About Hamburg

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.

To Hamburg
by train

Every day, Hamburg's main railway station is a hub for around 500,000 passengers. In addition to the eight tracks for long-distance traffic, there are also four tracks for suburban trains and six tracks for underground trains, which bring travellers and commuters from A to B. IC and ICE trains connect the city of Hamburg to the whole of Germany. Trains to Munich depart twice an hour, Stuttgart and even Zurich are served every two hours. On the various routes heading south, the trains from Hamburg pass through almost every major city in Germany. In addition to the main railway station, there are four other long-distance railway stations in Hamburg: Hamburg Dammtor, Hamburg-Altona, Hamburg-Harburg and Hamburg-Bergedorf.

To Hamburg
by bus

The central bus station, also known as Bus Port Hamburg (ZOB), is situated in Adenauerallee in the St. Georg district. From there, a short 7 minutes’ walk brings you to Hamburg main station. The bus commute is convenient, 14 bus stops are served by hundreds of buses every day. Buses to Berlin depart from Hamburg up to 30 times a day − probably the most popular long-distance bus route in Germany. However, you can reach a lot more destinations than just to the German capital. The Bus Port Hamburg is connected to almost every European country.

To Hamburg
by plane

Hamburg Airport, which by the way has been named Hamburg Airport "Helmut Schmidt" on 10 November 2016, is the oldest airport in Germany and is being used by approximately 16 million passengers every year. Several times, Hamburg Airport has been awarded "Best Airport in Europe" in the category 10 to 25 million passengers and "Best Regional Airport in Europe". The airport is located about 8 km from the city centre. With the suburban train line S1, the journey from Hamburg’s main railway station to the airport takes about 25 minutes.

To Hamburg
by carpool

There are more than 1,000 car rides to Hamburg every day. You can almost always get a lift to Hamburg from most major German cities. Hamburg is one of the top cities for carpooling: with prices as low as €5, nothing stands in the way of your Hamburg journey.

To Hamburg
stadium

After being known as the Imtech Arena for five years, the Volksparkstadion, home of the football club HSV, has regained its original name for the 2015/2016 season. Suburban trains run from the three most important long-distance train stations in Hamburg to the station "Stellingen-Volksparkstadion". In order to arrive at the Stellingen station, you can take line S3 (direction Pinneberg) from Hamburg-Altona or line S21 (direction Elbgaustraße) from Hamburg-Dammtor. Both lines also stop at Hamburg main station. Arriving at Stellingen station, you can either walk to the stadium in about 15 minutes or take the shuttle bus, which is used particularly on match days. There is also a shuttle bus from the Othmarschen station, where the suburban train lines S1 and S11 stop. The Millerntor-Stadion, home of the football club FC St. Pauli, can be reached from the main train station with the underground line U3 (direction Schlump-Barmbek) as well as with the bus lines 36 and 112. They all stop at St. Pauli station, which is only a 3 minutes’ walk away from the stadium.