Hi everyone. Our trip to Germany is about to end but for now let’s enjoy the exploration of some other city. The one we’re going to visit today is Hamburg; there will be much to see that we would say to start immediately but first, as always, let’s start with the presentations!
Hamburg is a city located on the banks of the Elbe. It has a huge port and even it isn’t a capital city (but a city-state) has number of inhabitants so large as to be considered the second most populous city in the European Union. It is divided into seven districts, among them there are also three islands (Neuwerk, Nigehörn and Scharhörn but only the first one is inhabited). Hamburg is also the heart of the German economy and is known for its football tradition (football fans certainly know of what we’re talking about!). A little curiosity about Hamburg and then we can begin our tour: think that it has been the place where the story of the seagull and the cat too place (did you know it?).
To know more ( what to eat, where to eat, where to have fun, things to visit…) continue to read.
Okay, let’s start our tour through the history of Hamburg.
PLACES TO VISIT (MUSEUMS/THEATERS..)
Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte
- Sankt Nikolai Kirche: former nineteenth-century church, today this building has just the bell tower (one of the highest in the world) which has a commemorative value against the war. A very impressive place!
- Hauptkirche Sankt Michaelis: the main Lutheran church in Hamburg, is the emblem of the city. It’s a very nice building so as to characterize the city. The interior is majestic and hosts five major organs, among these: the Marcussen and the Steinmeyer.
- Hamburger Kunsthalle: it is a museum of ancient, modern and contemporary art. Two examples of authors of which we can admire the works are: Édouard Manet and Caspar David Friedrich.
- Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte (or Hamburg Museum): history museum. Here you can know about the story of the city (from the origins to the present day) and is home to one of the largest exhibitions of urban history of Germany. Besides them, you can see how the typical rooms were once decorated and structured.
- Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe: is a museum of applied arts in Hamburg, close to the main station of the city, it is surely one of the best known buildings (in neo-baroque style) in Germany. The museum has a library and its collection includes the art of the East, Mediterranean art, fashion, photography and so on. The museum is famous mainly because it owns “the helmet of Polizzello” (a large relic and unique in the world along with its twin).
- Rickmer Rickmers: is a sailboat (now a museum) anchored at St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken (pier of St. Pauli). You’ll know lots of curiosities about the history of the ship and the time when it was built and lived. Think that here was shot an episode of a popular television series, Notruf Hafenkante (aka Hamburg District 21).
- Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg: is a private museum always based on a nautical theme. The building houses a collection of ship models (surrounded by a characteristic animated wallpaper), uniforms, maritime art, maps, photographs. The interior of the museum is quite suggestive and is built on different levels (ten precisely); the building is located at the Speicherstadt district.
- Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg: ethnology museum, one of the largest in Europe with millions of visitors each year. It is located at the Eimsbüttel district.
- Miniatur Wunderland: it is an attraction that fascinates lots of tourists. It is a model that includes several Europen cities but also other cities around the world (the landscapes are realistically imitated through the use of remote-controlled water and ships). It has to be seen!
- Hamburg Dungeon: near the Miniatur Wunderland there is this kind of horror museum. What you can find in it you can certainly imagine. It is highly discouraged for the youngest and those who just don’t like this kind of genre despite the attraction tell a bit of Hamburg history.
- Panoptikum: this is a museum for everyone. It is the wax museum, filled with many familiar faces (historical figures, celebrities). Which star you loved the most? If you have already been there show us the photos with your favorite characters or those who have hit you more.
As for the theaters, there are so many of them and we have selected a few: Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Thalia Theater, Operettenhaus, Stage Theater an der Elbe, Ernst Deutsch Theater and then there’s the Elbphilharmonie. What is it? It is a concert hall located in the “HafenCity” quarter, the building (the highest in Hamburg) is also used as a hotel and apartment. Very useful if you would like to take part in a concert, isn’t it?
Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg
Let’s see, now, Hamburg under another perspective… The entertainment. Are you ready? Let’s begin.
- Planten un Blomen: it is a botanical garden of Hamburg located at St. Peterburger Straße. Inside the garden you can find different exotic plants, roses and the extensive Japanese garden (the largest in Europe). The park (yes, it looks like more like a park, don’t expect the typical botanical garden) is home to several species of animals (wild ducks, hares, squirrels…). In summer the gardens are home to various events including the fountains and light effects with the participation of jazz bands; while in the winter months the garden is transformed into a beautiful ice rink. Whatever the season you decide to go there is always a lot to do and see!
- Tierpark Hagenbeck: is a zoo located in the Stellingen district. It is known mainly for being the first zoo to have no cages but ditches in order to promote the wellness of the species present there.
- Jenisch park: is the oldest landscaped park of Hamburg located in the Othmarschen district (on the bank of the Elbe river). In this vast green space there are two museums: the Jenisch House and the Ernst Barlach House.
- Wildpark Eekholt: is a natural park and place of education for environmental protection. It is is home to more than a hundred species of animals.
- Stadtpark Hamburg: park located in Winterhude district. Apart from the various paths (great for bicycles or for a nice walk), the statues, the watercourses and a magnificent landscape there is a quaint cafe that gives right on the Goldbekkanal.
- Alter Elbtunnel: it is a pedestrian (and car) tunnel very popular in Hamburg. This connects the center of Hamburg to the south side of the Elbe river. The tunnel is very enlightened and is really impressive, it is worth a visit!
- Tropen-Aquarium: a beautiful, tropical water tunnel.
- Going around the city you can see lots of beauties and many things to do. Ready to know some of them? Chilehaus is a complex of ten floor famous for its pointed roof that sticks out from the building, like the front of a ship. Beatles-Platz a square situated in the district of St. Pauli at the center of which stand the statues of the Beatles (in iron shapes) illuminated by spotlights at night. The beautiful port of Hamburg and the quaint Blankenese district, the so-called “fisherman’s house”. Speicherstadt the main place of interest of Hamburg, it is a complex of seventeen stores (similar to the stilts) now almost in disuse; this place is located along the city’s canals. Other important districts are: Wilhelmsburg, Jungfernstieg and Mönckebergstraße (known mainly as the shopping street), Elbchaussee, Spielbudenplatz (the famous red light street), Krameramtsstuben.
- Some navigable canals and artificial lakes are: Nikolaifleet, Öjendorfer See, Elbreederei Abicht, Binnenalster.
- The tour of Hamburg that we are going to suggest are: SANDEMANs NEW Europe – Hamburg, Robin and the Tourguides (walking tour), Hamburg City Cycles, Alternative Hamburg (an example of the street that is part of the schedule is the Rote Plant), Die Hamburg-Kenner (bike tour). There is also the Big Black Car Tours, a tour that is done by car. We don’t like this method to get around the city but it is helpful if someone can’t walk a lot or maybe in a day of heavy rain.
The Hamburg nightlife is, as you can well imagine, very lively. There are many “awake” places at night and among these there is the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli district
For you some locals where to spend a nice evening.
- Angie’s Nightclub
- Gruenspan: night club with live music.
- Juice Club
- Baalsaal: disco.
Among the various events offered by the city of Hamburg there is the Hafengeburtstag, a funfair established in honor of the birthday of the port of the city with the addition of ships parades. If you are movie lovers you can’t miss the Filmfest Hamburg event or the Dockville, art and music festivals and the Long Night of Museums (to spend a night at the museum). Unmissable events!
Head down to see all the many dishes that are present in Hamburg.
- Aalsuppe: this dish has several variants. The soup can be composed of eel but can also be composed of plums and apple pieces or can be made with ham bone. However it is considered a leftovers soup of the day before.
- Finkenwerder Scholle: a typical fried fish served with lemon and spices.
- Labskaus: the dish is made with meat, pickles, beets, harangue and fried eggs (which are laid out on the meat).
- Franzbrötchen: a flattened croissant filled with raisins and with the sugar on the surface. So good!
- The famous marzipan lubeck is a sweet made with almond paste and sugar.
- Alsterwasser: is the name of a local beer with the addition of soft drinks such as: carbonated lemonade, ginger, apple juice or orange juice (anyway there are some variants). Good and with an original flavor!
WHERE TO EAT (RESTAURANTS/CAFE’..)
Now keep your head up and eyes open for the choice of some locals where to taste the typical dishes.
- Philipps Restaurant: international, French, German, European, vegetarian cuisine and it includes gluten-free menu option.
- Karo Fisch Restaurant: German and Mediterranean cuisine.
- Alt Helgolaender Fischerstube: German, European, vegetarian cuisine.
- Bruecke 10: fast food with German cuisine.
- Frau Moller: bar/pub with German, European and vegetarian cuisine.
- Mo Grill: fast food with German cuisine.
- Max und Consorten: bar/pub with German, European, vegetarian cuisine.
- Edelcurry: fast food with German and European cuisine.
- Delzepich Eis
Our tour in Hamburg is over but also our trip in Germany is going to end, anyway there are still some cities to explore.. so stay tuned!
Let us know your opinions about this place. If you liked it or not, if you’ve been there or you’re going to go there? What you liked the most or least? We’re curious to read your opinions.
A big kiss to everyone.
Below we will list the accommodations that you can find in Hamburg.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?iata=HAM&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodations next to the airport
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?city=-1785434&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodations in the city.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?landmark=1900&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accomodations next to the port of Hamburg.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?landmark=906&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodations next to the main station.
52 thoughts on “Hamburg”
You have so much information on your site! I love it! If we ever go back I’ll have to use your blog to rediscover this beautiful city! Thanks for the post. Where do you go to next?
Thank you very much for your sweet words! This means alot to us 🙂
We are headed to Düsseldorf. Stay tuned!!
Good read! The food looks especially amazing. That double cinnamon bun looking thing looks like heaven!
Your impression isn’t wrong. It is delicious just like the way it looks like, the aspect is important but the taste even more haha
WOw! this is a beautiful place and lots of great information. I cannot take my eyes away from the food. Your photography looks really good. Thank you for sharing.
You have to consider that Hamburg is the second most populous city in the European Union and it is not difficult to understand why haha
Thank you for the appreciation!!
I’ve never been to Germany. We almost planned a trip there in 2015. We ended up going to Vienna, Austria instead. I’d visit Hamburg just to see the museums! I’m not sure about the Labskaus But that croissant looks really good!
We have visited Vienna , it was one of our first stops. Too many memories!! We are talking about two of the most amazing European countries, you should visit Germany and eat local foods 🙂
That food looks so good! The cinnamon roll is right up my alley!
People when hear German foods turn up their nose but we can assure you they are delicious just like all the european foods!!
Wow! Love all of the detail about Hamburg. I’ve been to different parts of Germany, but have not seen Hamburg. Pinning this for a future visit!
You missed on of the most awesome german cities, what a pity…
Time is with you and Hamburg is always here haha
Bookmarked it! Such a great information for one place. Save time for searching and will be handy when I plan to go there 😀
Thank you so much for your comment Tracy! We are happy that you will consider our travel guide for your next trip in Hamburg 🙂
Don’t forget that we have a german category!!
I liked Speicherstadt when i visited 2 years ago. I didn’t get to enjoy all the meals but loved couple. Cool city, and also enjoyed their gay festival
If you want to explore all the city you need several days, it is so big and with lots of cool places! We are festivals lover too 😀
The Hamburger Kunsthalle museum sounds very interesting. I love exploring the new and modern in an old city
We totally agree with you, modern and old are a perfect combo! This is a point in favor of Hamburg lol
The architecture looks great! Perhaps I should start thinking about a trip to Germany…
Yeah you really should! We are more than sure that this place will steal your heart and your mind, this happened to us 😉
Hamburg is on my list and this post will make my planning super easy. Thank you for such great information, pinning for future trip!
Hi Sherianne, you are welcome. We are here for this! Our aim is to help people who travel and to make their trips easier 🙂
Hamburg looks awesome! I didn’t get the chance to visit when I was in Germany last, but would love to! Thanks for sharing 🙂
You visited Germany and not Hamburg? Damn… Now you have read what you missed, regrets? haha
Have a nice day!!
When we visited Germany I wish we got a chance to visit Hamburg. It looks like there are a lot of places to see in Hamburg like the Maritime Museum. I think doing a bike tour of Hamburg would be a lot of fun.
One of the best way to discover Hamburg is by bike or with a good walk. Every corner of this city has a little surprise that will catch your attention. The bad thing is that time flies when you are having fun…
Hamburg has some really great places to see and the food sounds interesting. Thanks for posting!
If you don’t travel you will never know these things? Don’t you agree? lol
Thank you for your time 🙂
Wow that is quite the list you have put together! The Speicherstadt looks stunning, really picturesque. I have a good friend who move there earlier this year and I have learned more about the place from ths post that I think I ever will her! Great post.
Oh thank you very much for your great comment! We always try to write the most helpful guides for our readers and your words mean that we are on the right road 😀
P.S. Your friend is lucky haha
Really great review of Hamburg! I’ll definitely be visiting on my next trip to Germany, and this post will come in very handy during planning!
So pumped to have inspired you to explore Hamburg!! You have a great sense of adventure and we love it, have fun and enjoy your trip!
Hamburg is the only city I have visited in Germany. My trip was so fun! I definitely want to go back someday and explore the country more. Looks like you had a good trip, and a great weather as well.
We have to say that Germany is a super country from different points of view. There is a different style of life in every country of Europe and Germany has one of the best.
We were lucky to have discovered Hamburg!
This is such an informative post, from places to visit to places to eat and accommodation options you have covered everything. Great post. Will definitely plan to visit someday
Very glad you found it handy, this is what we always try to do!
We can say… Mission accomplished YAAAY
This is a great guide to Hamburg! I’ve never been myself but I would like to one day. I especially like the sound of the Miniature Wonderland! 🙂
Thank you Justine, we appreciate it 🙂
Miniatur Wunderland is an attraction that fascinates lots of tourists and it’s not so difficult to understand why haha A trip around the world!
Amazing read and info. I just started working with a contractor who lives in Germany and the culture differences are so much! This article will help me keep breaking the ice with him!
Thanks to your comment we are reading a great thing. Glad to have helped you! All the best for your project!!!
Thanks for all the helpful tips! I have just booked my first trip to Germany for Berlin, but think now I may add Hamburg to the list 🙂
If you have time and money you should haha Hamburg is one of the most typical german cities, Berlin more multicultural. Anyway we are going to add a travel guide for Berlin soon so stay tuned 😀
I’ve never been to Germany, but if there’s this much to do just in Hamburg, I think visiting Germany may have to go on my bucket list!
Without a doubt. Germany offers this and even more, you will never get bored here! 100% suggested.
Corro a preparare i bagagli! xD Non avevo idea che la storia della gabbianella e del gatto fosse ambientata ad Amburgo! Che nostalgia… Un motivo in più per mettere questa bella città nella lista dei posti da visitare (oltre all’Internationales Maritimes Museum). Bellissimo tour ‘virtuale’, complimenti!
Mille grazie per l’apprezzamento, ci rende sempre più fieri del nostro lavoro. Quando abbiamo scoperto che la storia de ” la gabbianella e il gatto” è ambientata qui abbiamo provato le stesse emozioni…
Alla prossima tappa 🙂
Il Franzbrotchen sembra my cup of tea <3 . Grazie per tutti questi spunti interessantissimi; prima tappa X me sara proprio il giardino botanico!
Anche tu amante della natura? Allora il Planten un Blomen fa proprio al tuo caso, ne sarai meravigliata!
Fieri che ti sia piaciuta la guida 🙂
Well done on sharing a good itinerary. I haven’t been there yet, but it’s on the list. Your tips were amazing and I’d love to try the food.
When we receive comments like yours it is always a pleasure and a moment of pride.
Happy to have moved your feelings!
C’è solo l’imbarazzo della scelta nel decidere cosa visitare! ma se proprio devo scegliere visiterei sicuramente il museo Hamburger Kunsthalle dato che amo l’arte. Complimenti per l’articolo sembra un depliant di un tour operator!
Perdersi per Amburgo non è difficile, con tutto ciò che la città offre haha
Grazie Katia per l’apprezzamento, le tue parole sono così motivazionali!!