Get away to Hamburg! Enjoy the museums, theater, and churches.

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.

Known for

Shopping, Skyscrapers and Museums

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Where to stay in Hamburg

Hamburg City Center
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Hamburg City Center

Shopping, Skyscrapers, Museums

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.

Saint Pauli
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Saint Pauli

Theaters, Entertainment, Ports

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.

HafenCity
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HafenCity

Shopping, Dining, Skyscrapers

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.

Altona
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Altona

Skyscrapers, Romantic, Family-Friendly

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.

Hamburg-Mitte
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Hamburg-Mitte

Museums, Ports, Theaters

Known for its interesting museums and waterfront views, there's plenty to explore in Hamburg-Mitte. Top attractions like Elbe Philharmonic Hall and Miniatur Wunderland are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Veddel S-Bahn or Messberg U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Speicherstadt
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Speicherstadt

Shopping, Skyscrapers, Dining

Renovated red brick warehouse buildings are intersected by canals and bridges in this historic neighborhood filled with museums and cafés.

Top Hotels in Hamburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Movenpick Hotel Hamburg
4.5 out of 5
Sternschanze 6, Hamburg, HH
¥10,718/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,513 reviews)

"Great building great location next to the station good food very close"…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2019

Movenpick Hotel Hamburg
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Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg
5 out of 5
Heiligengeistbruecke 4, Hamburg, HH
¥15,840/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.3/5Excellent! (2,146 reviews)

"Excellent room, excellent service, got free double upgrade. Perfect parking vallet service (but parking is expensive - 26 eur for a day). Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg
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Park Hotel am Berliner Tor
4 out of 5
Borgfelder Str. 1-9, Hamburg, HH
¥7,056/night
Aug 29 - Aug 30
3.7/5Good! (1,160 reviews)

"Right next to T metro station. Reasonable space, clean, convenient. Great place to stay in hamburg"…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2019

Park Hotel am Berliner Tor

Popular things to do in Hamburg

Hagenbeck Zoo
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Hagenbeck Zoo

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

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

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

Hamburg City Hall
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Hamburg City Hall

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

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.

Hamburger Kunsthalle
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Hamburger Kunsthalle

Discover everything from 14th-century art to modern photography and works by famous impressionists at one of Germany’s biggest museums.

Top activities in Hamburg

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

¥2,253

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

¥2,253

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).

Guided City Bicycle Tour
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Guided City Bicycle Tour

¥3,321

Ride through the streets of Hamburg on a bicycle tour to the city's top attractions. Enjoy a scenic ride along the Alster lakes, stop at historic monuments, pedal along the Reeperbahn, sip a cup of coffee at Harbor City, and listen to insider information from your expert guide.

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

¥4,969

Discover Hamburg's fascinating history and multifaceted culture with an all-inclusive sightseeing package. With skip-the-line 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)

¥2,372

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

¥2,194

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.

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