Hamburg City Breaks
Boasting a 1,200-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 that offers an abundance of things to see and do. This attractive Hanseatic City is Germany's second largest 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 modern buildings and bars located throughout the city. Hamburg is a young, cosmopolitan 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. The plazas and marketplaces add a sparkling cheer to the maritime port and 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 rollercoasters 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.
- Flight time from London: 1 hour 25 min
- Hamburg Airport: 11km from the city centre; transfer time about 20 min
- Nearest railway station: Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
- Currency: Euro
Discover more - pay less! With the discovery ticket, you can explore Hamburg conveniently, flexibly and affordably with 3 days free travel by bus and train (HVV) more than 130 money off vouchers. Prices start at £22pp. Don't forget to add the Hamburg Card to your booking.
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.
Belonging to the world's most exclusive shopping streets, visitors will find international top brands offering pure luxury.
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 is one of the 10 most visited streets in Germany. Close by 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.
Hamburg and 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 seafood 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, such as Edelcurry.
Tasty food for little money can be found in one of the 25 Schweinske restaurants in and around Hamburg. One of the restaurant's specialities are the delicious pork cutlets.
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 most recognisable landmark features the biggest church clock in Germany and offers a great view over the city from its tower. A great place to visit - try and go during an organ recital to appreciate the full atmosphere of the church.
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.
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.
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 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.).
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 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 knuckle of pork, white sausages, Obatzda (specially garnished cream cheese), pretzel and not forgetting the delicious beer.
St. Pauli Reeperbahn: Hamburg's 'sinful mile', famous for its vibrant nightlife.