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In Hamburg, Germany’s self-proclaimed ‘gateway to the world’, a strong maritime culture fuses with innovative designs and vibrant nightlife.

Huge container ships trundle daily into the city’s vast port, where Speicherstadt – the old warehouse district – creaks with history. Over a century old, its giant storehouses are built on oak logs and divided by canals where ships bound for destinations across the globe are loaded. Other points of interest in this area include the St. Nikolai Memorial and Miniatur Wunderland – one of the world’s largest model railways. When the tide is in, you can cruise these narrow waterways by barge to get a close-up view.

More architectural delights like Hamburg City Hall await in the city centre, while a stroll along the banks of the River Elbe reveals Hamburg’s biggest attraction: the cutting-edge Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Clad with over a thousand individually curved pieces of glass, this building is the city’s tallest and well worth visiting.

Germany’s second biggest city is also the unlikely setting where The Beatles rose to fame. Take a guided tour of the lively Reeperbahn district, where the ‘Fab Four’ lived before they were famous, for the chance to visit bars and clubs where they performed. After a day’s sightseeing, refuel in one of Schanze’s laid-back restaurants and try the local food – ‘fischbrötchen’ (fish roll) and ‘aalsuppe’ (eel soup) are particularly popular.


From £90 per night

This weekend

From £366 per night

Next weekend

From £242 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.63
Language German
Average weekend price £125 per night
Average weekday price £127 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Hamburg is a nice city for long walking.

5 June 2023

Hamburg is a nice city for long walking. Buildings in red bricks and surroundings are similar to Amsterdam, Stockholm etc. The industrial area is bigger then residential area and there are very few innovative or ancient architectural objectives to be seen. Prices are not that high, but still over European average. For food, you can have good launch for 35 EUR, but a glass of beer might cost over 4 EUR. During morning the Reeperbahn street, which is the most famous one, is full with homeless people and it is really dirthy, in fact Hamburg is not a clean city for the ones hopping to get it.

aerodromcomana Romania

we have visit Hamburg since 30 Years ago, an in my mind it...

3 June 2023

we have visit Hamburg since 30 Years ago, an in my mind it will be the same like bevor. Qur Children, 14 and 16 Years now will also be very exited from the town. We visit an Musikel, stay at the fishmarket and visit some Museeum. Your Children are happy about the frendly people. We also love this City.


You can see Hamburg in two days.

2 June 2023

You can see Hamburg in two days. I would recommend free tour of the old city and of st. Pauli so you know how DIFFERENT the neighborhoods are. Also I would recommend to see the sunset in the big lake. And also visit Lübeck, It‘s near.

clara Spain

Hamburg is a nice, clean, and welcoming city.

29 May 2023

Hamburg is a nice, clean, and welcoming city. The people are very friendly. Any part of the town can easily be accessed with public transportation. The city is also full of trees, which provide a nice shade on hotter days and are beautiful to look at. You can easily find great food, wonderful art, immerse yourself in the local architecture or just relax. There is something for everyone.


Like stepping into different world.

27 May 2023

Like stepping into different world....was awesome tho....very friendly people , can smoke inside pubs that don't serve place...don't expect's not that kinda town...but very interesting 😉

Keira Ireland

Hamburg is a great city with a lively street life with a...

23 May 2023

Hamburg is a great city with a lively street life with a good vibe. There was no rowdiness or threatening behaviour of any kind that I witnessed. I always felt welcome. We ate at Portugese restaurants in the Altona area. The public transport system is amazing with so many connections to all parts of the city at virtually anytime of the day or night. We used the website for planning routes but there are also timetables and maps at stations. A not so young couple so stuck to museums, monuments, and river cruises rather than late night clubs. Lots to see and do whatever your interests and age.

Melanie United Kingdom

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