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Iconic sights a first timer mustn’t miss on a 3-day trip to Hamburg!

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveler

13 Places

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13 Places

Day 1

Harbor Piers

Piers & Boardwalks

Port of Hamburg

Bodies of Water

Warehouse District

Historic Walking Areas, Architectural Buildings

Alter Elbtunnel

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas

The Schanzenviertel

Neighborhoods

Day 2

Town Hall

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Government Buildings

Europa Passage

Shopping Malls

Jungfernstieg

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Park Planten un Blomen

Gardens, Parks

Reeperbahn

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighborhoods

Day 3

Fish Auction Hall and Market

Flea & Street Markets

Krameramtswohnungen (Flats for Small Trader's Guild)

History Museums

Aussenalster

Neighborhoods

Ann-Kristin B's City Tips

  • Use local transportation and buy group day tickets if travelling with 2 people or more.
  • It's customary to tip a minimum of 10% if you're happy with the service.
  • Eating bread rolls with fish, curry wurst and Franzbrötchen is obligatory when visiting Hamburg.
  • Wear comfy shoes - there is a lot of walking on cobbled pavement ahead of you.
  • (Un)written law in Hamburg: locals avoid crossing the road on red lights. Do the same to avoid some funny looks.
    Day 1
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    Harbor Piers
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    A highlight in Hamburg is a visit to the floating docks (Landungsbrücken). Enjoy a walk along the promenade here, with magnificent views of the Hamburg Harbour, filled with ships and seagulls. Continue your walk onto the docks, and you'll stumble across plenty of fish restaurants, offering deliciously fresh fish rolls -- a must-try!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy a fancy drink in the Tower Bar of Hotel Hafen Hamburg and savour the majestic view over the harbour and Landungsbrücken.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • nice to walk around. 07/29/2015
    • The Pier area is a lot of what Hamburg is - a seaport 07/15/2015
    • Harbor Piers
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    Port of Hamburg
    Bodies of Water
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    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    Hamburg is synonymous with water, so a harbour cruise on the river Elbe is a must! Departing from Landungsbrücken, a variety of companies operate cruises through the canals of the Speicherstadt, passing the Container Terminal and continuing along Blankenese to the expensive houses of some of the city's wealthiest residents.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you don’t want to pay a fortune for a harbour cruise, use your public transport day ticket to ride one of the regular river ferries.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Large port with lots to see 08/26/2015
    • Take a boat tour 08/24/2015
    • Port of Hamburg
    Phone:
    040 / 37 709 -0
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    Warehouse District
    Historic Walking Areas, Architectural Buildings
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    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    Strolling along the Landungsbrücken promenade will eventually lead you to the historic area of Speicherstadt (meaning warehouse district). Here striking red warehouses, built on timber piles, lie between narrow canals. Once a custom-free zone where coffee and spices were stored, the area has been redeveloped and is today home to many offices and interesting museums.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the Coffee or Spice Museum to learn about the origins of Speicerstadt.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 30,000 steps in Hamburg 08/26/2015
    • An interesting place to see, both from the water and on foot. 08/25/2015
    • Warehouse District
    Address:
    Speicherstadt
    Hamburg
    Germany
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    Alter Elbtunnel
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
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    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    Deep below the river Elbe lies the Old Elbtunnel, which allows pedestrians, cyclists and cars to get from one side of the riverbank to the other. It is a protected national monument, and not used as often as the new Elbtunnel. It is definitely still worth a visit -- the tiles on its walls will soon transport you back to the 1970’s, when it was built. Plus, on the other side of the tunnel, you'll be rewarded with an amazing view of the Landungsbrücken.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • If you have tickets for a performance at the theatre house, consider taking the Old Elbtunnel to and the ferryboat back from the venue.
    • There are two tunnels - one for each direction - and cars have to take a lift to get down and up.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice tunnel 08/27/2015
    • Long cool walk under the Elba! 08/26/2015
    • Alter Elbtunnel
    Address:
    Bei den St.-Pauli-Landungsbrucken
    Hamburg
    Germany
    Phone:
    040-30051300
    Other:
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    The Schanzenviertel
    Neighborhoods
    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    Schanzenviertel -- a lively and hip student district -- may look a bit shabby from the outside, but it is home to many great bars and good-quality international restaurants. While not the best place for dancing the night away, this is my favourite spot in which to enjoy a good chat with friends over a drink (or two).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • A Caipi Happy Hour is offered every day until 10 pm at bars Goldfischglas and Katze.
    • Right next to the train station is a park which is a nice hang-out during summer. An open-air cinema also runs here. Search online for details.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    • Crazy Life 08/13/2015
    • Awesome place to party 08/13/2015
    • The Schanzenviertel
    Address:
    Schanzenstrasse
    Plaza near Schulterblatt and Susannenstrasse
    Hamburg
    Germany
  • Day 2
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    Town Hall
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Government Buildings
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    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    With all the nearby shopping streets to browse and Alster lake to admire, kicking a day of sightseeing off at the Town Hall in the city centre makes good sense. Start with a coffee on the square in front of the town hall, while you marvel at the green roof and clock tower from the exterior. Then, once you venture inside, join one of the interesting daily tours that will take you around all the fancy, shiny rooms.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ask for tours in English or French (regular tours are often in German). Tours run between 10 am and 4 pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful building, worth visiting 08/27/2015
    • Impressive part of Hamburg 08/27/2015
    • Town Hall
    Address:
    Rathausmarkt
    Hamburg
    Germany
    Phone:
    040/42831-2064
    Other:
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    Europa Passage
    Shopping Malls
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    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    North of the Town Hall, you'll find the start of major shopping street, Mönckebergstrasse (or "The Mö" as its known locally). Shopping fans won't be disappointed by the range of well-known and international brands on offer here in its many shops, department stores, and huge mall (Europa Passage). As you browse, don't forget to keep an eye out for the beautiful old houses that also line this street.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Stop at the Mö Grill for a Curry Wurst and then find a bakery for dessert: "Franzbrötchen," a sweet cinnamon roll that Hamburg is famous for, is available pretty much everywhere!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    • Great Midlevel mall in the downtown. 07/20/2015
    • Great shopping , food and coffee 07/13/2015
    • Europa Passage
    Address:
    Ballindam 40
    Hamburg 20095
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 (0) 40 / 300 92 64 - 0
    Other:
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    Jungfernstieg
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    Considered the "heart of Hamburg," Jungfernstieg is a street and promenade on the south coast of the inner Alster lake. Here you'll find lots of shops, restaurants and boat tour companies to choose from. I recommend taking a walk around the inner Alster lake starting here, then passing luxury hotels as you head in the direction of the Kennedy bridge, from where you can enjoy a fantastic panorama view of Hamburg city centre.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try an ice cream from the little hut right next to the restaurant "Alex." Divine!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to see a beautiful harbour and nice place for a walk. 08/22/2015
    • It never gets boring 08/12/2015
    • Jungfernstieg
    Address:
    Jungfernstieg
    Hamburg
    Germany
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    Park Planten un Blomen
    Gardens, Parks
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    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    Just a short walk from Jungfernstieg is the urban oasis "Planten und Blomen," a park with many green areas, and various types of flowers and trees, as well as lakes and a tropical garden. In winter you can go ice-skating here, but the park is at its best in summer, when the flowerbeds are in bloom, and you can simply relax on the grass. You'll soon forget you're in a city with 1.7 million inhabitants!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your own food and have a picnic near the fountain light show that takes place during summer evenings, from 10 pm onwards. It’s free and very romantic!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relaxing and very enjoyable park to stroll around. 08/27/2015
    • Well kept gardens with a good kids area 08/26/2015
    • Park Planten un Blomen
    Phone:
    4940428544723
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    Reeperbahn
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighborhoods
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    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    Love it or hate it, Hamburg's garish Reeperbahn -- the red light district -- is an iconic neighbourhood, and worth passing through if only to experience the amusing, neon-lit underbelly of the city. You'll find all types of bars, clubs and clientele here, if you decide to stop and people-watch for a while.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The street is boring during the day. Visit from 11 pm onwards when the party crowd are in full swing!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #87 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    • Open Minded 08/22/2015
    • Must visit in Hamburg 08/22/2015
    • Reeperbahn
    Address:
    Hamburger Berg 1
    Hamburg 20359
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 176 68075220
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    Fish Auction Hall and Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    You'll find plenty of food and plenty of noise at the Hamburger Fischmarkt, which today sells much more than fish, as its name would suggest. Nowadays you can buy everything from large baskets of fruit and veg to noodles -- and of course, fish -- here and sample plenty of produce while you browse. Just be prepared to rise at the crack of dawn!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Enjoy a morning pint and a hangover breakfast in the Fischauktionshalle - it's a local tradition!
    • Visit the Fischmarkt at 5 am and enjoy seeing the city come to life.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If you are in Hamburg on a Sunday don't miss the fish market 08/14/2015
    • Music? At a market? 08/05/2015
    • Fish Auction Hall and Market
    Address:
    137 Grosse Elbstrasse
    Hamburg 22767
    Germany
    Phone:
    49 40 380 12 0
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    Krameramtswohnungen (Flats for Small Trader's Guild)
    History Museums
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    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    We Hamburg locals fondly refer to the main protestant church of Stankt Mechaeliskirche (St. Michael's Church) simply as "Michel." With a clock tower that stands 132 metres tall, offering stunning panoramic views of the city, it's little surprise that this building is an iconic Hamburg landmark and incredibly popular with tour buses. The area surrounding it is also worth exploring: Though a little hidden by this dominating structure, the cute group of Krameramtswohnungen (17th century timber houses, built to house Trader's Guild widows) situated here have been converted into a small art gallery and restaurant.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Climb the stairs up to the clock tower platform, it's only 453 steps!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #91 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    • Not as interesting as it seems. 11/27/2014
    • A quick stop 10/28/2014
    • Krameramtswohnungen (Flats for Small Trader's Guild)
    Address:
    Krayenkamp 10-11
    Hamburg
    Germany
    Phone:
    040/3750-1988
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    Aussenalster
    Neighborhoods
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    Ann-Kristin B Says:

    Beautiful mansions line the banks of the outer Alster lake, and the best way to get a closer peek is to rent a canoe or paddleboat and head out onto the water. Once you've explored the lake's many beautiful small canals, head back to dry land and walk or cycle around the shore.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try to stay orientated when navigating the lake's small canals -- otherwise, it can be easy to get lost.
    • Locals do not swim in the water as rumour has it the lake is full of rats! If you want to cool off from the summer heat, use the public swimming pool at Stadtpark.
    • Rent one of the red public bicycles (Stadtrad). You need to create an account, but it's a convenient way to get around and the first 30 minutes are free!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 202 things to do in Hamburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Less touristic and great for runners 08/19/2015
    • As many say - a "must do" on any visit to Hamburg 08/13/2015
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