Whether you're a historian, a party lion, a shopping lover or an art lover, Hamburg offers what you're looking for. A visit to the Speicherstadt and the Kontorhausviertel, both on the UNESCO World Heritage List, should be an absolute must. Some warehouses are still used today as warehouses for carpets, coffee (which is roasted locally), tea and spices.
If you want to take another look into Hamburg's past, you should visit the ruins of St. Nikolai or enjoy the panorama of the city from the tower of St. Michaelis. In contrast to this is the controversial Elbphilharmonie as a modern construction on an old warehouse in the neighbourhood of 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.
If you want to shop, all options are open to you in Hamburg. Almost all well-known fashion brands are represented in the city centre, from H&M to Gucci. 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 here is highly recommended - even if you don't want to buy anything at all. At the flea markets Immenhof and Am Turmweg you will find vintage clothes, nostalgia and records. Art lovers should not only look around Hamburg's markets, but 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 plunge into an amazing nightlife. What's on offer is unbelievably diverse. A visit to the Reeperbahn, Europe's longest party mile with bars, clubs and establishments offering almost every imaginable form of entertainment, is a must for every stay in Hamburg. If you want to take it easy, Germany's musical capital is also home to numerous great musicals.
In Hamburg from A to B
A clear, not too big city centre, but with the port of Hamburg and the Hafencity also exciting destinations beyond. 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, with only 19% of all journeys, particularly heavily used. Not all parts of the city can be reached with the 4 S-Bahn and 4 U-Bahn lines, but there is also a dense bus network and various harbour ferries - a great alternative to many an expensive harbour tour! The Hamburg Card for visitors also includes various discounts for sights such as museums.
- You can make good progress on foot in Hamburg's city centre, and cycling is also a great idea in the Hanseatic city, not least because of the well-developed cycle paths. But public parks are often excluded from cycling!
- If you don't want to go to Hamburg for too long, you can also take a taxi for short trips without getting into debt. Rental cars are more worthwhile if you stay longer in Hamburg and want to get out of the city.