Hamburg is a gorgeous riverside city in the north of Germany known for its beer culture, scientific research, and rich cultural life. Visitors to Hamburg are impressed by its cleanliness, high standard of living, and friendliness to tourists. Hamburg’s temperate climate means that it seldom gets very hot or very cold, though it does experience all four seasons so you should pack accordingly.
The hotels in Hamburg are concentrated on the east and west banks of the Aussenalster lake, which connects to the Elbe in the south. On the west bank, you’ll find plenty of hotels in the Hauptkirche St. Michaelis region. On the east, you’ll find hotels littered around the St. Georg neighborhood. Each neighborhood in Hamburg is quite different from the others, so you might want to scope out the neighborhood before making a hotel booking to make sure you like the locale.
There are also plenty of hotels outside of these two areas, but they’re not as clumped together. If you’re trying to save money on a hotel room, you’ll have good results going a bit farther away from the city’s downtown before booking a room. All of the hotel-rich areas in Hamburg are connected via the city’s stellar public transit system, so getting around won’t be an issue.
Hotels in Hamburg run the gamut from hostel to luxury hotel. As far as price ranges go, as of 2017 you’ll be able to find a hotel room for as cheap as $70 or as expensive as $400, depending on where you look.
Remember: you get what you pay for in Hamburg. Hostels are unlikely to have any amenities, whereas small hotels or chain hotels are likely to have services that you’re used to if you’re willing to pay. Hotels are more expensive closer to downtown and around the universities.
Hamburg has an intense performance arts, opera, and art scene. There are also dozens of museums to visit in Hamburg, including two museum ships, the most in the world. If you’re more interested in eating around, Hamburg is a hub of German cuisine with a splash of French from time to time.
Hamburg’s local cuisine isn’t for everyone, but if you’re adventurous, the green bean sauté with pears and bacon called Aalsuppe might be a delicious dish to dabble in. Walking around the city’s ancient yet modern streets is even more enjoyable after stopping into one of Hamburg’s many outside beer gardens, pretzel stands, or nut roasters.
I had one of the best weekend breaks I’ve ever had in Hamburg. It has a similar set up to London where it has different districts for different purposes. A nightlife district, shopping district, tourist and attractions the list goes on. It really does cater to all your needs whatever the reason is for you going away. Whether it’s to go out and drink, if you’re a foodie, if you live shopping, if you live arts and culture it has it all. Hamburg is now my favourite city I’ve visited will definitely be returning.
Great city, with a stunning arhitecture and amazing food. It was a pleasure to discover this beautiful city. Must see: The Opera House- it's just amazing, and the view on top...breathtaking.
Hamburg is not my favorite city in Europe. Perhaps I am being too hard on it by comparing it to the likes of Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest, etc. But, it's important to know before booking a trip. Things you can get out of Hamburg: serious nightlife (if you're looking for a backdrop for your stag getaway, Hamburg is for you), *some* greenery/pretty architecture (although, in my opinion, other cities fare far better), good location to travel to Benelux or other German cities (if you are backpacking, you could stop by for a quick visit). I apologize if this sounds harsh, but those are probably the best qualities. Things you might not get from Hamburg: the same sense of European splendor that you may get from other cities, cleanliness (this city is not as clean as other cities in Europe), peace and quiet in the evening (see note on nightlife), greenery/canals (at least, not as much as other cities). If it sounds like I am saying that Hamburg is a sub-par Amsterdam or some other great European city, that's probably because I am. Not my favorite. But-maybe it's your gem!
Hamburg is one of my favorite cities in Germany. Beautiful architecture, nice people and plenty of really good restaurants.