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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.

Tonight

From £63 per night

This weekend

From £478 per night

Next weekend

From £171 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.73
Language German
Average weekend price £112 per night
Average weekday price £114 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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8.0

For lovers of classical music, a visit to the...

29 September 2022

For lovers of classical music, a visit to the Elbphilharmonie should be on your bucket list. This astonishing building took much longer than planned to build, blew the budget out of the water, and generated much controversy, but the final product is magnificent. The sound deadening surfaces throughout the hall help produce a fabulous acoustic. The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra is first-class. The views from the plaza are wonderful, but you'll have to compete with the tourists who all want to experience this masterpiece.

Fluxions
Fluxions Australia
8.0

There's plenty to see and do in Hamburg and quite a few...

26 September 2022

There's plenty to see and do in Hamburg and quite a few things that you don't need a huge budget for. Always worth getting away from the centre and checking out some of the little neighbourhoods.

Mark
Mark Germany
8.0

I was interested in graffiti culture and I got what I wanted.

23 September 2022

I was interested in graffiti culture and I got what I wanted. Elbphilharmonie is great. However organisers could allow just brief look at main concerthall which is unic. Otherwise it was too little. There were quite a lot museums and galeries for contemporary art. We were just lucky to manage the exhibition The Mystery of Banksy during our days. This was my first visit of the city and I am sure not the last one.

Voldemars
Voldemars Latvia
6.0

I travel a lot to a wide variety of places and stay in from...

20 September 2022

I travel a lot to a wide variety of places and stay in from a guesthouse in Marakesh to 4 and 5 star hotels in Dubai some places work for me others just dont. example in Tallin I was in the Economy Hotel at £11 per night and it was perfect. Hamburg would be fine for most people just did not work for me so no problem off to Spain in November my type of travelling would drive steady Eddie crazy.

Ronald
Ronald United Kingdom
10

The good weather helped but overall a very clean and easy to...

18 September 2022

The good weather helped but overall a very clean and easy to navigate city. Lovely architecture, much too see, definitely use the Hamburg Cad to get easy around, even with ships and use the discounts.

A & M Binder
A & M Binder United Kingdom
8.0

Our trip was to visit friends, so we did not view all the...

16 September 2022

Our trip was to visit friends, so we did not view all the sights available. Hamburg has two lovely lakes with restaurants and cafes adjacent, so a great place to relax. There was a good variety of shops not just high end designer ones.

Eileen
Eileen United Kingdom

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