About Hamburg

Hamburg is may not be as famous as some other cities in Germany but it is quietly impressive. Hamburg is Germany's second largest city, home to the biggest port and is also one of the wealthiest. The city is all about its harbour - there is a strong maritime spirit, the famous Reeperbahn is just around the corner and its vibrant neighbourhoods stem from there.

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Good to know

Airport Transfer

S-Bahn (S1) will take you directly from the airport to the city center. A standard single trip will suffice, €3,20.

Currency

No Euros in your wallet? No problem. There are several currency exchange shops as well as ATMs at the airport and in the city center.

Public Transportation

Transport tickets can be used on the bus and train (U-Bahn & S-Bahn). Single tickets from €3.20 or day passes from €6.20. If you’re traveling in a group of three to five people, try a small group ticket. At €11.80 for the day they’re great value!

Hamburg Card

It may be useful for you to get a Hamburg Card. It allows unlimited travel by bus, train and harbour ferry (HVV - Hamburg Transport Association) and discounts at more than 150 tourist attractions!

Safety

Hamburg is quite safe but be sure to look after your belongings.  

Tipping

Tipping in Hamburg is not obligatory but common practice. If you enjoyed your meal and service, 5-10% of the bill is a common amount for a gratuity.

Emergency number

110

Useful words

In such a multicultural city, you will do fine with just English, but it always goes a long way if you say something in the local language. German is the official language in Hamburg.

Hallo, Guten Tag - Hello, good day
Bitte - Please
Danke - Thank you
Entschuldigung - Sorry
Entschuldigen Sie bitte - Excuse me
Ich spreche kein Deutsch - I don't speak German
Sprechen Sie Englisch? - Do you speak English?
Ich habe mich verlaufen - I am lost
Wie viel kostet das? - How much is it?

Hamburg Top Attractions

1. Fischmarkt
A trip to the Altona Fischmarkt is definitely worth getting out of bed early -or staying up all night- for. The Sunday markets hark back to the 18th century, when fishermen sold their catch before church services. Today, you can still get fresh produce and also peruse the stalls for second hand steals and nice antiques.
 
2. Mineatur Wunderland
Be a giant for a day! This weird and wonderful attraction is the world's largest model railway, which consists of  more than 12,000 meters of track and 890 trains. As you journey along, you will walk past miniature replicas of areas ranging from the USA, Scandinavia, and Germany, as well as an airport with planes that actually take off.
 
3. The Port of Hamburg – The Gateway to Germany
The Hamburger Hafen is quite impressive to behold. Take either a boat from Landungsbrücken or follow a trail on foot that takes you through the old 19th-century Warehouse District. Cross the Köhlbrandbrücke, a 3.9-kilometer bridge that spans the harbor.
 
4. Kunsthalle Hamburg
In three interconnected buildings on the Glockengiesserwall, Kunsthalle Hamburg is one of Germany's top art galleries. Marvel at a wide range of art on display - everything from local artists to the Dutch masters of the 16th and 17th centuries.
 
5. Hamburg Rathaus
In the center of Hamburg's Old Town is the Rathaus or City Hall. Guided tours are available, as are opportunities to observe the local government in action.
 
6. St. Michael's Church
The most famous of Hamburg's many churches, St. Michael's was built in the Baroque style between 1750-62 and is one of the city's most important landmarks. Its 132-meter-high tower, fondly known as "Michel", and accessible by stairs and an elevator, viewing platforms offer excellent panoramas of the city and port.
 
7. Beatles-Platz
At the entrance to Grosse Freiheit stand life-size steel silhouettes commemorating the five original Beatles - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe. In the summer of 1960, they played in the area while seeking fame and fortune.

CITY CENTRE

There are plenty of malls and museums peppered around Hamburg's city centre. Enjoy the beautiful views next to the Binnen-Alster and enjoy an easy walk through the historic Old Town (Altstadt).

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in Hamburg's City Centre

STERNSCHANZE

By far Hamburg's most bohemian neighborhood, Sternschanze, or simply "Schanze", is where all the hipsters live, work and play.

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in Sternschanze

ST. GEORG

St. Georg is Hamburg's gay district and one of the most architecturally stunning. One will also find tons of cafes, bars, fashion and accessories stores as well as markets.

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in St. Georg

ST. PAULI

Also known as "Kiez", St. Pauli is an avant-garde blend of culture, grittiness and entertainment. It's Hamburg's Red Light District but don't let that deter you.

>> Where to stay, eat and drink in St. Pauli