If you’ve already booked your flights to Hamburg Airport (HAM), it’s time to look for hotels in Hamburg...
The port of Hamburg – Germany’s second-largest city – offers a different flavour of the nation. Its major attractions whirl around maritime traditions, while the famous red-light district of Reeperbahn – a favourite with stag parties – could make you think you’re in Amsterdam.
The Reeperbahn doesn’t define Hamburg, the city has too many uber-cool restaurants, family attractions and designer stores to be stuck with a label for being seedy.
Elsewhere, boat tours along the River Elbe, days at the Hagenbeck Zoo, and city picnics on the shores of Lake Alster remind you that Hamburg is a great destination for a short break of any kind.
Flights are fast, frequent and cheap from the UK and there are plenty of hotel deals in Hamburg.
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Hamburg can be an expensive place to stay, but budget options are widely available. Cheaper city hotels are generally located in St Georg, to the east of central and historic Alstadt, or to the west of the city centre, around the Reeperbahn (be aware of the presence of live-music venues and late-night bars here).
St Georg is also home to many of Hamburg’s luxury hotels, as are Alstadt and Neustadt – the prime central locations for city break visitors. Try the warehouse district of HafenCity, which is still being developed in parts. It boasts four- and five-star hotels at the water’s edge, plus a cracking line-up of trendy restaurants.
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There are many ways to spend short breaks in Hamburg, here are just a few ideas to get things started…
Top five attractions
Just like the Dutch capital, it is entirely possible to visit Hamburg and avoid this area, though you’d be missing out on its numerous trendy nightclubs and hip bars. If you have gentle sensibilities, avoid the Herbertstrasse, which is quite sordid (it’s a literal no-go area for women and children anyway).
Hamburg Fish Market
Worth setting an alarm clock for, this morning riverside market is abuzz with people buying and selling fish, flowers, fruit and trinkets to take home. There is often live music too, adding an extra zing of electricity to this already exciting place.
Get a new angle on Hamburg when you take a tour on the water. Canal and harbour trips are available.
We’re not sure what it is, but there’s something about Germans and creating things in miniature. If you have a similar passion, get along to this, the largest model railway in the world.
Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus districts
Emerging as if from the water itself, these fascinating districts tell tales of the trade boom experienced in Hamburg in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Now UNESCO listed, the Chilehaus is one of the highlights of this historic warehouse district.
Hamburg knows how to throw a decent party. Attend one of these top events to get into this city’s unique groove…
Hamburger Dom; March-April, July-August and November-December: This huge fair breathes extra energy into Hamburg in spring, summer and autumn. It runs for a month each time, so you stand a good chance of catching it when you take your trip to Hamburg.
Hafengeburtstag/Hamburg Port Anniversary; May: A maritime celebration like no other, more than one million visitors come to see the ships and take part in the fun programme of events. It’s wise to book hotels early, especially if you want a view of the water.
Alstervergnügen; August/September: A Ferris wheel, fireworks, boat parties, street performances, live music, and food stalls… oh yes, this is a party to remember.