Explore the very best of Hamburg with the day ticket of the Red Double Decker buses on Line A. At one of the 28 stops Hop on and hop off wherever you want in order to have a closer look at the magnificent sights of this amazing maritime metropolis. Extra tours like the twillight tour or the elbe riverside tour are possible as well and show even the locals new aspects of Hamburg!
The largest seaworthy museum cargo ship in the world! Experience and discover 160 metres of shipping history and embark on a long voyage with the English booklet. Stop for a break in the “Bord-Bistro” and stay the night on, instead of, by the Elbe river in one of our passenger cabins. During the diversity of evening events you may also meet the ship’s kobold … or even set sail with us! English booklet available.
Discover Hamburg`s zoo Hagenbeck! In a park of 19 hectares you can find more than 1850 animals from all over the world including Germany’s only walrus family. Guests experience is an expedition around the equator at the Tropical World Adventure Aquarium, where you can find more than 14.300 animals in 300 species.
The sweetest museum in Hamburg Chocoholics welcome! At CHOCOVERSUM you discover the secret of the world´s finest chocolates with all your senses. For 90-minutes we take you on a guided tour that leads from the cocoa tree to freshly wrapped chocolates. See historic machines live at work while having a taste at every production step. Finally, you even create your own bar of chocolate!
Experiencing the sea: The Maritime Museum presents 3,000 years of history of seafaring displaying precious artefacts from all over the world. Welcome aboard! Wind, waves, explorers, and pirates. More than 40,000 miniature model ships, a treasure chamber with model ships made of gold, silver and amber, the Queen Mary 2 made of 1 Million LEGO bricks, and professional ship simulator.
The flagship Casino Esplanade is not just a grand building, inside it offers an attractive spectrum of gambling options such as casino automats, roulette, poker and Black Jack. Open daily from noon till 4 a.m. We also recommend the restaurant Tarantella located on the first floor of the casino.
The Elbphilharmonie is the new landmark of the metropolis on the waterfront. With the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg forges its path as a port city and a city of music, once again demonstrating that the city is shaping its future based on contrast. Located in the HafenCity Hamburg district the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is emerging as a new magnet for locals and guests alike. The spectacular building comprises three concert halls with a diverse music programme, a comprehensive music education programme, a hotel, as well as the Plaza – a public viewing platform at a height of 37 metres that offers visitors an amazing view of the city.
The Plaza is the central meeting place in the Elbphilharmonie and forms the link between the warehouse and the new structure. The viewing platform here is open to the public. Even getting to it is an experience: an 80-metre-long, slightly curved escalator transports visitors through the building. From the Plaza, 37 metres above the ground, a stunning panoramic view over the city and port opens up before the viewer. An outside walkway leads around the entire building.
Discover the faces of Christmas in Hamburg from November 26 till the beginning of January. Every year at advent, the numerous enchanting and often unusual Christmas markets stretch out across Hamburg´s city centre- which makes buying presents a real experience. In no other city you can find so many Christmas markets close to each other and Hamburg turns into a real Christmas fairytale. Each of Hamburg´s Christmas markets whether historical, traditional or maritime in style has a charm all of its own and create magical atmosphere. Baked apples, cinnamon stars and mulled wine give visitors a taste of Christmas in Germany. In Hamburg everyone can find what they are looking for. Some highlights of this special atmosphere are the flying Santa at the town hall market, the Hamburg Christmas parade as well as Germany´s only 18+ Christmas Market Santa Pauli on the Hamburg´s red –light district Reeperbahn.
Unusually lavish for Hanseatic taste: built in 1886–1897, with its impressive architecture the splendid sandstone edifice in Neo-Renaissance style dominates the city centre. Hamburg town hall is the seat of the city’s Senate (state government) and Bürgerschaft (parliament), and, with 647 rooms, it has more rooms than Buckingham Palace. The town hall can only be viewed on guided tours. Also worth seeing is the fountain of Hamburg’s patron goddess Harmonia in the town hall’s courtyard.
Hamburg's famous 'Michel' church is not only the most important baroque church in northern Germany; it could also be seen as one of the world's tallest lighthouses as it has served as an important landmark for boats travelling on the river Elbe. The 106m high viewing platform offers wonderful panoramic views of Hamburg and the harbour – especially at night.
The 160-hectare lake right in the city centre, which is surrounded by cafés, parks and walks, is a perfect for renting a canoe, a pedal, rowing boats or a sailboat. There are sculptures both on land and in the lake. There are also an abundance of oak and chestnut trees for nature lovers.
Over a century old, the Speicherstadt in the port is the world’s largest integrated complex of warehouses. Here, guests to Hamburg find an idyllic scenery of redbrick Gothic architecture from the Wilhelmine era with bizarre little gables and towers. Valuable goods are stored at controlled temperatures behind their massive walls: coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, tobacco – and the world’s largest stock of Oriental carpets. Since 2015 the Speicherstadt, the Chilehaus and the Kontorhausviertel belong to the UNESCO- World Heritage Site.
Sunday morning – five am. Most people are usually still sleeping at this time. Not in Hamburg. In Hamburg’s fish market down by the Elbe, there are around 70 000 people either already working or still out and about at this early hour. The fish market is Hamburg's probably most traditional market. Since 1703 people trade here with a variety of things - from junk on clothes and huge plants and even the fresh fish. Here night owls from the Reeperbahn and market friends meet once a week to end up the night or begin the morning with live music in the fish auction hall.
When the Old Elbe Tunnel, also called "St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel", was opened in 1911, it was a technical sensation. Today, it is a nostalgic and lovingly tended piece of Hamburg history - and has already celebrated its 100th anniversary. The distinctive, square, domed structure on the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken houses the machinery and the four large lift cages, which have been transporting people and vehicles at a depth of nearly 24 metres since 1911. After 426.5 metres beneath the Elbe and through two tiled tunnels with a diameter of 6 metres, you return to daylight in Steinwerder and can enjoy a wonderful view over the harbour. As a highlight the tunnel is lighten up in blue during the Hamburg Cruise Days like the port is as well.
Miniatur Wunderland is the world´s largest model railway museum and Germany´s most popular tourist attraction. It displays sections, showing authentic environment from different countries - Sweden and Norway to the pyramids of Egypt and Las Vegas in U.S. Visitors can even experience day and night – and all this every 15 minutes. You can also take a guided tour that shows Wunderland behind-the-scenes.
The Reeperbahn is a living legend: in the old days it was a seedy red-light quarter for seafarers, during the 1960s it was a stepping stone for the Beatles. Since the 1990s the red-light district has been gradually transformed into a unique entertainment district with bars and clubs, art galleries, cabarets, theatres and top-class restaurants.
A great way to spend an afternoon or evening is to experience a musical. Since Cats made its debut in Hamburg, the city has welcomed many celebrated musicals like Lion King, Disney´s Musical Tarzan and Phantom of the opera. At the Moment you can visit the musicals The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Aladdin and Kinky Boots. On the Reeperbahn you will find more Musicals as well.
Located in the heart of Hamburg next to the Town Hall, the Bucerius Kunst Forum exhibits art from ancient to modern times in four rotating exhibitions each year. A visit is an absolute must for art lovers. The concept of the Kunst Forum is based on the attempt to take the familiar and convert it into a new form, so allowing art lovers and novices alike to discover new interrelationships. Since its foundation in 2002, the Bucerius Kunst Forum has become one of the leading exhibition houses in northern Germany. A unique, modern exhibition space was created in the historic building of the former Reichsbank. The Matisse exhibition in 2009 was thus the first in which all of the portraits of the artist were brought together.
The Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte hosts one of Germany’s largest urban history exhibitions. As a cultural history museum it displays the varied history of the city of Hamburg, from its beginnings in around 800 AD to now. It is the biggest museum within the Foundation of Historical Museums in Hamburg – complemented by the Altonaer Museum, focussing on maritime history, the Helms-Museum, specialising in archaeology, and the Museum of Work in Barmbek.
It’s a fascinating story, the tale of BallinStadt, the “Emigration City”, where millions of people found safe harbour before beginning their journey to the New World in pursuit of a better life.It documents the events of the great European migration to America that took place from 1850 to 1934. Here you can explore the varied emigration stations over the centuries. In 14 themed rooms the museum tells the stories of emigration to the new world over 4 eras. In our family research center you can trace your ancestors in Hamburg - you have access to the digitized version of the unique Hamburg passenger lists.
Take a stroll around the famous park Planten un Blomen which is located in the heart of the city. This is a place where you can unwind and enjoy tropical plants, the largest Japanese garden in Europe and a rose garden. In the summer time, the park offers daily theater performances for children. From May till September the colored water light concerts are a highlight in the park. Colored fountains with a changing Music programme cater for a good atmosphere
Opened in 1869, and once the embodiment of the Hamburg bourgeoisie’s feeling for art, the Kunsthalle is now acknowledged as one of Germany’s leading art galleries. The adjacent Gallery of Contemporary Art opened in 1996 at its prominent location and complements its main collection with ambitious examples of contemporary art. More than 700 works are permanently exposed and the Restaurant "The Cube" offers one of the most beautiful views over the City.
Hamburger Dom is the biggest public festival in the north of Germany and takes place three times a year. This is a festival where you will experience nostalgic carousels and high-tech rides. In addition to all these attractions you will also find a good variety of tasty food and drinks. The festival takes place annually in springtime between March and April, summertime between July and August and wintertime between November and December. This years dates are: Spring Dome: 23. March - 22. Apri 2018l; Summer Dome: 27. July - 26. August 2018; Winter Dome: 9. November - 9. Dezember 2018.
Learn more about our planet, about the space and what a black hole is, in one of the most advanced planetarium in the world, located in an old water tower. This is a great experience for the whole family, a place where you can delight in sky shows, live concerts, music- and multimedia-shows with incredible laser show-effects and interesting lectures.
The Speicherstadt is one of the main attractions in the great harbour tour. The world's largest integrated complex of warehouses was built in 1883, five years before Hamburg received its free port. Since 1991, the unique district has been given historic monument protection. The warehouses are built on oak piles and the district is crossed by what are known as fleets - canals that are flooded depending on the tides and can then also be travelled by ship. You can travel the narrow canals in small barges to savour the architectural details if the tide is right. A canal tour with a historic barge like this is an unforgettable experience. Most tours depart from the landing stages in St. Pauli. Groups can even charter a whole barge. The world´s largest contiguous warehouse complex is located in the Freihafen between Deichtorhallen and Baumwall. In July 2015 the whole complex has been nominated as a UNESCO- world cultural heritage site.
The Chilehaus is one of the finest examples of “Brick Expressionism” – an architectural style popular in Hamburg in the 1920s, which is characterised by the use of clay tiles and hard-baked bricks. Built by architect Fritz Höger, the Chilehaus constitutes the very centre of Hamburg’s Kontorhaus district. The name of the building is derived from the nitrate trade between Hamburg and Chile. Built between 1922 and 1924, it was one of the first of Hamburg’s high-rise buildings. The Kontorhaus district and the Speicherstadt district have been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site 2015.
The states of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony have designated their parts of the Wadden Sea as national parks. This highest category of conservation is an internationally-recognised rating for this unique natural area. Since the end of June 2011, the entire German section of the Wadden Sea, including the Hamburg Wadden Sea, is now a World Heritage Site after more than 9,500 square kilometres of tidal flats off the coasts of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and the Netherlands were included in 2009.
Your included services -3 nights in the hotel of your choice, with breakfast, additional nights bookable -Return journey by ICE (from all DB train stations, no specific train) -1 Hamburg CARD - your discovery ticket for unlimited travel in public transport worth 25,90€ - 1 Hamburg travel guide - Free Hamburg-App (download under: www.hh-app.de) From 193€ p.P.
Your included services -3 nights in the hotel of your choice, with breakfast, additional nights bookable -3 evening meals, each including a bottle of water -1 free underground car parking space -VIP entry to Miniatur Wunderland -1-hour harbour tour on the Elbe between the warehouse district and the Port of Hamburg -1 welcome gift per child -1 children's city map (per room) - 1 Hamburg travel guide (per room) -1 Hamburg CARD (3 Days) - your discovery ticket for unlimited travel in public transport worth 25,90€ From 237€ p.P.
Your included services -1 night in the hotel of your choice, with breakfast, additional nights bookable -1 musical ticket in your chosen price category -1 programme "Disney's THE LION KING" (per room) - Free ferry transfer to the Musical - 1 Hamburg travel guide (per room) -1 Hamburg CARD (3 days) - your discovery ticket for unlimited travel in public transport worth 25,90€ - Free Hamburg-App (download under: www.hh-app.de) From 130€ p.P.
Your included services -1 overnight stay in the hotel of your choice incl. breakfast, additional nights bookable -1 musical ticket in your chosen price category -programme "Disney's ALADDIN" - 1 Hamburg travel guide -Hamburg CARD (3 days) - your discovery ticket for unlimited travel in public transport worth 25,90€ - Free Hamburg App (download under: www.hh-app.de) From 114€ p.P.
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Your included services -2 nights in the Ameron Hotel Speicherstadt, with breakfast, additional nights bookable -Guided tour through UNESCO World Heritage Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District -Historical canal tour -1 Hamburg CARD (3 Days) - your discover ticket for unlimited travel in public transport worth 25.90 € From 203€ p.P.
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Singing Drag Queens, stunning costumes and breathtaking music expect you in the famous musical hit. The successful show based on a true story is heart touching entertainment about the creation of fancy and modern shoes and boots which are sturdy at the same time – the KINKY BOOTS – and excite important values such as tolerance and loyalty.
For many people the fascinating Lion King adventure in Hamburg starts as soon as the transfer starts from the landing stages to the Theater im Hafen on the other side of the Elbe. The combination of authentic sounds, fantastic costumes and the emotional songs by Elton John and Tim Rice bring the atmosphere of the Serengeti to life when the young lion Simba has to find his way in the savannah and take his place as king.
The DOM is a piece of Hamburg tradition that guarantees games, fun, thrills and nostalgia. The term originated from a collection of merchants, craftsmen and jugglers who, after some friction, were granted the right to reside in St. Mary's Cathedral in "foul weather" in 1337. By the end of the 19th century, the showmen found their "new home" on Heiligengeistfeld. The Spring Festival in March, the Summer Dom (the Bumblebee Festival) in July and the Winter Dom (Dom market) in November have one thing in common: For about four weeks, the Heiligengeistfeld is transformed into a bustling fairground from noon until late evening.
A legend and a must-see for all visitors to Hamburg: Since 1703, pretty much everything that is not bolted down has been traded here at Hamburg's most traditional market. From dusty porcelain jugs to a chirpy family of ducks, you can find just about anything in the shadow of the 100-year old fish auction hall.
Once a year in May the Port of Hamburg, the "door to the world," is truly tops: About 1.5 million people every year celebrate the Hamburg Port Birthday - the greatest harbour festival in the world - on the nearly four kilometre-long "Harbour Mile" along the Elbe between the HafenCity and the Övelgönne Museum Harbour. Special highlights include the breathtaking fireworks display, ship launches and parades, and the unique tugboat ballet. The dates for the 829th HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY is from 10-12 May 2019.
With more than 500,000 visitors, Altonale has now established itself as one of the most popular events in north Germany. Every year, Altonale develops new ideas and offers for its visitors.The items on the programme of the art altonale, literature altonale, theatre altonale, film altonale and music altonale are sometimes held in unusual places all over Altona.
The location in the middle of Hamburg makes Harley Days the only Harley convention in the world which can take place in the middle of a city. Nothing could be more Harley, more Hamburg and more birthday celebration on a single weekend, and so the Harley party of the year is already almost an obligation for genuine moped fans!
Since 1999, the photo festival has taken place every third year in Hamburg, Germany, together with the city's major museums, cultural institutions, galleries and other organizers. Meanwhile, the Triennial of Photography has become an important festival of international emission. Besides a great variety of exhibitions under a common motto – highly topical photographic themes are analyzed.
John Neumeier has been directing the Hamburg Ballet since 1973 and has led the 60-person company to global fame. Their creative groundwork takes place in the Ballet Centre in Hamburg-Hamm, inaugurated in 1989. The Hamburg Ballet is one of Germany’s major cultural ambassadors, giving guest performances all over the world. John Neumeier has organized regular ballet workshops since 1973. Since 1975, the ballet festival Hamburg Ballet Days, has marked the end of each season by showcasing the current repertoire and inviting a guest company to perform, then ending with the international Nijinsky Gala.
Hamburg celebrates the Festival of Love: The Number 1 among all European Schlager spectacles, the Hamburg Schlagermove, is a party of superlatives. Anywhere up to half a million Schlager fans dance at the 45 colourfully decorated music trucks. "If the Sun shines in your heart", you're between Kiez and the harbour.
The history of the CSD in Hamburg goes back more than 30 years. Back in the summer of 1980, it was the first time that homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals marched for their rights in the Hanseatic City. The Hamburg CSD has become a popular people's festival that draws more visitors to the Elbe year after year - also and especially heterosexual ones. In 2010 alone, about 100,000 visitors came to the big CSD parade from all over Europe, and visitor numbers are constantly increasing.
Dockville, Hamburg's annual festival of music and art, will take place for the eleventh time in 2018 - with an unprecedented presentation of visual art and musical line-up, the small independent Dockville team will set new standards. Not only the unique city centre location of the festival with its great combination of urban industrial charm and natural elements such as water (Elbe), green meadow and birch groves provide a very unconventional festival feeling. There is also a diverse musical programme presented on as many as seven stages and venues, which is a cornerstone for this that combines both local and established artists jwith young and talented artists.
The International Summer Festival Hamburg is held for three weeks in August at Kampnagel and at selected locations in Hamburg, and since its founding in the mod-80s it is among the largest European festivals for contemporary performance arts from around the world. Every year the festival presents and/or produces more than 50 different work in the areas of dance, theatre, performance, music, visual arts and film.
Fireworks, promenade, cultural events, music: Alstervergnügen! Hamburg's largest summer festival around the Inner Alster, has been taking place for 38 years. It is an event with a Tradition and a celebration for the entire city. You can enjoy family and cultural programme on various stages, exciting promotions and shows on the water, a dance floor, cabaret and street theatre, a Ferris wheel and evening sky fireworks, which will illuminate the sky with bright colours.
In 2018, Europe‘s biggest cycling race will make an goosebumps atmosphere in Hamburg once again. And you can be a part of it, choose one of our three distances and take on your personal challenge! The course ends on the "Mönckebergstraße" in the very center of the Hanseatic city and was tested, enjoyed and conquered thousands of times by both amateures and the world-best pros.
The Reeperbahn Festival is Germany’s largest club festival and is one of the three most important meeting places for the music and digital industries in Europe. The festival offers around 600 wide-ranging events in more than 70 venues on and around Hamburg’s Reeperbahn – including concerts by international newcomers, an extensive arts programme, and a business platform and conference for companies and organisations.
When nights are still mild and yet getting longer, residents and guests alike enjoy the Hamburg Theatre Night, taking place each year in September. With a ticket covering bus, train and Alster barge fares, you can embark on a fascinating journey through countless theatre, opera, ballet, cabaret and comedy performances. All those who can retain their energy until the early morning hours can enjoy a drink or two in the legendary St Pauli district, where the long theatre night ends with a big party.
The magnificent, neo-baroque structure of the Laeiszhalle provides a wonderful ambience for an unforgettable evening of classical music, not to mention the jazz, pop and children's concerts. The Laeiszhalle Hamburg has had its role to play in musical history right from the very beginning: Prominent artists such as Richard Strauss, Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky and Paul Hindemith all performed and conducted their own works here. Today, the Laeiszhalle continues to welcome stars from the international music scene, and at the same time it is a meeting place for Hamburg's musical life.
The Thalia Theater is located in the heart of Hamburg between the Inner Alster and Mönckebergstrasse, and it is one of the greatest artistic successes of a state-run German theatre. The repertoire combines first performances, classics and exciting projects by international artists. The decisive staging by the director along with a strong, highly acclaimed ensemble characterise the artistic profile.
From 15-18th November 2018 they return with the seventh edition of the Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, with 80 local, national and international galleries all showcasing a huge array of contemporary art. You could find fresh new talents hanging alongside well-known names, and our curated Emerging Artist Exhibition making it easy to spot up-coming stars of the future.
The perfect place to see breathtaking fireworks in directly adjacent to the water which numerous offers and a huge variety of delicacies provide a memorable turn of the year. Looking for the best spot to watch the fireworks is definitely worth it. The fireworks in the harbour in the vicinity of the Landungsbrücken is supported acoustically by the signal horms of all ships in the harbour. Whoever is not afraid of crowds and hustle and bustle is at the right place there. A more quiet atmosphere with less programme offers the Alster. The inhabitants of Hamburg lighten up their fireworks around the Inner and Outer Alster which creates a brightly coloured sky as beautiful as at the Elbe. Another option for the turn of the year is a harbour tour which provides a perfect and free view over the fireworks from the waterfront. Definitely a different experience as well.
Three days full of maritime mood, sensual pleasures and entertainment - many large cruise ships are calling at Hamburg during the Hamburg Cruise Days. During these days the harbor is a world of experience and invites its visitors to a relaxing walk around different topics: maritime markets, shopping, fashion, design, sports and relaxation, activities for children, music, entertainment and culinary delights, prepared by top restaurateurs in town. In 2017 there were ten cruise liners represented at the harbour during the cruise days- a record!
With over 24,000 square meters the Alsterhaus in Hamburg is one of Germany’s major department stores. The exclusive range of products, the classy sense of trends and the artful presentation have shaped the image of the Alsterhaus significantly. On six floors the premium department store presents many shopping highlights – from international luxury brands to home accessories and prime groceries – and therefore links tradition and modernity in terms of shopping culture.
Only 40 minutes from Hamburg, you will find the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Neumünster. Northern Germany´s largest outlet is offering 30-70% off RRP all year round and has become a shopping paradise for fashion lovers. More than 110 stores with your favorite designer brands such as Armani, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Zwilling or WMF as well as a diversified gastronomy and the village-style, invite guests to linger. The location next to motorway A7, free parking and a shuttle from Hamburg Dammtor provide easy access.
The Hanse-Viertel shopping mall is nestled in the heart of Hamburg. Nowhere else can so many different stores be found under one roof. Fashion, gifts and treats to savour in a very special way. Also worth seeing inside is a spectacular granite globe showing the history of the Hanseatic trade routes.
In the old Mellin arcade - Hamburg's oldest shopping arcade today - you can admire the ceiling paintings and stained glass from the turn of the last century. The Mellin Passage connects the Alsterarkaden with the luxury shopping street Neuer Wall. With the picturesque ceiling paintings the shopping mall is a real find for tourists alongside their shopping spree.
Colourful, alternative, creative and enticing: The market street in the Karolinen district in Hamburg shows that it can also hold its own with the big shopping streets and centres in the Hanseatic city, but it is always different despite that! The exceptional position of the Karolinen district has retained its vibrant, village character: in the middle of Hamburg, the small quarter is bordered by Messe, Schlachthof and Heiligengeistfeld.
St. Georg is unusual and sinful, chic and gay and always good for lurid headlines. Life plays out on an iconic stage here. Prominent artists and creatives feel at home on the colourful streets, just as much as business people, yuppies, junkies and lost souls. It's just the allure of difference that makes this area so attractive to tolerant people.
It is the heart of the city centre for many locals and tourists: the Jungfernstieg - a diverse connection between the Inner Alster and the surrounding shops and attractions. Make a date at this central location and start shopping in the nearby department stores - especially the famous and traditional Alsterhaus but also small but refined shops. After a break and refreshment in the Alsterpavillon, continue through the surrounding shopping areas and arcades.
Europa Passage is more than a shopping centre, but a real attraction in Hamburg. There are over 120 shops on five floors. Whether you're after fashion, books or electronics, the shopping mall in the city centre between Jungfernstieg and Mönckebergstrasse has it all. In the impressive shopping centres designed by Hamburg architect Hadi Teherani you can spend a lazy afternoon protected from the wind and weather.
When the "Warenhaus Hermann Tietz" opened its doors to customers in 1912 on the glorious Hamburg boulevard, Jungfernstieg, it was the talk of the town. Now called Alsterhaus, it belongs to the Karstadt group and has lost nothing of its glory, despite several modifications. With 24,000 square metres of retail space, here well-trained staff advise customers on high quality goods in the areas of beauty, fashion, accessories and gourmet food. International designers such as Boss, Missoni, Barbour or Comptoir des Cotonniers have their own concessions. And physical well-being has also been taken into consideration: there is a restaurant with a view of the Alster on the fourth floor.
Mönckebergstrasse is Hamburg’s major shopping mile. It has been the central link between the town hall and the central train station since 1909. The buildings on Mönckebergstrasse pay witness to the city’s merchants’ pride and economic stability. And even today, this boulevard displays an impressive variety of large department stores, fashion boutiques, retail shops, cafés and food stalls. The Levantehaus is among the city’s smallest and finest shopping arcades.
Many bars, restaurants, small foreign traders, fashion boutiques and associated clientele dominate the streets in the centre. Just recently in " Schanze" (so the Hamburg natives say) a series of new shops have opened that make the area attractive and versatile for shopping. The selection in the fashion boutiques ranges from fresh labels such as Chica Bandita, Indian Rose, Diesel, Lee and Levi up to Hamburg cult label Derbe. But also hip hop and skate shops, vinyl shops and shops with colourful knick-knacks and fun gift ideas provide a shopping experience away from the mainstream.
Eppendorf is one of the "chicest" districts in Hamburg. Your shopping trip in Eppendorf begins on one of the main roads: Eppendorfer Landstrasse, Eppendorfer Weg or Eppendorfer Baum. Cool and stylish Scandinavian fashion can be found at the "Grand Hotel of Sweden". At Linette you will find current collections by Chloé, Marc Jacobs, and Prada. Next you can move on to the quaint coffee roasting house Burg on Eppendorfer Weg: besides several varieties of freshly roasted coffees you can also buy cocoa, teas and chocolate.
"On the Reeperbahn at half past midnight" like the old song goes? Everyone can claim this! More convincing is an "engineer's" shirt with genuine oil stains, sailor's underpants with an anchor printed on them or the Hamburg coffee service in fine bone china. These and other declarations of love from various artists and designers to the "most beautiful city" in Germany are sold in the tiny shop on Ditmar-Koel-Strasse. Right next to where the big ships are moored you can find a Hamburg souvenir that is worth showing the world.
Just stroll under the arcades and enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere and exclusive shops. Hungry? Then you shouldn't miss the Arabian cuisine at Saliba. Then in the old Mellin arcade - Hamburg's oldest shopping arcade today - leading to the Neuer Wall, you can admire the ceiling paintings and stained glass from the turn of the last century. Relax: just sit on the steps by the canal, feed the swans, watch the canal steamers at the locks - or walk along the canal through to the Elbe.
Towards the sunrise - that is the meaning of the word "levante". Built in 1911/1912 by Franz Bach as an office building, the first major tenant of today's passage gave it its name, the German Levante Line. This atmosphere is complemented by exquisite shops of various kinds, ranging from cafés to fashion, from fragrant bakeries to gift shops that satisfy every wish. When entering Levantehaus you will also see the Park Hyatt Hotel, where at Apples Restaurant & Bar you can enjoy excellent creations by the house chef.
What can you say about Bent Angelo Jensen and his label Herr von Eden? Ever since Jan Delay bought his stage outfits exclusively from the always perfectly dressed, native Flensburger, his suits have been renowned throughout Germany. He likes to combine classic cuts, sometimes inspired by the 30s, sometimes by the 60s, with unusual accessories such as the Edeneyes / Mikita sunglasses, which Lady Gaga also likes.
Neuer Wall is the "boulevard" of luxury brands: from Armani to Jil Sander - Bulgari, Cartier and Sönnichsen are represented here, as is Offermann and Louis Vuitton. You can reach the luxury shops over wide and elegantly paved pavements to rejoice at Windsor or Burberry's clothing, jewellery at Tod's, writing instruments from Montblanc or jewellery at Wempe.
One of the most popular shopping streets in Hamburg runs from the central station to Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz. There are chain stores here such as Zara, Douglas, H & M, Anson’s and Görtz. Jewellers, opticians and Thalia, Hamburg’s largest bookshop, are located next door to banks, chemists and cafés.
The flea market around the old cattle slaughterhouse for many St. Pauli natives marks the start of the weekend: On Saturday mornings, countless retailers set up their stalls here, with clothes, antiques, records, books, musical instruments, bikes, chic retro furniture - whatever your heart desires. Coffee, cold drinks and some snacks are on offer at the gatehouse on Feldstrasse that has been converted into a café.
The makers of the Derbe label equipped the classical, wind and weather-defying jacket with the Hamburg coat of arms, gave it a brightly coloured exterior and a lining with a fish-head print and since then the "Derbe Friese" has been a long-distance runner, not only in Hamburg. All models of the snazzy raincoat for men and women are available in the Derbe store on Osterstasse in Eimsbüttel.
The St. Pauli Night Market is not your average weekly market. It takes place at the heart of the Reeperbahn, on the Spielbudenplatz and has with its late opening hours (16:00 - 23:00) not only adpated to the neighborhood but also to the general shopping behavior of our time. The directly enclosed beer garden with its live music stage makes our weekly market an after work meeting point as well and offers residents as well as visitors an unforgetable shopping and enjoyment experience.
In a city that has hosted the early gigs of Liverpool’s original “Fab Four,” Hamburg once again claims rock residency with Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg. Located near the banks of the Elbe River in one of the city’s most historic buildings, the Landungsbrücken, nestled in the port near local landmarks, including Old Elbe Tunnel, the Old Warehouse District and the Harbor City, Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg is a must-see destination for visitors and locals alike.
You can find a few restaurants in Hamburg with one Michelin star. Christoph Rüffer easily stands out with a second star. The chef and his team present modern and creative menus based on classic French gourmet cuisine in the prestigious Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. With seasonal ingredients fresh from the market, an emphasis is placed on the highest quality of food.The ambience is elegantly reserved and the service is impressive with its balance of subtlety and attentiveness.
„The Table“, run by Germany’s youngest holder of three Michelin stars, Kevin Fehling, fascinates with modern interior and unique flavor experiences. “The Table” is located in the center of HafenCity and offers some extraordinary design decisions: For example, there is just one single, large table made of cherry wood offering seats to up to 20 guests. From here, the visitors have the chance to take a look at the open kitchen and observe how the exclusive meals are made.
TV chef Tim Mälzer's restaurant enjoys great popularity. If you want to get a seat, you should take care of that in advance. Once you get to enjoy the cuisine, you will quickly understand why it is so crowded. The meat from the grill, especially the Argentinian fillet steak, is cooked flawlessly. But the"Kris Kross", Arctic trout with mussel broth, root vegetables and celery leaves, can also stand up quite well as a main course.If you are unable to make a decision, go for a surprise menu with three or four courses. It will certainly be good.
The location itself is a dream: if you manage to get one of the desired window seats, you can dine with a wonderful view of the Hamburg harbour – especially in the evenings, the guests are treated to an atmospheric panorama. But also in culinary terms, the Fischereihafen is one of the city’s best addresses: Since 1981, the Kowalke family has been host to a mixed crowd of young fish lovers, Hanseatic haute volée and tourists, with a large selection of excellent specialities.
The BLOCKBRÄU opened beside the Landungsbrücken in April 2012.This successful restaurant chain belongs to Eugen Block, a star in Germany's gastronomy firmament. In his brewery, located directly beside the Landungsbrücken, freshly brewed beer is served together with specialities from the brewery's own kitchen. From the terrace, you get a great view of the colourful thronging dockland and port scene.
Discover the charm of the wide world - only freshly caught and harvest-fresh ingredients come to the table in the former fish warehouse right on the Elbmeile between the Fish Market and Övelgönne. Modern design with a lobster tank bar and boat lounge, with a sun terrace in the summer, invite you to enjoy and relax.
The atmosphere is always welcoming, despite the large size of this lively establishment, which is easily explained by the excellent cuisine. Regional dishes are rediscovered with a modern interpretation here, and there is no lack of seafood and meat dishes. A helpful tip is to visit the Cox later in the evening. At that time it is pleasantly empty and the kitchen is even open until just before midnight, which is very accommodating to theatre-goers or visitors to the State Opera who would still like a meal after the performance.
Far from the usual Japanese menus in this country, "fusion style"is used in the creation of new dishes. The Iberian pork roulade with shiso herbs and a shibazuke sauce is at least as interesting as the Japanese green tea crème brûlée and mascarpone sorbet with seasonal fruit. All of this takes place in a somewhat elegant, but very welcoming atmosphere.
The fine-dining restaurant VLET is located centrally between the historical Speicherstadt and the modern HafenCity in a stylishly restored warehouse. Here, north German cuisine is served.The team at the VLET and head chef Thomas Sampl are committed to using regional products and support small businesses and farms in the region.
The restaurant at the stylish East Hotel offers excellent Asian and European cuisine close to Hamburg's entertainment mile. Top chefs regularly provide new and unusual creations here. Sushi and sashimi are as much a part of the international menu as meat and seafood-based mains.The modern transformation of the old iron foundry makes for an elegant and unique atmosphere.
Laissez-faire in the middle of the HafenCity: It is always casual and lively at CARLS an der Elbphilharmonie. This piece of France is in a beautiful location right next to Hamburg's new landmark and has a total of three different dining areas: Brasserie, Bistro and Salon Privé & Bar
Ristorante Portonovo offers authentic Italian cuisine and the food is served in a busy but friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is beautifully located next to the lake with a stunning view. The food is well prepared with a modern twist and the chef is only using fresh seasonal ingredients.
Right in the heart of Hamburg City you will find the Gröninger Privatbrauerei. The Gröninger private brewery is one of the oldest breweries in Hamburg. This is where Gröninger Pils is brewed, and it can then be drunk in the Braukeller or in the Brauhaus where it is tapped from old wooden barrels. The atmosphere in these most traditional of premises is unique, and an experience for anyone, whether alone or with friends. The range of dishes on offer is also wide-ranging.
The city palace built in 1897 in which the restaurant DIE BANK resides once served as the office of a mortgage bank. Where money was once invested in gold and silver is now invested in world-class food. Former safes now serve as storage place for coats, jackets and wine bottles. The food is elevated to an appropriately high level. In keeping with the times, the focus is on light fare and seasonal local ingredients.
This is a place where you will experience a culinary journey in a completely dark restaurant. You will be served four course surprise dinner by a blind service staff, all you need to do is to enjoy the taste of the food in the dark. The restaurant is located inside the museum Dialog im Dunkeln.
The brewery behind the Rathaus beside the Adolphsbrücke bridge is a great meeting point for everyone and anyone. Families, couples, big groups, business lunches or foot-weary shoppers - this brewery really offers something for everyone. The atmosphere is refined and slightly gentrified - right in the heart of theAlsterfleete district. The home-made beers are brewed directly before the gaze of the guests. Two huge copper-coloured vessels are located behind the bar counters of the brewery.
Whoever dines at the Vegan Eagle will agree: This restaurant is living proof that vegan food has nothing to do with abstinence, but rather with enjoyment and real culinary flights of fancy. Here, food is prepared with love and passion – making the somewhat lengthy trip to Hamburg-Langenhorn very worthwhile.
At the Plat du Jour, the cooking is French and primarily country style, without frills, but rather of excellent quality. It is nicely hidden at Dornbusch, a tiny street six minutes’ walk south-east of the Hamburg Town Hall. This is where the wealthier ladies and gentlemen from publishing houses and law firms spend their lunch break, but the restaurant is also well frequented in the evenings.
The Witthues is widely known even beyond the boundaries of Hamburg. It is located in the idyllic Hirschpark in Blankenese, which is only a few steps away from the river Elbe and on one of the biggest English gardens. If you look for coffee and homemade pie in a cozy atmosphere the Witthues is just the right place to visit. In the evenings the Withues transforms into a cozy restaurant.
When you first enter the Zuckermonarchie in St. Pauli, you will feel as though you’ve just stepped into an antique doll’s house. The interior reflects what the kitchen offers: a colourful, opulent range of delicious and wonderfully silly dishes.The focus is on sweets such as cakes, tartlets and cupcakes in a huge selection, from strawberry-champagne mini tartlets and home-made macarons to Oreo-cookie cupcakes.
The Ottensen beach, which can be reached directly from one of the HADAG ferries, is probably one of the most beautiful places on the Hamburg Elbe. And in the middle lies Strandperle, which provides the numerous sun worshippers with food and drink and underlines the rustic charm of this stretch of the beach.
The fascinating world of tea will enchant you: In Messmer MOMENTUM, the tea world of adventure in the HafenCity.The tea lounge and the terrace are a direct invitation to relax with small snacks and testing over 70 varieties of tea creations, which are also available to buy right there in the tea shop and take home with you.
Café Paris, an homage to typical turn of the century French cafés, is located in close proximity to Hamburg Town Hall. This beautiful, white-tiled room whose Art Nouveau ceiling tells of industry and agriculture is full of life, from croissants in the morning to the excellent lunch specials to the classic evening service.
There is a huge portion of passion for the coffee bean and the roastery, and a young, cool coffee roaster team behind the Public Coffee Roasters in Hamburg. If you come to the café in Neustadt as a connoisseur with a thirst for coffee, your own nose will tell you: you’ve come to the right place. While many coffee specialities are brewed by hand, they like to chat about the origins of the beans, their particular quality and the further processing in their own roastery.
The beach in front of the AHOI Strandkiosk invites guests of all ages to enjoy Hamburg's most beautiful sunsets with a cold beer or a good wine. Strandkiosk's building was originally built in 1900 for a wedding; later, a sail loft and then a carpenter were housed here. As a student, the owner of the AHOI Strandkiosk, Vullnet Rusani, always came to the Elbe, knowing he would open a kiosk here.
The "counterpart" to Strandperle in Övelgönne: The Alsterperle is located on the easternmost tip of the Outer Alster and offers respectable refreshment stand standards at reasonable prices. But what really makes this location a success is its impressive location and the view that opens up here: This is the widest point of Alster Lake. If you look towards the south you can see the skyline of central Hamburg.
Vintage furniture, hot and cold food, and scope for booking a bed there - all characteristic features of Lühmanns Teestube. The owner's love of England can be found in the small touches - like the cream teas or the scones. In the morning, you can enjoy a hot meal here, and you can have breakfast in the evening - Lühmanns Teestube leaves no wish unanswered.
That coffee is the passion of the Elbgold roasting house you will realise after the first sip. All Elbgold coffees are the finest arabicas from the best coffee regions of the world. They take care to ensure that only the best beans are used from sustainable sources. Direct fair trade with coffee farmers and cooperatives is a matter of course for Elbgold.
Café Geyer seems to have recognised the potential of this quarter early on. For 20 years, residents and visitors to the tranquil Hein Köllisch Platz have been served delicious coffee and homemade cake. There are different breakfast options to choose from each day as well as an inexpensive lunch with daily meat and seafood dishes as well as a special for vegetarians.
Dignified traditional flair sets the scene for taking coffee in this Literaturhauscafé. On offer here, you will find everything that the famished heart yearns for: various breakfast variants, lunch, sweets from the in-house pastry shop and dinner. As the name states, this café also hosts regular literature readings.
There’s always something going on at Due Baristi. No wonder, because the small café is considered one of the best places in Germany when it comes to coffee.Preparing coffee is, if not an art, at least a craft. One you can even train for. Nobody in Hamburg knows this better than Eckhart Meyer and his partner Sener Sönmez. Together, they form “Due Baristi” – two professionals at the machine and chefs of the café of the same name in the heart of Eimsbüttel.
The Stockholm Espresso Club is, surprisingly, not located in the Swedish capital, but rather in the Hamburg residential district of Winterhude. The coffee served here comes from the Swedish roastery KOPPI and promises the most gently roasting of hand-picked coffee, which has been bought directly from producers around the world.
The breakfast at Café Johanna is especially popular – in addition to coffee and tea, juices and lemonades, they serve numerous cold and warm dishes. There a selection of sandwiches, ciabatta and cake a glass vitrine – but you can also order à la carte, for example lentil soup, savoury crêpes and pita bread, salad and quiches. And there is a daily changing, lovingly prepared set lunch meal.
The motto of the Café is: 'A Piece of Scandinavia in Hamburg',which dishes they serve freshly prepared from Denmark and Sweden, such as Köttbular or the Norwegian apple pancake. Apart from only use of genuine Scandinavian products, Anke, Gottwein,the owner of Karlsons, works daily with her a team of ten people to achieve the magnificent service.
This pearl of Hamburg coffee house culture you have to visit at least once for the nice atmosphere, good coffee, and the rotating exhibitions or - what this place has been known for for decades - for the excellent cakes served here. A visit to the Gnosa is worthwhile any time of day: The breakfast menu is extensive and offers all the standards, and the lunch is delicious and affordable.
At the organic patisserie BioKonditorei Eichel you will find a wide range of special delicacies such as pear-cinnamon-curd-cheese gateau, apple cake with blackcurrants or buckwheat-carrot cake and dark, delicious chocolate-spelt pancakes. Christof Eichel, owner and head pastry chef is a man with clear principles: he uses only organic ingredients and does without unnecessary additives which would artificially accelerate the production process of his cakes and gateaux.
Coffee fashions come and go: the good old latte macchiato exceeded its level of popularity years ago; today, real aficionados swear by porcelain filters and manual infusion or even the effortful cold-drip brewing. But there are far more ways to prepare coffee – like for example the Karlsbader Kanne, the Napoletana or the French press. If you would like to find out more about these and other types of coffee making, or would like to taste the difference, the Less Political, not far from Sternschanze, is the right place.
The new ice cream parlour in the Langen Reihe offers a unique glass of love bursting with flavour and colour.The combination of 100% natural ingredients, fresh ice cream, house made sauces and crunching toppings make this sensational ice cream appearance and taste unforgettable.
Grosse Freiheit 36 is actually made up of three locations: The big concerts and parties take place in the main room. In the Kaiserkeller, legendary because of the Beatles' performances in the 1960s, small bands regularly take the stage and music fans dance to rock, metal and gothic sounds during the week.
At Central Park there is a relaxed mood that leaves the hustle and bustle of everyday life outside its doors. Enjoy the chilled atmosphere of the beach club located in the trendy district of Schanze. Relax and enjoy your evening among the diverse clientèle. When you feel the fine sand between your toes and have a delicious cocktail in your hand, you will soon forget that you are sitting in the middle of Hamburg's stressful trendy district. .
With its long bar and mini-disco, Goldfischglas has developed in recent years into a popular meeting place in the middle of the Schanze district. Under dimmed lights and a slick but casual atmosphere, you can sip on the best lattes and long drinks or enjoy a Beck's Gold. The party atmosphere arrives later when the mini disco gets going.
When then Mojo Club opened at the beginning of the 1990s, it was the "place to be" because it definitively enshrined club culture in Hamburg. The hip hop and dancefloor jazz evenings were of the highest quality, and the so-called "Dub Conferences" held here, where the people on the dancefloor were soaked in bass, are also fondly remembered. Which is why old and young dance enthusiasts are delighted that the legendary Mojo Club has opened its doors again for more long nights.
The Empire Riverside Hotel, regarded with scepticism by those against gentrification, hosts three bars including "20up". The name already reveals its exclusive location on the 20th floor of the building. Anyone can drop in for a cocktail here without booking a hotel room and enjoy breathtaking views of the harbour in a classy atmosphere.
One of the hottest dance clubs in Hamburg can be found on the Reeperbahn. House and techno dominate the sounds at Baalsaal, but all other kinds of electronic music are also represented here. The huge sound system also attracts DJs to the rostrum who are used to bigger dancefloors. Which does not mean that there aren't any promising newcomers on the decks. Early birds be warned: Nothing much happens before 1am.
The imposing overground bunker on Feldstrasse was for many years a hardly used, dirty dark stone block on the outskirts of Heiligengeistfeld. It was gradually revived by various companies. With the arrival of the club Uebel & Gefährlich on the fourth floor, the party and music culture was finally established. Since then Hamburg has gained a location that impresses not just with its location, but also with the great acts that perform here.
Kulturhaus 73 offers a lively cultural programme in various rooms spread over several floors, consisting of gigs, dances, jam sessions, theatre performances, film screenings, "Tatort" screenings, table football tournaments and more. People also come here for breakfast or snacks. Their very own kiosk is very popular - even with frequenters of Schulterblatt who actually have a very different goal.
Stirred, never shaken. The Boilerman Bar specializes in so-called Highballs. These drinks are made from a base spirit like whisky or gin and a “filler” such as ginger ale, tonic water or similar. He used to stand on the steam engine tender and shovelled coals into the boiler – the so-called “boilerman”. In the bar of the same name in Eppendorf, things are anything else but hot – on the contrary: here, they use a Japanese luxury ice machine that produces over-dimensionally large, spherical ice cubes.
Located right on Neuer Pferdemarkt, Grüner Jäger is something of a border post between the Kiez and Schanze. It's not just pop and rock concerts from smaller bands here. One of the most successful Hamburg club series of the last few years, the "Revolver Club", is also based here. And with the slogan "TV doesn't make you lonely!" the TV set is tuned in on Sunday to the latest episode of "Tatort".
After several moves, the oldest jazz club in Hamburg made its home on Grossneumarkt in 1971. Since then it has treated its guests to live music from national and international artists. Phil Masons N.O. All Stars, Truck Stop, Ikey Robinson and Sami Swoi have all played here. There is table service for drinks and snacks.
Here they party like crazy. With constantly changing DJs of international renown playing house, R&B and electronica, Halo lures party-goers four times a week for exuberant dancing on Grosse Freiheit. Especially popular is the "Uniscene Experience" on Fridays, which - as the name suggests - is mainly, but not exclusively, directed at students.
The Chug Club is a real enrichment of the Hamburg nightlife: in the happy mixture of puffy-cosy club and sophisticated bar culture, you can experience wholly new, surprising moments of indulgence away from hard-core parties and the masses. “Welcome to The Chug Club! Here, we are dedicated to tequila. If you like, I’d be happy to explain the menu.” With such a warm and personal greeting by the barkeeper, you feel well taken care of from the start.
Comfortable leather seats, fine wooden tables, 70 different whiskies and a cocktail menu with over 250 varieties. The long list of celebrities who have enjoyed the classy but unpretentious atmosphere includes Mick Jagger and Claudia Schiffer as well as Hamburg pop band Deichkind and the independent film maker Klaus Lemke. Since the classy premises are frequently hired out for corporate parties and exclusive events, it is recommended that you check opening times before a spontaneous visit.
The award-winning star bartender Uwe Christiansen regularly creates new cocktails at his bar, including those with curious names such as "Apple Strudel" or "Virgin Mint Colada". For enthusiasts who want to try mixing drinks themselves, Christiansen also offers crash courses.
Formerly a cinema, at the end of the 1980s the hall on Spielbudenplatz developed as Docks into an established presence on the Hamburg pop music scene. Famous German and international musicians and bands take the stage here. The hall has a capacity of up to 1,500 spectators. At weekends, DJs turn the Docks into a temple of dance.
The atmosphere is so pleasant and appealing that even non-alcoholic drinks taste great. And if you're having some down to earth banter rather than a pretentious conversation, the style-conscious but tolerant staff won't tell you off right away. Also noteworthy is the programme at Golem: From intellectual discussion groups, reading and film screenings to free jazz concerts, there is a lot going on.
Heavy, sound-absorbant carpeting, dim indirect lighting, bizarrely patterned wallpaper – and as a vanishing point for the eye, a metal lion of huge proportions, which is set into the back wall and guards over the people sitting at the bar. Welcome to the Kingdom of the Lion! Here, you will find cocktails of excellent quality. And when we say cocktails, we don’t mean fruit-and-umbrella decorated fruit-spirit-cream concoctions, but exquisite classics and own creations. Here, Jörg Meyer invented the now famous Gin Basil Smash.
"Where the Beatles played first" is the slogan of Indra at the end of Grosse Freiheit. The fact that the first Hamburg performances of the Fab Four took place here gives the club to this day a cult-like aura. But apart from this, Indra has recently developed a good reputation as a medium-sized, live music venue.
The Plaza is the central meeting place in the Elbphilharmonie and forms the link between the warehouse and the new structure. The viewing platform here is open to the public. Even getting to it is an experience: an 80-metre-long, slightly curved escalator transports visitors through the building. From the Plaza, 37 metres above the ground, a stunning panoramic view over the city and port opens up before the viewer. An outside walkway leads around the entire building.
Hamburg has many large churches - but only one "Michel": On its platform 132 metres high, there is a fabulous view of Hamburg, the port and the surrounding countryside - one that should not be missed! After having been completely destroyed twice St. Michaelis Church today also offers an informative presentation about its changeful history.
The 160-hectare lake in the heart of the city is a true paradise for sailors, rowers and paddlers, but has a depth of no more than 2.50 metres. Its opulent grasslands on the edge of the bank offer plenty of opportunities to be close to the water, right in the middle of the city. Just kicking back on a blanket or a deckchair, jogging "all the way round the Alster", taking a walk, playing frisbee and boules – the options are endless for you to enjoy this splendid green oasis on land.
The former fishing and pilot village to the west of Hamburg is located right on the Elbe and is a popular destination and residential area for wealthy citizens of Hamburg. One of Germany's most beautiful hiking trails runs along the banks of the Elbe to Blankenese. Picturesque lanes, winding stairs and houses standing close together: with its Mediterranean feel, the Blankenese Treppenviertel on the Elbe has something of a resort on the Riviera. Blankeneser Bahnhofstrasse is like a small city in itself with its church, weekly market, many well-stocked shops, restaurants and ice cream parlors
The Beatles laid the foundation stone of their career in the early 1960s in the Hamburg neighbourhood of St Pauli, the city’s famous red light district. Take a “Beatles Tour” with the Hamburgian musician Stephanie Hempel and you will get the unique opportunity to follow the tracks of the “Fab Four” across St. Pauli.
Discover Hamburg on a guided bike tour! It is a fun and sportive way to get to know the very different districts of the city. Choose either city bikes, cruisers, kick bikes or mountain bikes and go individually or in a group - the whole year round! Guides will take you to your favoured spots or you can choose one of the certified bike trails.
Chocolate makes people happy! In addition to the "island of plants" with genuine cocoa, pepper, ginger, chilli and sugar cane plants, visitors are given CHOCOVERSUM'S interesting information about the harbour and the cocoa trade, while in the interactive exhibition areas they can load a ship with cocoa beans as a dock worker, inspect the cocoa beans as a quality controller, or discover the differences between chocolate flavours. In the "Aroma-Studio" every visitor becomes a chocolatier themselves by creating their personal favourite chocolate from various ingredients.
Discover the Port of Hamburg and the Speicherstadt on what is typical for Hamburg – a boat! Small barges, historical steamboats and modern passenger ships take you to the most interesting parts of the harbor area within an hour or two. Also, you can take the Maritime Circle Line, a hop-on hop-off tour which connects Hamburg's maritime cultural attractions.
Rediscover Hamburg - with our Hamburg tours! Whether by bicycle or on foot, accompanied by Nordic delicacies such as the legendary fish sandwich, or the classic exploration of the top sights of the Hanseatic city. Shopping fans and friends of the art of brewing, as well as lovers of the maritime, will be highly entertained and satisfied. There is a suitable tour through Hamburg for everyone!
Located in a 100-years-old brick warehouse the Speicherstadtmuseum shows interactively how social life and economy changed over the past century. In tea and coffee tastings you get the chance to experience different types of the special beans and herbs with all your senses, including getting to know interesting facts told by museum experts.
The ultra-modern airport close to the city centre in Hamburg offers quick arrival alternatives and easy access to all national and international destinations. You will find an overview of the most important connections to public transport as well as the parking system at Hamburg Airport here: www.hamburg-travel.com/info/directions/hamburg-flights/hamburg-airport/?utm_source=ArrivalGuideEN
Save yourself the time and stress of driving. In the Greater Hamburg Area, suburban and underground railways and "MetroBus" buses operate on weekdays from 5am until around 11pm at 5 to 10 minute intervals.Night, express and regional buses complete the transport network. To make it easier on the travel budget, visitors to Hamburg have various options for cheaper tickets for group and day tickets as well as the Hamburg CARD. The Hamburg CARD not only offers public transport by bus, train and harbour ferry (HVV) but also discounts at more than 150 tourist attractions!
Hamburg rides bikes! Explore the most beautiful city in the world at your own pace with the sleek red wheels of the Hamburg bike hire system StadtRAD! For locals and tourists alike, StadtRAD Hamburg is practical and the perfect means of transport in the city. There are currently more than 200 hire stations and 2,450 bikes available in many suburban railway and underground stations in the central area as well as major residential areas, business districts and major leisure and tourist attractions.
After a one-off registration, the vehicles can be rented spontaneously at any time, used as long as needed and simply parked in any open parking space within the rental area. There are no fixed rental and return stations. The rental car costs start at 26 cents per minute. For two hours, you will be chared with with a maximum of 17.90 euros. The fuel is free, as is parking in car parks with tickets or parking meters. If you need a car you can find one on the spur of the moment at any street corner using the car2go finder for smartphones, on thecar2go Hamburg website or at the terminal in the car2go shop and in selected Europcar locations.
You can easily flag a taxi down or check https://www.hamburg.com/getting-around/taxi-services for numbers and further information. Fare meters are used and there are numerous taxi companies.All German Taxis go by the meter. Reckon on €15 per 15 minutes along with a small tip. Two popular and recommended companies are: Hansa-taxi +49 40 211 211 Taxiruf +49 40 211 211
The post office at Hauptbahnhof railway Station is located in the shop "k presse + buch". It's open on Monday to Friday from 5 a.m - 11 p.m, and Saturday to Sunday from 6 a.m- 11 p.m. Other post offices are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m-6 p.m and on Saturdays usually from 9 a.m-12 p.m.