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The Top 10 Things to Do in Hamburg

Thanks to centuries of sea trade, the vibrant city of Hamburg offers an unparalleled wealth and variety of culture. Stay a weekend, stay a week – you're sure to fall for its irresistible charm. Whatever you do, don't miss out on these 10 highlights!

  • St. Pauli

    1. St. Pauli

    Don't let St. Pauli's skull and crossbones flag deter you. This traditionally working class neighborhood is now one of Hamburg's most culturally diverse and vibrant areas.

  • Reeperbahn

    2. Reeperbahn

    Also known as the "most sinful mile," the Reeperbahn is Hamburg's infamous red-light district. Nowadays it's a bustling and highly popular locale, home to the city's best nightlife.

  • Hamburg Dungeon

    3. Hamburg Dungeon

    Discover the dark side of Hamburg's history on a fun and interactive tour – but be warned, the Hamburg Dungeon is not for the faint of heart!

  • Alster Lakes

    4. Alster Lakes

    These two beautiful lakes surrounded by parks are ideal for a break. Have a picnic, jog along the water, or take a boat out. At Alster Lakes you'll forget that you're in the middle of a city.

  • Hamburg Harbor

    5. Hamburg Harbor

    The Port of Hamburg has an important economic role in the city and is still today one of the busiest ports worldwide. Take a stroll along Germany's "Gateway to the World" gorgeous historic harbor and top it off with a snack from the famous fish market.

  • 6. Speicherstadtmuseum

    The Speicherstadt, Hamburg's warehouse district, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Well worth a visit, the Speicherstadtmuseum offers fascinating insight into the city's rich trade history.

  • Hamburg Zoo (Tierpark Hagenbeck)

    7. Hamburg Zoo (Tierpark Hagenbeck)

    Whatever your age, you're sure to love this charming zoo, where every care has been taken to make the animals feel at home. The aquarium next door is equally impressive.

  • 8. Finkenwerder

    If you're looking to enjoy a delicious seafood meal, head to this quaint riverside neighborhood. The restaurant Landungsbrucken Finkenwerder has long been a local favorite.

  • 9. Herbertstraße

    A gated street entirely dedicated to legal prostitution and lined with classic "windows." If the Reeperbahn didn't satisfy your curiosity, the nearby Herbertstraße certainly will.

  • Harbor Piers (Landungsbruecken)

    10. Harbor Piers (Landungsbruecken)

    Stroll along the Landungsbruecken to watch the ships come and go, then hop on a ferry and enjoy an inexpensive and picturesque ride across the waters en route to your next destination.

Planning Your Visit

  • Save Money on Transport

    If you plan on discovering the many sides of Hamburg, it's really worth getting bundle transport tickets. Different deals are available depending on the length of your stay and you're sure to save a lot of money rather than buying singles each time. Also, these tickets give you access to the ferries, which are the cheapest way of admiring the city from the water.

  • Wait for the Spring

    Hamburg is infamous for its grey, cold winters. If you can, it's best to plan your visit between April and September. Once the weather improves, the city truly transforms – moods soar, streetside cafés fill up, and the parks and lakes once again become bustling hang-out spots.

  • Eat Like a Local Without Breaking the Bank

    Known for its gigantic portions and very reasonable prices, the restaurant Erika's Eck near the Schlachthof has been a favorite for locals and tourists alike for over 30 years now. This is the perfect spot to feast on some original German grub and if you're out on the town, come here after midnight for its famous €1 sandwiches – available until 9am!

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Spring, Summer

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What people are saying about Hamburg

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 57,743 reviews

Decent boat with friendly employees! The captain is describing the sights and adjusts his commentary to the ships that currently lie in the harbour, this makes it a great experience! We got to see both the city of Hamburg as well as the impressive harbour at the other side of the river! Highly recommended!

It was well worth it. It's nice to see the Harbor and Hamburg from the water. The only problem was that we had a hard time understanding the Captain. Might need to look into a different speaker system.

Trotz Covid-Regeln war es eine durchaus gelungene Tour über die Hamburger Reeperbahn. Unser Tour-Guide Julian war wirklich gut drauf und hat alles schick gestaltet & erzählt.

Ein sehr netter und kompetenter Tour-Führer. Wir haben die Zeit genossen und viele Informationen bekommen. Sehr empfehlenswert. Lieben Dank.

The tour was very interesting and entertaining. Ulf was an excelelnt guide, very informative and enjoyable.