Hamburg City Center (New Town)
0.7 miles from downtown
Neustadt means “new town”. Yet, grand old buildings and historic hotels all but define the area. Join the city’s high rollers around Gänsemarkt, as they browse wallet-busting trinkets and haute couture. Gaze over the horizon from St Michaeliskirche’s lofty spire. For an award-winning “fishy on a dishy”, book a table at Fischmarkt.
Places to stay from $58 a night
0.6 miles from downtown
By George! St Georg’s a cosmopolitan grab bag of nationalities, where kebab houses, theatres and mosques sit side by side. By day, tuck into coffee and cake in cosy Gnosa Café. By night, grab your feather boa and join the free and fab party-goers along Lange Reihe Street. Raunchy joints like Tom’s Saloon, Contact and La Strada have all persuasions covered.
Places to stay from $15 a night
1.4 miles from downtown
Hamburg’s counterculture capital. Anything goes in St Pauli, a proud bastion of tolerance since its glory days of the 1960s. Although bars have replaced the bordellos of old, the Reeperbahn is still Hamburg’s go-to spot for a night of fun. Line your stomach with hearty fare from Krug before hitting the dancefloors of Neidklub or Molotow.
Places to stay from $14 a night
Hamburg City Center (Old Town)
Kick it old-school in Altstadt. A stroll around the Old Town is a lesson in Hamburg’s history. Ogle overwhelming opulence at Rathaus and sail the waterways between Speicherstadt’s vast neo-Gothic warehouses. Work up an epic appetite in Gängeviertel’s ramshackle alleyways. Then feast like a king at Estancia, purveyor of succulent steaks and rare gins.
Places to stay from $80 a night
1.3 miles from downtown
Lakeside livin’. Rothenbaum’s swanky waterfront villas are home to Hamburg’s big cheeses, with the odd flag-flying consulate sandwiched in between. It’s a life of leafy luxury here – leisurely dog walkers and lycra-bound joggers all tread the peaceful banks of the Aussenalster, while racquet fanatics descend on Am Rothenbaum for the German Open.
Places to stay from $31 a night
2.3 miles from downtown
Altona’s a wee bit different. Under Danish rule for centuries, it was always an open-armed haven for Hamburg’s unwanted minorities. The town’s crest even features a welcoming open door. When the sun’s out, all and sundry make a B-line for the riverbanks, picnicking at grassy Altonaer Balkon or chilling at beach bars like Strandperle.
Places to stay from $14 a night
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 = $1.19|
|Average weekend price||$129 per night|
|Average weekday price||$125 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
What to say: The Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (the free and hanseatic city of Hamburg) is simply the best city in Germany. The gateway to the world. International and elegant flair. Great shopping, entertainment and first class restaurants... the list is endless. Therefore: visit Hamburg and you'll visit that city again and again. With family, alone or with guests. No need to visit another city in the country.
Apart from the grey skies, which I shouldn't complain about, because that IS Hamburg, we had a wonderful two days in the city. Yes, it's way too short, but it did trigger to go back and experience it again. It's a very diverse city, with of course it's amazing harbour where it might sound cheesy, but a boat tour is definitely a great way to learn about the history and industry in the harbour. Due to the diversity, it is possible to chose from any kind of nationality for your dinner. We choose Asian and Portuguese of which the latter definitely did not disappoint us. Our hotel near the St Michaels church allowed us to explore much by foot and discover little cafés and bars in the side streets. Two days is very little time for a bustling city like Hamburg, so if you have more time to spare: do so!
Hamburg is a lovely and crowned city. It's the biggest in Germany after the capital,Berlin. I was here for a Cambridge examination test so I could not visit a lot. Instead, I had the possibility to visit the City hall, which is astonishing.
Very cool city. I stayed there as a base to visit Hansa Park and Heide Park, so I wish I had more time to explore Hamburg. I enjoyed the (very cheap) ferry between the Elbphilharmonie and St Pauli. Easy to walk around the city. I loved Miniatur Wunderland - one of the best tourist attractions I've ever seen. I ate at some cool Vietnamese restaurants. I would compare the city to Liverpool (but with more industry and less Beatles).
There are very few pre-war buildings. The decision at the end of the war to build new rather than recontruct old (as happened in Muncih or Warsaw) means that there is little of architectural interest. The chuch with the highest spire was bombed, but the spire survived and the ruins are preserved. Well worth taking the lift to the top. The harbour tour on a public ferry is worth doing. But a day was enough.
I really liked te vibe of the city, full of beautiful buildings and canals. Even just walking around the hafen area, you really get the feeling how important this city is for the trade and how big its Harbour is. I liked a lot that it's possible to go almost everywhere on foot but If you get tired you can just hop on the metro and that's it. There are a lot of interesting spots that are worth a visit such as the Maritime Museum, the WWII memorials such as the Mahnmal S. Nikolai where you can get on the top of the church tower and see all the panorama from above and you can also visit the war museum underground. If I stayed more time I would for sure have visited more places and cultural spots like the Kunsthalle. Next time of course!!
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