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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).


From $184 per night

Next weekend

From $520 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.03
Language German
Average weekend price $134 per night
Average weekday price $142 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Friendly and many people spoke English.

August 8, 2022

Friendly and many people spoke English. It is really easy to get around using public transportation- For August the 9 Euro pass that get you everywhere was perfect! You can even use public transportation to get to and from the airport- no need for expensive taxis unless you have a lot of luggage. German food was very good. Make sure you pack a rain coat. Make sure to check out the beautiful parks and gardens. Overall Hamburg was more expensive and somewhat less exciting than the other German cities we have visited (Berlin, Koln, Düsseldorf, and Essen). It was more of a quiet, easy going trip.

Carleen United States of America

It is a large town with several attracting points.

August 4, 2022

It is a large town with several attracting points. We could not see all what we wanted and hope to come back some day. We enjoyed especially the boot tour in the harbour (impressive the number of containers on large vessels), the Speicherstadt, the presence of a loot of green and we like very much the architecture of the Elbphilarmonie. Getting around Hamburg is quite easy.

Maria Letizia
Maria Letizia Italy

Having lived in the city in 1999 it was good to be back and...

August 2, 2022

Having lived in the city in 1999 it was good to be back and see how the city had changed. I've always love the vibe and openness of Hamburg. Lots of great places to eat, drink or just chill and relax. Shopping is easy, and the main attractions are a must to see. Grab yourself a city guide or look up some info on Tripadvisor to fill in the blanks and plan your trip.

Craigology Netherlands

It was a nice city but I felt, I needed more time to go...

July 28, 2022

It was a nice city but I felt, I needed more time to go around. we did the city tourist bus to understand more in the city but should have stayed another day to visit more castles in the area. I really loved Schwerin Palace. We also dine a nice and tasty Italian restaurant called O Pote in Lange Reihe


Some great museums "The International Maritime...

July 19, 2022

Some great museums "The International Maritime Museum" was incredible and filled with over 5 floors of Maritime history from early sailing vessels till the 21st century. The Art museum was wonderful, some great 19th century German Artists and international. As far as restaurants were concerned we were there on a SUNDAY and almost every single food place was closed except for the Main Train Station. There is a huge food court which offered a large selection of food at good prices. The best way to feel the City is to take a FREE ferry ride along the piers. Besides there are also lots of fish restaurants to choose from afterwards. Hamburg is a large commercial city, that has lost most of it historic center but there are still parts that remain that are worth a trip if you know where to look. The transportation system in Hamburg is great and very easy to use.

Borromini United States of America

Hamburg was very impressive and was not expecting all the...

July 17, 2022

Hamburg was very impressive and was not expecting all the sites and their close location - great night life and away from the red light district. The red light district was nothing special and very Chavy - suitable for stag and hen weekenders

Patrick United Kingdom

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