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Visit Hamburg

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!(202 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 Hamburg City Hall and Moenckebergstrasse.

Hamburg City Center
Fish Market featuring food and markets

Saint Pauli

4/5Very Good!(32 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!(31 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Volksparkstadion while getting to know Altona, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard 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.
trover photo by Tom Lademann

Saint Georg

3.5/5Good!(155 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Saint Georg. Spend some time visiting top spots like Huhnerposten Events Location, and catch 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
Winterhude showing a park

Hamburg-Nord

4/5Very Good!(50 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Hamburg-Nord. Spend some time visiting top spots like Stadtpark, and catch the metro at Ohlsdorf Station or Sengelmannstrasse U-Bahn to see more of the area.

Hamburg-Nord

Top Hotels in Hamburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novum Hotel Eleazar City Center
Novum Hotel Eleazar City Center
3 out of 5
Bremer Reihe 12-14, Hamburg, HH
¥5,834
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

Located in Saint Georg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ohnsorg Theater, Moenckebergstrasse, and Hamburger Kunsthalle. Hamburg City Hall and Hamburg ...

3.6/5Good! (1,978 reviews)

"The buffet breakfast was excellent. The bed was extremely comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Novum Hotel Eleazar City Center
Novum Hotel Graf Moltke Hamburg
Novum Hotel Graf Moltke Hamburg
Steindamm 1, Hamburg, HH
¥6,765
per night
Jan 12 - Jan 13

Located in Saint Georg, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg and Moenckebergstrasse. Hamburger Kunsthalle and Hamburg City ...

3.7/5Good! (2,022 reviews)

"Central location, clean tidy room, breakfast fine. Good central location and a good base for a few days visit.. would stay again 😀"…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Novum Hotel Graf Moltke Hamburg
Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum
Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum
3.5 out of 5
Steindamm 68-70, Hamburg, HH
¥5,792
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Saint Georg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg and Moenckebergstrasse. Hamburger Kunsthalle and Hamburg City ...

3.8/5Good! (2,158 reviews)

"This is a modern, clean hotel with good sized rooms and amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities and a sauna. Not too far from Hamburg city centre (20 min walk) and near train and subway station."…"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum

Popular things to do in Hamburg

Hagenbeck Zoo
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Hagenbeck Zoo

4.5/5(22 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(60 reviews)

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

St. Michaelis Church
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St. Michaelis Church

4.5/5(140 reviews)

Enjoy a panoramic view of Hamburg from the bronze spire and clock tower of this Baroque 17th-century church devoted to the Archangel Michael.

Volksparkstadion
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trover photo by Chasing Amber

Volksparkstadion

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Catch an event at Volksparkstadion during your trip to Hamburg. Make time for the shops and local tours in this culturally-rich area.

Hamburg City Hall
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Hamburg City Hall

4.5/5(151 reviews)

This majestic building is the home of politics in Hamburg. It has 647 rooms with ornate fountains, mosaics and allusions to Greek gods.

Moenckebergstrasse
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Moenckebergstrasse

4.5/5(85 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir when you visit Moenckebergstrasse, a popular shopping spot in Hamburg. Amble around this culturally-rich area's waterfront or experience its fascinating museums.

Top activities in Hamburg

The Hamburg Dungeon - Saver Ticket
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The Hamburg Dungeon - Saver Ticket

¥2,292

One of the MUST SEEs in Hamburg takes you through 600 years of Hamburg’s murky past. Legends of bygone days brought back to life provide live entertainment at its best.

Guided Walking Tour of the Ellbphilharmonie
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Guided Walking Tour of the Ellbphilharmonie

¥2,292

Explore the wonders of the Elbphilharmonie, one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world and Hamburg's newest landmark (concert hall itself is not visited).

Hamburg City Pass: Free Admission to Hamburgs top sights
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Hamburg City Pass: Free Admission to Hamburgs top sights

¥5,296

Discover Hamburg's fascinating history and multifaceted culture with an all-inclusive sightseeing package with optional public transport. With access to popular museums, sights, and attractions - the pass offers you great value and flexibility to explore the city.

Hamburg Harbour Boat trip (1 hour)
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Hamburg Harbour Boat trip (1 hour)

¥2,413

Enjoy the Port of Hamburg on Board of our ships. This tour will take 1 hour and you can choose between the big and the small boats. This classical 1 hour boat tour is the best way to experience the port of hamburg.

Day pass - HopOn HopOff Sightseeing Bus-Tour in German
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Day pass - HopOn HopOff Sightseeing Bus-Tour in German

¥2,232

See the most beautiful city in the world on a hop on- hop off sightseeing tour in our original double decker busses. Enjoy the breathtaking view over the port of Hamburg, the famous Reeperbahn and lifely city center.

walking and Quad Biking
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walking and Quad Biking

¥3,987

On the territory of our complex there is a photographer, and as a bonus we will make you a photo for memory

Reviews of Hamburg

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 55.080213903743314%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.56149732620321%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.556149732620321%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.26737967914438504%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5347593582887701%

5/5 - Excellent

BrittaMartinez

Dec 8, 2019

A very beautiful and clean city, nice stores, restaurants, good transportation. Loved it珞

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 19, 2019

People so nice. Want to come back and explore the city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Beautiful city that has maintained a wonderful balance between historical and modern culture. Getting around is easy and the city is very clean and fresh. Even in the rain!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 10, 2019

I feel safely when I walking around and convenient locations

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 24, 2019

I only drove through Hamburg. It looks like a pleasant city that I might enjoy visiting some day.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

Overall, I felt Hamburg to be safe. The neighborhood between the train station and the hotel is a little rundown. This is the only drawback that I saw. Great city to walk around in. I'd visit again within a heartbeat.

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