Hamburg is located astride the River Elbe, is a major transport hub and is Germany's second largest city. It has the country's biggest port and the second-busiest in Europe. You can buy our complete Hamburg City Guide on Google Play Store.

Most popular places to visit in Hamburg are:


Hamburg is famous for exclusive shopping, and the elegant Alsterarkaden is one of the most picturesque places for your retail therapy. The historic arcades, inspired by Venetian architecture and lit by wrought iron lamps at night, lead you along the canals to Hamburg’s main square and its richly decorated city hall.

Address: Alsterarkaden 10, 20354 Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U1, U2, U4 (Jungfernstieg)

Opening Hours:

Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 19:00

         Sat: 10:00 - 18:00


The big Alster Park, located on the northwest shore of the Outer Alster lake, is very popular with every hamburger - between swans, geese, sailing ships and greenery you will marvelously unwind.

Alster park was redesigned in 1953 in the framework of the international garden and is architecturally divided into two parts: One part is dominated by meadows and trees, the other by garden architecture, with walls and paths several places. One can hire boats and settle in one of the surrounding cafes. And also for jogging and cycling, the park is perfect.

Address: Fährdamm, 20148 Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U1 (Hallerstraße)

Dockland Hamburg

The Dockland is an office building on the Elbe near the former England ferry terminal in Hamburg district of Altona-Altstadt. The six-storey building has a distinctive cross-section in the shape of a parallelogram and sticks out like a ship's bow to beyond the water.

The design for Dockland comes from the Hamburg office BRT Architekten Bothe Richter Teherani. A special feature of the building are the diagonal trains running passenger lifts. The nearly 500-square-foot rooftop terrace offers a good view over the port of Hamburg.

Address: Van-der-Smissen-Straße 9, 22767 Hamburg

Reach: Bus: 111 (Kreuzfahrtterminal Altona)

Hagenbeck Zoo

Hagenbeck Zoo also known as Tierpark Hagenbeck, is known for being the first zoo to use open enclosures surrounded by moats, rather than barred cages, to better approximate animal's natural environments.

Discover over 1,850 animals of 210 species from every continent – including one of Europe's biggest elephant herds – and enjoy watching lots of animals moving around the park freely.

Address: Lokstedter Grenzstraße 2, 22527 Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U2 (Hagenbecks Tierpark)

Opening Hours:

1st Jan - 1st Mar: 9:00 - 16.30

2nd Mar - 30th Jun: 9:00 - 18:00

1st Jul - 31st Aug: 9:00 - 19:00

1st Sep - 26th Oct: 9:00 - 18:00

27th Oct - 31st Dec: 9:00 - 16.30

Entrance Fee:

Adults: 20 €

Children (4-16 years): 15 €


Hamburg Rathaus

The Hamburg Rathaus also known as City Hall or Town Hall, is the seat of the government of Hamburg.It is located in the Altstadt quarter in the city centre, near the lake Binnenalster and the central station.

Constructed from 1886 to 1897, the city hall still houses its original governmental functions with the office of the First Mayor of Hamburg and the meeting rooms for Hamburg's parliament and senate (the city's executive).

Address: Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U3 (Rathaus)

Hamburger Dom

The Hamburger Dom is a large funfair held in Hamburg, at Heiligengeistfeld fair ground, in Northern Germany. With three fairs (spring, summer and winter) per year it is the biggest and the longest fair throughout Germany.


During the Dom, fireworks will make many necks stretch skywards every Friday.

Address: Heiligengeistfeld, 20359 Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U3 (Feldstraße (Heiligengeistfeld))


Historic Warehouse District

The Historic Warehouse District also known as Speicherstadt, is the largest timber-pile founded warehouse district in the world. It is located in the port of Hamburg — within the HafenCity quarter — and was built from 1883 to 1927.

Narrow cobble stone streets and small waterways are lined by 100-year old warehouses, which store cocoa, silk, and oriental carpets. Light projections in the evening create a magical atmosphere on buildings, bridges and canals.

Reach: Metro: U3 (Baumwall)

International Maritime Museum

The International Maritime Museum also known as Internationales Maritimes Museum, is a private museum in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg.

Three thousand years worth of maritime history are displayed on nine decks with precious exhibits, model ships and paintings.

Address: Koreastraße 1, 20457 Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U4 (Überseequartier)

Opening Hours:

Mon - Sun: 10:00 - 18:00

Entrance Fee: 13 €



The Jungfernstieg is one of the most exquisite shopping streets in the world – a place to stroll.   The wonderful Jungfernstieg is located between the Reesendammbridge and the Gänsemarkt. It is one of the most beautiful and exquisite shopping streets in the whole world.

Reach: Metro: U1, U2, U4 (Jungfernstieg)

Kunsthalle Hamburg

The Hamburger Kunsthalle is an art museum in Hamburg and consists of three connected buildings located in the city center, near the Central Station and the Binnenalster lake.

The museum focuses on painting in Hamburg in the 14th century, paintings by Dutch and Flemish artists of the 16th and 17th centuries, French and German paintings of the 19th century, modern, and contemporary art.

Address: Glockengießerwall 20095, Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U2, U4 (Hauptbahnhof Nord)

Opening Hours:

Tue - Sun: 10:00 - 18:00

         Thu: 10:00 - 21:00

Entrance Fee: 14 €


Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wonderland also known as Miniature Wunderland, is a model railway attraction in Hamburg and the largest of its kind in the world, built by the twins Gerrit and Frederik Braun.

On more than 1300 sqm the huge miniature world shows eight different worlds with more than 215000 figures and more than thousand moving trains, cars, ships and planes.

Address: Kehrwieder 2-4, 20457 Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U3 (Baumwall)

Entrance Fee:

Adults: 15 €

Children under 16: 7.50 €


Ms Cap San Diego

MS Cap San Diego is a general cargo ship, situated as a museum ship in Hamburg. Notable for its elegant silhouette, it was the last of a series of six ships known as the white swans of the south atlantic.

The Cap San Diego was built and launched by Deutsche Werft in 1961 for Hamburg Süd as the last of a series of six ships. The 159 m, 10000 dwt ship ran a regular schedule between Germany and South America, completing 120 round trips until 1981.

Address: Überseebrücke, 20459 Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U3 (Baumwall)

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00

Entrance Fee: 7 €


Old Elbe Tunnel

Old Elbe Tunnel also known as St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel, Alter Elbtunnel and St. Pauli Elbtunnel, was opened in 1911 and is a pedestrian and vehicle tunnel in Hamburg.

The 426m long tunnel was a technical sensation; 24m beneath the surface, two tubes with 6m diameter connect central Hamburg with the docks and shipyards on the south side of the river Elbe. Four huge lifts on either side of the tunnel carried pedestrians, carriages and motor vehicles to the bottom.

Address: Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken 5, 20359 Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U3 (Landungsbrücken)


Planten Un Blomen

Planten un Blomen is a park with a size of 47 hectares in the center of Hamburg. The name is Low German for Plants and Flowers.

The park is famous for its water-light concerts, public theater and music performances. In addition to the gardens, there is a large playground in the southern area of the park. This makes the park a popular place in the city. It contains the old botanical garden of Hamburg.

Address: Marseiller Str. 7, 20355 Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U2 (Messehallen)

Opening Hours:

Jan - Mar: 07:00 - 20:00

         Apr : 07:00 - 22:00

         May - Sep: 07:00 - 23:00

         Oct - Mar: 07:00 - 20:00

Entrance Fee: Free


Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg also known as Hamburger Hafen,is almost as old as Hamburg and is on the river Elbe. The harbour is located 110 kilometres from the mouth of the Elbe into the North Sea.

It is named Germany's Gateway to the World and is the largest port in Germany. In terms of TEU throughout, the port of Hamburg is the third-busiest port in Europe (after the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp) and 15th-largest worldwide.

The harbour covers an area of 73.99 km² (64.80 km² usable), of which 43.31 km² (34.12 km²) are land areas.

Reach: Metro: U3 (Landungsbrücken)

St Michaelis Church

St. Michael's Church also known as Hauptkirche Sankt Michaelis, is one of Hamburg's five Lutheran main churches and the most famous church in the city. St. Michaelis is a landmark of the city. It is dedicated to the Archangel Michael.

A large bronze statue, standing above the portal of the church shows the archangel conquering the devil.

Address: Englische Planke 1, 20459 Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U3 (Rödingsmarkt)

Opening Hours:

Nov - Apr: 10:00 - 18:00

May - Oct: 09:00 - 20:00

Entrance Fee: Free

Church Tower: 5 €


St Nikolai Kirche

St. Nicholas Church also known as St. Nikolai Kirche, was formerly one of the five Lutheran main churches in the city of Hamburg. The church lies now in ruins, with only its spire remaining, serving as a memorial and an important architectural landmark.

The church was the tallest building in the world from 1874 to 1876 and is still the second-tallest building in Hamburg.

Address: Willy-Brandt-Straße 60, 20457 Hamburg

Reach: Metro: U3 (Rödingsmarkt)

Opening Hours:

May - Sep: 10:00 - 20:00

         Oct - Apr: 10:00 - 17:00

Entrance Fee: Museum and Tower

Adults: 5 €

Children: 3 €


Submarine U343

The Russian submarine U 434 (length: 90.16 metres) lies at Hamburg’s Fischmarkt. This former hunter/intelligence-gathering submarine is one of the world’s longest non-nuclear submarines and offers a blend of history and technology

as a sobering treat for all the family.

Address: St. Pauli Fischmarkt 10, 20359 Hamburg

Reach: Train: S1, S2, S3 (Reeperbahn)

Opening Hours:

Mon - Sat: 09:00 - 20:00

         Sun: 11:00 - 20:00

Entrance Fee:

Adults: 9 €

         Children (6-12 years): 6 €