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In Hamburg, Germany’s self-proclaimed ‘gateway to the world’, a strong maritime culture fuses with innovative designs and vibrant nightlife.

Huge container ships trundle daily into the city’s vast port, where Speicherstadt – the old warehouse district – creaks with history. Over a century old, its giant storehouses are built on oak logs and divided by canals where ships bound for destinations across the globe are loaded. Other points of interest in this area include the St. Nikolai Memorial and Miniatur Wunderland – one of the world’s largest model railways. When the tide is in, you can cruise these narrow waterways by barge to get a close-up view.

More architectural delights like Hamburg City Hall await in the city centre, while a stroll along the banks of the River Elbe reveals Hamburg’s biggest attraction: the cutting-edge Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Clad with over a thousand individually curved pieces of glass, this building is the city’s tallest and well worth visiting.

Germany’s second biggest city is also the unlikely setting where The Beatles rose to fame. Take a guided tour of the lively Reeperbahn district, where the ‘Fab Four’ lived before they were famous, for the chance to visit bars and clubs where they performed. After a day’s sightseeing, refuel in one of Schanze’s laid-back restaurants and try the local food – ‘fischbrötchen’ (fish roll) and ‘aalsuppe’ (eel soup) are particularly popular.


From £100 per night

Next weekend

From £411 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.44
Language German
Average weekend price £126 per night
Average weekday price £136 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Bad. It is rather expensive city.

10 June 2024

Bad. It is rather expensive city. Old appearance was seriously damaged after the WWII, so the city doesn't look like holistic structure. The weather is very changeable. Good. There are a lot of interesting (thematic) playgrounds. Haven city is actively developing district and if you fond of contemporary architecture you should see it. The ducks on the inner alster are very cheeky, so it was a lot of fun to feed them. The old metro on elevated tracks is quite interesting.

KYRYLO Ukraine

The city, with its unique blend of historical charm and...

10 June 2024

The city, with its unique blend of historical charm and modern vibrancy, left me with a treasure trove of memories I will cherish forever. Hamburg is a destination that offers something for everyone. Its rich history, stunning architecture, vibrant cultural scene, and welcoming atmosphere make it a place worth visiting. The beauty of Hamburg is further enhanced by its extensive waterways and green spaces. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, a music lover, or simply someone looking to explore a beautiful city, Hamburg will not disappoint.


2nd visit to Hamburg, but the first time I've had a...

10 June 2024

2nd visit to Hamburg, but the first time I've had a 'spare' day to enjoy it Lovely having a relaxing walk along the harbour front in the sunshine during a very warm couple of days in May, Mega easy to get around using the S-Bahn and U-Bahn.

UrgentementeUK United Kingdom

A city full of emotional associations - history, the war,...

7 June 2024

A city full of emotional associations - history, the war, its remarkable aesthetic recovery, wonderful Hamburgians with a sense of humour, the Elbe Philharmonie to make the whole world of music proud, bravo for the courage to see it through. Great restaurants. The water, the views,the feeling of the great world outside. And memories of the Beatles!

Abigail Austria

We fit a lot in to 3 days - highlights of our trip were the...

1 June 2024

We fit a lot in to 3 days - highlights of our trip were the Chocoversum, using the S-bahn, seeing the Elbetunnel, seeing a local festival and visiting the habour. We were also lucky with the restaurants we went to with some great restaurants just off the harbour that were worth trying out. The city is easy to navigate with excellent public transport but we preferred to walk around as the diversity in buildings was so interesting to look at. One of the main features for us with Hamburg is that it isn't yet overrun with tourists so the local people don't have any tourist fatigue. We were really impressed with how friendly and willing to help local people were - they were a real source of information that helped us understand the city and how it functions better. It doesn't really seem like an obvious tourist destination, but is definitely a city that is worth a visit. The only downside was the weather - it rained for 2 of the 3 days but even that didn't dampen our enthusiasm during our visit.


This is such a great city.

26 May 2024

This is such a great city. It was much more beautiful than I expected, easy to get around, lots to see. The harbour area is amazing. We didn’t have enough time to see much but hired bikes and did a self guided tour. It did get quite windy at one point!

Jonathan Australia

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