Whether you're a historian, a party animal, a shopaholic or an art lover − Hamburg offers what you're looking for. A visit to the Speicherstadt and the Kontorhausviertel, both on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, is a must-do. Some of the warehouses are still used as warehouses for carpets, coffee (which is produced directly on site), tea and spices.
If you want to take another look into Hamburg's past, you should visit the ruins of St. Nicholas’ Church or enjoy the panorama of the city from the tower of St. Michael’s Church. Contrast is provided by the controversial Elbphilharmonie, a modern construction on an old warehouse near the harbour. After years of delays in construction and the associated cost increases, the "Elphi" is now finally what it was meant to be: an impressive and interesting building in which great music is performed.
Hamburg offers you many opportunities for good shopping: from H&M to Gucci, you will find almost every well-known fashion brand in the city centre. More interesting, however, are the many Hamburg markets. The most famous is the fish market in Altona. If you get out of bed early enough on Sunday, a visit is highly recommended - even if you don't want to buy anything. At the flea markets Immenhof and Am Turmweg, you will find vintage clothes, nostalgia and records. Art lovers should also visit the well-stocked Kunsthalle and some of the many small galleries scattered throughout the city.
Hamburg is heaven on earth for all those who want to dive into nightlife. There is a lot to discover: a visit to the Reeperbahn is a must-do for your stay in Hamburg. On Europe's longest party mile, you will find bars, clubs and establishments offering almost every imaginable form of entertainment. If you want to take it easy, you can enjoy one of the numerous great musicals performed in Hamburg.
In Hamburg from A to B
A clear, somewhat smaller city centre, yet interesting sites such as the Port of Hamburg and the Hafencity nearby. What is the best way to get from A to B in Hamburg itself?
- Hamburg's local public transport is called Hamburger Verkehrsverbund and is neither particularly well developed nor heavily used (no more than 19% of all travels). Not every part of the city can be reached by the suburban train lines and 4 underground lines, yet there is a dense bus network and several harbour ferries - a great alternative to an expensive harbour tour! The Hamburg Card for visitors also includes various discounts on sights such as museums.
- In Hamburg's city centre, you can quickly reach your destination on foot. And cycling is also a great idea in the Hanseatic city, not least because of the well-developed cycle paths. Public parks, however, are often prohibited for cyclists!
- If you’re in Hamburg for a brief visit, taking a taxi for short trips won’t lead you into debt. It may, however, be worth renting a car if you want to stay in Hamburg for longer and want to get out of the city too.