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Sitting on the River Elbe, it is the second biggest city in Germany and the third biggest port in Europe, Hamburg is one of the three city states in Germany and it has a lot to offer its visitors. The city is full of history and tradition which dates back to the year 808, and there is of course so much more to the place than just the Reeperbahn (and the British stag parties which tend to go with it).Historically, due to its location and membership to the Hanseatic League, Hamburg became an affluent city and trading hub and is now one of the most famous cities in the world.

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11 Interesting Facts about Hamburg

  1. The name Hamburg comes from the first permanent building constructed on the site in the year 808. Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne had ordered the construction of a castle; ‘Burg’ is a name for ‘castle’ or ‘fort’.

2. The city was sacked by the Vikings in the year 845. Approximately 600 Viking ships sailed to Hamburg and destroyed what was then a town.

3. Hamburg suffered terribly during the Plague (otherwise known as the Black Death) of 1347-1351. Approximately 60% of the city’s population died as a result.

4. Like London, Hamburg suffered its own ‘Great Fire’. On the night of the 5thMay 1842, a fire broke out in a cigar factory on Deichstraße and quickly spread becoming out of control. Over 50 people died and more than 1700 dwellings were destroyed.

5. Hamburg’s vast sewer system was actually designed by an Englishman. The Civil Engineer Sir William Lindley lived in the city for a long period and carried out many projects. Today, there is a statue of him to commemorate his work. Lindley’s statue is located at Baumwall.

6. The World’s first modern Zoo was founded in Hamburg at the Tierpark Hagenbeck in 1907. It was the first Zoo to take away the ‘cage effect’ and allow the animals more freedom to roam. It set the standard and became the blueprint for all other Zoos. Today, it still belongs to the Hagenbeck family.

7. There are approximately 2,500 bridges in Hamburg. Believe it or not, this is more than in Venice, Amsterdam and London put together.

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8. The Hamburg district of Wilhemsburg is in fact the largest inhabited river-island in Europe.

9. Hamburg is home to the World’s largest model railway, this can be found at the famous ‘Minatur Wunderland’ in the Speicherstadt.

10. British Rock Band ‘The Beatles’ began their career in Hamburg. Between 1960-1962, the band cut their teeth playing in clubs on the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli.

11. Hamburg is the third largest port in Europe. It covers an impressive area of 28.5 square miles. In Germany, it is known as the ‘Tor zur Welt’ (‘Gateway to the World’).

Sights & Points of Interest

Das Rathaus (City Hall)

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Anyone visiting Hamburg with an eye for architecture should visit ‘das Rathaus’ (City Hall), this Neo-renaissance style building is the seat of the local government of Hamburg. Its history goes back to the 1880s. One can go inside this impressive structure and view exhibitions for free. There are various exhibitions and themes here which change throughout the year.Location:Rathausmarkt 1, 20095, nearest U-Bahn stationRathaus.

Die Elbphilharmonie (Concert Hall)

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The Elbphilharmonie is located right on the River Elbe (hence the name), known affectionately by the Hamburgers as ‘Elphi’, this modern architecture project cost a whopping €789 Million. Visitors can catch a lift to the upper floors (for free) where there is a viewing deck which offers spectacular views across the port and the city (see below photos). There is a security check but the whole process doesn’t take too long and is worth the effort for the view. There is also a cafe/bar up on the viewing deck. Location:Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, 20457, nearest U-Bahn station isBaumwall.



St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (Landing Bridges or piers)

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These are a big tourist attraction in Hamburg and the area is known by the locals as just ‘Landungsbrücken‘, here you can take boat trips up and down the Elbe as well as take in the view across the river. Just like at the Point des Arts in Paris, lovers tend to leave their personalised padlocks locked to the footbridge railings outside the U & S-Bahn Station Landungsbrücken.

The Museum Ship the ‘Rickmer Rickmers’ can also be found here. If you wish to go and see ‘The Lion King’ at the theatre then you need to catch the Lion King boat from Landungsbrücken across to the other side of the river where the theatre is situated, the Lion King boats go up and down the Elbe and are very distinctive.
There are several bars and restaurants in the area, one of which is the Hardrock Cafe. The area is also a nice part of town for a stroll along the riverside. Location:St. Pauli 1, 20359, nearest U & S-Bahn stationLandungsbrücken.

SpeicherStadt

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The Speicherstadt is the old warehouse district. Here you will find old red brick architecture, narrow waterways, bars/restaurants and one of Hamburg’s most popular attractions ‘Minatur Wunderland’ which is essentially a large model railway that has everything, it is very impressive and something that kids (and big kids alike) will love. There are several other points of interest in the Speicherstadt and these are the Hamburg Dungeon, the Speicherstadtmuseum which is about the docklands area, and the Maritime Museum. Location:Speicherstadt, 20457, nearest U-Bahn stationBaumwall orMeßberg.

Miniatur Wunderland

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This place needs little introduction, it is pretty much the greatest model railway and model town/city in the entire world! It really is one of the best attractions in Hamburg, a magical place for children to visit (adults will also enjoy the experience too). You can expect some serious German style attention to detail. Due to its popularity it is always busy, I would recommend booking tickets on the official website here. Location: Kehrwieder 2-4/Block D, 20457, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, nearest U-Bahn Station Baumwall.

Alster

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The Alster is a picturesque man-made lake in the city centre which was formed from the river Alster, there are two parts of the Alster, the small part known as the Binnenalster and the big part which is known as the Außenalster. It is possible to take a boat trip here, the boat trips are very popular with tourists as you can get a good view of parts of the city from a different angle. Location: the nearest S & U-Bahn station isJungfernstieg, if you are coming from the Rathaus then it is easy to walk here.

Hauptkirche St. Michaelis (St. Michael’s Church)

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This is the largest and most famous church in Hamburg, it is an impressive structure and visitors are able to go up to the viewing platform in the bell tower which offers great 360-degree views over the city (see photos below). The church has five large organs and the interior is tastefully decorated in a baroque style. The origins of ‘der Michel’ can be traced back to the 1600s and notably, the great composer Johannes Brahms was baptised here. Location:Englische Planke 1, 20459, nearest U-Bahn station isRödingsmarkt it is an approximate 15 minute walk from here. It is also possible to walk up fromLandungsbrucken.

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Hafencity

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Behind the Speicherstadt to the South lays the Hafencity (harbour city), this area has been totally redeveloped and features bars, restaurants and businesses amongst high specification modern apartments such as the Marco Polo Tower. The area is very clean, tidy and modern. It provides great views of the River Elbe; from this point you will have a good view of small ships passing, and occasionally large cruise ships dock in the area.

The Hafencity is popular in the Summer Months, it is a nice place to have a walk and stop for a drink in one of the bars along Dalmankai which runs alongside Grasbrookhafen. If you fancy a coffee or a good ice cream whilst on your travels then I would recommend the Langnese Café (located in the Hafencity Designer Markt, next to the Marco Polo Tower), here you can sit inside or out. If you sit outside then there are also some nice big steps you can sit on which overlook the Norderelbe (North Elbe) river.

The Hafencity also provides a wonderful children’s playground at Grasbrook Park, there is a large pirate ship as well as a sandpit, water feature and various other things that children will love. Location:Hafencity, 20457, nearest U-Bahn stationÜberseequartier, from here you then walk through Grasbrook Park towards the Marco Polo Tower. If you are coming from the Speicherstadt then it is possible to walk to the Hafencity from there.

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Sankt Nikolai (Memorial Church)

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This bomb damaged Church is a Second World War Memorial and permanent reminder of the horrors of war. The church was built in a Neo-Gothic style and despite the bomb damage, it is still a very impressive structure. You can actually go in a lift to the top of the church tower which provides a fantastic 360-degree view over Hamburg (see photos below). There is also a Museum section in the old crypt of the church, which houses many surviving artefacts from the war. This is a must see for people with a keen interest in history. Location:Willy-Brandt-Straße 60, 20457, nearest U-Bahn stationRödingsmarkt.

Fischmarkt (Early Sunday Mornings)

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The Hamburg Fish Market on a Sunday Morning has cult status and there is no other fish market in the world quite like it, it attracts both the night owls and also the early risers. The explanation for this phenomenon is that the fish market features a live band playing Rock Music and Jazz, and there is Hamburg Astra Beer for sale and of course there is a large choice of Fischbrotchen (fish sandwiches / fish rolls) available to purchase.

Naturally, this attracts the people who have been out all night partying on the Reeperbahn, and with the Fish Market only minutes away, people are almost instinctively drawn to it. People can have one last drink to finish their night and of course, have something good to eat. On the other hand, the early risers come to the Fish Market to look at the delightful fresh fish and to try and snap up a bargain.

Fresh fish stalls…

The Fischmarkt has it all, you can even order oysters to go. I can personally recommend the ‘Nordseekrabben Brötchen’ or just Krabbenbrot which is a North Sea Brown Shrimp roll with a seafood sauce (see photos below). The live band and beer can be found in the Fischauktionshalle (fish auction hall), you can also get food from several stalls inside. The fish market proper can be found outside with many traders setting up their stalls up and down the River Elbe. Here you will find a feast of options, even if you are not buying, it is an experience to listen to the traders pitching their fish to the customers in strong North German dialects.

Opening times: Sunday Mornings, Summer time 05:00-09:30, Winter time 07:00-09:30. Location: Große Elbstraße 9, 22767, nearest S-Bahn station isReeperbahn, please note this is a 10-15 minute walk or so. It is also possible to walk up fromLandungsbrücken.



Planten und Blomen (Park)

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This is a wonderful park with lots of features, there is a lake, botanical gardens, a children’s play area featuring great slides, sandpits and water features, and there is even a Japanese garden. If you are visiting Hamburg and it isn’t raining then Planten und Blomen is the perfect place to take the kids to tire them out. It is also the perfect place for a peaceful walk. Location: Marseiller Straße, 20355 Hamburg, nearest S & U-Bahn Stations Dammtor and Stephansplatz.

Hummelbrunnen (Hummel Fountain)

The legend of Hans Hummel: Hummel became an unlikely mascot and folk hero for the people of Hamburg. In the days before running water was supplied to dwellings via water pipes, the people of Hamburg relied on water carriers and the most famous water carrier was Hans Hummel. Hummel wasn’t his real name but legend has it that Hummel moved into an apartment once inhabited by a soldier who bore the name Hummel. As a result of this, children would make fun of Hans the water carrier by shouting ‘Hummel Hummel’ at him, Hans ‘Hummel’ would then respond by saying “Mors Mors” which is an old low German dialect phrase for something like “up yours”.

To this days Hamburgers sometimes use the fun greeting “Hummel Hummel” to each other to which the reply is always “Mors Mors”. The fountain complete with statue of Hans Hummel was built as a tribute to this Hamburg Legend. Location: on the corner ofRademachergang & Breiter Gang, 20355, inHamburg-Neustadt, nearest S-Bahn stationStadthausbrücke, it is a 10-15 minute walk from there but it is a nice walk through the serene Hamburg-Neustadt area.

Hauptkirche Sankt Petri (St. Peter’s Church)

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An impressive red brick church which sits proud and tall amongst the popular shopping outlets on the Mönckebergstraße in central Hamburg. It is worth going inside to observe the artwork, and they also have a large model of the church on display inside a glass cabinet. Location: Bei der Petrikirche 2, 20095, nearest U-Bahn stations Rathaus and Mönckebergstraße.

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Heinrich Hertz Tower

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This is one of Hamburg’s most recognisable landmarks, standing at 279 metres tall (916 ft), it is the tallest structure in the city. It was built between 1965-68 for the German Federal Post and Telecommunications Agency as a Radio & Telecommunications tower. It was named after the Hamburg-born physicist Heinrich Hertz. There was a restaurant and viewing platform, and later bungee jumps were conducted here but this was all closed in 2001 due to fire escape regulations and issues with asbestos. There are new plans for the Tower to re-open to the public, it is a state funded project which is ongoing. Location: Lagerstraße 2, 20357 Hamburg, nearest U-Bahn Station Sternschanze (Messe).

Hamburger Dom (Funfair)

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This is a huge funfair which just so happens to be the biggest public festival in Northern Germany. Featuring all the rides and stalls you would expect, from bumper cars to rollercoasters, and Ferris wheels too. There is something for everyone here. Beer is available as well as ice cream, crepes and candy floss for the kids. The ‘Dom’ takes place three times a year, in Spring (April to May), Summer (July to August) and in Winter (November to December), check out the official website for exact dates here. Location: Heiligengeistfeld, 20359 Hamburg, nearest U-Bahn Stations Feldstraße or St. Pauli.

Food & Drink

Hamburg is an international city which means you will pretty much find any kind of cuisine you are looking for, from Vietnamese to Lebanese, you will find it all. Naturally, Hamburg offers authentic German cuisine which might be just what you are looking for.

If you fancy a typical German snack whilst out and about in the city centre then I would recommend the ‘Mögrill‘ Bratwurst Stands which are located by the Mönckebergstraße. Here you can get an authentic, great tasting German Bratwurst which comes with a crusty bread roll (Brötchen) and of course German mustard (Senf). Why not try the modern German classic, the Currywurst? Mögrill also offers speciality Bratwursts from other German regions such as the ‘Thüringer’ which hails from the state of Thüringen. Location: right next to the U-Bahn station Mönckebergstraße,20095.

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If you are looking for Hamburg cuisine then you must try one of the authentic fish restaurants such astheHamburger Fischerstube which is located on the Colonnaden. The restaurant has a really old fashioned Maritime feel about it which is typical of the classic Hamburg culture. Here you can sample popular North German fish dishes served in a proper North German venue. I can recommend the ‘Hummersuppe’ (Lobster Soup) as a starter and the Scholle (Plaice) for maincourse, though they also do Zander which is pretty rare if not unheard of on fish menus in Britain. Location:Colonnaden 49, 20354, nearest U-Bahn station isStephansplatz.

Bootshaus Bar & Grill

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This restaurant has a touch of class about it, located in the Hafen City area, the food is very good and the cocktails too. The kitchen is visible in the restaurant and one can see just how clean it is and how professional the staff are all working as a team. The head chef came out to explain the specials (in English) and the waiters/waitresses are friendly. A couple of them were rather quirky but in a good way! I can personally recommend the fillet steak, order the mushrooms as a side as they are probably the best mushrooms in Europe if not the world! For dessert, it has to be Boothaus’ renown New York/Vanilla cheesecake which is one of the best I’ve tasted. See photos below.

There is a good wine selection and the draught beer is Augustiner which is served in an authentic old-fashioned ceramic beer mug. Not a cheap restaurant; however, you get what you pay for. For several drinks and a good meal, it is approximately €50-75 per head. Location: Am Kaiserkai 19, 20457 Hamburg. Nearest U-Bahn Station Überseequartier.

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Burgerlich

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This is an ultra modern Hamburger Restaurant with a unique way of placing your order. When you first enter the restaurant you will receive an electronic card, you then go and take your seat at your table where you will find a pop up touch screen monitor/tablet, here you place your order and once finished, just tap your electronic card on the screen to send it to the kitchen. The service is fast, and the staff are friendly.

Once finished you can get up and head to the entrance/exit where there is a desk, hand your card to the member of staff and pay your bill, simple! Takes away the personal touch but I guess this is modern fast food. The burgers are delicious and the chips/fries are also something special, I personally recommend the bacon double cheeseburger (photographed below). A nice selection of drinks, including Duckstein Beer. Locations: Gänsemarkt 43, 20354 Hamburg, nearest U-Bahn Station Gänsemarkt, and Speersort 1, 20095 Hamburg, nearest U-Bahn Station Mönckebergstraße or Rathaus.

Lange Reihe

This quaint street located within easy walking distance of the Hauptbahnhof (main/central station) has many cosy restaurants offering German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Asian cuisine just to name a few. There are also a few cocktail bars here. Despite being not too far from the Hauptbahnhof, this street is laid back and has a nice feel about it for a pleasant evening out. Here are a few restaurants on the Lange Reihe:

If you are looking for good hearty German food then there is aBavarian Restaurant named‘Hacker-Pschorr Hamburg’(named after the Bavarian brewery), here you can sample the Schnitzel, Schweinshachse (pork knuckle), Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Rotkohl , Grünkohl(red & green cabbage) and Bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes), and why not wash it down with a delicious Hacker-Pschorr wheat beer? Location:Lange Reihe 97, 20099, nearest stationHauptbahnhof.

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Frau Möller

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This place is just across the road opposite Hacker-Pschorr, Frau Möller is a popular bar/restaurant, good beer and Schnitzel is also on offer here and it is a well-known bar/restaurant amongst the locals in the area. Location:Lange Reihe 96, 20099, nearest stationHauptbahnhof.

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Schweinske

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This is a chain of German restaurants which offer good value German food such as Schnitzel & Bratwurst etc. You can have most things with fries but if you prefer, why not have the German Bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes)? Locations: Schweinske restaurants are conveniently located in several popular parts of the city, there is one on the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli, there is one in Hauptbahnhof, there is one on the Westside of the large Alster on Alsterufer, nearest S-Bahn Station is Dammtor, and there is another on the Ottenser Hauptstraße, in Altona, nearest S-Bahn station is Altona.

Brücke 10 im Strandhaus

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If you are taking a nice walk along the Elbstrand (Elbe beach) then I can recommend stopping at this restaurant/snack bar for a drink and something to eat. The food is inexpensive and is perfect for a quick stop, or you can stay for the day and sit on the benches outside whilst watching the big container ships pass by along the River Elbe. I can personally recommend the Scholle (plaice) ‘Finkenwerder Art’ which is named after the Finkenwerder area in Hamburg; the plaice comes topped with chopped bacon and brown shrimps. Location: Övelgönner Hohlweg 12, 22605, nearest S-Bahn station Othmarschen, approximately a 10-15 minute walk down towards the Elbe from there, or take a boat from Landungsbrücken to Övelgönne and walk up along the Elbe from there.

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I recommend having breakfast here (or lunch), a good place to eat when you are on the go. Simple uncomplicated food at fair prices and of course there is tea & coffee. Convenient location: central station Hauptbahnhof (North side), Steintorwall, 20099 Hamburg, next to Starbucks.

Hamburg Steakhouses

Looking for a good steak? Check out the following restaurants:

Maredo

This is a well-known and popular Steakhouse in Germany; they also have a couple of restaurants in Austria. The staff are friendly and you will receive a quality piece of meat cooked exactly how you want it. Maredo have a salad cart and are also known for their South American steaks.There are two Maredos in Hamburg, Locations:Millerntor 1, 20359, in St. Pauli (around the corner from the Reeperbahn) and the nearest U-Bahn station isSt. Pauli. The other Maredo is located in the Hafencity area atAm Sandtorpark, 20457, the nearest U-Bahn station isÜberseequartier.

Block House

This is a well-established Steakhouse chain throughout Germany, if you go to one of these restaurants you will receive an excellent meal. There are ten Block House restaurants in the Hamburg area; however, I will list the three most centrally located for convenience. Locations: there is one located atJungfernstieg, nearest U-BahnJungfernstieg. The second is located atGänsemarkt, at the junction with theBüschstraße, the nearest U-Bahn station isGänsemarkt. The third Block House is located right by theHauptbahnhofon theKirchenallee, when you exit Hauptbahnhof, follow the signs to Kirchenallee (it is the opposite side to the city centre), once you come out it is right across the road (you can’t miss it).

Schlachterbörse

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This is my personal favourite, it is an authentic family-run Steakhouse which is almost hidden in a quiet street in the Sternschanze area.The quality of the steaks are second to none and there is of course a wide variety of steaks to choose from and you can have these cooked exactly how you wish. Some would argue that this restaurant is a little on the expensive side; however, it is worth it for the experience (see photos below). Location:Kampstraße 42, 20357, nearest S & U-Bahn stationSternschanze.



Turkish Food

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Germany has a large Turkish population and so naturally you will find Turkish food readily available. From restaurants to takeaway kiosks, you will be able to sample delicious freshly made kebabs of all varieties. The most popular in Germany is the Döner Kebab. You can get a ‘Döner im Brot’, the Brot is a tasty bread roll and is superior to the variety you find in Britain which tends to always come in pita bread but that is all a matter of opinion. The other popular option is the ‘Döner Durum’ which instead of Brot comes in a flour tortilla wrap style bread. The lamb Kofte is also highly recommended.

There is no particular recommendation in Hamburg for a takeaway kebabs as there are many around but keep your eyes open for the shops that appear popular with the locals. The two kebabs pictured below were bought at ‘Salli’s Kebab Grill’, there are several ‘Salli’s’ in Hamburg and these are always agreeable, the premises are nice and clean the food is fresh. Salli’s main branch is located opposite Hauptbahnhof, at Südsteg 11, 20095 Hamburg.

Hamburg Breweries

Holsten Brauerei

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Established in 1879, this is the most well-known brewery in Hamburg, that is a result of Holsten’s success in the global market. Holsten is well known in Great Britain where its main product Holsten Pils became the no.1 selling lager in the 1980s. It was the main brewery behind the lager revolution in Britain. Take the tour to learn more about this historical brewery and of course, sample the various beer they produce here. There is a shop where you can buy products such as Holsten glassware etc. Location:Holstenstrasse 224, 22765, near Altone-Nord, the nearest S-Bahn station isHolstenstraße.

Gröninger Privatbrauerei

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Vintage setting for a vintage brewery. Gröninger has been brewing great tasting beer in Hamburg since 1722. The brewery also acts as a restaurant, head down to the cellar to try their renown unfiltered beer, and why not have the keg brought to your table? Good hearty German food is served here. An authentic experience for all visitors. The brewery also has products available to purchase for those who wish to take some beer away with them. Location: Willy-Brandt-Straße 47, 20457, nearest U-Bahn station is Meßberg.

Ratsherrn Brauerei

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This Brewery is a relatively new one in Hamburg and was only established in 2012. I recommend the brewery tour as you will learn a lot about the Hamburg brewing tradition. Ratsherrn is an interesting brewery as they really experiment with their beers and there is a very good selection. They even offer a Hamburg take on the classic ‘Pale Ale’. The brewery is right next to the Altes Mädchen pub/restaurant (read more below in the next section). Look out for the nearby Craft Beer Store where you can purchase some Ratsherrn products. Location: Lagerstraße 30A, 20357, nearest S & U-Bahn station is Sternschanze.

Pubs & Bars

Skyline Bar 20up

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This is essentially a cocktail bar and it will not disappoint, the name is a giveaway as it is 20 floors up and provides excellent views over Hamburg. The men’s toilet is also unique as it provides a urinal with a view. The bar is lively and is a great place to enjoy a few evening cocktails. Location: Bernhardt-Nocht-Straße 97, nearest S-Bahn stations are Landungsbrücken and Reeperbahn.

Max & Consorten

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This is somewhat of an institution in Hamburg and is actually somewhere the locals go for drink. Though described as a restaurant, it has more of a pub feel to it, you can sample great German beer and the staff are friendly. Simple good food is also served here and is reasonably priced, the Schnitzel is huge and in the Summer time you can get a nice piece of grilled chicken with a delicious Mozzarella salad and the cost won’t break the bank (if you go for lunch they have several dishes for €6, see photos below).Location: Spadenteich 1, 20099, nearest station is Hauptbahnhof , this Pub is not far from Lange Reihe.

Altes Mädchen(old girl)

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Braugasthaus Altes Mädchen is a modern yet rustic style beer house located in the trendy Sternschanze district. The beer selection is vast and the waiters & waitresses will even give you a small catalogue with a list of what is on offer. It is also a restaurant but I cannot personally speak of the food. It is a good place to get craft beer, Ale, Wheat beer from smaller, lesser known breweries or the classic Pilsner. Location: Lagerstraße 30A, 20357, a short walk from the S & U-Bahn station Sternschanze.

Meyer Lansky’s

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This is a cocktail bar with a 1920s Prohibition era feel to it (hence the name). There is a huge range of delicious cocktails on offer as well as other drinks. Happy Hour takes place daily from 16:00 till 20:00 (except Sundays when it is from 18:00 till 20:00). Location: Gänsemarkt 36, 20354, right by Gänsemarkt U-Bahn Station.

Turmbar(Tower bar)

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This is really unique and worth visiting due to its quirky setting; what is special about this bar is that it is inside an old Second World War bunker. To reach the bar you have to go up a spiral ramp to the top, it really does have a peculiar feel to it as you wouldn’t think you are going to find such a nice trendy bar at the top. As you walk up, you will find the ceilings are a little low but this adds to the historical feel. The view is good, the staff are friendly and the venue is really something special. Particularly for history fans, this is definitely not one to miss! Location: Rothenbaumchaussee 2, 20148, just a 5 minute walk from the S-Bahn station Dammtor.

Clouds Heaven’s Bar & Kitchen

This located at the top of the Reeperbahn and is not far from the U-Bahn station St Pauli. This bar serves cocktails and is also a restaurant. As you can tell by the name, the bar is located high up in a skyscraper which offers wonderful 360-degree views over the city and harbour area.There is an extensive drinks menu and there is also an impressive rooftop bar when the weather is permitting. Location: Reeperbahn 1, 20359, nearest U-Bahn station St. Pauli.

Strandperle

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As the saying goes ‘it’s all about location, location, location’ and Strandperle is a brilliant example of this, especially in the Summer Months,located on the beach right next to the River Elbe, it provides fantastic views of the river and the huge container ships which pass by. There is a good selection of drinks and food is also available, though I cannot personally comment on it. The staff are friendly. It tends to get busy on hot sunny days; however, you will most likely be able to get a table so don’t let that put you off. Though it can be busy, the atmosphere is very relaxed.

Location: Övelgönne 60, 22605, be aware that the nearest S-Bahn station is Altona, you can walk from here but it is a 20-30 Minute walk. You can also walk up to Övelgönne from Landungsbrücken (if you fancy a walk up the Elbe); however, the easiest thing to do would be to take a boat from Landungsbrücken to Övelgönne. Many of the boats which depart from Landungsbrücken are actually part of the public transport network so you can use travel cards on the boats.

Reichshof (Hotel) Bar 1910

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If you are looking for something more sophisticated then I can recommend the Reichshof Hotel’s bar 1910. You will be served at your table by a proper waiter, and all drinks are available (including fantastic cocktails). This place has an old fashioned ‘Ritz-feel’ about it and feels like you just stepped back into the early 1900s. Location: Kirchenallee 34-36, 20099, nearest station is Hauptbahnhof.

Nightlife

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Reeperbahn

Hamburg is rated as one of the best nights out in Europe, ok so where do I start? The obvious place is the Reeperbahn, it has a great selection of bars and clubs where you can spend the night partying and sampling local drinks as well as taking in the atmosphere. Though the Reeperbahn is renowned or perhaps even infamous for its Red Light district, there are actually plenty of ‘normal’ bars and clubs without the ‘adult’ attractions.

Two of the most popular venues are the Irish Pubs:

Molly Malone &Murphy’s

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These are located near each other, just off the Reeperbahn on Hans-Albers-Platz. Molly Malone features a downstairs area with a stage to host live music with bands that play anything from Rockabilly to present day indie pop. Murphy’s tends to be a bit more crowded as it is a bit narrow in places but it has a lively atmosphere and also has a small stage area where you get bands playing all the hits for the crowd to sing along to. Both pubs are good for a couple of drinks before moving on; however, you can easily spend the whole night in either of these places with the right band playing etc. Location: Hans-Albers-Platz 14 & 24, 20359, nearest S-Bahn station Reeperbahn.

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Carry on down the Reeperbahn until you get to the Beatles-Platz, here you will find the famous side streetGroße Freiheit, if you go down here then you will come across various bars and clubs including the well-knownDollhouse. I can’t speak of Dollhouse personally; however, I’ve been informed it is popular with the stag parties.Location: Große Freiheit 11, 22767, nearest S-Bahn station Reeperbahn.

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Ok, so back on the Reeperbahn, if you are in the area near Beatles-Platz then you will see another Irish Pub called:

Thomas Read

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This is a bit of a pub/club. When you enter you will find a proper pub style atmosphere with good beers on tap and a live band at weekends, the music is 90s Rock, indie or pop-rock; however, if you venture downstairs you will find a club atmosphere complete with a dance floor and neon lights. The music downstairs is club/dance/pop & RnB. Thomas Read is also popular with stag parties. I have seen the dance floor rammed with men who were making advances towards the only two (German) girls on the dance floor, fortunately these girls seemed used to that sort of attention and were adept at swatting them away!Location: Nobistor 10, 22767, nearest S-Bahn station Reeperbahn.

Molotov Music Club

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A great live music venue. Many up and coming bands play here and if you prefer a more intimate venue then this may be the place for you. Molotov also functions as a pub/club when there is no live music on. Stay upstairs for pop music but if you prefer a heavier sound then head downstairs to join the Metalheads. Essentially, good beer is available at Molotov. Location: Nobistor 14, 20359, nearest S-Bahn station Reeperbahn.

Sternschanze

If you are looking for an alternative to the Reeperbahn, then you should head to the Sternschanze district. Here you will find plenty of bars and restaurants with a lively but still laid back atmosphere. The Sternschanze is popular with young people and hipsters and it is the alternative ‘trendy’ district. If you want to avoid the tourists at the Reeperbahn then you should go here. The nearest S & U-Bahn Station is ‘Sternschanze’. Here are a few bars I can recommend:

Frank und Frei

An old fashioned looking bar and restaurant with a wooden finish interior. The waitresses and waiters are friendly and there is a good selection of drinks available which won’t cost the world. Popular in the Summer time, there are plenty of tables and long stools (in the German beer table style) out the front. Frank und Frei is a good place to start your evening before delving depper into ‘die Schanze’. Location: Schanzenstraße 93, 20357, nearest S & U-Bahn station Sternschanze.

Goldfisch Glas

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This is a very cool venue; it is lively but with a friendly atmosphere. The bar is dimly lit with only a few lights here and there which contributes to the relaxed atmosphere. Bar staff are friendly and though the bar can appear busy at times, it is never too difficult to get served. There is a good selection of drinks (including cocktails), and there is the Hamburg beer ‘Astra’ on tap which is a popular choice here and is drunk by the locals. There is also a Fußball table in one corner which is very popular with the local young Germans. Location: Bartelsstraße 30, 20357, nearest S & U-Bahn station Sternschanze.

Katze

A popular bar with an outdoor seating area at the front. It can get very busy at the weekends but it is not impossible to get a drink. Popular music is played and the atmosphere is relaxed. The locals tend to flock to the Katze and it is busy in the Summer Months. Location: Schulterblatt 88, 20357, nearest S & U-Bahn station Sternschanze.

DreiundSiebzig (formerly Haus73)

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This is an institution in the Sternschanze, this is the place where most people go to finish the night, though you can also start and end your night here as the beer and music are good. Alternative rock and indie are played in the main bar area. There is also a quirky kind of hidden dance floor area where Hip Hop is played. Unusual and rare ales and craft beers are sold here. Location: Schulterblatt 73, 20357, nearest S & U-Bahn station Sternschanze.

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Nightclubs

Hafenklang

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This an alternative rock club that is renown in Hamburg. As well as being a nightclub, it is also a live music venue so it is also a good place to watch bands. On the club nights it’s best not to arrive too early as you will find things don’t really get started until late. Hafenklang is open all night with most people staying until five or six in the Morning at the weekends. Location:Große Elbstraße 84, nearest S-Bahn station is Königstraße.

Uebel & Gefährlich

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A unique nightclub and this is down to its location, it can be found within one of Hamburg’s old Second World War bunkers: the Flakturm (flak tower) at Heiligengeistfeld, Feldstraße in St. Pauli. This Flakturm is a reinforced concrete Hochbunker (high-rise bunker), built for the defence of the city during the war, the anti-aircraft guns were mounted on the roof in order to shoot down enemy aircraft.

Ok, so that’s the history to one side, now back to the club…Uebel & Gefährlich have different music nights so it will be best to check out their site to see what is on but they have events featuring many genres from Metal to Techno. As well as a club, it is also a live music venue. Location: Feldstraße 66, nearest U-Bahn station is Feldstraße.

Festivals

There are many festivals which take place in Hamburg at various times of the year, and most of these are actually free to attend.

Here are the highlights…

Duckstein Beer Festival

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Taking place every Summer in Hamburg, the Duckstein Festival is always a nice occasion with a laid back friendly atmosphere. Entry to the festival is free, there is a tent/stage where bands perform live, and you will find several tents selling Duckstein beer, there are also various other stalls selling food and drink and there is also a fleamarket. A new addition to the festival in recent years are the street performers and aerial acrobatics.

The Duckstein Festival is relaxed and you will see many Germans meeting friends at the festival after work in order to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a glass of cold Duckstein beer whilst enjoying the entertainment. The Duckstein Festival never tends to be overly crowded which is nice, though you will notice a bit more traffic during the weekend dates. In 2014, the festival moved to a new venue in order to increase its size due to its popularity. Location: Magdeburger Hafen, Hafencity, the nearest U-Bahn station isUberseequartier. Festival dates this year: 19th-28thJuly 2019.

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Holsten Brauereifest

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The Holsten Brewery Festival is a wonderful occasion. Once a year in the Summer, the Holsten Brewery opens its famous old gates to the people of Hamburg for a festival with great beer, food and entertainment. There is one large stage where you can see bands performing rock and indiepop as well as various other genres. There is a beer tent where you can purchase wonderful craft beers from various brands, Holsten have some of their real special beers available too (not just Pilsner).

The really nice thing about the Holsten Brewery Festival is that entry is free, which makes a change in this day and age. Another nice thing is the atmosphere, it is very relaxed with no hustle and bustle. Location:Holstenstrasse 224, 22765, near Altone-Nord, the nearest S-Bahn station isHolstenstraße. Festival dates this year: to be confirmed (usually takes place over a weekend in June).

Alstervergnügen (Alster Enjoyment / Festival)

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Every year in August this Summer festival takes over the Alster area. Featuring four stages of entertainment, including live music and various other acts such as acrobatics etc. The festival usually lasts for four days. There are many stalls offering great food and drink. The highlight for many people at the Alster festival is the fireworks which take place every evening of the event at 22:00, these are the last act of each day. Entry is free and it can get busy in the evenings. Location: the nearest S & U-Bahn station isJungfernstieg, if you are coming from the Rathaus then it is easy to walk from there.

Football Teams

Hamburger SV (HSV)

This is the main football club in Hamburg (St. Pauli fans may disagree), the SV actually stands for Sport-Verein (sports club), for example there are other sports teams such as ice hockey and handball teams which represent HSV, though it is most famous for its football team. The club’s most successful period was during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Hamburg were crowned league champions in 1979, 1982 and 1983, they also won the prestigious European Cup in 1983 to complete a historic double. It was during this period that HSV became well-known throughout the footballing world as one of the big clubs in Europe.

HSV was established in 1887 as SC Germania before they changed their name in 1919 to become Hamburger SV. The club’s home is at the Volksparkstadion which has a capacity of 57,000. For fixtures and match tickets see the official website. Location: Sylvesterallee 7, 22525 Hamburg, nearest S-Bahn Station Stellingen, it is a 20-30 minute walk from here or you can take the bus, if you have a match day ticket then public transport is free, just show your match day ticket if asked.

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FC St. Pauli

This is a unique football club which enjoys cult status off of the football pitch and has become known around the world, it is particularly well-known for its skull and crossbones symbol which has become somewhat of a brand with it being possible to purchase all kinds of souvenirs. St. Pauli is actually a sports club with teams that play baseball, roller derby, table tennis and rugby to name a few. St. Pauli was established in 1910 and their home ground is the Millerntor-Stadion which has a capacity of approx. 30,000.

The club has mainly played in the Bundesliga 2 league which is the second tier of German professional football; however, they did have a brief spell in the top flight several years ago before they were relegated. St. Pauli fans are known to come from various subcultures who identify with left-wing politics, and the club itself is governed in a different way. The club values the community and local social and political issues. For fixtures and match tickets see the official website. Location: Harald-Stender-Platz 1, 20359 Hamburg, nearest U-Bahn Station St. Pauli.

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Museums

If Museums are your thing then you will be spoilt for choice in Hamburg, they have everything from vintage cars to the Museum of German food additives…

Museum of Hamburg History

This Museum is really a must see if you wish to learn about the history of Hamburg from its early origins to the present day. The Museum is in a lovely old type building and is lovingly looked after. There are models of the old city in its early form, there is an area dedicated to the bubonic plague era; as a Port City, Hamburg was not left untouched by the ‘Black Death’. There is an area dedicated to Hamburg’s membership to the Hanseatic League. There is also an interesting Second World War exhibition area containing a lot of information about how ordinary citizens lived during those times, air raid shelters & gas masks etc. Modern era Hamburg is also covered with exhibitions about life in the 1970s and beyond. Location: Holstenwall 24, 20355, nearest U-Bahn station isSt. Pauli.

Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg

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The Maritime Museum is a fantastic place for all those interested in seafaring and its rich history. You could easily spend the day here taking in all the information. Several exhibitions are aimed at children as they have interactive features which is great for families. There are also some fascinating artefacts from the Titanic. Location: Koreastrasse 1, 20457, nearest U-Bahn stations are Uberseequartier and Hafencity Universität. If you are already in the Speicherstadt then you can easily walk from there.

Hamburger Kunsthalle (Art Museum)

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This beautiful Museum covers approximately 7 centuries of world art and is a must for people with an eye for beautiful artwork. Location: Glockengießerwall, 20095, which is near the Alster lake, nearest station Hauptbahnhof.

Chocoversum (Chocolate Museum)

Especially for chocolate fans, come and see an exhibition of how chocolate is made Hamburg style. There is naturally a shop where you can purchase some products. Location: Meßberg 1, 20095, nearest U-Bahn Station Meßberg.

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Arts design & Industrial Museum)

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Everything here from Bauhaus to pop art and even Japanese Pottery. Many exhibits to view. Location: Steintorpl, 20099, nearest station Hauptbahnhof.

Speicherstadtmuseum

This is the docklands museum set in one of the old Speicherstadt warehouses. Various exhibitions of articles which were stored and traded, such as spices etc. Location: Am Sandtorkai 36, 20457, nearest U-Bahn Station is Baumwall.

Harry’s Hamburger Hafenbasar

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This quirky Museum has a great collection of sailors’ curiosities which have been collected on voyages around the world from days gone by. Location:Am Sandtorkai 66-68, 20457, nearest U-Bahn StationBaumwall.

Spicy’s Gewürzmuseum

This is a museum all about Herbs and Spices which were stored in the Speicherstadt. You have a chance to see, touch, smell and taste the spices but watch out for the chilis! Particularly of interest to people who love to cook. Location:Am Sandtorkai 34, 20457 nearest U-Bahn station Baumwall.

Prototyp Museum

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A must for petrol heads! This museum displays some of the finest vintage German cars within a very modern setting. Location: Shanghaiallee 7, 20457, nearest U-Bahn station HafenCity Universität or you can walk from the nearby Speicherstadt.

Alte Hafenkrane (Old Harbour Cranes)

A chance to see and photograph the old harbour cranes. No longer in use, they have become a permanent exhibit and tribute to the city’s port history. There are great views across the Elbe from here and it is a nice place to sit and contemplate. Location: Kaiserkai, 20457, not far from the Elbphilharmonie and the Speicherstadt, the nearest U-Bahn station is Baumwall.

Brahms Museum

One of Hamburg’s most famous sons, the great composer Johannes Brahms has this Museum dedicated to him. A must see for people with an interest in classical music, there is much to learn here about Brahms’ life. Locations: Peterstrasse 39, 20355, nearest U-Bahn station is St. Pauli, an approximate 10-15 minute walk from there.

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Model Railway Hamburg e.V.

This Museum is dedicated to various types of model railways and is one that will be enjoyed by children and adults alike. In comparison with Minatur Wunderland, this one is more dedicated to the retro model railways of the past and there are many highly collectable exhibits to view. Location:Holstenwall 24, 20355, nearest U-Bahn station isSt. Pauli.

Polizeimuseum Hamburg

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For those with an interest in Policing, here you will find the complete history of the Polizei in Hamburg. There are many ex-officers working here and are happy to help with any questions you may have. Please note, the last time I was here I needed my ID to gain entry, not a surprise given the nature of the building. Location: in the City-Nord (North) area, onCarl-Cohn-Strasse 39, 22297, it located between two U-Bahn stations,Lattenkamp &Alsterdorf. It is a little walk from either of these stations.

Altona Museum

Paintings, sculptures and various other points of interest. The Altona Museum is a good option if you have children as it is child-friendly and features several interactive exhibits. Location:Museumstraße 23, Altona, 22765, nearest S-Bahn stationAltona.

Museumshafen Övelgönne

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Here at the Museum Harbour you will find a collection of vintage and restored boats, sailing enthusiasts would particularly enjoy this, though it is suitable for anyone due to its picturesque location on the River Elbe. There are several restaurants and bars nearby. Location: Fähranleger Neumühlen, 22763, please note that the nearest S-Bahn station isAltona, you can walk from here but it is a 20-30 Minute walk. You can also walk up to Övelgönne from Landungsbrücken if you fancy a walk up the Elbe; however, the easiest thing to do would be to take a boat from Landungsbrücken to Övelgönne. Many of the boats which depart from Landungsbrücken are actually part of the public transport network and you can use a travel card to use them.

U-Boot Museum Hamburg

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This actual Submarine is now a Museum but is more of an exhibition really, you can actually go on board and have a good look around and experience the cramped conditions of life on a submarine (there is even a lingering diesel smell). The submarine, formerly B-515, was built by the Soviets in the 1970s and was decommissioned in 2002. The submarine was purchased and brought to Hamburg to serve as a Museum and attraction. Known locally as U-434 (this is painted on the side of the sub). Location:St. Pauli. Fischmarkt 10, 20359, nearest S-Bahn station isReeperbahn, please note this is a 15 minute walk or so. It is also possible to walk up from the S-Bahn stationLandungsbrücken.

Deutsches Zusatzstoffmuseum (German food additive museum)

A quirky museum for those that have such an interest. Location: Banksstraße 28, 20097, nearesr S-Bahn station Hammerbrook.

Deutsches Zollmuseum (Customs Museum)

This small but pleasant museum located in the Speicherstadt provides a history of taxation from the times of the Roman Empire up until the present day. There are various artefacts to view and it is a must for anyone interested in the history of customs in general (not just in Germany). Location: Alter Wandrahm 16, 20457, nearest U-Bahn station is Meßberg.

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FAQs

Is there anything to do in Hamburg? ›

Cool things to see and do in Hamburg, Germany
  • Walk inside the world's largest warehouse district.
  • Discover Hamburg's new urban district, HafenCity.
  • Visit Hamburg's state-of-the-art concert venue with sweeping views.
  • Feed your imagination inside Miniatur Wunderland.
  • Admire Hamburg's magnificent Rathaus (City Hall)
1 Apr 2022

What is Hamburg Germany most known for? ›

The city is best known for its famous harbor area, the Port of Hamburg. In addition to being a major transportation hub, Hamburg has become one of Europe's most important cultural and commercial centers, as well as a major tourist destination.

What is unique to Hamburg? ›

12 Things You Didn't Know About Hamburg
  • Every ship receives a special greeting.
  • Hamburg is protected by a patron goddess.
  • It has the most bridges of any city in the world.
  • The world's first modern zoo was founded here.
  • It has more weekly markets than any other European city.
  • Here you can find Europe's largest Japanese garden.
17 Mar 2017

What food is Hamburg famous for? ›

Hamburg's signature dishes include (from breakfast to dessert): Franzbrötchen (French rolls, allegedly influenced by Napoleon's troops), Currywurst (Celebrated in Uwe Timm's novel 'The Invention of Curried Sausage'), Labskaus (Seafarers' stew of various ingredients tinted a bright pink from beetroot) and Rote Grütze ( ...

Is Hamburg a cheap city? ›

Even on a global scale, Hamburg ranks in the upper range and snatches 52nd place (of 220). So is it expensive to live in Hamburg? Yes, Hamburg is one of the most expensive cities in Germany when it comes to living costs. But: it is still far from being the most expensive city in Germany.

What is the Red Light District called in Hamburg? ›

Herbertstraße is a street in Hamburg that has been used for prostitution since the beginning of the 19th century. It is located on St. Pauli near the Reeperbahn.

What is a person from Hamburg called? ›

People from Hamburg ARE called Hamburgers. People from Frankfurt are called Frankfurters. People from Berlin are called Berliners. It's a German thing.

How many days in Hamburg is enough? ›

How many days do you need in Hamburg? Three days in Hamburg allows just enough time for visitors to get a taste of what this Hanseatic city has to offer – and trust us, it has a lot! With 3 days in Hamburg, you can take in some history, eat delicious food, and visit the main attractions.

What are 3 things Germans are known for? ›

In our video, you can find out all about the most famous features of German culture, like beer, castles, soccer, and much more!
  • German Beer. ...
  • Baking Bread. ...
  • German Castles. ...
  • German Cars & Autobahn. ...
  • German Festivals. ...
  • German Football. ...
  • Famous Germans.

What are 5 interesting facts about Germany? ›

But for now, here are bits for you to chew on.
  • The largest train station in Europe is in Berlin.
  • Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris.
  • There are more than 20,000 castles in Germany.
  • Germany is the EU's largest economy.
  • German is the third most widely taught language in the world.
  • The German language has 35 dialects.
2 Jul 2022

What do Germans say before eating? ›

German Mealtime Expressions

Because saying “Guten Appetit” before a meal in German is mandatory. You can also say “zum Wohl” (good health) or “Mahlzeit” (mealtime), particularly at lunch. Another mandatory German saying is the “Prost!” when you clink glasses.

What are 3 common foods in Germany? ›

Whilst there are regional variations in food culture, most German recipes focus heavily on bread, potatoes, and meat, especially pork, as well as plenty of greens such as types of cabbage and kale. Cake, coffee, and beer are all highly popular elements of German cuisine too - which will be good news to most!

What is the number 1 food in Germany? ›

Sauerbraten is regarded as one Germany's national dishes and there are several regional variations in Franconia, Thuringia, Rhineland, Saarland, Silesia and Swabia. This pot roast takes quite a while to prepare, but the results, often served as Sunday family dinner, are truly worth the work.

What should I avoid in Germany? ›

Just don't!
  • Being unpunctual. ...
  • Making noise. ...
  • Making a spontaneous visit. ...
  • Crossing the road when the light's red. ...
  • Phoning late in the evening. ...
  • Disregarding waste separation rules. ...
  • Raising your glass without making eye contact. ...
  • Parking on the cycle path.
24 Mar 2021

Is everything closed in Hamburg on Sunday? ›

By law, most shops in Hamburg are required to remain closed on Sundays. Kiosks, petrol stations, pharmacies and shops near public transportation hubs — train stations, airports, ports — are exempted and may continue sales on Sunday.

Is 1 day in Hamburg enough? ›

One day in Hamburg can't possibly be sufficient to fully experience the myriad wonders of the city. However, if 24 hours in Hamburg is all you have, you can cover the major sights, indulge in some local delicacies, and get a quick overview of the city.

Are Hamburg people friendly? ›

While a lot of Germans tend to be cold and standoffish, the people of Hamburg are very open and welcoming. Being a port city with international business, they seem to be more open to new cultures and travelers from all over the world. It's a very different vibe and the people are really great to get to know.

How much is salary in Germany? ›

What Is The Average Wage In Germany? According to Statista, in 2021, the average gross annual salary in Germany was 47.700 euros a year, or 3.975 euros a month. The numbers above are for all of Germany.

Is Hamburg very cold? ›

Hamburg Climate and Weather

Summers are warm but rainy, with occasional dry, sunny spells. Winters are cold, sometimes chilling to 28ºF (-2ºC) in January, the coldest month, when the Elbe and lakes in the city centre have been known to freeze enough for ice-skating.

Is Hamburg cheap for tourists? ›

For budget-minded travelers, it costs around €45-€80/day to visit Hamburg. These prices are based on what you'll need to visit the city comfortably as a budget traveler.

How can we avoid the red light district in Hamburg? ›

Avoid Side Streets

Hamburg's Red Light District is home to many prostitutes, and with that comes other unsavory characters: drug dealers, thieves, and muggers. Always travel in groups of two or more, stay alert, and never wander away from the main area, especially if someone is trying to lure you down a darkened alley.

Which part of Hamburg is best to stay? ›

Altstadt, Neustadt, and Pauli are the most popular areas for tourists. Neustadt is the modern area, Altstadt is the cultural heart, and Pauli is famous for its red-light district. Altstadt, also known as Hamburg Old Town, is the best area to stay in Hamburg for first-timers due to its prime location.

What is a Germany man called? ›

Definition of Herr. noun, plural Her·ren [her-uhn; English hair-uhn]. the conventional German title of respect and term of address for a man, corresponding to Mr. or in direct address to sir.

Why burger is called burger? ›

Information. According to the Food Lovers Companion, The name "hamburger" comes from the seaport town of Hamburg, Germany, where it is thought that 19th-century sailors brought back the idea of raw shredded beef (known today as beef tartare) after trading with the Baltic provinces of Russia.

Do they speak English in Hamburg? ›

It's true that many people in Hamburg speak English--and if you're working in a multi-lingual environment you may not need it so much at work--but unlike other European countries where English is a default second language spoken by most of the population, Germany is distinctly German for every day things.

Is Hamburg a walkable city? ›

Although Hamburg, like most other big cities today, provides visitors with a broad range of walking tours, it's still nice to be able to explore the city on your own.

Can you walk around Hamburg? ›

The free Hamburg walking tour covers a total distance of approximately 9.2 kilometers (5.7 miles). The tour starts at the Hamburg Central Station and terminates at the Old Elbtunnel. Feel free to take a break if you feel jaded along the way.

Is Hamburg Germany worth visiting? ›

Germany's second-largest city is different from most other German cities, and by visiting Hamburg you can explore one of the greatest cities in Northern Europe. Read on to learn what to do in Hamburg and get our best tips for your next visit. Hamburg is different from many other German cities.

What is the biggest problem in Germany? ›

Germany's domestic intelligence agency put the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party under formal surveillance for potential extremist links in February 2021. The agency's chief identified far-right extremism as the biggest threat to democracy in Germany.

Are Germans friendly? ›

Germany is known around the globe for excelling at a variety of things. Germans themselves are known as friendly and welcoming people, even if everyone thinks we have a nonexistent sense of humor.

What should I wear in Germany to not look like a tourist? ›

“First and foremost, avoid fanny packs like the plague! Another tip is to not wear sports jerseys or baseball caps from a home sports team. If possible, also avoid wearing clothing from a chain store with large and recognizable logo placements.”

What is famous item in Germany? ›

Bread. Bread is a huge part of German culture. Every region in the country has its own type of bread that's made with different techniques and ingredients - typically lighter breads come from the south, and dark, heavy breads are baked in the north. In total, there are over 300 different styles of bread in Germany!

What is the 2 main product of Germany? ›

Trade In August 2022, the top exports of Germany were Pharmaceutical products (€9.92B), Motor cars and motor caravans (€9.81B), Chassis, bodies, engines etc. for motor... (€6.84B), Machinery for electricity production, distribution (€6.6B), and Other machinery (€4.75B).

What is so famous in Germany? ›

Germany is well known for many things. It has a strong economy, it is the birthplace of classical music and philosophy, it has a rich culture, and it is known for its scenic beauty. Additionally, Germany is known for its engineering and automotive industry, as well as its precision manufacturing.

How do you greet a German woman? ›

Men usually greet women first and wait for them to extend their hand. Close friends may hug to greet and younger people may kiss one another on the cheek. "Guten Tag" (Good day) or “Hallo” (Hello) are the most common verbal greetings used in Germany.

What is the longest German word? ›

The longest word in the standard German dictionary is Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung – which is the word for motor vehicle liability insurance. But at 36 letters, it's rather puny. Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften, a touch longer at 39 letters, is the language's longest non-dictionary word.

What is the nickname of Germany? ›

To name just a few of the endonyms for Germany: in the Scandinavian languages Germany is known as Tyskland, in Polish as Niemcy, in Portuguese as Alemanha,in Italian as Germania, in French as Allemagne, in Dutch as Duitsland and in Spanish as Alemania. Not to be forgotten, the exonym Germans use is Deutschland.

How does a German guy flirt? ›

Flirting In German: It's All In The Eyes

According to at least one Babbel insider living in Berlin, Germans have a tendency to stare and to hold intense eye contact. This doesn't mean all eye contact is sexy eye contact. It just means sexy eye contact could involve a little more “innuendo” than usual.

What time do Germans eat breakfast? ›

The typical meals are divided in a rather copious breakfast (6 am – 8 am), lunch (12 pm – 2 pm) and dinner (6 pm – 8 pm). Breakfast usually consists of bread that can be topped with cheese, cold cuts, jam, honey, Nutella etc., if you prefer something salty.

What is a popular snack in Germany? ›

Crisp and salty pretzels and pretzel stick have been popular in Germany for centuries. Salzstangen (salty pretzel sticks) and Erdnussflips (peanut flips) are particularly popular snacks in Germany.

What is a typical German lunch? ›

This is because German families tend to eat their main meal during lunch. A typical Abendessen consists of a selection of whole-grain bread, cheeses, deli meats and sausages, and mustards and pickles (gherkins are very popular).

What is the most German food? ›

Traditional German Foods
  • Sauerbraten (Roast Beef Stew)
  • Schweinshaxe (Pork Knuckle)
  • Rinderroulade (Beef Roll)
  • Bratwurst (Grilled Sausage)
  • Kartoffelpuffer (Potato Pancake)
  • Kartoffelkloesse (Potato Dumplings)
  • Sauerkraut (Fermented Cabbage)
  • Spätzle (Egg Noodles)

What is a traditional German drink? ›

Schnapps is a popular traditional German alcoholic drink made from fermented fruit. What is this? Schnapps can come in various forms, flavours and tastes. Butterscotch and peach schnapps are two of the most popular.

What is Germany's national food? ›

Sauerbraten. Sauerbraten is considered as the national food of Germany, and unless you're vegetarian or vegan, you should definitely have yourself some sauerbraten when you travel to Germany. It's a true traditional German food that takes quite a lot of time to prepare.

What are Germans favorite food? ›

Tradional German Food
  • Bratwurst (Grilled Sausage)
  • Schnitzel (Breaded Cutlet)
  • Brezeln (Pretzel)
  • Braised Cabbage.
  • Labskaus.
  • German Potato Salad.
  • Bratkartoffeln (Fried Potatoes)
  • Kartoffelknödel (Potato Dumplings)
13 Dec 2021

What is German food called? ›

Famous dishes
NameRegion
BratkartoffelnThroughout Germany
BratwurstThroughout Germany
CurrywurstBerlin, Rhine-Ruhr
FischbrötchenNorthern Germany
21 more rows

Is Hamburg worth visiting? ›

Hamburg usually isn't a traveler's first choice when visiting Germany. However, with its harbor area, old warehouse district, rich history, proximity to the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, and charming northern spirit, Hamburg should be on every traveler's Germany bucket list.

Is Hamburg good for tourists? ›

Hamburg tourism offers great river and harbour cruises, brilliant for seeing all the city sights from a unique, aquatic perspective – true Hamburg style!

Is Hamburg better or Berlin? ›

If you're looking for history, culture and fine dining experiences, then Berlin is, in our opinion, the best German city to visit. However, if you're looking for a more laid back, raw travelling experience or only have a day to spare, then head north to Hamburg.

Why do people go to Hamburg? ›

Hamburg is a lively city with beautiful historical sites, diverse neighbourhoods and a plethora of cultural offerings.

Is Hamburg a beautiful city? ›

The fact that Hamburg is truly a beautiful pearl, or city, is documented by the more than 104 individual districts, which all have their own charm.

Do they speak English in Hamburg Germany? ›

Yes, Germans do speak English! However, most expats experience a high language barrier that is created around them as a result of limited German language skills. For expats, Germany acts as a platform to boost their careers.

Which city is the safest in Germany? ›

Munich is the safest city in Germany.

In comparison to other cities with above 200 000 citizens, Munich has the lowest crime rate. In 2019, Mercer Quality of Life Survey awarded Munich with the 3rd highest quality of life across the world, and joint 2nd for infrastructure.

Which part of Germany is the best? ›

Best places to live in Germany
  1. Munich. The capital of Germany's largest state, Bavaria, the southern German city of Munich, is often seen as the pinnacle of German culture and the German international identity. ...
  2. Berlin. ...
  3. Frankfurt. ...
  4. Cologne. ...
  5. Hamburg. ...
  6. Dusseldorf. ...
  7. Bonn. ...
  8. Stuttgart.
18 Mar 2022

Is Hamburg bigger than London? ›

Roughly half the size of London (755km², compared to 1,572km²), Hamburg's population is five times smaller (1.8 million compared to 9 million), which offers the breathing space and life-quality so many Londoners crave.

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