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HamburgGermany

This modern port city is known for its maritime traditions, art galleries and converted warehouse districts filled with restaurants, bars and boutique shops.

Calling itself Germany’s Gateway to the World, Hamburg is the country's biggest port and the second largest in Europe. It is proud of its status as an independent city-state and of its mercantile background, which created much of the city's wealth. Today Hamburg is known for being one of the richest metropolitan areas in Europe, along with Brussels and London.

Located on the River Elbe, Hamburg’s busy port is 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the North Sea. Hamburg Harbor today is home to the International Maritime Museum Hamburg and the museum ship Cap San Diego, which jointly tell the story of Hamburg’s maritime history.

Although the port may be the heart of Hamburg, the city offers many additional features, particularly in the areas of culture and the arts. Visit the vast Hamburger Kunsthalle art gallery and the Deichtorhallen center for contemporary art, which hosts world-renowned international exhibitions. Use Hamburg’s extensive subway system to navigate between museums and galleries, which you’ll find throughout the city. Don’t miss the Miniatur Wunderland (Miniature Wonderland), one of the most visited tourist attractions in Germany.

Hamburg’s city center now contains mostly modern office buildings, as many of its medieval buildings were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1842 or reduced to rubble during World War II. Seek out the Hamburg Rathaus, or Town Hall, which was painstakingly rebuilt and restored to its original 19th-century condition.

Walk around the Speicherstadt and New Docklands areas, where you’ll find renovated former port warehouses and ambitious modern glass-and-steel structures. Admire the architecture, dine at upscale restaurants and shop for one-of-a-kind and luxury items at boutiques. These areas of urban redevelopment, currently the largest such project in Europe, show modern Hamburg at its best, embracing change and moving confidently into the future.

A short distance from the center you can find several large parks and lakes. Visit the Planten un Blomen (Plants and Flowers) park to spend time in the tranquil Japanese Garden. Rent a car or catch Germany’s fast and reliable national train network to explore nearby historic towns.

Where to stay in Hamburg

Hamburg City Center which includes a city, heritage architecture and night scenes

Hamburg City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(215 area reviews)

Travelers love Hamburg City Center for its popular shops, and you can see more of Hamburg by jumping on the metro at Rathaus U-Bahn or Rodingsmarkt U-Bahn. You might spend time checking out top sights like Miniatur Wunderland and Hamburg Dungeon.

Hamburg City Center
Fish Market featuring food and markets

Saint Pauli

4/5Very Good!(35 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and waterfront views are just a few top-rate features of the neighborhood. Make a stop by Reeperbahn or Fish Market while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at St. Pauli U-Bahn to get around town.

Saint Pauli
Fish Market featuring food and markets

Altona

4.5/5Wonderful!(35 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Altona. If sightseeing is on the list, Volksparkstadion is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Hochkamp S-Bahn or Iserbrook S-Bahn to see more of the area.

Altona
Wow. The beauty of spring right in the green space on an intersection on a busy Hamburg street. Discovered while cycling through the city.

Saint Georg

4/5Very Good!(169 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like St. Mary's Cathedral while getting to know Saint Georg, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Lohmuhlenstrasse U-Bahn or South Central U-Bahn to see more of the area.

Saint Georg
Hamburg

HafenCity

Unique features of HafenCity include the restaurants and waterfront views. Make a stop by Miniatur Wunderland or Hamburg Dungeon while you're exploring the area.

HafenCity
Speicherstadt featuring a bridge and a city

Speicherstadt

Speicherstadt is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Miniatur Wunderland and Hamburg Dungeon.

Speicherstadt

Top Hotels in Hamburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum
Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum
3.5 out of 5
Steindamm 68-70, Hamburg, HH
The price is $56 per night

Located in Saint Georg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg and Moenckebergstrasse. Miniatur Wunderland and Hamburg Dungeon ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,606 reviews)

"Amazing clean and friendly people Amazing view and in a great location"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum
25hours Hotel HafenCity
25hours Hotel HafenCity
4 out of 5
Überseeallee 5, Hamburg, HH
The price is $120 per night

Located in HafenCity, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Maritime Museum, Prototyp Auto Museum, and German Customs Museum. Traditional ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)

"Comfortable hotel with some interesting features (music room, photo booths and the like). Good location - convenient for most of the main city attractions but still quiet quiet."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

25hours Hotel HafenCity
AMERON Hamburg Hotel Speicherstadt
AMERON Hamburg Hotel Speicherstadt
4 out of 5
Am Sandtorkai 4, Hamburg, HH
The price is $126 per night

Located in HafenCity, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Maritime Museum, Miniatur Wunderland, and Hamburg Dungeon. Elbe Philharmonic ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (954 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel right on the canal and in the middle of a trendy neighborhood"…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

AMERON Hamburg Hotel Speicherstadt

Getting around Hamburg

Like most large European cities, Hamburg has a fantastic public transportation system that makes car rental unnecessary. All the city’s buses, trains and ferries are run by HVV, so the system is completely integrated. Buy a single ticket to cover your travel across all modes of transportation. You will probably use the S-Bahn (overground rail network) and U-Bahn (underground rail network) the most. Visit the Hamburg Transport Association website.Browse Hamburg rental cars.

Best time to visit

Hamburg has a clear seasonal pattern, with warm summers, cold winters and cool springs and falls. If sunshine is your priority, visit between May and August, when daytime temperatures will be in the mid 60s F (16 C). Spring and fall offer pleasant weather. Brave the cold to visit in December and you will be rewarded with Christmas markets and festive cheer, but bring your warmest clothes.

Popular places to visit in Hamburg

Miniatur Wunderland
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Miniatur Wunderland

4.5/5(99 reviews)

This miniature world and model railway takes visitors through Scandinavia, Austria, Switzerland and the U.S. It is one of the most popular attractions in Germany.

Elbe Philharmonic Hall
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Elbe Philharmonic Hall

4.5/5(96 reviews)

Elbe Philharmonic Hall is a favorite theater with a rich history in Am Sandtorkai/Dalmannkai. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this culturally rich area.

Reeperbahn
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Reeperbahn

4/5(78 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Reeperbahn, a popular shopping spot in Hamburg. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Hagenbeck Zoo
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Hagenbeck Zoo

4.5/5(23 reviews)

The world’s first cageless zoo features animals, an aquarium and a leisure park with hiking trails. See birds fly freely and penguins in their natural habitat.

Fish Market
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Fish Market

4.5/5(63 reviews)

Exotic fruits, flowers, teas and household goods are offered alongside freshly caught fish at this open-air Sunday market.

Hamburg Dungeon
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Hamburg Dungeon

4/5(25 reviews)

Delve into the darker side of Hamburg’s history, brought to life at this attraction through shows, rides and storytelling.

Top things to do in Hamburg

1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

$21
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Red & Blue light Reeperbahn Tour
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Red & Blue light Reeperbahn Tour

$24
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Hamburg Harbour Boat trip (1 hour)
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Hamburg Harbour Boat trip (1 hour)

$23
Per adult
Guided Walking Tour of the Ellbphilharmonie
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Guided Walking Tour of the Ellbphilharmonie

$22
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Sex & Crime Tour of the Reeperbahn and St. Pauli
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Sex & Crime Tour of the Reeperbahn and St. Pauli

$28
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
walking and Quad Biking
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walking and Quad Biking

$320
Per adult

Reviews of Hamburg

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 55.388471177944865%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.83959899749373%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.020050125313283%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 8, 2020

I would have liked to see it!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 6, 2020

Very beautiful city just to walk around and experience.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

Visited the Christmas markets that were still open the week between Christmas and New Years. Great variety of food and crafts. On a Saturday afternoon/evening in late December, the city was alive with people on the streets and in the shopping areas

5/5 - Excellent

Na

Jan 1, 2020

Beautiful city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 28, 2019

Once you figure out public transportation, you are fine!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 23, 2019

Hamburg is absolutely beautiful! It was truly a pleasure to explore the city and learn about its history and culture.

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