About Hamburg

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.

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 S-Bahn tracks and six U-Bahn tracks, which bring passengers and commuters from A to B. Hamburg is connected with the whole of Germany by IC and ICE connections. Twice an hour there are various routes to Munich. Stuttgart and even Zurich are served every two hours. On the various routes to the south, the trains from Hamburg pass through almost all of Germany's major cities. 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 Port Hamburg, is located in the district St. Georg in the Adenauerallee and is a short 7 minute walk to Hamburg main station. The bus commute is convenient, with hundreds of buses that stop at 14 bus stops every day. Buses to Berlin depart from here up to 30 times a day, probably on the most frequented long-distance bus connection in Germany. From the Hamburg bus station, however, travellers travel much further than just to the German capital. Almost all European countries are regularly visited from here.

To Hamburg
by plane

Hamburg Airport, which by the way has been called Hamburg Airport "Helmut Schmidt" since 10 November 2016, is the oldest airport in Germany and brings around 16 million passengers to their destinations every year. Hamburg Airport has been honoured several times with awards such as "Best Airport in Europe" in the category 10 to 25 million passengers or as "Best Regional Airport in Europe". The airport is about 8 km from the city centre. With the S1 line, the journey from the main railway station to the airport takes about 25 minutes.

To Hamburg
by rideshare

You can reach Hamburg with more than 1,000 car rides a day. You can almost always find a lift to Hamburg from most major German cities. Hamburg is one of the top cities for car rides and from only €5 nothing stands in the way of your Hamburg journey.

To Hamburg

After being known as the Imtech Arena for five years, the Volksparkstadion, home of HSV, has regained its original name for the 2015/2016 season. From the three most important long-distance train stations in Hamburg, S-Bahn trains run to the "Stellingen-Volksparkstadion" station. The S3 runs from Altona station in the direction of Pinneberg to Stellingen, the S21 from Dammtor station in the direction of Elbgaustraße. Both suburban trains also run at Hamburg main station. You can either walk from the S-Bahn station to the stadium for about 15 minutes or use a shuttle bus, which is used especially on match days. There is also a shuttle bus from the Othmarschen S-Bahn station, the S1 and S11 go here. The Millerntor Stadium of FC St. Pauli can be reached from the main train station with the U3 in the direction of Schlump-Barmbek as well as with the bus lines 36 and 112. They all stop at St. Pauli station, which is only a 3-minute walk from the stadium.