Introducing the city

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Beer £3.11 | 3.70 €

Main Course £8.40 | 10.00 €

About Hamburg

Riverside Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, is seafood mad, party-centric and architecurally impressive.

Grilled eels, fried herring and marinated carp – if you’re a fish fan, Hamburg is the ‘plaice’ to be (sorry). This bustling waterside hub (connected to the North Sea by the River Elbe) has hundreds of seafood options; from market stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants. The city is also home to more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam, as well as Tierpark Hagenbeck, the world's first zoo without cages.

For arty types, the Hamburger Kunsthalle gallery has an incredible permanent collection, while St-Nikoloai church (which used to be the world’s tallest building) has panoramic city views. Night owls are more than catered for in the city’s party areas – St.Pauli, next to the city’s (in)famous red light district, has plenty of petite drinking dens alongside blow-out clubs. It’s where Hamburg's uber trendy hang out – so it's probably best to ditch the cringey fish jokes.

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When Should You Visit

Despite the chance of rain, July is a great time to visit, with warmer temperatures and a holiday atmosphere.

Hamburg has a mild, humid climate with moderate, warm summers and cool to cold winters. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 0 degrees Celsius, the warmest (and also wettest) is July with an average of 17 degrees Celsius.

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Travioor top tips

City Card
Guide
Ferry

Insider Info

  • The Hamburg Card allows unlimited journeys on public transport, plus discounts at the city’s museums, restaurants, cruises and more.

  • Pick up a copy of Hamburger Vorschau from the tourist office which gives a free monthly guide to what’s on.

  • Catch a harbour ferry for a (cheaper) alternative to the River Elbe cruises.

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Food and drink

Main Course £8.40 | 10.00 €

3-Course Meal £41.98 | 50.00 €

Cappuccino £2.25 | 2.68 €

Beer £3.11 | 3.70 €

The Scene

Hamburg cuisine is largely influenced by its proximity to the River Elbe and as such, fish is extremely popular here; a must-see is the early morning Fischmarkt on Sundays which attracts thousands of locals. Popular choices include brathering (fried herring with vinegar) and räucheraal (smoked eel). Hamburger Hummersuppe (creamy lobster soup) is often served during the colder months, as are dishes featuring oxtail and Madeira wine. For sweet-toothed patriots, try Hamburger speck, a red and white sugary treat, coloured to represent the Hamburg flag.

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History

Hamburg’s Story

The city was founded in the 9th century, initially as a missionary settlement aimed at converting the resident Saxons. By the Middle Ages, it had developed into a major hub for commerce and trade, largely thanks to its large, accessible port.

Hamburg was officially a separate state from Germany during this time – enjoying sovereign status before becoming a city state under Nazi rule. Post World War II, the city became part of Western Germany and subsequently the whole country after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Language

Hallo | Hello
Danke | Thank you

German

German is the official language in Hamburg (and Germany), although many people also speak English. Tourist information, guides and signs tend to be in several languages. The following might be helpful if you get stuck:

  • Goodbye: Tschüss
  • Please: Bitte
  • Do you speak English?: Sprichst du Englisch?

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Need to know

+49 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Hamburg can be reached via bus from Berlin or train from Copenhagen.
  • Hamburg’s public transport system (HVV) offers daily and weekly passes which will save you money.
  • Some English speaking guided River Elbe cruises are seasonal (often April to October); check with ferry operators if you’re planning a trip.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Germany here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Fish Market

Get up early for the pre-dawn Fischmarkt for fresh, discounted seafood on Sunday mornings.

2. Kunsthalle Gallery

The Hamburger Kunsthalle gallery features art from the Renaissance era onwards.

3. Altonaer Balkon

Take in the views from Altonaer Balkon, home to a verdant park and harbour views.

4. Kontorhaus

Visit the UNESCO listed Kontorhaus area home to the iconic Chilehaus building.

5. St. Pauli District

Hit the St. Pauli district for late night parties, pubs and plenty of German beer.


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