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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.

Where to stay in Hamburg

Hamburg City Center, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(217 area reviews)

Miniatur Wunderland and Hamburg Dungeon are top sights in Hamburg City Center, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Rathaus U-Bahn or Rodingsmarkt U-Bahn to see more sights in the area.

Hamburg City Center
Fish Market featuring food and markets

Saint Pauli

4/5Very Good!(39 area reviews)

The ample dining options and captivating waterfront views are just a few popular features of the neighbourhood. Make a stop by Reeperbahn or Fish Market while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at St. Pauli U-Bahn to get around town.

Saint Pauli
Fish Market featuring food and markets

Altona

4/5Very Good!(35 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Volksparkstadion while getting to know Altona, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Hochkamp S-Bahn or Iserbrook S-Bahn to see more of the area.

Altona
Saint Georg, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Saint Georg

4/5Very Good!(170 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Saint Georg. Spend some time visiting top spots like St. Mary's Cathedral, and catch the metro at Lohmuhlenstrasse U-Bahn or South Central U-Bahn to see more of the area.

Saint Georg
Hamburg

HafenCity

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Unique features of HafenCity include the restaurants and waterfront views. Make a stop by Miniatur Wunderland or Hamburg Dungeon while you're exploring the area.

HafenCity
Speicherstadt showing a bridge and a city

Speicherstadt

Speicherstadt is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Miniatur Wunderland and Hamburg Dungeon.

Speicherstadt

Top hotels in Hamburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum
Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum
3.5 out of 5
Steindamm 68-70, Hamburg, HH
The price is £52 per night

Located in Saint Georg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg and Moenckebergstrasse. Miniatur Wunderland and Hamburg Dungeon ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,606 reviews)

"Amazing clean and friendly people Amazing view and in a great location"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum
25hours Hotel HafenCity
25hours Hotel HafenCity
4 out of 5
Überseeallee 5, Hamburg, HH
The price is £97 per night

Located in HafenCity, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Maritime Museum, Prototyp Auto Museum and German Customs Museum. Traditional ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)

"Comfortable hotel with some interesting features (music room, photo booths and the like). Good location - convenient for most of the main city attractions but still quiet quiet."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2020

25hours Hotel HafenCity
AMERON Hamburg Hotel Speicherstadt
AMERON Hamburg Hotel Speicherstadt
4 out of 5
Am Sandtorkai 4, Hamburg, HH
The price is £101 per night

Located in HafenCity, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Maritime Museum, Miniatur Wunderland, and Hamburg Dungeon. Elbe Philharmonic ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (954 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel right on the canal and in the middle of a trendy neighborhood"…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

AMERON Hamburg Hotel Speicherstadt

Popular places to visit in Hamburg

Miniatur Wunderland
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Miniatur Wunderland

4.5/5(112 reviews)

This miniature world and model railway takes visitors through Scandinavia, Austria, Switzerland and the U.S. It is one of the most popular attractions in Germany.

Elbe Philharmonic Hall
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Elbe Philharmonic Hall

4.5/5(101 reviews)

Elbe Philharmonic Hall is a popular theatre with a rich history in Am Sandtorkai/Dalmannkai. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this culturally rich area.

Reeperbahn
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Reeperbahn

3.5/5(127 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Reeperbahn, a popular shopping spot in Hamburg. While you're here, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Hagenbeck Zoo
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Hagenbeck Zoo

4/5(7 reviews)

The world’s first cageless zoo features animals, an aquarium and a leisure park with hiking trails. See birds fly freely and penguins in their natural habitat.

Fish Market
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Fish Market

4/5(38 reviews)

Exotic fruits, flowers, teas and household goods are offered alongside freshly caught fish at this open-air Sunday market.

Hamburg Dungeon
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Hamburg Dungeon

4/5(16 reviews)

Delve into the darker side of Hamburg’s history, brought to life at this attraction through shows, rides and storytelling.

Top things to do in Hamburg

1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

£17
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Hamburg City Pass: Free Admission to Hamburgs top sights
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Hamburg City Pass: Free Admission to Hamburgs top sights

£40
Per adult
Hamburg Harbour Boat trip (1 hour)
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Hamburg Harbour Boat trip (1 hour)

£18
Per adult
Guided Walking Tour of the Ellbphilharmonie
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Guided Walking Tour of the Ellbphilharmonie

£17
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Red & Blue light Reeperbahn Tour
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Red & Blue light Reeperbahn Tour

£19
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
walking and Quad Biking
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walking and Quad Biking

£252
Per adult

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