HamburgGermany

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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!(212 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!(34 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.
trover photo by Tom Lademann

Saint Georg

3.5/5Good!(166 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Huhnerposten Events Location 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
ARCOTEL Rubin Hamburg
ARCOTEL Rubin Hamburg
4.5 out of 5
Steindamm 63, Hamburg, HH
¥8,325
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in Saint Georg, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg and Moenckebergstrasse. Miniatur Wunderland and Hamburg Dungeon ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,734 reviews)

"Nice hotel, good if your destination is the St Georg area. The area between this hotel and the City is not the best, but the underground is very close by."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

ARCOTEL Rubin Hamburg
Super 8 by Wyndham Hamburg Mitte
Super 8 by Wyndham Hamburg Mitte
3 out of 5
Wikingerweg 4, Hamburg
¥6,610
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Hamm, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg and Moenckebergstrasse. Hamburg Wholesale Market and Hamburg City Hall ...

4.2/5Excellent! (62 reviews)

"Excellent hotel! Delicious breakfast buffet, spacious room, wonderful shower. Super pleased with this find!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Super 8 by Wyndham Hamburg Mitte
Holiday Inn Hamburg - City Nord
Holiday Inn Hamburg - City Nord
3.5 out of 5
Kapstadtring 2a, Hamburg, DE
¥8,806
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in Hamburg-Nord, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stadtpark and Planetarium Hamburg. Kampnagel and Reeperbahn are also within 6 mi (10 km). Sengelmannstrasse ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,035 reviews)

"Hotel off the beaten path, but still accessible via s-bahn. Quiet location, new property, very clean rooms. A little bit loud in the hallways with doors opening and closing, could always hear this from my room. Restaurant staff could be a little bit better with non German speaking customers. Otherwise ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

Holiday Inn Hamburg - City Nord

Popular things to do in Hamburg

Elbe Philharmonic Hall
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Elbe Philharmonic Hall

4.5/5(95 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.

Miniatur Wunderland
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Miniatur Wunderland

4.5/5(98 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.

Reeperbahn
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Reeperbahn

4/5(77 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.

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.

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.

Top activities in Hamburg

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

84% of travellers recommend
¥2,262
Per adult
Guided Walking Tour of the Ellbphilharmonie
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Guided Walking Tour of the Ellbphilharmonie

74% of travellers recommend
¥2,262
Per adult
Hamburg City Pass: Free Admission to Hamburgs top sights
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Hamburg City Pass: Free Admission to Hamburgs top sights

¥5,227
Per adult
Hamburg Harbour Boat trip (1 hour)
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Hamburg Harbour Boat trip (1 hour)

¥2,403
Per adult
Discover Hamburg Walking Tour
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Discover Hamburg Walking Tour

72% of travellers recommend
¥1,667
Per adult
St Pauli Kiez Tour
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St Pauli Kiez Tour

¥2,461
Per adult

Reviews of Hamburg

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
218
5 - Excellent 55.32994923857868%
4 - Good
141
4 - Good 35.786802030456855%
3 - Okay
32
3 - Okay 8.121827411167512%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.25380710659898476%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5076142131979695%

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.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 22, 2019

Cool city to visit.

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