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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 £52 per night

This weekend

From £227 per night

Next weekend

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Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.45
Language German
Average weekend price £93 per night
Average weekday price £94 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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10

Hamburg is an under-rated German city.

4 May 2022

Hamburg is an under-rated German city. It offers great places to enjoy like the Kunsthalle museum, harbor cruises, Elbphilharmonie, Planten Un Blomen park, Landungsbrucken eateries, and Alster Lake walks. It has a superb mass transportation system for getting around.

Rene
Rene United States
6.0

Hamburger Alm hotel was really bad.

3 May 2022

Hamburger Alm hotel was really bad. They who have graded it 9-10 must be the hotel staff them selves. It is impossible to give it such a high grade. Not even a blinde and deaf person can give the hotel such a high grade.

Ahl
Ahl
8.0

Loads of wonderful things to see like the fish market, the...

30 April 2022

Loads of wonderful things to see like the fish market, the Hamburg Port, the Panoptikum wax museum, Miniatur Wunderland, the Elbphilharmonie, St Paulie's Pier and so much more, great city to walk around in with so much to see. We would have loved to do the Reeperbahn Walking Tour with Olivia Jones or the Chocversum however a lot of the tours were only available in German.

Sarah
Sarah United Kingdom
6.0

I think it would've been a lot better to go with someone...

30 April 2022

I think it would've been a lot better to go with someone who knew the area. I didn't have time to do much research before we went, so we went without a plan for things to do. Our German was barely passable, so it was hard to ask for directions or recommendations, and it was a barrier for some experiences, although many people spoke English. I think this is the kind of city that's hard to occupy yourself in for eight days when you're on a student budget. A lot of museums and attractions had ticket fees. I believe I would've enjoyed it more if I'd known what to look for, and I might go back, but I think I'd rather try a different German city next time. The harbor is nice though, and we enjoyed the architecture. St. Nikolai's memorial is informative and well-priced for the experience and museum. I don't recommend the zoo--not the best zoo as far as zoos go, and pretty pricey for the quality. I do recommend taking a train to Schloss Ahrensburg, though! We really enjoyed the castle and museum, and it was well worth the price of admission, plus very accessible for English-speakers. We didn't eat out at all, but got a LOT of bread from local bakeries and grocery stores. And I have nothing but good things to say about the bread and pastries! (Try a Käse Schnecke from Lidl if you get the chance!) It's quite easy to get around the city using the trains and busses; the HVV website is helpful for planning trips. We got day passes each day and that made transportation fairly affordable.

Hannah
Hannah
4.0

Tierpark/zoo was great,we spent 4 hours there,but it was...

29 April 2022

Tierpark/zoo was great,we spent 4 hours there,but it was difficult trying to get to some locations. Multiple modes of transport needed to get to the harbour area and then you still had to walk 1.4km! Alster lake was lovely and serene to walk around part of it-its huge! Lots birds in the area too.

Eleanor
Eleanor United Kingdom
10

Open top bus tour a must;

17 April 2022

Open top bus tour a must; as is a boat trip and a visit to the viewing platform at the Elbphilharmonie. Very good breakfast in Mutterland Stammhaus. Excellent food in VLET Kitchen and Bar. Hamburg a great place to visit

Jane
Jane United Kingdom

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