Hamburg is calling! Hamburg is the second largest city of Germany. This harbour city combines the rawness and mundanity of Berlin with the burgundy of Munich. On top it adds its own unique elements: lively suburbs, an impressing harbour with huge cruise ships, lively suburbs and an illustrious red light district where it all started for the Beatles. “No Hamburg, no Beatles,” said the great Beatles author Mark Lewisohn.
The most popular neighbourhoods of Hamburg
HAFENCITY: an upcoming area on Elbe river, diverse, spacious parks, affordable flats and an indoor shopping center with a cinema are set to further enliven Hamburg’s newest district. The Speicherstadt is the largest warehouse district in the world where the buildings stand on timber-pile foundations, like in Amsterdam. The Speicherstadt ware houses were built between 1883 and 1927
ALTSTADT: Colourful district with a chequered past, densely populated and culturally diverse: this is how the district presents itself, which was Danish for more than 200 years.
NEUSTADT: Culture, commerce and history, the Michel, Jungfernstieg, Gänsemarkt and the Hamburg State Opera – Hamburg’s Neustadt is home to some of the Hanseatic city’s most important sights. This central district with an exciting history is lively, multicultural and sometimes quite high-priced.
ST PAULI: St. Hamburg’s cult district, amusement mile Reeperbahn, indstrustrial harbour atmosphere provides a special flair, home to Hamburg’s tallest building and one of the Hanseatic city’s largest parks and more.
ST GEORGE Home to artists, gays and multiculturalism – in Hamburg’s oldest district you can experience the creative heart of and city life of Hamburg. Stroll over the Lange Reihe street, if coming from the train station please ignore the little eateries and dilapidated-looking hotels. Keep on walking to enjoy the trendy shops, some street art, (gay) bars, restaurants, art center and historical houses, lure into the alleys too!
Visit one of the famous sights of the German city that never sleeps:
The International Maritime Museum in the historic Kaispeicher B in today’s HafenCity is home to one of the largest private collections of maritime treasures. Not only are ship models and military history presented here, you also have the opportunity to steer a container ship across the oceans in a ship-handling simulator. And if you haven’t become seasick yet, you can take the whole family on an expedition through over 3,000 years of human history. Hafencity, Speicherstadt, Koreastrasse 1.
Hafenmuseum Hamburg, Hamburg harbour was used as a transfer, a transhipment point too. Find more about that during an exciting guided tour and the many exhibits on display. Hafencity, Australiastraße 50B, bring your Hamburg Card along for a discount.
Altona Museum, learn everything about the history of this popular Hanseatic city and the whole district Schleswig-Holstein at the Altona Museum. Bring your Hamburg Card for a discount on your ticket. Altona, Museumstraße 23.
Ballin Stadt, For 5 million people between 1850 and 1934, Hamburg was the gateway to a new world full of opportunities and the starting point for a new life on the other side of the Atlantic. The Ballin Stadt Emigration Museum gives you a comprehensive insight into this eventful era of the Hanseatic city. One of Hamburg’s most popular museums is now located on the old harbour site, Hamburger Osten, Veddeler Bogen 2.
Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte How developed the city Hammaburg into this proud Hanseatic city on the Baltic Sea? Located directly on the Planten un Blomen park, the museum building presents the multifaceted history of the development of the city of Hamburg from its beginnings around 800 to the present day and is today one of the largest museums of urban history in Europe. From the pirates of the 14th and 15th centuries, to one of the most important ports in Europe. The museum building is erected on the baroque fortifications of the Dutchman Jan van Valckenborgh (1625).
If you are in Hamburg during the Christmas period, visit one of the many Christmas markets. The largest Christmas market in Hamburg is located at the City Hall, Rathaus, in the Altstadt. The Hamburg City Hall, reflects the pride of the city and is beautifully decorated from the outside. Father Christmas takes a ride with his sledge from this impressive building at 16.00 – 18:00 and 20:00 hours.
Other Christmas markets in Hamburg worth a visit are: Spitalerstraße, Mönckebergstraße, the St. Petri Kirche and near the Thalia Theatre.