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Rathaus just after Christmas

Hamburg is a major port city situated on the Elbe River in northern Germany. 1,740,000 inhabitants make it Germany's second-largest city. The Greater Hamburg Metropolitan Region has a population of four million. It is at the same time one of the 16 German Bundesländer (states).


Hamburg is a city-state. It values its status as a city, being as independent as possible of other states that have existed or currently exist in Germany. Nevertheless, over the centuries, Hamburg has always been an international city. This is not only because of its position in international trade, but also in political dimensions.

One of the most important harbors in Europe and the world, Hamburg takes great pride in its mercantile background, which built the city's wealth in the past centuries. From 1241 on, it was member of the Hanseatic League, a medieval trade monopoly over Northern Europe. In the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, millions left Europe on their way to the new world through the Hamburg harbor. Today, the harbor ranks second in Europe and sixth to seventh world-wide. Consequently, one of Hamburg's tag lines is "The Gate to the World" (derived from the city’s coat of arms, showing an argent city wall with a gate and crowned by three towers on a field of gules). Hamburg is known to be the richest metropolitan area in the European Union (just followed by Bruxelles and London).

The harbor is the heart of the city, however, Hamburg is one of the most important media hubs in Germany, too. Half of the nation's newspapers and magazines have their roots in Hamburg. And unknown even to some locals is the fact that, with one of the Airbus aircraft assembly plants, Hamburg is a major location of the world's aerospace industry, right after Seattle (USA) and Toulouse (France).

The mercantile background reflects in the city's architecture. The only palace in Hamburg is the town hall, house of the citizen's parliament and the senate. Apart from that, the city still has large quarters with expensive houses and villas. These residences are home to merchants and captains, surrounded by lots of greenery. However, large parts of the city were destroyed during the devastating air raids of World War II, killing tens of thousands and leaving more than a million homeless.

Hamburg still keeps its tradition of being an open, yet discreet city. Citizens of Hamburg, just like most Northern Germans, sometimes appear to be quite reserved at first. Once they get to know with whom they are dealing, they'll be as warm and friendly as you'd wish.

The people of Hamburg are known as "Hamburgers" (pronounce the a like you're saying "ah", and it won't sound as silly). The beef patties on a bun were named after this city, where presumably they were invented (although not popularized: you won't find any "traditional hamburgers" in Hamburg). See also "frankfurter" (Frankfurt) and "wiener" (Wien, aka Vienna).

Get in

By plane

Airport Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel (IATA: HAM) (ICAO: EDDH)

Hamburg [13] has the fourth largest international airport in Germany, so arrival by plane is an obvious choice for those visiting from far away.

Hamburg airport is closed at nighttime. Flights which have suffered severe delays will be diverted to Hannover, Frankfurt, or other German airports. It may, therefore, be prudent to avoid booking flights due to land late in the day. International flights are highly unlikely to be diverted as they are all scheduled to land well before the airport is closed for the night.

The airport, which is hugely popular with plane-spotters, is surrounded by Schrebergärten (meticulously maintained allotments), park lands, and open green spaces, crisscrossed by bicycle and walking trails. The popularity of this area is not only due to the many viewpoints, but also because Lufthansa Technik (Lufthansa's maintenance service) operates some large hangars on the airport, which means that the site is visited by a variety of rare and interesting aircraft (including VVIP).

The airport has been thoroughly modernized with a new terminal, streamlined infrastructure, and facilities that are by and large adequate, so you won't get lost. Depending on the gate your flight arrives at or leaves from, walking longer distances can be a problem.

Hamburg Airport is now connected to the city by the S-Bahn S1 commuter train line, which connects to the main station (Hauptbahnhof) and the city center in about 30 minutes. There are trains every 10-20 minutes, and a single fare is €2,70. Beware on the way back: the train splits in two at Ohlsdorf, with only the front half (carriages 1-3) going to the airport, and the rest going to the suburb of Poppenbüttel. There are no trains between midnight and 4 AM, but a bus runs along the same route.

Airport "Hamburg-Lübeck" aka "Lübeck-Blankensee" (IATA: LBC) (ICAO: EDHL)

As with many other destinations, the discount airline Ryan Air [14] does not operate from Hamburg, as their naming scheme might indicate. Instead, it operates from Lübeck-Blankensee airport [15] (not to confuse with Hamburg's suburb Blankenese), which is 65 km from Hamburg via motorway A1. The second airline that offers flights to Lübeck is Wizz Air [16]. Flights go to London Stansted (England), Shannon and Dublin (Ireland), Glasgow Prestwick (Scotland), Stockholm Skavsta (Sweden), Milan Bergamo (Italy), Pisa (Italy), and Gdansk (Poland).

Buses connecting to the flights go from Hamburg's central bus station ("ZOB", adjacent to the main train station). They cost €8 and take about one hour and 10 minutes. The buses depart about two hours and 50 minutes before every Ryanair departure, meet every arrival, and wait for delayed flights. Timetable is available on the bus company VHH's website [17].

Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport (IATA: XFW) (ICAO: EDHI)

XFW airport in the suburb of Finkenwerder is actually not an airport in its usual meaning, but part of Airbus' Finkenwerder aircraft plant and thus only accessible to Airbus employees. For them, two daily flights are available to/from Toulouse, but most of the time the runway is used for freight (either plane parts (up to complete sections of passenger planes using the Beluga aircraft [18] or the delivery of new planes).

The runway, as well as the aircraft parking lot, can be observed from the public street Neß-Hauptdeich (bus 150, stop Neuenfelde, Rosengarten, follows stop Airbus), tours of the Finkenwerder plant are available exclusively via Globetrotter [19] (ca. two hours, €13, reservation required three to four weeks in advance).

As the airport is located near the city center, it might be the quickest way to reach Hamburg. Airbus Finkenwerder is accessible by harbor ferries (nr. 68, leaving from Teufelsbrück) and buses (nr. 150, stop: Airbus).

Hamburg-Uetersen Airport (ICAO: EDHE)

Air Hamburg [20] serves several German islands from this airport. The only way to reach it is by taxi, the nearest railway station being Tornesch.

By train

Hauptbahnhof, Central railway station

Hamburg has five major stations: Hauptbahnhof (central station), Altona, Dammtor, Harburg, Bergedorf. Various types of train service are available.

Use the German railway's online trip planner [21] to find connections to/from Hamburg and buy tickets.

By car

via the Autobahn:

  • A1 to/from Lübeck (north-east) — To get to the city change to the A24 at "Autobahnkreuz Ost".
  • A1 to/from Bremen, Cologne (Köln) (south/south-west) — To get to the city change to A255.
  • A7 to/from Flensburg, Kiel (north) — To get to the city exit at "Bahrenfeld".
  • A7 to/from Hanover, Kassel (south)— To get to the city exit right after the "Elbtunnel" at "Othmarschen" or "Bahrenfeld". Use the rightmost pipe of the "Elbtunnel" to exit at "Othmarschen".
  • A23 to/from Husum.
  • A24 to/from Berlin.

Be prepared to pay for parking or park outside the city and use public transportation.

By bus

Buses serving other cities (regional, national, and European destinations) arrive at or depart from Hamburg's central bus station ("ZOB") [22], which is located near the central railway station (Hauptbahnhof) (two minute walk). Destinations include Berlin (several times a day).

Buses to Lübeck depart from Wandsbek.


You can leave Hamburg to the south (A7-Hannover/Frankfurt/Munich) and southwest (A1-Bremen/Cologne/Netherlands) from the filling station known as "HH-Stillhorn" you can get there with the Bus 13 from suburbanstation S-Wilhelmsburg.

To Berlin you can start at the "Horner-Kreisel" and take the Bus 161 from S-Berliner Tor or walk from U3-Rauhes Haus.

You can find cars [23] driving to most German cities for €10-20.

Get around

Public Transportation

Hamburg has a well developed public transportation system. Buses go around the clock. At night, a special "Nachtbus" (night bus) service connects the outlying districts and the city center. The buses depart and arrive at "Rathausmarkt", near the town hall and operate all through the night. Intracity train service runs until approximately 5AM and 1AM in the central city, but there is often not service past 11PM in outlying districts. On weekends, it runs all night. See HVV — Hamburger Verkehrsverbund [24] for lines and prices.

Vending machines in the rail stations (and at some bus stops) sell short distance, single ride, and day tickets. Group tickets are also available. On the buses, the driver will sell you what you need. To buy week or longer tickets, go to Hauptbanhof, get passport photos in the automated photo booth, and buy your pass in the information office. Or you can buy a Hamburg Card, which includes the public transport system, museums, and other things.

Hamburg's public transit operates on the honor system. Red vested officials make spot checks, but aside from this you simply get on and off as you wish with no turnstiles or gates. The exception is late evening (after 9PM) and Sundays on the buses, when the driver must check passengers' tickets.

Try to avoid rush-hour before 9AM and between 4-7PM. You are not allowed to take bikes into subways before 9AM and between 4-6PM, unless it is a folding bike model like a Dahon, Brompton, Bike Friday, etc... Folders are allowed on Hamburg public transit at any time of the day.

Six ferry services operate in the harbor and along the River Elbe as part of the regular public transport system. (Tip: Take ferry line 64 from Landungsbrücken to Finkenwerder and back to enjoy a scenic trip through the harbor on a day ticket.)

On the two Alster lakes, a ferry boat travels once every hour from Jungfernstieg in the city center to Winterhuder Fährhaus. These boats are not in the general HVV ticket system, thus more expensive, however, they offer a splendid view to some of the wealthiest neighborhoods of Hamburg.

If you are traveling to Hamburg using a Niedersachsen ticket or Schleswig Holstein ticket, then you have access to all the HVV lines [25].

By taxi

There is a good availability of taxis in Hamburg throughout the entire day, both at taxi stands and in the streets. You can identify a taxi rank by a green box on a post somewhat like an over-sized parking meter or alarm post. You will have to wait there or phone one of the numbers below, since the boxes can NOT be used to call a cab. Almost all vehicles are still in the traditional ivory white color, but even if not, a yellow and black sign on the roof reading "Taxi" indicates a licensed cab. As usual, the sign is switched on to indicate vacancies. The meter starts at €2.20. A trip in the city area will be between €6-12. For a trip from the city to the airport, expect to pay between €20-25. Most taxis accept credit card payments.

By rail

Hamburg has six S-Bahn (light rail) lines and three U-Bahn (subway) lines, which will be joined by the U4 in 2012. This line will provide a much needed link between Jungfernstieg (i.e the city center) and the new developments in the Hafencity. All lines run partly over and underground, in the city, and in the outskirts. The only difference is that these are two companies and even this doesn't matter due to the unified fare system.

All train platforms have signs showing the next train, where it is headed, and how many minutes until it arrives. Trains are described by a number and the final station. Note that the final station may vary. For example, half of the S1 trains heading west go all the way to Wedel, but the other half only go as far as Blankenese. Also, all S-Bahn trains with one-digit numbers go via Landungsbrücken and Jungfernstieg and all S-Bahn trains with two-digit numbers go via Dammtor.

Note that train doors don't open automatically. You have to press a button or pull a handle on the door. Please wait for the passengers to get off first before you enter. In the cold seasons, don't forget to close the door after getting on the train if it looks like a longer stop. Either push the handle or press the closing buttons on the inside until the door is closed.

Since December 12, 2008 a new connection between Hamburg Airport and Ohlsdorf (S1 & U2 line) has opened making connection to the city much easier. The fare from Hamburg Airport to the city centre is around 2.70 EUR.

Virtual Tours

You can take a virtual tour to view the points of interest on City Panoramas Hamburg [26].


City Center

Around Mönckebergstraße

The area west of Hamburg's central railway station is mainly a shopping area with the streets Spitaler Straße and Mönckebergstraße, leading to Hamburg's town hall. Close to the Mönckebergstraße you find the churches St. Jacobi (at road Jakobikirchhof) and St. Petri (at road Bergstraße), two of Hamburg's five main churches. Directly beside St. Petri there is the Hubelhaus dating from the beginning of the 20th century as most buildings around, but looking much older.

Behind the Hubelhaus under the building of "Radio Hamburg", you can visit the remains of the bishops tower, from the 11th century. On the other side of the road, you can currently see excavations in progress, seeking the remains of the small fortress Hammaburg, which was erected in the 9th century giving Hamburg its name.

Around city hall

The Mönckebergstraße ends at Hamburg's impressive city hall ("Rathaus"). It was built in 1897 out of sandstone in neo-Renaissance style, including a 112 m tower. Inside there are several magnificent halls used for representative purposes and sittings of government and parliament. These can be visited in guided tours (M-Th 10AM-3:15PM, F-Su 10AM-1:15PM, half-hourly in German, hourly in English and French. Closed during official events. Admission is €2 for adults and €0.50 for children). A virtual tour with photos and German comments is available here: [27].

The building behind the city hall is Hamburg's House of Commerce ("Börse"). Between the buildings, there is a little place called Rathaushof with its fountain Hygieia-Brunnen. The place in front of the city hall is the Rathausmarkt, hosting many events especially in summer.

Binnenalster on a sunny day

North of the Rathausmarkt, you find white arches at a canal called Alsterarkaden. The whole area behind is full of indoor shopping arcades. The most well-known one is the Hanse Viertel.

Following the canal to the right and crossing the traditional shopping road, Jungfernstieg, you quickly get to the artificial lake Binnenalster. Boat tours take you to the even bigger artificial lake, Außenalster, directly behind the Binnenalster with lots of sailing boats in summer.

Around St. Nikolai

From the House of Commerce into the road Börsenbrücke, you get to the house of the Patriotische Gesellschaft. Behind the building to the right, you'll find the bridge Trostbrücke with the statues of Graf Adolf III and Bishop Ansgar on both sides. Following the water to left, there is Hamburg's oldest remaining bridge, Zollenbrücke, from the 17th century.

At the other side of the Trostbrücke, there is the ruin of the church, St. Nikolai. All five main churches of Hamburg were damaged in World War II. But in contrast to the other four, St. Nikolai has not been re-erected making it a memorial against war. The steeple is still standing and visitors can take an elevator to the top for a view of the city. The price to take the elevator is €3.5. At the side of St. Nikolai, there is the hop market ("Hopfenmarkt") with its fountain Vierländerinbrunnen.

Following the bridge over the huge street Willy-Brandt-Straße and keeping right takes you into the road "Alte Deichstraße" with its ensemble of traditional half timbered merchant houses and the canal Nicolai Fleet at the rear. This is the site where Hamburg's harbour was some centuries ago.

Harbour Area

Dock "Elbe 17" in Hamburg harbor

At the southern end of the Alte Deichstraße, you see where the harbour moved after wards. There is a canal called Zollkanal. Looking to the left, you see the Speicherstadt, a large district of warehouses from around 1900. Some are still in use, but others have been converted to apartments. It's a "typical" location and worth a visit. It also houses attractions, such as the "Hamburg Dungeon" and the "Miniatur Wunderland".

  • The Hamburg Dungeon [28] is a live-action presentation of the "darker times" of Hamburg. It is probably mostly suited for a younger, easily impressed audience. But it might not be suitable for young children.
  • The Miniatur Wunderland [29] is the world's largest model railway layout. The panoramas include parts of Hamburg, the Alps, the American west, and a Scandinavian exhibit which features automated ships on a body of water. It is located in the Speicherstadt close to the Hamburg Dungeon.
  • Behind the Speicherstadt is the area of Hamburg's HafenCity [30]. It is Europe's largest project of city development, creating a whole new quarter from scratch in a former harbor region. The Kesselhaus also houses an exhibition (Am Sandtorkai 30, in the Speicherstadt, Open Tu-Su 10AM-6PM, free admission.
  • The Hamburg Cruise Center, where cruise lines land in Hamburg, is in the HafenCity. Its terminal building is constructed out of 40 sea containers. Nearby, directly at the river Elbe, you find an orange observation tower called HafenCity View Point, allowing nice views on the HafenCity, the harbor, and the river (free admission).

Looking from Alte Deichstraße over the Zollkanal to the right, you can see the modern buildings belonging to the Hanseatic Trade Center ending to the right at the Kehrwiederspitze. Looking further right, you already see the modern harbor.

Walking in this direction takes you to the river, Elbe. At the opposite of the metro station "Baumwall", there's Hamburg's city and yacht harbor ("City und Sportboothafen"). The big red lighthouse ship ("Feuerschiff") hosts a restaurant today. Some yards further down the Elbe, you get to the Überseebrücke where formerly big cruise liners docked when coming to Hamburg. Permanently docked is the museum ship Cap San Diego, which is said to be last classic cargo ship.

Landmark of Hamburg: The Michel

Leaving the water, passing by the hyper-modern building of the Gruner + Jahr publishers, you get to the church St. Michaelis (called "Michel", from the tower you'll have a great view over the city), Hamburg's well-known landmark. Close to the Michel off the road Krayenkamp the shopkeeper-office-flats ("Krameramtswohnungen") are the last example of a typical 17th century housing estate.

Continuing down the river Elbe, you get to Landungsbrücken ("landing bridges"), the most touristy part of Hamburg's harbor, close to the metro station with the same name. Piers connected with several bridges swim on the water adapting to the tide. There tourism boats land and you will find tourist shops, restaurants, and snack bars. The sailing ship Rickmer Rickmers can be visited.

Hafenrundfahrt just started

From Landungsbrücken, you can make boat tours into the harbour. These Hafenrundfahrten are available from various companies and take around an hour. Big ships provide more comfort, but smaller ships also go though the Speicherstadt. Both are well worth the money. Inquire about English language tours.

As a low-budget alternative for a boat tour on the river Elbe take a HADAG Ferry that is part of Hamburg's public transport system (HVV, see "Get Around"). If you have already bought a HVV day ticket, the ride is free. Most tourists take the number 62 to Finkenwerder, via the museum harbour Övelgönne. The whole ride to Finkenwerder and return takes about an hour. In Finkenwerder, you can continue with another ferry to Teufelsbrück (Line 64 which is also part of the HVV).

You can also walk through the tunnel Alter Elbtunnel from 1911 to the other side of the river Elbe and have great views from there. A lift or stairs bring you the 24 meters down into the tunnel. You then walk through one of its two 427 meter long pipes having 12 meters of water over your head. The tunnel is decorated with ceramic arts of maritime motives (e.g. fish, mussels, seals, old boots). At the other side, you again walk up the stairs or take a lift. Go out and back to the river to "Aussichtspunkt Steinwerder" for great views on Landungsbrücken and the sights behind. Even cars can pass though the tunnel (only M-F, 5:30AM-8PM for €2) being brought down with four lifts. You find the tunnel at Landungsbrücken in the building having the biggest green dome. Signs to "Aussichtspunkt Steinwerder" also point to it. For pedestrians and bicycles it is free and open all day and night, every day.

Walking from Landungsbrücken down the river Elbe takes you to St. Pauli Fischmarkt, walking further you'll reach Övelgönne and Blankenese.

Other Neighbourhoods

Sankt Pauli

Another Hamburg landmark is the Reeperbahn in Sankt Pauli. It's probably one of the most famous red-light districts in the world. From variety to prostitutes, from bars to sex-shops, you can find an assortment of attractions. Plus, it is frequently visited by a lot of travelers to go shopping for a huge variety of sex-related articles and toys. This is probably one of very few places worldwide where all shopkeepers give you serious and open advice on all kinds of sex-related articles. Commonsense and caution are advised here, as in any such area. It's relatively safe and a definite touristy place to see. A lot of people go there for dinner, live music, or other non-sex related activities. It is worth pointing out however, that one is likely to be accosted by prostitutes offering "certain services" for as little as €30.

Three times a year (Mar, Aug, and Nov), there is an enormous fair in this part of down called Dom [31]. It features rides, enormous numbers of food vendors, and a broad range of tacky animatronics. Take the U-Bahn to Feldstraße. In a park across the street is an enormous statue of Bismark.

The "Hafenstraße" (Harbour street) is between Landungsbrücken, the most tourist crowded place in the city, and the fish market, which is open only on Sunday morning from 4:30AM-9:30AM. The street between was a place for squatters in the 1980s and was well known by the media when there were "battles" between the Autonomous movement and the police. Some houses still exist there, though the "80s-Myth" is dead. You can go to the Punksbar "onkel otto" or eat at the "vokü".

During the time of squatting, the well known football club "F.C. St.Pauli" becomes an antifascist-fan-crowd, in opposition to right wing hooligans. The team played the last years in the third league, but was even one of the most popular teams in Germany. If you get the chance for a ticket of a match or you find a way over the fences around the stadium, don't miss the chance.

Sankt Pauli is one of the most populous district in Europe and a melting pot of all different people, thousands of stories and interesting histories.


Schulterblatt Street in Schanzenviertel

This neighbourhood is situated right in between Sankt Pauli, Eimsbüttel, and Altona. Get out Sternschanze station and walk down Schanzenstraße southward to reach the vivid center of Schanzenviertel. Students and immigrants from all around the world and young creatives give this quarter a unique and urban flair. During the last few years, Schanzenviertel became very popular among even wealthy people. This lead to rising living costs on the one hand and a variety of exquisite boutiques on the other. The Schulterblatt street with the Rote Flora building and its galore of bars and restaurants represents the center of Schanzenviertel. The Rote Flora is the last squatted house in Hamburg. During the week, it is turned into a café. You can sometimes find fantastic parties for small prices on Friday and Saturday.

The street life in the neighborhood is changing, from hanging around in the "Schanzenpark" with playing drums and juggling to sitting in a café on the place so called "Piaza". It's losing its charm within a gentrification process, which will cost the city the name "open-minded".

Sankt Georg

Situated northeast of Central Station and city centre, Sankt Georg is the lively, trendy centre of Hamburg's gay scene. Rainbow flags flutter from the balconies in summer. The streets are crowded with people shopping, having a chat, drinking coffee, or going to one of the many art exhibitions around the Lange Reihe street.


Zeißstraße in Ottensen

The former Danish village Ottensen, bordered by the River Elbe in the south and the Altona Central Station in the east, is not unlike Schanzenviertel, a very hip place to live. In the 1970s and 1980s, Ottensen was mainly populated by Turks, working class people, and political activists. Nowadays, it is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods. Its situation and the architecture let many inhabitants even today speak of Ottensen as a village. The Fabrik, an alternative concert hall, is situated at Barnerstrasse. Only a few blocks away lies Zeisehallen, a formerly occupied fabric hall, nowadays home to a movie theatre, a gallery, a restaurant, and a bookshop. Ottenser Hauptstrasse and Bahrenfelder Strasse, crossing at the Spritzenplatz, offers a huge variety of small shops and bistros.


The Karolienenviertel (also known as Karoviertel) can be compared to the Schanzenviertel. Locals claim that the Schanzenviertel became too popular (and thus crowded). The Karoviertel is far from quiet, but populated by locals. The main attractions are unique clothing stores some of which are second hand. To get there take the HVV to either Feldstrasse (Heiligengeistfeld) or Messehallen subway station.


Blankenese was a fishing village on the Elbe to the southwest of Hamburg. It lies in a valley between two of the only ridges in the area that runs straight down to the river. On pretty weekends, the place will be full of Hamburgers there to enjoy the tiny beaches, the winding streets, and the charming houses. Blankenese is among the most picturesque parts of Hamburg.

To get there, take the S1 to Wedel or the S11 to Blankenese. The train station lies at the top of the valley, on Bahnhofstraße. Go straight across Bahnhofstraße and your will find the banks, an Italian gelateria and café, the market square (markets open early and close at 1PM on W, F, and Sa), the bakeries, grocery store, and post office.

Other Sites

  • U 434 — One of the biggest non-nuclear Soviet submarines.
  • Church St. Katharinen — One of the five main churches of Hamburg.

The Chilehaus, depicting the form of a ship, is probably the best example of the 1920s style of "Kontorhaus" architecture. Large office buildings are displayed in the typical, northern red brick style.

The Auswandererhalle is only a sight if you know its history. In some way, it is the counterpart of Ellis Island in New York where emigrants from the old world landed in America. Immigrants stayed in Hamburg's Auswandererhallen for two weeks in quarantine before emigrating to the new world. It was opened 1900 and regarded to be modern and comfortable. After the flow of emigrants decreased it was closed in 1934. Today only one of the buildings is left and nothing tells you about its historical role. It just looks like a dirty, white commercial building with a today closed restaurant on one side. But for the future there are plans to make it a museum. For a visit take metro S3 to Station "Veddel". Leave at its southern exit, cross the bus station and the steet "Veddeler Straße". Then you stand in front of it.


  • Alter Botanischer Garten with Tropenhaus.
  • Planten un Bloomen is a park in the city with an emphasis on flower displays. Subway station Dammtor.
  • Ohlsdorfer Friedhof — One of the world's biggest graveyards.
  • The Stadtpark (city park) — Has a pretty good Planetarium situated in an old water tower in the middle of the park.
  • Alstervorland, at the Außenalster.
  • Jenischpark, Baurs Park, and Garten der Alma l'Aigles, down the river Elbe close to Teufelsbrück.
  • Neuer Botanischer Garten.
  • Hagenbecks Tierpark — Hamburg's Zoo.


There are a number of small beaches on the North side of the Elbe river between Övelgönne and Blankenese. Even though not common, it is safe to swim in the Elbe there (if you don't swim out too far). You may have a barbecue there in the evenings, as long as you bring a grill and clean up after youself. Watch out for surprisingly large waves created by container ships passing by.

In addition, there are a usually number of commercial beach clubs during the summer, usually between Fischmarkt and Övelgönne. Other than the name might indicate, these are bars open to the public.

The best way to come to the most popular beach is to take the harbor-ferry-bus from the Landungsbrücken-station to Neumühlen/Övelgönne.


Hamburg publishes a thick, detailed booklet of local museums called "Museemswelt Hamburg". You can find the Museemswelt Hamburg at the information desk at any of the museums.

  • Altonaer Museum — Dedicated to Altona's, Hamburg's and northern Germany's cultural history.
  • BallinStadt Auswanderwelt Hamburg (BallinStadt History of Emigraton), Veddeler Bogen 2, +49/ (0)40/ 3197916-0 (, fax: +49/ (0)40/ 3197916-20), [1]. Originally built in 1892 under the guidance of Albert Ballin, the complex was built to provide medical care and accommodation to immigrants, who were emigrating to the United States on HAPAG ships. The complex was converted into a museum, though, it's original design and layout is not the same because parts of the complex were destroyed. The museum is dedicated to the five million persons who emigrated via Hamburg.
  • Deichtorhallen — The Deichtorhallen is one of the best known exhibition galleries worldwide. The historical buildings are divided into an exhibition hall for contemporary art and the "House of Photography". Together the two buildings organize a highly diverse program of changing exhibitions.
  • Deutsches Zollmuseum — (admission free).
  • Kunsthalle Glockengießerwall near Hauptbahnhof, Telephone 428 131-200, Fax 428 54-3409 [32]. Open Tu-Su 10AM-6PM, Th 10AM-9PM. The museum houses an important collection of paintings from the 19th century with works from Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth, Philipp Otto Runge, Caspar David Friedrich, Adolf Menzel, and modern arts. It rises on both sides of a paved court. The Baroque building on one side has the older works. The areas under the courtyard and the other, modern looking building house an extensive collection of very modern art. There are some extremely fine pieces, but the quality is uneven and the curacy curious at times. For instance, in a far back corner with minimal climate control and no observation are four or five gorgeous French Impressionist paintings which are among the finest in the museum.
  • Museumshafen Övelgönne — (admission free).
  • Museum für Kommunikation — (admission free).
  • Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Glockengießerwall, just to the southeast of Hauptbahnhof, Telephon 489 133-200, Fax 426 136-29 32, [33], Open Tu-Su, 10AM-6PM, Th 10AM-9PM, €5. The museum is a leading centre for art, applied art, and design. Its collections of work from Europe and the Middle and the Far East are of the finest-quality and span all epochs from the Ancient World to the present day. They also have many activities and concerts (see the Classical Music section). The museum is housed in an 18th century palace, which has the original roofs and ceilings.
  • Hamburg-Museum (former: Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte), Holstenwall, close to Underground station "St. Pauli". This is the museum of city history, bringing the past to life with a lot of models showing the development of the harbour and the city. The club "MEHEV" is showing a 40-year old and one of the largest scale-1 model railroads here.
  • Museum für Völkerkunde, Rothenbaumchaussee, Museum of Ethnology.
  • Spicey's Gewürzmuseum, (Spice Museum) located in the Speicherstadt. They claim to be the world's only spice museum. Entrance is €3.

Churches, Mosques and Synagogues

Hamburg is traditionally a Lutheran evangelic town. But due to the large number of different ethnic groups who settled in the harbour town, one is most certainly going to find a suitable temple of any religion. Almost all synagogues have been destroyed during the time of Nazi-government.

  • Synagoge Hamburg, situated in the traditionally Jewish Grindel neighbourhood.
  • Christianskirche, Baroque church in Ottensen.
  • Dreieinigkeitskirche St. Georg, Baroque church in Sankt Georg.
  • St.-Marien-Dom St. Georg — Since 1995, this neo-romanesque church is the cathedral of the youngest Roman Catholic archbishop of Germany. Though the church has not the splendor one might expect, next to it you may find the first statue world wide of the late pope, John-Paul II.
  • Flussschifferkirche, Germany's only floating church in Rothenburgsort [34].
  • Imam-Ali-Mosque — Biggest of all mosques in Hamburg. Centre of the religious and cultural life of the huge Iranian community. The Imams of Hamburg happen to have played important roles in Iran's religious and political everyday life since their installation in the 1950s.


Theatre, Opera and Musicals

Hamburg has an opera house (Staatsoper) and many theaters. It is also known to host a number of different musicals, as well as other music events.

Classical Music

The Laeiszhalle [35] is the main classical music hall in Hamburg, with two halls: the klein Saal and großer Saal. You can see the schedule on their website. For online ticket purchases, use Ticket Online [36].

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg has many smaller concerts — something almost every day — and is much cheaper than the Laeiszhalle. The programs range from the curator of their early keyboard instrument collection playing them and giving a spiel on the music and the instruments (in German only!) to formal concerts of renditions of Schubert's Die Winterreise. Pick up a schedule at the desk of the museum (down the street from Hamburg Hauptbanhof).


  • Deutsches Schauspielhaus — The biggest German speech theatre looks back on a famous tradition. Gustav Gründgens, Ivan Nagel, and Peter Zadek staged highlights in German theatre history here.
  • Ernst-Deutsch-Theater — The Ernst-Deutsch-Theater has been an established part of the Hamburg theatre scene since 1951. Today, it is the largest privately operated playhouse in Germany.
  • Thalia-Theater — New directors and the continuing cooperation with young important writers based on the confidence in a strong and vital company lead to international acknowledgment.
  • The English Theatre of Hamburg [37] — The English Theatre of Hamburg performs from September through June, giving eight performances per week.
  • Schmidt-Theater — Theatre, variety, cabaret, concerts, and satirical revues.
  • Schmidts Tivoli — Avant garde shows and high-class musicals. The world famous musical "Cabaret" and the successful musical compendium "Fifty Fifty" were staged here.
  • The Rover Rep Theatre, at the Irish Rover, Großneumarkt 8, Tel. (040) 317 31 41,[38]. English language pub theatre under the Irish Rover at the Großneumarkt. High class professional productions in a special atmosphere.
  • The Hamburg Players, (040) 713 13 99, [39]. Hamburgs oldest English language theatre group giving three shows a year at the Theater in der Marschnerstraße.


  • Tarzan produced by Disney with music from Phil Collins.
  • Ich war noch niemals in New York by Udo Jürgens.
  • Lion King produced by Disney.

Note that all musicals are in German language, regardless of their origin. If you're still interested, make sure to buy tickets early, many shows are sold-out. But, midweek there is a good chance that you will be able to buy last minute tickets at a highly discounted price of €40 regardless of price category, age, or occupation.


  • The HSH-Nordbank-Arena (formerly AOL-Arena, commonly known as Volksparkstadion) is the stadium of the local Bundesliga football/soccer club HSV. Newly constructed and reopened in 2000, it is arguably the prettiest stadium in Germany with a great atmosphere. In addition to guided tours, it also features a museum presenting the history of the club. See also the HSV website [40].
  • The Millerntor-Stadion is the home of the famous football/soccer club FC St. Pauli [41]. It lacks the modernity and prettiness of the Volksparkstadion, yet its atmosphere during games is unique and well worth a visit. The Millerntor-Stadion is located at the east end of the Reeperbahn. Nearest station is St. Pauli on the underground line U3.
  • Hamburg Blue Devils — Fourfold German American Football Champion (German Football League).
  • HSV Handball is the local handball team, playing their matches at the modern Colorline-Arena, right next to the Volksparkstadion.
  • Hamburg Freezers share the Colorline-Arena with HSV Handball. The premier-league ice hockey team features many international top class players.
  • The German Open in Men's Tennis are held at the Rothenbaum in Hamburg. The tournament is one of nine ATP Masters Series tournaments.
  • Deutsche Bank Players’ Championship, at the Gut Kaden Golf and Land Club. Golf tournament of world class, prize money €600,000.
  • Vattenfall Cyclassics — World Cup and public bike race.
  • Holsten City Man — The only German Triathlon World Cup.
  • Conergy Marathon Hamburg — Usually in spring, open to the public.


  • Fischmarkt (Fish Market) — Every Sunday morning vendors praise wares of virtually every type at Hamburg's oldest open-air market, dating back to 1703. The market takes place at the foot of the century-old Fish Auction Hall, where live-bands perform jazz, skiffle, country, or western music. Open every Sunday from 5AM-9:30AM, in winter from 7AM-9:30AM.
  • Hafengeburtstag (Harbour Birthday) — Every year in May the harbor birthday attracts millions of people. Dozens of stands and stages, a ship parade, and changing events are organized to celebrate the cities spring of wealth. The harbor filled 800 years in 1989. Since then, the Harbor Birthday grew the greatest harbor party in the world. It is generally in early May.
  • Kirschblütenfest (Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival) — On May 19th, the Japanese community of Hamburg celebrates the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival by the Lake Alster. Enormous fireworks and a peaceful atmosphere are characteristics of this event.
  • Hamburger Dom (Fair) — The Dom is one of the largest fairs in Germany. The streets of the fairground, lined on both sides with stalls and rides, are some 3.3 km long. It takes place in spring, summer, and early winter for the duration of one month each. See the Dom's website [42].
  • Street Parties — Watch out for neighbourhood and street parties during summertime. Some of the biggest are:
    • Altonale, in Ottensen.
    • Bergedorfer Stadtfest, in Bergedorf.
    • Osterstraßenfest, in Eimsbüttel.
    • Schanzenfest, in Schanzenviertel is self-organized and full of peace and happiness until it ends around 10PM in fighting between a crowd and the police.
    • Stuttgarter Weindorf — Vintners from southern Germany present their products at the Rathausmarkt (town hall square).
  • Street Parades
    • Schlagermove Parade, a parody on the Berlin Loveparade with schlager instead of techno music. [43]
    • Hamburg Pride, the Gay Pride Parade usually takes place in August and moves from the main station through the shopping streets to end at the Jungfernstieg with the set up party tents. [44]
    • Carnival of Cultures, a colouful and interesting parade showing off worldwide cultures. [45]


  • Club Olympus Spa & Fitness, Park Hyatt Hamburg Hotel, Bugenhagenstrasse 8, +49 40 3332 1234 (), [2].


There are 11 universities in Hamburg, the biggest of which is the University of Hamburg [46].

Many courses and programmes are held in English.

Hamburg is home to schools from countries such as Japan, Sweden, France, Britain and more, where the pupils are taught in their native language. The International School Hamburg [47] opened in 1957 as the first of its kind in Germany.


The harbour is the fastest growing job sector in Hamburg. Numerous minor and major companies work in that area. You should be able to speak German because due to the high unemployment rate in Germany's jobseekers are attracted by the relative lower unemployment rate in Hamburg. This results in high numbers of applications. Hospitality and media are the two main other industries.

Note that living costs in Hamburg may be significantly higher than in other big cities in Germany depending on your demands. Due to heavy destruction during World War II especially apartments in older victorian style homes built at the beginning of the 20th century are rare but highly demanded. Be prepared to compete for apartments in attractive areas in town with well-paid media professionals, freelancers and spoiled kids with unlimited resources in their parents' bank account. Inner city areas have become quite popular among doctors, lawyers and architects as well in the last years.


Full shopping tour starts at central station, down to town hall, then Poststrasse towards Gaensemarkt square and back on Jungfernstieg at the Alter lake side.

The main shopping area of Hamburg is the Mönckebergstraße in the center of the city. Take the subway to either central station, Rathaus (town hall), or Mönckebergstraße. Also check the side-street Spitalerstraße. West of town hall towards Gaensemarkt are the more pricey shops like Hugo Boss.

Shops are mostly open daily 10AM—8PM and on Thursday and Friday until 10PM.

  • The latest must-see is the newly built shopping complex Europa Passage, near the town hall at the Alster lake.
    Europa Passage
  • A good and not-overpriced souvenir shop is directly located on the town hall square under the glass roofage. Typical souvenirs are statues of the Michel Church or the town hall, the water-carrying dogsbody Hummel hummel Mors mors, blue road signs like Reeperbahn, and a post card of the red light district.

The Schanzenviertel is also getting more popular nowadays for unique designer boutiques. Younger people especially enjoy being here. Subway "Sternschanze"/"Feldstraße".

Hamburg has quite many shops which claim "Second Hand", but are more of an outlet. It's still worth a visit though.

  • New and second hand Kleidermarkt Max-Brauer-Allee 174, S-bahn Holstenstraße.
  • Vintage and Rags, Kurze Mühren 6, U-bahn: Mönckebergstraße.



  • Geelhaus, Koppel 76 (St. Georg), 20099 Hamburg, phone.[48] Daily 6PM-11PM, some meals until midnight. Menu changes frequently, fresh food, creativity.
  • Lühmanns Teestube, Blankeneser Landstrasse 29, 22587 Hamburg (take the S-Bahn to Blankenese, and walk west on Blankeneser Landstraße from the station), phone 040 / [49] M-F 9AM-11PM, Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 10AM-11PM. Friendly local café. Light fare and local specialties, wonderful pies, and baked goods. Their Cornish tea with fresh scones is worth trying. €5-15.
  • Murphy's Roadhouse, Saseler Markt 1 (Subway station Poppenbüttel, then take the Bus to Saseler Markt). M-Th Noon-1AM, F Sa Noon-2AM, Su 10AM-midnight. Serves a variety of American type food. Good quality and portions at decent prices. Located in the northern suburbs, so it's a bit of a trip unless you are in the area. Typical meal should run about €10-17.
  • Teufels Küche, Ottenser Hauptstraße 4, 22765 Hamburg, phone, M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su Noon-10PM. Serves International "freestyle" food.
  • Ristorante Borsalino, Sternstrasse 125, Schanzenviertel, [50], just three minutes from train station Sternschanze in the trendy neighbourhood of Schanzenviertel. This little Italian gem serves great and very affordable Italian food at even better prices. Pizzas start from €6, fresh pasta is around €7-10 (Pasta Mista is highly recommended), the meat dishes are delicious (it is right next to the "Schlachthof"-Slaughterhouse) and the four course menu is unbeatable at €17.50. From noon-3PM they serve a lunch menu for €6,50. Opening hours M-F noon-3PM and 6PM-midnight, Sa 6PM-midnight, Sundays closed. Reservations recommended.
  • Around train station Hammerbrook (one stop from central station), you find a couple of lunch places offering a wide variety from sandwiches, Spoon's [51] soups, pasta, and German main courses. Open only during lunch time since this is an office area. Prices from €3-8 per meal.
  • In central station, you can get all kinds of snacks, including the fast food chains. But also fresh fish — Hamburg or Sushi style.

Vegetarian/vegan food.

Every day, you can get vegetarian food for donation (€1.50) in different places check out on this side: [52].

In the Hauptbahnhof (Main station), there are a lot of snack bars to have a quick meal. While there are probably not many vegetarian snack bars, there is a fairly decent selection of veggie food to be found, such as croissants with brie cheese and meat-free pizza slices.


  • Parlament, Rathausmarkt 1 (in the basement of the city hall), ''+49 40'' 70383399 (, fax: ''+49 40'' 70383398), [3]. Traditional local food in the amazing basement of the Rathaus mains ca €20.
  • La Mirabelle, Bundesstraße 15. French cuisine, fresh four or five course meal, changing daily, including wine at approximately €55.
  • Restaurant Cox, Greifswalder Str. 43 (St. Georg), ''+49 40'' 249422, [4]. Trendy restaurant with consistently good international cuisine, often local german dishes. It has a very good value lunch deal (two course menu for €11), close to main station. Dinner including wine is approximately €30-40..
  • Vasco da Gama, Lange Reihe 67 (close to the central station), ''+49 40'' 2803305‎. 11.30 am to 11 pm. Good portugese and german food lunch €10, dinner €20.
  • Vapiano, (Two locations within Hamburg,), [5]. Sensational Italian food, in a trendy, friendly atmosphere. Fill your boots for around €20.
  • Prinz und Koenig, Poststraße 53. Open late.. A wonderfully cozy pub with great food. Highly recommended is the "Huftsteak vom heissen stein", a South American beef steak, which you cook yourself on a hot stone. Absolutely delicious. A great array of beers to wash the food down with mains €10.
  • Delta Bistro, Lagerstrasse 11 (Located on an intermediate floor within the wholesale storehouse of a large restaurant supplier), [6]. this restaurant provides a surprisingly cozy atmosphere. It is a must visit for all lovers of high quality meat and fish, but the menu offers some vegetarian dishes, too. For beef and fish, it is probably the best value for money you can find in Hamburg. Dishes are huge and the preparation quality comes close to star-awarded locations. It is advisable to reserve a table in advance, especially on Fridays and Saturdays in the autumn and winter months. Main dishes are from €12 to 20..


  • Fischereihafen-Restaurant, Große Elbstraße 143, 22767 Hamburg, phone +49 40 381816.[53]. Excellent view of parts of the port and the river Elbe. Many celebs have dined here, including English royals.


  • Cafe Klatsch, Glashüttenstraße 17, 20357 Hamburg. A small cafe serving delicious breakfast and other tidbits in a very cozy environment with friendly staff.
  • Café Knallhart or the T-Stube — You can get a coffee for around €.50 and relax on the sofas.

If you want to relax and drink a coffee in some coffee Bars go to:

  • MarYSol or tazza d'oro (both "Ottenser Hauptstraße") or some other Cafés in the Ottensen area.
  • Piazza, in the "schulterblatt" (Schanze). You will find a high number of bars and cafés here.


  • Batman Döner, Steinstraße, St. Georg.
  • Pamukkale Grill and Restaurant, Susannenstraße 34-35, 20357 Hamburg; Opposite Lokma. One of the oldest Doener stores in Hamburg. Operates a takeaway bistro and a restaurant.
  • Lokma, Susannenstr. 16, 20357 Hamburg. One of the best places to treat yourself with a nice Doener. It is not without reason that a lot of Turkish people love this place. Take the S11 subway and get out at Sternschanze. From there Lokma can be found within a seven minute walking distance.


  • Falafel factory, next to S-Sternschanze, price €2.60-3.10.
  • Azeitona, Beckstraße (Schanze), price €2.50, you can get there also other great oriental food and smoke a shisha.
  • Aladin, on the other side of the "Fabrik" in the Bahrenfelderstraße (Ottensen/Altona).


  • Christiansen's Fine Drinks & Cocktails, Pinnasberg 60, 20359 Hamburg, phone +49 40 3172863, fax +49 40 3172863, [email protected], [54]. Award winning bar (Playboy Bar of the Year 1998, Best Bartender 2000, Marcellinos Top 10, etc.), open M-Sa at 8PM.
  • Down Under, Grindellallee 1, 20146 Hamburg, phone +49 40 457017, [55]. Australian-themed bar with lots of cocktails (€5-10), burgers (chicken burger €6, beef burger €8, ostrich burger €9.50), chicken wings (also all you can eat on Tuesdays).
  • ZaZa-Bar, Mühlenkamp 10, Hamburg-Winterhude, phone +40 40 27880135, [56]. Small Bar in the trendy Winterhude neighbourhood that serves consistently good drinks and has an interesting crowd of customers: some shoppers that celebrate their latest fashions, office workers that cool down, night owls that warm up, and quite few people who live in the area and just drop in for a drink. Has chairs outside. Happy Hour from 5PM-9PM and all night on Mondays.
  • Brauhaus Joh. Albrecht, Adolphsbrücke 7 (at the Alster canal), ''+49 40'' 367740, [7]. Cosy brewpub with good beers and food beers €4.

Live-Music (Rock)

  • The Academy, Hans-Albers-Platz (right off the Reeperbahn). People in wheelchairs not always welcome.
  • Molly Malone, Hans-Albers-Platz (right off the Reeperbahn).
  • The New Thomas Read, Reeperbahn opposite from Hans-Albers-Platz.
  • Molotow/Meanie bar, Spielbudenplatz 5 (Reeperbahn). A retro Bar and a great little venue in the cellar hosting alternative live acts.


  • G-Bar The New Generation, Lange Reihe 81, 20099 Hamburg, [57]. Open 6PM-2AM.
  • Cafe Gnosa, Lange Reihe 93, 20099 Hamburg, phone +49 40 243034, [58]. Open 10AM-1AM, Fridays and Saturdays until 2AM, famous for its cake buffet, also a great place to have breakfast or lunch.
  • kir Barnerstr.16, Hamburg-Altona Gay party called "Love Pop" on Wednesdays and every 2nd Friday in the month from 11pm; www.kir-hamburg,de
  •; Information on parties and other news from the gay scene of Hamburg


  • On Fridays and Saturdays there is huge number of parties. You have to go to the Reeperbahn, but it will cost a lot and often the parties there are not more than "normal". There are different subcultures and good underground parties you should look for. In the summertime, you can get a free open-air goa. Lots of electronic stuff, like Drum'N'Bass. Look for a "Drumbule" soundsystem party. Hamburg used to have a great Hip-Hop culture, but it is declining.
  • If you are interested in electro parties here are some good clubs to go to:
  • The "Waagenbau" and the "Fundbureau" are both 2 smaller clubs in Altona, close to the Max-Brauer-Allee. Admission is normaly between 5-10 Euros, depending on the night. Check [59] and [60] for more information. Parties usually don't start before 11-12 p.m.
  • The "Uebel und Gefaehrlich" is located in a former bunker from WWII and can be found near St. Pauli in Feldstrasse. Easy to reach with the metro U3. Music used to be more hard house and electro but is changing nowadays from day to day. Check the schedule on [61]
  • Directly located in St. Pauli is the club "Baalsaal" which is usually playing house and electro, sometimes Drum n Bass. It is next to the Spielbudenplatz. Check [62] for more information.
  • If you are more into Trance, Techno and Schranz the "Tunnel" might be a good location. Located in the old Elbtunnel. Check[63] Opens Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. Admission is around 10 Euro.
  • Most parties don't end until the early hours on weekends. Some of the clubs are having an open end, depending on the party.
  • Sometimes it is helpful to check out the monthly magazine "Prinz" which is available for 1 Euro in most supermarkets and newspaper outlets - in there you will find most of the events that are happening in Hamburg. It's written in German.

Open Air

  • There are some OpenAir Festivals located around Hamburg. One which might be especially interesting for you if you like rock music is the Wutzrock Festival. It is free of charge and near to the city, so you might check it out if youhappen to visit Hamburg in laute August. It takes place at the "Eichbaumsee" next to the Trainstation "Mittlerer Landweg" (via S-Bahn 21 to Aumuehle/Bergedorf) usually the last weekend of August. Visit their page for more Information and pictures.[64]
  • Around Hamburg are also a lot of other annual Festivals, (which will cost some money) like Wacken Open Air[65].



Youth Hostels

  • Jugendherberge Hamburg - Auf dem Stintfang, [66], Alfred-Wegener-Weg 5, 20459 Hamburg, phone +49 40 313488, fax +49 40 315407, [email protected] Priceless river/harbor view and in walking distance to the Reeperbahn.
  • Jugendherberge Hamburg - Horner Rennbahn, [67], Rennbahnstraße 100, 22111 Hamburg, phone +49 40 6511671, fax +49 40 6556516, [email protected]
  • Schanzenstern, [68], Bartelsstrasse 12, 20357 Hamburg, phone +49 40/4398441. In the middle of the trendy quarter of Schanzenviertel, 50 beds.
  • Schanzenstern Altona, [69], Kleine Rainstraße 24-26, 22765 Hamburg, phone +49 40/39919191, fax +49 40/39919192, [email protected], 70 beds.
  • Instant Sleep Backpacker Hostel, [70], Max-Brauer-Allee 277, 22769 Hamburg, phone +49 40/43182310, fax +49 40/43182311, [email protected] 45 beds, provides a kitchen. Also in Schanzenviertel.
  • Backpackers St. Pauli, [71] Bernstorffstr.98, 22767 Hamburg, phone +49 40/23517043. Backpacker hostel in St. Pauli.
  • Kogge, [72], Bernhard Nocht Strasse 59, 20359 Hamburg, phone +49 40 312872, [email protected] Rock n'Roll Hotel.
  • Superbude, [73] Spaldingstraße 152, 20097 Hamburg,Tel. +49 40 3808780, [email protected], skype: superbude


To the south of the city in Holm Seppenson, there is a camp-site that even during the busy (and often full) summer months has spaces. It is about 40 minutes train ride from hamburg, once at the Holm Seppenson station proceed south and look for the camping sign


There are countless hotels in Hamburg, too many to list here. At best, you should contact Hamburg's tourist information or a travel agency.

  • Best Western Leonardo Hotel Berlin, Rudower Strasse 80-82; 12351 Berlin, +49 (0) 30 - 66680 0 (), [8]. checkin: 14.00 Uhr; checkout: 11.00 Uhr. In the fray instead of being kept at bay! The Best Western Leonardo Hotel Berlin with 82 comfortable rooms is situated between Berlin city and Airport Berlin-Schoenefeld!
  • Best Western Leonardo Hotel Berlin, Rudower Strasse 80-82; 12351 Berlin, +49 (0) 30 - 66680 0 (), [9]. checkin: 14.00 Uhr; checkout: 11.00 Uhr. In the fray instead of being kept at bay! The Best Western Leonardo Hotel Berlin with 82 comfortable rooms is situated between Berlin city and Airport Berlin-Schoenefeld!

  • Hotel Alt-Nuernberg [74], Steintorweg 15, 20099 Hamburg, phone +49 40 246024.
  • Hotel Engel, [75], Niendorfer Straße 55, 22529 Hamburg, phone +49 40 554260.
  • Hotel Königshof, [76], Pulverteich 18, 20099 Hamburg, phone +49 40 2840740, fax +49 40 28407474.
  • Marriott Hamburg, [77], ABC Strasse 52, Hamburg, 20354 Germany, P: 49 40 3505 0.
  • Holiday Inn Hamburg - Kieler Strasse, Kieler Strasse 333, +49 (0)40 54740-0, [10]. The Holiday Inn Hamburg - Kieler Strasse is situated in the west of the Hanseatic city close to the Color Line Arena and the HSH Arena. All of Hamburg's highlights, such as shopping, musicals or tourist sites, are within easy reach. [11].
  • Hotel tourist, [0] 40 / 9957.
  • Hotel Victoria, Lise-Meitner, [0] 40 / 3515.
  • Hotel National, Ringstr, [0] 40 / 12934.
  • Hotel Monopol, Diebsweg, [0] 40 / 14847.
  • Ramada [78], Jahnstr, [0] 40 / 21952.
  • Hotel tourist, Schönfeldstrasse, [0] 40 / 12433.
  • Hotel Columbus, Am Hackteufel, [0] 40 / 2992.
  • Intercontinental, Sendlingerstr, [0] 40 / 7028.
  • Le Meridien, Haupstr, [0] 40 / 31961.
  • NH Hamburg Norge [79], Schaeferkampsallee 49, [0] 40 / 441150. (There are another three NH hotels in Hamburg if this one is fully booked.)


The Atlantic and the Vier Jahreszeiten share the prize of Hamburg's best hotels over the last one hundred years. Emperors and movie stars have stayed there, including James Bond (Tomorrow never dies, 1997).

  • Hotel Atlantic, [80], An der Alster 72-79, 20099 Hamburg, phone +49 40 28880, fax +49 40 247129, [email protected]
  • Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten [81], Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14, 20354 Hamburg, phone +49 40 34940, fax +49 40 34942600.
  • Le Royal Meridien Hamburg, [82], An der Alster 52-56, 20099 Hamburg.
  • Hotel Hafen Hamburg, [83], Seewartenstraße 9, 20459 Hamburg, phone +49 40 / 31 11 3 - 0. Amazing view over the harbour.
  • Park Hyatt Hamburg, Bugenhagenstrasse 8 (in Levantehaus), +49 40 3332 1234 (), [12]. Five star hotel host to a 1000sqm spa, fitness area, and Hamburg's largest indoor hotel pool.
  • East Hotel, [84], Simon-von-Utrecht Str. 31, Designer hotel with one of the best lounges/bars in town. Very trendy and stylish.

On the floor

There is a Church mission on the West side of the main train station, mainly for homeless people and people with problems. But it's very clean, people are friendly, and if one is humble and polite, there is a good chance you can enter to chat (even in English) and sleep there on the floor in your sleeping bag. The night shift opens the place at midnight and everyone has to leave before seven in the morning.

Nevertheless, as a traveller, you should contribute some money to run the volunteer's service or at the very least offer some help. Remember: This is not a place for the unprepared traveller and definitely not a hotel!


  • Free WLAN access available in various locations. See Hotspot Hamburg [85].
  • A Virtual City Tour [86] features over 20 great sights throughout Hamburg.
  • Views on the city from students taking a German language course in Hamburg [87].

Stay safe

In the area around the Mönckebergstrasse, main station, on the Reeperbahn and on crowded escalators, watch out for pocket-picking. The Reeperbahn is the quarter with the most dense police presence in Germany, nevertheless make absolutely sure you avoid arguments. They won't get you anything, but possibly assaulted. Keep distance from demonstrations unless you're involved, both leftist groups and the Hamburg police are known for heavy reactions.

Keep in mind that the Hamburg police wear blue uniforms, unlike the federal German police and many of the other state police forces in Germany, which still wear green uniforms.

Bathing in the Elbe river is possible, but of course, keep out of the way of ships. Furthermore stay away from structures in the river and absolutely avoid the area about 50 m around those reaching into the river. Strong underwater swirls going down as deep as 10-15 m even close to the beach may pull even the strongest swimmers below surface.

When staying on a beach down the river, place yourself several meters away from the water and keep an eye on children playing in or near the water. Container ships passing by sometimes create surprisingly large waves that not only wet your feet on the beach, but may also pull you into the Elbe.


Religious services

St. Marien, Domkirche (catholic cathedral), Danziger Str. 60 (St. Georg, near to central station).[88]. Holy Mass Su 8:30AM, 10AM, noon (Portuguese), 3PM (Croatian), 6:15PM, M-Sa 6:15PM; Th 9:30PM.

St. Elisabeth, Oberstr. 65 (district Harvestehude). [89] Holy Mass Sa 6PM, Su 10AM, noon (English), 5:30PM (Spanish), 7:30PM (3rd Su only), Tu, Th, F: 7PM, W 3PM.

St. Ansgar (kleiner Michel), Michaelisstr. 5 (district Neustadt). [90]. Holy Mass Su 9:30AM, 11:30AM, 3:30PM (Tagalog), 7:30PM. M F 6:30PM, W 9:30, 7PM (Tagalog).

Index of all Catholic churches in the archdioceses of Hamburg [91]

Get out

Both North Sea and Baltic Sea beaches are reachable within an hour by car, railway, or bus.

  • Lübeck (Luebeck) — The city borders the Baltic Sea. The old city (Altstadt) survived from medieval times and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. About 60 km northeast of Hamburg, direct trains leave from main station every hour (timetable [92]).
  • Lüneburg — A city in Lower Saxony, about 50 km southeast of Hamburg. Like Lübeck, Lüneburg's old town has kept a medieval look with old buildings and narrow streets. The town is situated in the beautiful Lüneburger Heide. South of Hamburg, direct trains leave from main station every hour [93].
  • Sylt — An island in the north sea. This is where celebrities and wannabes spend their weekends. Trains leave at Hamburg-Altona station [94]. Planes from Fuhlsbüttel airport [95].
  • Helgoland — Germany's most off-shore North Sea island. Reachable by express ferry from St. Pauli Landungsbrücken [96].
  • Altes Land — The region is the biggest connected fruit growing area of Central Europe and the one the furthest north in the world. Altes Land is an area of marshland south of the river Elbe in Hamburg and Lower Saxony around the old towns of Stade, Buxtehude, and Jork. A characteristic feature is the richly-decorated farmhouses with their elaborate gateways.
  • Ahrensburg — Ahrensburg is a northeastern suburb of Hamburg, situated in Stormarn district. Its outstanding sight is the Renaissance castle dating from 1595. Ahrensburg is easily accessible by car and train (Hamburg public transport).
  • Sankt Peter-Ording — Germany's most popular tourist target by the sea. Features a broad surfer's beach and stilt houses. Easily accessible by car (Autobahn 23, about 120 km) and train [97].
  • Kiel — Kiel's main tourist attraction is the "Kieler Woche" (Kiel Week) at the end of June, the largest sailing event of the world and one of Germany's largest festivals. Trains to Kiel leave at least once per hour from Hamburg main station [98] and needs about an hour. A trip to Kiel on the Autobahn (A7) takes about an hour, too.
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