Hamburg

Travel Guide
Hamburg showing a city, heritage architecture and skyline

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

Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum
Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum
3.5 out of 5
Steindamm 68-70, Hamburg, HH
The price is £58 per night from 16 Nov to 16 Nov
Located in Saint Georg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg, Ohnsorg Theater and Moenckebergstrasse. Levantehaus and Hamburger ...
4/5 Very Good! (957 reviews)
OK
"Nice enough hotel but a bit far from the main shops etc and you have to walk through a scummy area."

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2021

Novum Style Hotel Hamburg-Centrum
Reichshof Hotel Hamburg
Reichshof Hotel Hamburg
3.5 out of 5
Kirchenallee 34-36, Hamburg
The price is £123 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Located in Saint Georg, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ohnsorg Theater and Hamburger Kunsthalle. Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg and Moenckebergstrasse ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (958 reviews)
"Location and history"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2021

Reichshof Hotel Hamburg
The Westin Hamburg
The Westin Hamburg
5 out of 5
Platz der Deutschen Einheit 2, Hamburg, HH
The price is £200 per night from 22 Nov to 22 Nov
Located in HafenCity, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Elbe Philharmonic Hall and Miniatur Wunderland. St. Michaelis Church and Moenckebergstrasse ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (984 reviews)
Amazing
"Check in was a breeze! Room was plush. Pool was well managed. Lounge bar has one of the best panorama possible and delicious cocktails. Helpful staff and sign of a healthy management, overall. The only, obvious but less-favorite part was to realize the room missed a view (for our booking category ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

The Westin Hamburg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Signature East Hotel Apartment
Signature East Hotel Apartment
3 out of 5
Rahlstedter Weg 82, Hamburg
The price is £47 per night from 5 Nov to 5 Nov
Located in Farmsen - Berne, this aparthotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Helmut Schmidt University and within 6 miles (10 km) of City Nord and Alstertal Shopping Centre. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (547 reviews)
Great hotel
"Staff was great, they extended courtesy to me of staying in during coronavirus crisis despite of low businesses. I would highly recommend this and any other properties owned by them"

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2021

Signature East Hotel Apartment
Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Speicherstadt
Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Speicherstadt
4 out of 5
Willy-Brandt-Strasse 25, Hamburg
The price is £116 per night from 21 Nov to 21 Nov
Located in Altstadt Hamburg, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chilehaus and St. Catherine's Church. St. Peter's Church and Moenckebergstrasse are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (767 reviews)
"The location is perfect, next to the U1, Messberg station. The staff are very courteous and helpful. The room is clean and spacious. The appliances in the room are modern and fully functional."

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2021

Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Speicherstadt
Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Michel
Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Michel
4.5 out of 5
Neuer Steinweg 26, Hamburg, HH
The price is £116 per night from 14 Nov to 14 Nov
Located in Neustadt, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hamburg Museum and St. Michaelis Church. Reeperbahn and Bismarck Monument are also within ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,327 reviews)
Excellent room and staff
"Great room in good location. Hotel staff very nice and helpful. Bar staff were excellent and knowledgeable. Bar food was great. Overall, excellent. I hope to return here when next Uk Hamburg for business or holiday."

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Michel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Hamburg

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Mar 2020

Love this city!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Mar 2020

For those wanting to do some sightseeing then getting a City Travel Card (TurboPass.com) is a very good idea. If you want something most unusual, Hamburg has a unique mineral/fossil gallery and shop at ‘RedGallery.com’. Well worth a visit...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

Lovely city, affluent, clean and safe, easy transportation and lots to see and do.

5/5 - Excellent

Leonora

14 Feb 2020

Lots of park and easy transport

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Nice city, bit cold and damp in January (probably to be expected) definitely somewhere I would visit again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Hamburg ist immer eine Reise wert. Eine wunderschöne Stadt die perfekt Altes mit Neuem kombiniert... für Familien mit Kindern genauso wie für Paare oder Einzelreisende. Hamburg hat Flair und für jeden etwas zu bieten.

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