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Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Hamburg

Fraser Suites Hamburg
Fraser Suites Hamburg
5 out of 5
Rödingsmarkt 2, Hamburg
The price is ¥17,916 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Altstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Nikolai Memorial, Miniatur Wunderland, and Hamburg Dungeon. Hamburg City Hall and Moenckebergstrasse ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (213 reviews)

"This hotel was wonderful! Extremely nice and spacious rooms offering all the amenities and comforts one could need. Great, super attentive and friendly service/staff. Fantastic location--near two major public transport lines, but tucked into a quiet corner. Walking distance from major tourist sites. ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Fraser Suites Hamburg
Barceló Hamburg
Barceló Hamburg
4.5 out of 5
Ferdinandstrasse 15, Hamburg Altsadt, Hamburg, HH
The price is ¥14,140 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Altstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Inner Alster Lake, Moenckebergstrasse, and Hamburg City Hall. Miniatur Wunderland and Hamburg ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)

"Гостиница не плохая, но фотографии явно лучше чем оригинал по факту..... Вид из номера на прилегающие дома."…"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

Barceló Hamburg
east Hotel Hamburg
east Hotel Hamburg
4.5 out of 5
Simon-von-Utrecht-Strasse 31, Hamburg, HH
The price is ¥15,632 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

This family-friendly Hamburg hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Panopikum and Reeperbahn. Operettenhaus and St. Pauli Piers are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)

"Service at bar was not good very slow"…"

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2020

east Hotel Hamburg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Hamburg

Clipper Elb-Lodge
Clipper Elb-Lodge
4 out of 5
Carsten-Rehder-Strasse 71, Hamburg, HH
The price is ¥13,592 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Altona, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fish Market, Reeperbahn, and Beatles Platz. St. Pauli Piers and Harbour Museum Oevelgoenne are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (254 reviews)
A good accommodation option

"Good spacious rooms"…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Clipper Elb-Lodge
Signature East Hotel Apartment
Signature East Hotel Apartment
3 out of 5
Rahlstedter Weg 82, Hamburg
The price is ¥7,038 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Hamburg-Barmbek, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Wandsbek Quaree, Stadtpark, and Horner Rennbahn. City Nord and Alstertal Shopping Centre ...

4.2/5Excellent! (529 reviews)

"Staff very friendly, Far away from the city, 30 minute train journey after a 2 minute bus journey or walk 7 minutes"…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Signature East Hotel Apartment
sylc. Apartmenthotel
sylc. Apartmenthotel
3 out of 5
Kronsaalsweg 88, Hamburg, Hamburg
The price is ¥6,165 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3

Located in Eimsbuettel, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of JUMP House Hamburg and Hagenbeck Zoo. Volksparkstadion and Barclaycard Arena are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (344 reviews)

"A neat room and environment. Friendly staff and a nice a area. Can’t ask for more"…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

sylc. Apartmenthotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Hamburg


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Apr 8, 2020

I would have liked to see it!!!

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 6, 2020

Very beautiful city just to walk around and experience.

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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Jan 1, 2020

Beautiful city

4/5 - Good

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Dec 28, 2019

Once you figure out public transportation, you are fine!

5/5 - Excellent

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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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