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 $51 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 $13 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 $12 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 $69 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 $27 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 $12 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||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.03|
|Average weekend price||$134 per night|
|Average weekday price||$142 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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