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Hamburg Holiday Guide

Hamburg is known Germany as the "gateway to the world" and is the largest port in the country and the second largest in Europe. The city is proud of its status as an independent city-state and on its trading history, to which the city owes much of its wealth. Today, Hamburg is known as one of the richest metropolises in Europe, along with Brussels and London.

The busy port of Hamburg is situated on the River Elbe, 100 kilometres from the North Sea. You can learn about Hamburg’s maritime past at the International Maritime Museum Hamburg and in the museum ship, Cap San Diego.

The port may be the heart of Hamburg, but the city has far more to offer, especially in the field of art and culture. Visit the massive Hamburger Kunsthalle Art Gallery and the contemporary arts centre Deichtorhallen, which holds world famous international exhibitions. With its extensive subway system, it’s easy to find your way around Hamburg. Don’t forget to visit the Miniatur Wunderland, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Germany.

The city centre of Hamburg is made up mostly of modern office buildings, since many of the medieval buildings were lost in the Great Fire of 1842 or during World War II, when it was bombed to rubble. Visit the Hamburger Rathaus (Town Hall), which has been painstakingly rebuilt and restored to its original 19th century state.

Stroll through warehouse district and the HafenCity, with its renovated former port warehouses and ambitious modern buildings of glass and steel. Admire the architecture, dine at the best restaurants and stroll the boutique shops for unique luxury items. This urban renewal project is currently the largest of its kind in Europe and it’s here that Hamburg shows itself embracing change and confidently moving into the future.

Near the centre you will find several large parks and lakes. Visit the Planten un Blomen park to unwind in the Japanischer Garten. Rent a car or take advantage of the fast and reliable national rail network to explore nearby historic sites.

Guide to Exploring Hamburg

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg

Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg

Marseiller Strasse 2, Hamburg
of 5, from 1,280 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Just steps away from Planten un Blomen botanical gardens, the Radisson Blu Hotel sits in the heart of Hamburg, just a short walk from the Hamburg Messe International Exhibition Centre and retail experience of Jungfernstieg Boulevard.

Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum

Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum

Steindamm 68-70, Hamburg
of 5, from 656 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Saint Georg, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Mary's Cathedral and Hamburger Kunsthalle. Moenckebergstrasse and Hamburg City Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

my Apartment Hotel

my Apartment Hotel

Schiffbeker Weg 306, Hamburg
of 5, from 15 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Jenfeld, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Helmut Schmidt University and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Oejendorfer Park. Hamburger Kunsthalle and Moenckebergstrasse are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Lindner Hotel Am Michel

Lindner Hotel Am Michel

Neanderstr. 20, Hamburg
of 5, from 612 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Hamburg hotel is a 5-minute walk from both Hamburg Museum and St. Michaelis Church. Landungsbrücken is 1 km (a half-mile) from the hotel. Hamburg Dammtor station is 1.5 km (1 mi.) away.

Wira Guesthouse 31

Wira Guesthouse 31

Stiftstrasse 31, Hamburg
of 5, from 2 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

Located in Saint Georg, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Mary's Cathedral, Moenckebergstrasse, and Hamburger Kunsthalle. Hamburg City Hall and St. Michaelis Church are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Hotel Musa's Grüne Tanne

Hotel Musa's Grüne Tanne

Bremer Strasse 307, Hamburg
of 5, from 14 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Hamburg, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Helms-Museum, Harburger Theater, and Harburger Rathausplatz. Harburg Arcades and Falckenberg Collection are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Scandic Hamburg Emporio

Scandic Hamburg Emporio

Dammtorwall 19, Hamburg
of 5, from 327 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Neustadt, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Laeiszhalle, St. Michaelis Church, and Hamburg City Hall. Moenckebergstrasse and Hamburger Kunsthalle are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel

Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel

Bartelsstraße 12, Hamburg
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altona, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Schanzenpark, St. Michaelis Church, and Fish Market. Hamburg City Hall and Moenckebergstrasse are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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