of tolerance and social responsibility into its makeup.

The club plays its home games at the29,500-capacity Millerntor Stadium on the west side of Planten un Blomen.

The stadium is in the shadow of the Hamburger Flaktürme, a literally indestructible Nazi fortress, now a renewable energy centre with a cafe on its roof.

The stadium has just been updated, and the match-day experience is claimed to be one of the best in Europe.

Rock music by AC-DC and Blur soundtracks the match and there’s visible support for the city’s gay community and ethnic minorities.

24. Kampnagel

Kampnagel

Hamburg is awash with entertainment arts venues in unexpected places, but none are as large or surprising as Kampnagel on the Osterbekkanal.

The venue’s hangar-like halls used to contain a crane factory and has become the largest centre for contemporary performing arts in Europe.

It almost doesn’t matter what’s on; you should just come down to experience Kampnagel’s size, at a play, concert, exhibition, talk, movie screening, symposium or intimate gig.

It’s all the base for the International Summer Festival in August, putting on more than 50 productions in disciplines like dance, film, visual arts and theatre.

25. Hamburger Dom

Hamburger Dom

Heiligengeistfeld in St Pauli is the stage for a humungous funfair and market three times a year.

The Hamburger Dom is 30 days long each time and happens roughly in November (Winterdom), April (Frühlingsdom) and August (Summerdom). There are classic carousels, state-of-the-art roller coasters and sideshows aplenty, while the food is always a big factor.

More than 100 stalls trade at the fair, most selling Hamburg’s beloved herring sandwiches, Currywurst or more international fare.

The air is filled with the fragrance of roasted almonds, and other sweet treats like Schmalzkuchen (mini donuts) and candyfloss.

The oldest of the three fairs is the Winterdom, which goes back to the 1000s and found its present location at Heiligengeistfeld in 1893. Be there on Friday nights for the fireworks display at 22:30 to kick off a night out on the Reeperbahn.

25 Best Things to Do in Hamburg (Germany):

  • Speicherstadt
  • Elbphilharmonie
  • Planten un Blomen
  • International Maritime Museum
  • Kunsthalle Hamburg
  • Miniatur Wunderland
  • Harbour Boat Tour
  • Jungfernstieg
  • Elbe Tunnel
  • Außenalster
  • St Michael's Church
  • Hamburg Rathaus
  • Tierpark Hagenbeck
  • Sternschanze
  • Dialogue in the Dark
  • Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe
  • Deichtorhallen
  • Treppenviertel Blankenese
  • FC St Pauli
  • Hamburger Dom

Germany Travel Tips: 20 Things To Know Before Visiting Hamburg

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Planning your first trip to Germany? Here are 20 things to keep in mind when traveling to Hamburg for the first time. From getting around the city to ways to save money, these essential Hamburg tips will help you make the best of your Germany experience!

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1| You Will Come Across Countless Bridges

If we ask which city has the most bridges in the world, many people would say either Amsterdam or Venice. But it is Hamburg that has the most (with almost 2500) – more than Amsterdam and Venice combined!

Places to Visit Hamburg City

This has to do with Hamburg’s location. If you take a look at the map, you will see that Hamburg is surrounded on all sides with water. There is River Alster feeding into the two lakes in the middle of the city, the Inner and Outer Alster (Binnenalster and Außenalster), and the River Elbe flowing into the North Sea. For this reason, bridges were built to connect the lands.

As you stroll around the city, you will encounter countless bridges for you to photograph!

2| Mid-Spring is the Best Time to Visit Hamburg

Winter is cold and gloomy. Summer is too touristy. When exactly is the best time to travel to Germany?

If you want to enjoy nice weather and avoid the crowds, the best time to explore Germany, or Hamburg specifically, is around April and May. Temperatures are comfortable during this time. It is also when the flowers start to bloom!

Hamburg Spring

3| It’s Visa-Free For Canadians and US Citizens

Germany is one of the 26 countries within the Schengen zone. For now, Canadian and American passport holders do not need a visa to travel within the Schengen countries for stays under 90 days in any 180-day period.

Wondering about the specific requirements? Visit ETIAS website for more info.

Travel Boarding

4| Hamburg Airport is Only 25 Mins Away

The closest airport near Hamburg is Hamburg Airport (HAM) , also known as Flughafen Hamburg in German, which is only 10 km away from Hamburg city centre.

This international airport is well-connected by public transport. Simply hop on S1 S-Bahn train and you can get to Hamburg’s Hauptbahnhof (central train station) from the airport in just 25 mins (€3,30)!

The train runs every 10 mins from 6 am to 11 pm on weekdays and from 8 am to 11 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

If you prefer taking a taxi, a ride to the city centre will cost between €20-€30 depending on where you want to go.

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5| Getting Around Hamburg is a Breeze

You don’t need to drive to get around Hamburg city – thanks to its extensive public transport system. Subways, buses, rapid rails, and ferries make up the Hamburg public transport (HVV) and will get you to all corners of the city!

Hamburg CARD

6| It’s One of the Most Bike Friendly Cities in the World

Like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, Hamburg is an extremely bike-friendly city. Bike lanes are laid out all over the city, making it easy to explore Hamburg on two wheels!

Pro tip: Hamburg has a wonderful bike-sharing system called StadtRAD in place for visitors to rent a bike from one of the 220 stations located around the city. It is free as long as you don’t exceed the 30 mins limit for each trip!

Bikes Hamburg Germany

7| There’s No Uber, But You Can Book a Ride via mytaxi App

Want to travel in style? No problem, take a taxi!

taxi

Uber doesn’t operate in Hamburg, but you can order one via mytaxi app, available in English and can be downloaded onto iPhones and Android phones.

The best part is: you don’t need a phone number or input credit card number to use the app. Just register an account and you can immediately book a ride!

We tested it out in Europe and loved how reliable and convenient it is! Use our code “free4” to get a free international SIM Card + $10 USD additional airtime (expires on 8/31/2019).

8| Hamburg is For Art and Design Lovers

Hamburg is a creative hub for young designers and art lovers. With its vibrant art scene, you can find inspirations to fuel your creativity.

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie at night from Hafen

Hamburg’s HafenCity, for example, is a hybrid area of old and new structures seamlessly fused together. The contrast of modern buildings like Elbphilharmonie and historical UNESCO site, Speicherstadt, makes the area particularly charming and interesting. You can probably understand why this is our favourite place for photography in Hamburg !

Speicherstadt Top Places to Visit in Hamburg City

Want to see more? Set aside a day discovering the Kunstmeile, Hamburg’s Art Mile.  Essentially, it is an association of  5 art museums , presenting a vibrant collection of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, applied arts and design.

These museums are conveniently located within a short walk from one another so you can easily visit them all within a day or two.

A 3-day Kunstmeile Pass (€25) will give you unlimited entry to all these 5 Hamburg hotspots : Bucerius Kunst Forum, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstverein Hamburg, and Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. It can be purchased online or at the museums, and only costs €20 with the Hamburg CARD.

9| Alster Lakes are the Central Part of Hamburg City Life

Hamburg City Jungfernstieg

The Alster Lakes—the Inner Alster (Binnenalster) and Outer Alster (Außenalster) are an integral part of Hamburg city life and top places to visit in Hamburg. The two artificial lakes are where the locals go to spend their free time. It is common to see people sailing, paddle boating, kayaking, and rowing all around the Alster throughout the year!

Surrounded by architectural landmarks, the Inner Alster Lake casts a spell of enchantment. We especially loved this lake for its scenery. This is also where the Hamburg boat tours depart from.

10| Most Restaurants Are Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Planning to eat out? Make sure you check the restaurants’ operating hours prior to your outing. You’ll likely to find many restaurants not open on Sundays and Mondays. Some restaurants attached to hotels might be open for business, and even then advance reservation may be required.

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11| No Shopping on Sundays

In case you plan to do some shopping in Hamburg, remember to keep in mind that most stores are closed on Sundays as well. Even inside big shopping malls like Europa Passage and Elbe Einkaufszentrum , shops only open from Mondays to Saturdays.

Another thing worth noting is that grocery stores and shops do not open past 8 pm.

Shopping

12| Tipping is Not Compulsory

So what is the tipping etiquette in Hamburg?

Unlike in North America, tipping is not mandatory. However, when dining out at nice restaurants, it is customary to give a 10% tip. For small purchases (at bars and cafes), locals tend to round-up the bill.

13| They Don’t Drink Tap Water

Don’t get us wrong, Germany’s tap water is totally safe to drink. Germans just scoff at the idea. You will rarely see them drink tap water with their meal.

One thing that we couldn’t get used to in Germany is that restaurants will almost never provide complimentary tap water. The only options you have are either still or sparkling water . Try asking for tap water and you will likely get “no” for an answer. (Either they really want you to pay for water, or they think bottled water taste so much better. We don’t get it. If you’re German, let us know why you do this!!!)

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Take a tour at their grocery stores and you will quickly realize their obsession with sparkling water . Various brands of sparkling water occupy shelves after shelves (they usually takes up an entire aisle) with different amount of carbonation. “Classic” and “sprudel” means maximum sparkling; “mild” and “medium” translates to slightly sparkling; and “still” and “naturell” indicates non- carbonated.

Each brand has its own colour coding system. If you ever wonder how the the brands tastes differently from one another, we encourage you to buy some and try them out! We tested a few different ones and were surprised to find how different they taste!

14| Pack Type F Electrical Plugs in Your Luggage

Germany operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50HZ. Be sure to check if your device and appliance can support the voltage. Otherwise, you will need a voltage converter.

The power plugs in Germany are of type F, with two round pins and two earth clips on the side. Make sure to buy power plug adapters if you’re traveling from Canada or USA.

15| You Can Get By With English

Don’t worry if you don’t speak German! You can get by easily in Hamburg without speaking a word of German. Most people working in the hospitality industry (in tourist attractions, hotels, and restaurants) speak English.

During our time in Hamburg, there were only twice when the staff couldn’t speak any English. We easily resolved it with Google Translate, accompanied by body language and a smile 😉

It is helpful to learn a little German though. Simple greetings like guten tag  (hello) and danke (thank you) will go a long way.

16| Credit Cards are Widely Accepted

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Mastercard and Visa are commonly accepted at hotels, restaurants, shops, and even at HVV ticket machines!

As always, it is helpful to have cash in hand, just in case you run into places that are cash only. 

17| Bring Your Own Bag

To tackle the issue of plastic bags pollution, the German government makes retailers charge customers for plastic bags. You will find that more and more shops, supermarkets, and drugstores don’t provide free plastic bags.

It is encouraged to bring your own reusable bags, but if you forget to bring one, some stores will offer bags made out of cotton, paper or jute, or charge a small fee (at least €0,5) for a plastic bag.

18| Beer is Sold at Grocery Stores

Germans’ love for beer is known worldwide. Unlike in Canada and the US where beer is only sold at liquor stores, you can buy them at grocery stores and supermarkets like Rewe and Edeka. In fact, all types of alcoholic drinks can be found at grocery stores!

Beer is displayed in crates, but feel free to grab just a few bottles.

19| Prepare Yourself For a Culinary Adventure

Most people don’t think of Hamburg as a culinary destination, but they should.

Home to 13 Michelin stars restaurants , Hamburg presents a wide range of gastronomic treats from traditional flavours and classic cuisine to creative twists and modern flares.

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In addition, local Hamburg food is not to be underestimated. Drawing on its maritime heritage and French influence, Hamburg has a few unique local dishes for you to try, including Franzbrötchen (French rolls), Currywurst (curried sausage), Labskaus (Seafarers’ stew of potatoes and cured beef mashed with beetroot) and Rote Grütze (mixed berries and cherry compote served with vanilla custard).

20| St. Pauli is The Buzzing Hub

Before deciding where to stay in Hamburg , you need to know that St. Pauli is where the party takes place. Yes, it is notoriously known for its nightlife and red light district (Reeperbahn) , but St. Pauli has a lot more to offer.

In the south, there’s Landungsbrücken piers , overlooking the Elbe River. Ferries transport passengers to various different parts of the city. In the north, the Planten un Blomen park is a gorgeous green space to stroll around and escape daily routine.

Landungsbrucken Hamburg, Germany

Hip fashion boutiques and trendy cafes can be found in the narrow streets of Karolinenviertel . If theatre is your religion, Schmidts Tivoli and Operettenhaus deliver an entertaining night out.

So if you are looking for the best area to stay in Hamburg, St. Pauli is undeniably the place to be. There’s so much happening there and it is super close to major tourist attractions in Hamburg.

Hamburg is one of the best cities in Germany to visit for cultured travelers, foodies, and photographers. Remember these travel tips when planning your trip to Germany and you’ll enjoy a smooth, stress-free journey!

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Update on the article: 1. Rewe supermarket is open till 22:00 hours in certain places so grocery isn’t a problem. 2. Uber has started plying in Hamburg from July 2019.. myTaxi is now called freenow.

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As a Berliner visiting Hamburg for the first time, this article was a comprehensive guide that made my trip planning much easier. The point about Hamburg having the most bridges in the world surprised me. It gave me a whole new perspective on the city’s geography and how it’s been shaped by the rivers. The transportation information, especially the details about getting to and from the airport, was very useful. The emphasis on the best time to visit in mid-Spring was also well-taken. It’s clear that Hamburg has a unique character and I’m eager to explore it!

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Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany and is home to almost 1.9 million people. This beautiful and lively city is becoming more and more popular with tourists from all over the world! Most people love to explore Hamburg with the amazing architecture, gloomy history, and fun things to do in Hamburg .

But do you know where to stay in Hamburg? What sights to see? Or how to get around Hamburg? There are usually hundreds of questions before a trip, which is why you should read my travel guide to Hamburg. In this guide, you’ll get answers to all these questions before your trip to Hamburg in Germany.

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When is the best time to visit Hamburg?

Hamburg is a destination that you can visit all year round. I can recommend visiting Hamburg in December , where there’s a magical atmosphere with Christmas markets and lots of Christmas lights in the streets. It’s so cozy and wonderful!

However, you should be aware that it’s cold in Hamburg in the winter , so remember plenty of warm clothes! I actually wouldn’t visit Hamburg in the other winter months because it’s simply too cold.

Another great time to visit Hamburg is during the summer months . In the summer it rains less than in the autumn and spring in Hamburg , and although it may be hot, the temperature is still comfortable.

How much time should you spend in Hamburg?

Most people who visit Hamburg only spend a few days exploring the city. If you want to make the most of your trip to Hamburg, I can highly recommend that you spend 3-4 days in Hamburg . This way you’ll have enough time to see all the most important and best things to do in Hamburg .

To be completely honest, staying in Hamburg for a long time might get a little boring. Even though there’s a lot to do, I personally think that there are much more fun things to do in Berlin , for example. But that’s just my opinion.

I still return to Hamburg regularly because I live in Denmark, a fairly short drive from Hamburg. And even though Hamburg isn’t exciting for a whole week, Hamburg is still great for a few days!

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Where to stay in Hamburg?

So there are already hundreds of travel blogs recommending specific hotels in Hamburg and other travel destinations. I personally don’t like being limited to a few hotels, and would much rather research offers on Hotels.com or Booking.com myself. Prices are constantly changing and you may be able to find better hotels by searching yourself.

For example, I just stayed at a brand new hotel in the Harz Mountains, Germany for less than half the price. If I had not searched for hotels myself, I would never have found it – because I was the first to ever stay there. So be sure to check out the hotels in Hamburg yourself so you don’t miss out on great deals!

But in return, I would like to recommend the best neighborhoods in Hamburg. There are many cozy neighborhoods in Hamburg, and none of them are dangerous to stay in. But of course most it’s obvious to stay close to the city center, especially if you want to experience Hamburg. When looking for a hotel, you should consider staying in one of the following neighborhoods in Hamburg:

Altstadt is the center of Hamburg and is the perfect neighborhood in Hamburg if this is your first visit to the city. This is where you’ll find the town hall, the main train station and many of the best sights in Hamburg. Of course, there are also plenty of shops and restaurants in Alstadt.

Neustadt is part of the center of Hamburg and is another perfect choice if this is your first visit to the city. The neighborhood is close to many sights and offers several cozy restaurants, shops, and bars.

St. Georg is located near the center of Hamburg and is close to the major sights of the city. It’s a lively and cozy district with lots of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars. St. Georg is an exciting area, known as the gay and artist district of Hamburg. The atmosphere is wonderful and there’s a large selection of hotels.

St. Pauli is a lively and entertaining neighborhood with partying around the clock. The area is especially popular for young people who want to experience the nightlife in Hamburg.

Karolinenviertel is a hip and creative neighborhood in Hamburg with a great atmosphere and lots of small shops, cafes, restaurants, and parks. The relatively quiet district is perfect for families with children or people who just want to take it easy.

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How to get around Hamburg?

Most of Hamburg’s main sights are within walking distance and require only a short walk. Besides walking around on foot, the easiest way to get around the city is by taking public transportation in Hamburg . It’s easy to navigate and is well developed with buses, trains, metros, and ferries to transport you around the city.

If you use public transportation more than a few times a day, it may be a good idea to buy a Hamburg Card . It costs around $ 12.50 for a full day, but you can also buy it for several days and get a discount. Once you have purchased a Hamburg Card, you can use public transport in Hamburg indefinitely, and you can even get discounts on some of the best sights in Hamburg! It’s actually a win-win situation!

Of course, there’s also plenty of opportunities to take a taxi around the city, but it’s more expensive. In a taxi, there’s a risk of traffic jams on the roads, just like if you rent a car or arrive in your own car . If you’re driving around in a car, keep in mind that parking fees in Hamburg can be expensive.

Another opportunity to get around Hamburg is to rent a bike and experience Hamburg in a different way. It’s really easy to rent bikes at the many bike stations around the city. You just have to pay for the bike in a vending machine, and when you no longer bother, just drop it off at the nearest bike station. Besides getting around the city, it’s also a really fun experience in Hamburg.

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What sights to see in Hamburg?

Hamburg is a wonderful city with an exciting history of world wars, shipping, and different cultures. And there are many fun things to do in Hamburg , so here’s a list of some of the most important must-see things to do in Hamburg:

Miniatur Wunderland is the largest model railway in the world with miniature versions of landscapes and famous buildings from large parts of the world! The exhibition is huge and it’s impressive to see the work behind the model railway.

Port of Hamburg is one of the largest ports in the world and has a long maritime history. You should definitely visit the port during your trip to Hamburg. It’s so nice to go for a walk along the quay.

Speicherstadt is the largest warehouse district in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area is absolutely charming with old red brick buildings, tranquil canals, iron bridges, and small idyllic streets.

Reeperbahn is a long and festive street filled with nightclubs, bars, restaurants, theaters, entertainment, and strip clubs. In other words, this is where you’ll find Hamburg’s best nightlife!

Planten un Blomen is a beautiful park in the center of Hamburg. In the park, you can visit a botanical garden and the largest Japanese garden in Europe!

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Where to go shopping in Hamburg?

As in any big city, there are also many opportunities for shopping in Hamburg. Shopping malls, department stores, pedestrian streets, designer shops, and discount stores – Hamburg has it all! Here’s a small selection of the best places to go shopping in Hamburg:

Mockenbergstrasse is the largest shopping street in Hamburg. Here is everything from large international stores to small specialty stores and lots of department stores.

Europa Passage is the largest shopping center in Hamburg with more than 120 stores. The center offers a wide selection of shops for any type of shopper.

Neuer Wall is a street full of exclusive and extremely expensive branded stores such as Gucci, Prada, Hugo Boss, Armani, and Rolex. This is where you should go if your pockets are filled with gold.

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What to eat in Hamburg?

In Hamburg, there are restaurants on every street corner and it’s difficult to tell which the best restaurants in Hamburg are. We all have different tastes in food, so I just want to tell you what kind of food you should definitely not miss in Hamburg!

When visiting Hamburg, I would recommend trying German specialties . Some of the most traditional food in Germany are sausages, wiener schnitzels, fried potatoes and of course German beer! Try some of it, I’m sure you’ll love it! If not, you have still had the experience of trying traditional German food. Fun!

Tips for Hamburg

  • In Hamburg and Germany in general, payments are made in Euros.
  • Remember to withdraw some money as many places in Hamburg do not accept credit cards. Unbelievable, but true.
  • It’s common to pay 5-10 percent of the bill in gratuities at restaurants in Hamburg.
  • Consider buying a Hamburg Card that offers unlimited use of public transportation and great discounts on many sights in Hamburg.

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Spring: This is a very good time if you want to visit Hamburg and explore the parks. Cherry blossoms bloom in April and May. Room rates or services will be slightly lower than during the peak tourist season is summer.

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Summer: The peak tourist season in Hamburg, nice weather but more rain than other seasons. Areas such as parks, restaurants, pubs, and beaches are crowded places to avoid the heat and enjoy the summer sun.

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Autumn – Winter: The temperatures gradually decrease from the end of October in Hamburg. This is a good time to hunt for cheap tickets to travel to this city, as the weather will gradually get worse. Winter is very bleak, it is cloudy, much cold and rainy days. However, the Christmas season is a very good opportunity to explore Hamburg. There are many festivals take place during the month before the biggest holiday of the year.

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Hamburg blog: Where to stay?

As a modern city, you can rest assured there are many options for hotels or hostels in Hamburg. If you have a good budget, you must stay at The Westin Hamburg hotel ( Agoda.com or Booking.com ) with a beautiful view of the Elbe River. This river flows straight to the sea.

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Alternatively, you might consider the 5-star Renaissance Hamburg Hotel ( Agoda.com or Booking.com ) located in the New Town area. The hotel with deep tones, elegant interior, prime location in the heart of the bustling shopping district of Hamburg center.

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If you are traveling alone on an average budget, you can refer to the hostel I stayed at the Generator Hamburg ( Agoda.com or Booking.com ) . This hostel is located right next to the central station, the surroundings are extremely bustling and crowded. The quality of service as well as facilities in this hostel are also quite good.

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25hours Hotel HafenCity , a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $151/night (Check rates on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).

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NH Collection Hamburg City , a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $99/night (Check rates on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).

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Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Speicherstadt , a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $129/night (Check rates on Agoda.com or Booking.com ).

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You can find more, check rates, availability & book for hotels in this city on Agoda.com or Booking.com .

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Kunsthalle is one of Germany’s most important museums. This art museum displays artifacts spanning through 7 centuries, up to the contemporary art era. In addition, the top floor of the building also has a beautiful cafe overlooking the city.

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Address: Glockengießerwall 5, 20095 Hamburg, Germany Hours: 10AM–6PM / Monday: Closed

International Maritime Museum

Hamburg is one of Europe’s most important seaports and this museum is a witness to 3,000 years of maritime history. Here, you will be immersed in the large collections of marine ship models, art, uniforms and images come from Peter Tamm.

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Address: Koreastraße 1, 20457 Hamburg, Germany Hours: 10AM–6PM

The Museum of Arts and Crafts

This is one of the largest museums in Europe and it displays decorative artworks from the past 4,000 years. Exhibits everything from fashion (Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen, etc.), textiles, and jewelry to photography, and graphic design.

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Address: Steintorpl., 20099 Hamburg, Germany Hours: 10AM–6PM/Monday: Closed

Watching the city from St. Michael’s Church

One of the best spots to watching Hamburg from above is from St. Michael’s Church. You can visit the church for free, and pay €5 to take the elevator to the top of the 132m high bell tower. From here you can see the panoramic city with a 360-degree view.

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Miniatur Wunderland

This tourist place is extremely famous in Germany, with its enchanting train models. This complex is located on an area of ​​up to 1,300 square meters, with more than a thousand models of trains, planes, cars and ships. A wonder of miniature world. You can find a little Venice, San Francisco as in real life, from people to scenery.

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Address: Kehrwieder 2/Block D, 20457 Hamburg, Germany Hours: 7AM–1AM/Saturday: 7AM–2AM

Hamburg Street Art

Hamburg is also a paradise of street art or graffiti. You can find it on every meter of street in the neighborhoods of St.Pauli, Sternschanze, and Karolinenviertel. Don’t forget to walk for hours to explore these beautiful street paintings.

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Elbe Tunnel

Elbe Tunnel also known as St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel, is a long tunnel running under the River Elbe. Completed more than 100 years ago (built in 1911), this tunnel connects the city center with the port in the south of the city. Elbe Tunnel is open 24 hours a day for pedestrians and cyclists, and is also a tourist attraction.

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Take some beautiful pictures in Hafencity

The Harbor City area of ​​Hamburg is truly a haven for those who love taking pictures. You can walk along canals in Wandrahmsfleet, step over iron bridges here to see the buildings reflected in the calm water surface. The best time to take good photos is at sunset. When the electric lights from the buildings lights up. A very famous building here is the Wasserschloss with a restaurant inside it.

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Planten un Blomen and Stadtpark

Planten un Blomen means for Plants and Flowers in German, is a green park located in the heart of the city. This is a great place for you and your family to relax on weekends, enjoy the freshness of nature. This park has a lot of playgrounds for children. It is also known as the largest Japanese garden in Europe.

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Address: Marseiller Str., 20355 Hamburg, Germany Hours: 7AM–11PM

The Stadtpark, often referred to as Hamburg’s “Green Heart”, is also a large park located in the north of the city. This area is filled with statues, lakes, and playgrounds for you to visit and relax.

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Address: Hamburg, Germany Hours: Open 24 hours

Elbphilharmonie Theater (Elbe Philharmonic Hall)

Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall is one of the most modern and large theaters in the world. Although It has just opened, this can also be considered a symbol of Hamburg, like a pearl facing the blue sea. Admission is quite high but you can get up to the 360 ​​degree observatory for just €2, book tickets here.

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Address: Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Jungfernstieg

If you have come to Hamburg without visiting Jungfernstieg, it means you have not come to this city yet. Jungfernstieg can be considered as a shopping, cultural and dining center when traveling to Hamburg. The bustling streets with famous fashion brands, large shopping mall, and countless German restaurants and eateries. In addition, you can not miss Lake Binnenalster with cherry blossoms falling into the lake in spring, beautiful and mesmerizing!

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Seaport in Hamburg

Hamburg is Germany’s largest port city, so there’s nothing more exciting than spending a visit to the port with the ships moored here. In particular, remember to visit the area where there are 2 old ships Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego. These ships have been renovated into museums and you can visit and see from afar. Also, do not forget to visit the interior of the former Soviet-era U-434 submarine still anchored at the port.

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Experience the Christmas market in Hamburg

The Christmas market that I want you to experience when coming to Hamburg is St. Pauli. Not only the Christmas market, this is really the most “notorious” playing and dining area in this city. Especially the nightlife and the exclusive gay areas. When the Christmas season comes, this area is often lavishly decorated and the earliest in the city. Lights everywhere, harmonized with the music, the sound of playing, very exciting!

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Some other attractive places to visit:

  • Deichtorhallen: One of the largest art centers for contemporary art and photography in Europe.
  • St. Pauli Stadium: The atmosphere in the stadium is always exciting, don’t forget to buy tickets to watch a football match.
  • Tierpark Hagenbeck: Hamburg Zoo.
  • PROTOTYP Museum: Automobile museum with samples displaying about 50 antique cars throughout the 80-year history of Germany’s famous automobile industry.
  • Day trip to Lübeck: An ancient German village recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with just a short train ride from Hamburg.

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Hamburg travel guide (Hamburg guide): Transportation and public transport in Hamburg

How to get to hamburg.

By air: As one of the largest cities in Germany, you can easily catch flights to Hamburg from anywhere in Europe. When arriving at the airport, there will be a subway connecting between Hamburg airport and the city center with just 30 minutes.

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By train: The last station for trains from other cities is Hamburg Hauptbahnhof central station, located in the city center. The station connects with 4 lines in the German S-Bahn train system and 6 subway lines of U-Bahn.

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By ZOB long-distance bus: Hamburg has a large bus hub right next to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof station. From here you can catch Flixbus to other major cities in Europe.

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Getting around the city by public transport

One very convenient thing about getting in and around Hamburg when traveling to Hamburg is regional train, subway, bus and ferry all use the same type of ticket. This standard ticket is used for most major means of transportation and areas of the city including airport access. You can go to hvv.de to plan your itinerary and schedule.

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Also you can buy Hamburg Card if you travel a lot because with this ticket you will have unlimited use of public transport. There will also be discounts for some attractions. Traveling by public transport in Hamburg is similar to traveling in other cities in Germany.

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Hamburg Card

The basic types of tickets to travel within the city:

  • Single ticket: €3.30 / time
  • Daily ticket: €7.80
  • Daily ticket (after 9am): €6.50

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S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains

The two main types of trains to traveling in the city are the U-Bahn (underground lines) and the S-Bahn (suburban lines). You can take these two trains to get to anywhere. Both operate from 4:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m, and open 24/24 on weekends.

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Because there are no barriers at stations in Germany, you will need to validate your ticket to take the train. Sometime, the staff will check randomly and you will get a heavy fine if you don’t have a ticket.

Travel by ferry

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Although not very popular with tourists, there are 6 ferry lines in Hamburg that take you to different places in the city. The tip is that you can take the ferry number 61 to reach quite a few famous attractions. Access here for details.

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Hamburg travel blog: What and where to eat in Hamburg?

Hamburg is a great tourist destination for those who want to experience food. This city not only has cultural features of Germany, but also has many impressive points of its own. There is still great German beer, but also a variety of seafood from one of Germany’s biggest seaports. Some food experiences you can try in Hamburg include:

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Eating at a Vietnamese eatery in Hamburg

The Vietnamese community in Hamburg is quite crowded, so I see there are quite a few Vietnamese eateries in Hamburg. A good one when I went to Europa Passage was Hanoi Deli Rathaus. This shop is located on the food court in this commercial center, with the fried rice with roasted duck with mango juice that I ordered quite attractive.

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Address: Schauenburgerstraße 49, 20095 Hamburg, Germany Hours: 11:30AM–10PM/Sunday: 1–8:30PM; Saturday: 12:30–10PM

Also you can experience the fast food chain AisaHung in Hamburg as well as across Germany. Here they specialize in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, with full of rice, stir-fried noodles, … In general, the taste is suitable for Vietnamese.

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Address: Kleine Johannisstraße 20, 20457 Hamburg, Germany Hours: 11AM–7PM/Sunday: Closed

Experience the Hamburg cuisine at Daniel Wischer

I found this restaurant in Alstadt, which just outside is a large plaza with a Christmas market. This restaurant is quite large and noisy, because many people often come here to drink. I ordered a large beer, a part of Labskaus with fried eggs and bacon, a part of sea fish fillet and pickled vegetables. Although a bit strange but generally good (enjoy!).

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Address: Große Johannisstraße 3, 20457 Hamburg, Germany Hours: 11:30AM–9PM/Sunday: Closed

Romantic dinner at the restaurant Kartoffelkeller – Little Amsterdam

Little Amsterdam is a call for a colorful block houses next to a small Nikolaifleet canal in Hamburg. These houses are romantic restaurants that you will often have to pre-book for your dinner. I ordered a potato part, a meat skewer with sauce, and a heavy glass of vodka. The price for this meal is 23 Euros per person.

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Address: Große Johannisstraße 3, 20457 Hamburg, Germany Hours: 12–10PM/Wednesday: Closed

Above are my travel experiences when explore Hamburg, thank you so much for reading and have a good trip!

Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, from and to Hamburg you can refer to

  • Private Hamburg Airport (HAM) Transfers for Hamburg
  • Hamburg City Pass
  • Miniatur Wunderland Entry Ticket With Priority Entrance in Hamburg
  • Hamburg Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Hamburg Discovery Walking Tour
  • Hamburg St. Pauli and Harbor Evening Walking Tour
  • Wax Museum Panoptikum Admission Ticket in Hamburg
  • Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise
  • St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Bars & Red Light District Walking Tour with Drink
  • Hamburg: Port of Hamburg Cruise Tour
  • Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise
  • Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
  • St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour by Drag Queen or Local Celebrity
  • Hamburg: Harbor Evening Lights Cruise
  • Hamburg: Hamburg Dungeon Admission Ticket
  • St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour with Zur Ritze Entry & Drink (18+)
  • Hamburg: Ticket to the Panoptikum Waxworks
  • Hamburg: City Center and Speicherstadt Bike Tour

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Innovative architecture, museum and street art and the wild Fischmarkt in Germany’s second city.

Hamburg town hall and canal

Set at the mouth of the Elbe River where it flows to the North Sea, Hamburg is a city with a strong sense of its own textured history. While many European cities feature medieval buildings alongside newly built structures, Hamburg’s contrasts are particularly striking.

Long an important shipping and strategic location, Hamburg was all but destroyed by the Allies in 1943. Since then, rebuilding has taken many forms, including a Gothic church that’s now a war memorial, an old warehouse district that’s now a city-within-the-city and a vibrant art scene that’s anything but underground.

The raucous Fish Market is open Sundays and sells everything from seafood to souvenirs. Inside the century-old Fischauktionshalle, a live band plays rock and jazz, but doesn’t drown out the bellowed bargaining.

From the elegant city hall to the diverse Kunsthalle museum, from the glass wave-form of the Elbphilharmonie to the brick immensity of the Speicherstadt warehouses, Hamburg surprises at every turn.

Things to see and do in Hamburg

Elbe river and port of hamburg.

The Elbe River, which has been extensively dammed, flows through the middle of the city and forks out into tributaries, canals and lakes, making Hamburg feel like a watery playground.

Hamburg is a port town at its core — the third busiest in Europe, it’s known as Germany’s Gateway to the World. The cranes, container ships and other markers of a major shipping lane dominate the city’s skyline, yet the beauty of Hamburg’s mixed architecture and vibrant everyday life are blended in. You can enjoy water sports and boat tours that give you a different perspective on the city, including a port tour that explores many of the city’s other highlights.

Elbphilharmonie

Rising out of a spit of land that thrusts into the middle of the water is the massive and modern Elbphilharmonie, a glass building constructed atop a 1960s warehouse, with a design of rising waves cresting its top. With its glassy façade, its curving bulk reflects and merges with the sky above the water. From the front, it looks like a ship setting sail.

The Elbphilharmonie houses three concert venues, with some of the most meticulously designed acoustics available. The Plaza, an observation deck at the top of the brick section of the building, is open to the public and gives you a view of Hamburg and the Elbe.

Mahnmal Saint Nikolai — Saint Nicholas Church

The tallest building in the world from 1874 to 1877, Saint Nicholas Church in Hamburg was heavily damaged in World War II. While the basic structure and the spire remained intact, Hamburg chose not to rebuild, and instead has turned the surviving structure into a war memorial, or Mahnmal.

Up a 76.3 m (250 ft) lift through the surviving spire, you can get views of the city, placed in the context of the wartime destruction. A museum in the crypt beneath the church gives a quiet yet unflinching account of the war.

Deichstrasse and Peterstrasse

While Hamburg was devastated by the bombings of 1943, we can help you seek out the handful of hidden-away buildings that remain intact.

The Deichstrasse on the waterfront of one of the canals is the oldest remaining street in Hamburg’s old town. It dates back to the 14th century and is home to some of the oldest buildings in Hamburg, built in the 17th century. They were spared in the Great Fire of 1842, and have been carefully restored. The oldest warehouse, too, is still in Peterstrasse, and was built in 1780.

Along the cobblestone streets, you can now also visit restaurants and cafés serving local delicacies, in-between soaking in the history.

Speicherstadt

Hamburg Speicherstadt

Translating to City of Warehouses, the Speicherstadt is a district of antique warehouses built on timber pilings along the river. The sides of the old brick buildings seem to rise directly out of the water, where boats could pull directly up and load and unload goods. You can visit the site, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2015, on our walking tour, and it’s a major focus for boat tours of the Port of Hamburg.

The Speicherstadt is also a part of the district known as HafenCity, a quarter that’s been under modern redevelopment since 2001 and has rejuvenated the old port area.

One of the largest art museums in the country, the Kunsthalle, or art hall, was founded in 1850 and now houses over seven centuries of European art. The permanent collections focus on 14th-century North German painting, Dutch and Flemish masters of the Renaissance, French and German drawings and paintings from the 19th century and a wide range of modern and contemporary art from around the world.

The museum’s three connected buildings are located in the old town, and you can access them via an underground passage.

Hamburg’s town hall, a working governmental building, is also a historical and architectural site that you can visit. The neo-Renaissance building, with its golden eagles and copper-green roof, was completed in 1897 after the original town hall burned in 1842.

It’s also one of the only intact examples of historicity in Hamburg. In the period of its building, the German Empire was creating and renovating structures in grandiose historic styles, intending to impress upon the world their great wealth and independence.

The building opens up onto the main market square, where a fountain dedicated to Hygieia, the goddess of health and hygiene, was built in remembrance of the cholera epidemic of 1892.

Best time to visit Hamburg

Northern Germany can get cold, especially near the shores of the North Sea, so the warmer months of May through September are the best times to enjoy Hamburg. December is also popular for the city’s Christmas market.

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Day trip to Lubeck and Wismar

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Motel One Group opens second Cloud One Hotel in Hamburg

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Motel One Group has announced its plans to expand The Cloud One Hotels lifestyle brand, by launching 13 hotels by 2026.    

The Group kicked off its expansion plans last month with the opening of its second The Cloud One Hotel – The Cloud One Hamburg-Kontorhaus. The opening follows the successful launch of the brand’s debut New York-Downtown hotel in December 2022, which overlooks the city’s famous skyline and Hudson River.

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Inside The Cloud One Hamburg-Kontorhaus 

Located in the heart of the Kontorhaus district, the new Hamburg hotel features 457 rooms starting at EUR 122 (£105) per night. Reflecting the urban look of the local area and Hamburg lifestyle, The Cloud One Hamburg-Kontorhaus offers high-quality design, products from local partners and exclusive events.

Entering at reception, guests can admire a four by eight-metre artwork by the performance artist Jeannine Platz, capturing the energy of the Hanseatic city with a colourful harbour backdrop. The brand’s first ‘Concept Store’ is right by the reception, where guests can purchase a selection of souvenirs and design highlights.

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The hotel’s lounge is split into two, with the lower section housing a bar area that features a counter made of new terracotta tiles that resemble fish scales. Above this, the ceiling is shaped to resemble the angular Chilehaus. Furniture by Freifrau, Moroso and Fritz Hansen and design elements like ships in bottles and handmade pipes add to the maritime harbour vibe. Both areas of the lounge are connected by a 15-metre-long artwork by Jeannine Platz.

The hotel’s second bar is located on the rooftop, with furniture including pieces by Baxter and Wittmann. Here, connoisseurs will find a wine bar with over 50 German organic wines, curated by Maximilian Wilm, Germany’s Sommelier of the Year 2019. The outdoor terrace invites you to enjoy panoramic views of the sunset and surrounding city, the ‘Sounds in the Clouds’ DJ evening or even rooftop yoga overlooking the Kontorhaus district.

The Cloud One Hamburg-Kontorhaus is powered by 100 per cent green electricity, relies on the latest water-saving fittings and carpets are 100 per cent Cradle to Cradle certified.

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A pipeline for 2024 and beyond   

The Cloud One Düsseldorf-KöBogen is scheduled to follow Hamburg’s launch in mid-2024. Visitors will be impressed with its rooftop bar and highly attractive façade designed by star architect Christoph Ingelhoven. The Cloud One Hotels will also be opening a location in Prague in 2024.

Elsewhere in Europe, locations will be added in Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, Lisbon and Nice, among others, and in the US in Chicago and Miami. A special highlight will include some of the hotels having an impressive roof terrace and even an outdoor pool – an absolute first for the Motel One Group. With the hotel in Lisbon, the Group is also entering the Portuguese market for the first time – its 13th country in Europe, as well as its 14th country worldwide.

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Stefan Lenze, co-CEO of Motel One Group, added: “After a successful market entry in the US, we are bringing The Cloud One Hotels to Germany. Since December 2023, our guests in Hamburg have been able to see the brand for themselves. The Cloud One Hotels will open in mid-2024 in a prime location in the Kö-Bogen office and retail complex in Düsseldorf. For the coming years, we already have a full pipeline with additional locations secured for our second brand.”

The Cloud One Hotels benefit those who want to travel authentically, individually and sustainably, be inspired by design and experience cities. The new hotels feature spectacular rooftop bars with views over the city and offer an individually created organic breakfast as well as a new music and bar concept.

In the wine bars, guests will find curated organic wines and organic snacks, plus a wide selection of cocktails will be available to complement the food and beverage offering. Local DJs will turn the lounge into places to linger with the ‘Sounds in the Cloud’ events.

All the new hotels use 100 percent green electricity. Foods, textiles and sanitary products are all sustainably certified. All amenities such as shampoo, shower gel and body lotion are organic products.  

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