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In Hamburg, Germany’s self-proclaimed "gateway to the world," a strong maritime culture combines with innovative design and a vibrant nightlife.

Every day, huge container ships pull into the city’s enormous port, where Speicherstadt—the old warehouse district—is packed with history. Over a century old, its giant storehouses were built on oak logs and divided by canals where ships get loaded before setting sail for destinations around the world. When the tide comes in, you can cruise these narrow waterways by barge for close-up views. Other points of interest in this area include the St. Nikolai Memorial and Miniatur Wunderland – one of the world’s largest model railways.

More architectural feats like Hamburg City Hall sit in the city center, and a stroll along the banks of the Elbe River reveals Hamburg’s biggest attraction: the cutting-edge Elbphilharmonie concert hall. It's not only the city's tallest building but is also covered in over a thousand individually curved pieces of glass.

Not many know that Germany’s second biggest city is where The Beatles actually rose to fame. Take a guided tour of the lively Reeperbahn district, where the "Fab Four" lived before they were famous, to visit the bars and clubs they played in. After a day of sightseeing, unwind and refuel in one of Schanze’s laid-back restaurants and try some local favorites like "fischbrötchen" (fish roll) and "aalsuppe" (eel soup).


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Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.13
Language German
Average weekend price $110 per night
Average weekday price $108 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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The central parts of the city and the harbor are really nice.

February 18, 2019

The central parts of the city and the harbor are really nice. Communication worked well. People here seem to love dogs and it's nice they could bring them everywhere (as opposed to most Swedish cities where dogs have to stay outside shops and perhaps get stolen).

Anonymous Sweden

Toured Hamburg with tourist bus and walked through the...

February 3, 2019

Toured Hamburg with tourist bus and walked through the HafenCity project area. Surprised and impressed with how the city looks, not at all what yoy would expect of a harbour city. Also did a great tour at the Hamburg Airbus factory, totally worth it!

Anonymous Netherlands

I lived in Hamburg for about 9 years!

January 25, 2019

I lived in Hamburg for about 9 years! I just love this city!! Don’t miss the Alster (Innen- und Außenalster!!) and the harbor! Have a boat tour there and enjoy the view of the city from the water! Have dinner in St. Georg or in Portugiesenviertel! Explore the Speicherstadt and Hafencity! And if you want fun, go the the Reeperbahn for nightlife! Or enjoy one if the famous musicals! And..there is sooo much more! Enjoy!!!

Nici1908 United States of America

We enjoyed the Christmas markets and guided tours for the...

December 13, 2018

We enjoyed the Christmas markets and guided tours for the Harbor and city.I would not recommend the Hamburg tourbo pass, paid too much for this. You would have to know the city well for the pass to help you save money....It was not worth the price paid.

Bennie United States of America

I loved that it was clean.

October 3, 2018

I loved that it was clean. Transportation services were always on time. People were overall very kind and helpful to me. Honest person returned my missing wallet. Many touristic things to do but best done on foot so you can really enjoy the city. Lots of great food and shopping too!

Rachel Philippines

Miniatur Wunderland is a worthwhile venue.

August 13, 2018

Miniatur Wunderland is a worthwhile venue. Lots to keep one entertained for several hours. Their cafeteria isn’t too bad, either. Elbtunnel is a good free historical venue. And the public transportation is a breeze.

TravelerFromCA United States of America

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