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City Breaks » Hamburg City Breaks



Hamburg Card

Discover more - pay less! With the Discovery ticket, you can explore Hamburg conveniently, fl exibly and affordably with 3 days free travel by bus and train (HVV) plus discount admission on more than 130 offers. Prices start at £22pp. Don't forget to add the Hamburg Card to your booking.

Hamburg Highlights

Boasting a 1200 year history, Hamburg is one of the most important ports in Europe. Hamburg city breaks are popular with those looking for an action packed trip with so much to see and do. This attractive Hanseatic City is Germany's second largest city and attracts young, modernistic people thanks to a cosmopolitan culture that is friendly and open to the world. A city full of contrasts, there is a colourful mix of beautiful views of the River Elbe and modernistic buildings and bars located throughout the city. Hamburg is a young, modern city with a friendly atmosphere and around 1.8 million inhabitants.

With its grand merchants' houses and elegant promenades, extravagant shopping arcades and a myriad of cultural sights, international musicals and excellent restaurants, Hamburg is fast becoming a top city break hotspot. Hamburg is a popular destination for those on Bremen City Breaks as there are good rail links both in and out of the city making the destination popular with day trippers.

During the winter months Hamburg transforms into a Christmas Wonderland. Hamburg's plazas and marketplaces add a sparkling cheer to the maritime port. The Hamburg Christmas Market is a mixture of fragrant smells and twinkling lights captivating visitors and locals.

The Hamburg DOM is a thrice-yearly festival steeped in local tradition and guarantees fun and adventure for the whole family. The DOM fair runs throughout March, July and December for a month at a time. The bustling fairground holds some of the best Rollercoaster's and extreme rides in Germany, with a selection of smaller family rides for those who are looking for a more laid back city break in Hamburg.

For alternative holidays in Germany, why not consider our Wiesbaden city breaks or trips to Freiburg.

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Take a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Lübeck on the shores of the Baltic Sea - just one hour away by car.

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Did you know?

The Beatles developed their live ability in the nightclubs of Hamburg. In the late 60's they played in clubs such as the Top Ten, Indra, Kaiserkeller and the Star Club. Take one of the Beatles tours around Hamburg.





Places to see

Old Elbtunnel: A piece of Hamburg's history with a fantastic view of the harbour area.

St Pauli Reeperbahn: Hamburg's 'sinful mile' famous for its vibrant nightlife.

Miniatur Wunderland: The largest model railway in the world. Using the latest technology, it is rich in detail and highlights many regions and modes of transport. Not just for rail buffs but the whole family.

Things to do

Maritime Tour: Gain an insight into the historical background of exciting and pulsating Hamburg and enjoy the charming contrasts between old and new. The tour takes in the River District, the historical Port Warehouse Area (Speicherstadt), the new HafenCity, Cruise-Terminal, Ballinstadt (Emigrant Museum), Kohlbrandbridge, the exclusive residential area (Elbchaussee), romantic Captain's Quarter and of course the Fishmarket. Prices start at £30pp.

The Warehouse District: Take a walk around the district to appreciate the port's importance to the city of Hamburg. The Alster Lakes: Enjoy a boat or canoe ride on the Alster Lakes, right in the heart of the city.

Fish Market: Every Sunday since 1703, pretty much everything that is not bolted down has been traded here at Hamburg's most traditional market. From dusty porcelain jugs to a chirpy family of ducks, you can fi nd just about anything in the shadow of the 100 year old fi sh auction hall.

Take a walk along Deichstrasse for an experience of Old Hamburg and the way the city used to look.

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Time your visit with the city's annual port celebrations which welcome more than one million visitors each year with spectacular fi rework displays!


Our Hamburg Hotel Recommendations

Europäischer Hof 4*

With a great location close to the station the hotel has the added bonus of a wellness spa and 150m water slide.

25hours Hotel HafenCity 4*

Situated in the upcoming harbour district this stylish hotel is close to St. Catherine's Church and combines maritime history with a modern design.

Hotel Vorbach 3*+

A family run hotel located in a quiet side street. Beautifully decorated rooms set in a stunning 19th century villa-style building. Fred.\ Perk: Coffee and cake, plus 1 bottle of mineral water. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 29.06.2015-16.08.2015 - must include Sunday night)
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Time Difference

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Dial Code

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Getting around

The transport system includes rail, bus and harbour ferries. The rail services are focused on the city centre; there are three underground lines, six suburban lines and nine regional rail services which work all night in weekends and on public holidays. 

Hamburg Airport Fuhlsbüttel

The S1 operates from the airport to Hamburg Hbf and takes approximately 25 minutes. There is also a local bus.

Flight Time from London

1hr 45min

Welcome to Hamburg - the best place to be for all shopping fans. Whether you are looking for designer labels, fashion trends or extraordinary presents, Hamburg will offer you an endless variety of shopping possibilities.

Neuer Wall

Belonging to the world's most exclusive shopping streets, visitors will find international top brands offering pure luxury.

Spitaler Straße

Located in the heart of Hamburg and next to the main train station, this street is one of the top shopping addresses in Hamburg and belongs to the 10 most visited streets in Germany. Closeby there is the shopping arcade Europapassage and the Jungfernstieg, the most splendid boulevard in Hamburg.

Schanzen- und Karoviertel

Home to students, artist and alternative personalities, in this area fashion trends are made. An insiders' tip is the hidden street Marktstraße, where second-hand as well as unique designer clothes can be found.

Fischereihafen-Restaurant (Altona)

Hamburg and the fish belong together, even when the North Sea is about 100 kilometres away. Find the Fischereihafen-Restaurant in the immediate vicinity of the famous fish market and indulge yourself with delicious fish specialities. Other meals are also available.


An absolute must for every visitor in Hamburg is the famous German Currywurst. Find one of the best restaurants in the heart of Hamburg's city centre.


Tasty food for little money can be found in one of the 25 Schweinske restaurants in and around Hamburg. One of the restaurants specialities are the delicious pork cutlets.

Panthera Rodizio

This Brazilian restaurant promises an absolutely culinary treat. The famous Rodizio-Meal starts with an amazing buffet, followed by the Cortadores (waiters) coming to your table to cut smoked pork chops, juicy steak, leg of lamb and much more onto your plate. Delicious side dishes like French fries, rice, black beans, vegetables and baked bananas will be served as well. It'll be a challenge, but you have to try everything!


Famous TV cook Tim Maelzer celebrates Northern German cuisine in a former cattle slaughterhouse in the trendy Schanzenviertel - but don't worry, there are also great treats for vegetarians!

St Michael's Church

Hamburg's landmark featuring the biggest German church clock and offering a great view over the city from its church tower. A great place to visit - try and visit during an organ recital to appreciate the full atmosphere of the church

Harbour City

Next to the historical Storehouse City (Speicherstadt) visitors will find the most exciting European urban development including the new Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall belonging to Hamburg's architectural highlights.

Miniature Wonderland

The largest model railway in the world. It is rich in detail and highlights many regions using the latest technology. Not just for rail buffs but for the whole family.

Old Elbtunnel

A piece of Hamburg's history with a fantastic view of the harbour area.

Dialogue in the dark

Go on a trip through a foreign and fascinating world. Blind and visually handicapped people will guide the visitors through this adventure exhibition.

Advance booking is required! Booking line: +49 (0)40 309 63 40

Fish Market Altona

This market near Hamburg's landmark the Landungsbrücken (pier) has just about anything and everything on sale. There is a restaurant in the historic Fish Auction Hall, along with some live musical entertainment, to rejuvenate tired shoppers (From the 15th of March (summer): 5 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.; from the 15th of November (winter) 7 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.).

Beatlemania Museum

Near the St Pauli metro stop, you can go on a journey through the world of the Beatles.


No trip to Hamburg will be complete without visiting the unique sin mile Reeperbahn. This famous street offers a wide range of excellent music bars and fantastic night clubs.

Große Freiheit 36/ Kaiserkeller:  This club belongs to the biggest party location in Hamburg and musicians like the Beatles, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue have appeared on the stage.

Thomas Read - Irish Pub:  This pub offers daily live music as well as 14 different types of beer on tap (open 5 days a week).

Hofbräuhaus:  Experience the south in the north. This Bavarian beer house offers everything that the famous Munich original has on offer: traditional live music (Thursday - Sunday), waiters in traditional costumes, hearty meals like roast pork, knuckle of pork, white sausages, Obatzda (specially garnished cream cheese), bretzel and not forgetting the delicious beer.

St. Pauli Reeperbahn: Hamburg's 'sinful mile', famous for its vibrant nightlife.

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