Despite its location along the River Elbe, roughly two-thirds of a mile (1 km) from the North Sea, Hamburg is Germany's biggest port city and the second busiest in Europe. The city might be an industrial powerhouse in Germany, but it is far from a drab destination. With 4 million residents in the Greater Hamburg Metropolitan Area, the city's residents are proud of its status as a "Free and Hanseatic City." Hamburg shares the same status as the 16 Bundeslander (states) in the Federal Republic of Germany.
When to visit
There is always something going on in Hamburg, but spring and summer offer the greatest number of options when it comes to activities and events. Street parties are common throughout Hamburg during the summer months. These parties are unique to each neighborhood or district in the city, and some of the biggest take place in Ottensen, Bergedorf, Eimsbuttel, and Schanzenviertel. Hamburger Dom is one of the largest annual fairs in Germany and takes place in one-month stints three times a year: spring, summer, and winter. Each time the Dom rolls around, you'll find streets of the fairgrounds lined by stalls, food booths, and rides. Hafengeburtstag (Harbor Birthday) is an annual celebration held each May that attracts millions to the city. You get the chance during the festival to see dozens of stands, several stages with music, and a ship parade.
Summer is often touted as the best time to visit Hamburg. The average high temperature in June and July is 72 degrees F (52 C) and 77 degrees F (55 C), respectively. Any period between May and September is ideal for you to visit Hamburg, but you might also want to consider visiting during the late fall and winter months. The average high temperature from November to February ranges from 47 degrees F (35 C) to 38 degrees F (28 C). You'll find fewer crowds and more accommodations during these months. If you don't mind packing a coat and enduring crisp temps, you'll discover just as much about Hamburg regardless of the temperature.
Hamburg's position on the north coast of Germany allowed it to develop as an international city over the course of its history. There is plenty to see and do in Hamburg, no matter when you visit. Sports fans would surely enjoy a football (soccer) match at Imtech-Arena. The home of the Bundesliga's Hamburger SV football club, Imtech-Arena is also open for guided tours on days when no match is scheduled.
A series of waterways crisscrosses the city of Hamburg, meaning a boat trip is in order if you want to see all the beauty of the city. There are more bridges in Hamburg than Amsterdam, London, and Venice combined. You can choose from public ferries or private tour boats, with many departing roughly on the hour from Jungfernstieg on Inner Alster Lake.
If you enjoy the treasure trove of cultural artifacts often found in local museums, the Museumswelt Hamburg is the ultimate guide to the city's museums. In April, the Night of Museums boasts fifty participating locations, with closing times extended to 2 AM each night. Bergedorf is a quarter within Hamburg that was once an independent town, and boasts the only castle still intact within the city, as well as a shopping arcade and observatory built in 1912. If you want to look into the dark history of Hamburg, the Hamburg Dungeon offers a live-action presentation of the city's "darker times."
Hamburg has five main churches, and two of them are easily visited by heading west from the central rail station of Monckebergstrasse. St. Jacobi and St. Petri are among the primary churches in Hamburg, which is a primarily Lutheran evangelical enclave.
Tips & Recommendations
• Shops are open daily from 10 AM to 8 PM Saturday to Wednesday, and until 10 PM Thursday and Friday.
• Europa Passage, near town hall at Alster Lake, is the new must-see shopping center.
• Dial 112, a nationwide number, for medical emergencies and 110 for police.
• Tap water is clean everywhere in Hamburg.
• The city is generally safe, but be aware of pickpockets in Monckebergstrasse (Central Station).
If you like a larger holiday accommodation, Renaissance Hamburg Hotel is a good choice. Experience good quality service at this 4-star property. Hamburg Dammtor Station offers fine public transportation. Recommended attractions: Deichstrase, Hamburg Dungeon and Hamburg TV Tower. A museum visit can be fascinating; try the nearby Bucerius Art Forum or Museum of Hamburg. For events or conferences at Congress Center Hamburg in Hamburg, you'll be pleased at how close it is.
Hamburg Marriott Hotel enjoys a 4-star rating. Impressive in size and standards, this is a choice property. Here, you'll find Alsterpavillon and Hamburg Rathaus as well as Planten un Blomen Park, all just a short distance away. Located 0.7 km (0.5 miles) away, St. Peter's Church attracts locals and tourists alike. Not to be missed in Hamburg are the museums Bucerius Art Forum and Museum of Hamburg. Congress Center Hamburg draws many visitors to Hamburg for special events.
If you're looking for a larger property, consider Crowne Plaza Hamburg - City Alster. The comfortable rooms are 4-star rated. From here, you'll be conveniently close to Hamburg Central Station. This property is close to Alster Lake. Miniatur Wunderland is just a short distance from here. Be assured that Deutsches Schauspielhaus is easily accessible.
Given its 2-star class, A&O Hamburg City - Hostel gives great value for the price. Arriving and departing is easy thanks to the nearby Hamburg Central Station. The famous landmark Alster Lake is nearby. This area offers several museums, including the popular Hamburger Kunsthalle and International Maritime Museum. For events or conferences at Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, you'll be pleased at how close it is.
Large and roomy, Jugendherberge Horner Rennbahn - Hostel is a popular choice. Here, great value for the money means you'll have more to spend on sightseeing, dining and other travel priorities. The young at heart will enjoy Miniatur Wunderland .
The roomy Jugendherberge Hamburg Auf dem Stintfang - Hostel in Hamburg offers agreeable hospitality and guest services. The rooms here are rated 2-star(s). By public transit, your best choice is Hamburg Dammtor Station. You may enjoy a visit to Miniatur Wunderland , which is easy to reach from here. Both Museum of Hamburg and Erotic Art Museum are quite close. Conference facilities nearby include Hamburg Messe.
Economize by staying at the 2-star Pyjama Park Hotel und Hostel. You can walk to Reeperbahn , Port of Hamburg and Planten un Blomen Park from here. Nearby Erotic Art Museum and Museum of Hamburg are important cultural attractions. Famous landmarks, such as St. Michaelis Church, are in this vicinity. Miniatur Wunderland is one of the attractions near the property.
The small HH-Quartier offers warmth and hospitality. The comfortable rooms are 3-star rated. Planetarium isn't far from here and it's a must-see! Miniatur Wunderland is an entertaining option for your Hamburg visit.
Hotel-Pension Fink is a 3-star property, ensuring high-quality service and amenities. This is a great choice for a more private, intimate stay. You'll easily access all the city has to offer: Hamburg Dammtor Station provides public transit connections throughout Hamburg. Hamburg TV Tower and Alter Elbtunnel are recommended favorites. A visit to Hamburger Kunsthalle, located only 1.6 km (1.0 miles) from here, will be memorable. This accommodation is a convenient base for accessing Congress Center Hamburg.
The staff at 3-star Night Lodge works hard at making you feel special. Hamburg Dammtor Station is the nearest station to this property. Here, you'll find Planten un Blomen Park and Alsterpavillon as well as Alster Lake, all just a short distance away. Hamburg TV Tower and Alter Elbtunnel are recommended favorites. If you like amusement parks Miniatur Wunderland is a must-do.
Given its 2-star class, Budapester Hof Gästehaus gives great value for the price. From here, you'll be conveniently close to Altona Station. During your time in Hamburg, you might enjoy a trip to Hagenbeck Zoo.
The modest-sized Night Lodge offers intimate spaces and comfy rooms. The accommodation is near Hamburg Dammtor Station for easy accessibility. Here, you'll find Planten un Blomen Park and Alsterpavillon as well as Alster Lake, all just a short distance away. The young at heart will enjoy Miniatur Wunderland . The major local venue, Congress Center Hamburg is close by.
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