Few cities in the world give as warm a welcome to their guests as Hamburg, Germany. Get going and experience how it feels to be in one of the wealthiest cities in the world. The place has the energy that’s perhaps second to no other city in the world. Its fine theaters remind you of Paris, the red open-top buses will remind you of London, and the dreamy waterways within the city are reminiscent of Venice. Visiting Hamburg is akin to enjoying the best of Europe.
Facts about Hamburg
- The total area of Hamburg is approximately 469 sq. miles.
- The port area of Hamburg is the largest in Germany, covering 10 percent of the entire city- a total of 7,200 hectares area.
Places to Visit in Hamburg
Some of the best places to visit in Germany have Hamburg as their address. Here’s the list of popular tourist attractions:
Speicherstadt – Almost a century-old UNESCO World Heritage Site, Speicherstadt is a red-brick neo-Gothic architecture and the world’s largest continuous warehouse complex. You can behold the best of Speicherstadt by hiring a flat tour boat and sailing through River Elbe. The complex houses a number of museums, cafes, and shops.
Tierpark Hagenbeck – This zoological park in Hamburg is spread over an area of 27 hectares and is home to around 2,500 animals including toucans, orangutans, elephants, and tigers. The zoo also houses an enormous aquarium, an Art Deco gate, a Japanese Garden, and a Nepalese Temple.
Süllberg Hill– About nine miles from the Hamburg city center, Süllberg Hill accommodates some of the most expensive and finest dwellings in all of Germany. To make the most of your visit to this spectacular site, walk down the labyrinth of cobbled streets. The panoramic view of River Elbe is best enjoyed from the top of this hill.
Mahnmal St. Nikolai– Technically a Gothic Revival Church, Mahnmal St. Nikolai enjoyed the status of the tallest man-made structure (485 feet) in the world till 1876. Mostly damaged during World War II, the church houses an underground exhibition hall depicting the atrocities of the war.
Hamburg is home to a wide range of museums and galleries that are a treat for the tourists visiting the city. Museum of Arts and Crafts, Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg Museum, Hamburger Kunsthalle, International Maritime Museum, and Elbphilharmonie Hall are some of the sites that find a place in itineraries.
Things to Do in Hamburg
To see the best of Hamburg, you can rent a bicycle, a car or a motorbike. Travelers can also count on public transport.
Go boating or cruising by opting for the harbor shuttle service called Maritime Circle Line. It connects the maritime cultural destinations of Hamburg like Miniatur Wunderland, Hafenmuseum, and BallinStadt.
Hotels in Hamburg
The Park Hyatt, Grand Elysée, and Side are the luxury hotels in the city. Mid-range accommodations such as East, Arcotel Rubin, Hotel Europäischer Hof, Scandic Hamburg Emporio, Barceló Hamburg, Hotel Miramar, Empire Riverside Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel, and InterCityHotel Hamburg Hauptbahnhof will make you feel at home. The 25hours Hotel HafenCity, Meininger Hotel City Center, Hotel Mare, Hotel Village, and Hotel Alsterblick are the best bets for a budget traveler.
Restaurants in Hamburg
A bustling city like Hamburg has a lot to offer and the same holds true when it comes to food. More than half of the 4,000 odd eateries in Hamburg offer overseas cuisines. Get the best of Germany at Oberhafen-Kantine. Café Paris, as the name suggests, brings the taste of France to your platter. Restaurant Anna Sgroi and La Vela are famous for Italian cuisines. For Japanese food, visit Matsumi. Try Europe’s famous delicacies at Das weisse Haus, and for seafood, head over to Die Bank.
How to Reach?
By Air – The Hamburg International Airport is around 6 miles from the city center and a 25-minute drive will take you there.
By Train – The Hamburg Railway Station is situated in the heart of the city and is connected by road to all nearby cities and towns.
By Road – The city of Hamburg has an extensive network of road. It ensures great connectivity to nearby areas.
Best Time to Visit Hamburg
October to April is the best time to visit this German city as the weather during these months remains pleasantly cool and sees a bit of rain. Summer (between May and September) can be scorching hot.