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HamburgGermany

This modern port city is known for its maritime traditions, art galleries and converted warehouse districts filled with restaurants, bars and boutique shops.

Calling itself Germany’s Gateway to the World, Hamburg is the country's biggest port and the second largest in Europe. It is proud of its status as an independent city-state and of its mercantile background, which created much of the city's wealth. Today Hamburg is known for being one of the richest metropolitan areas in Europe, along with Brussels and London.

Located on the River Elbe, Hamburg’s busy port is 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the North Sea. Hamburg Harbor today is home to the International Maritime Museum Hamburg and the museum ship Cap San Diego, which jointly tell the story of Hamburg’s maritime history.

Although the port may be the heart of Hamburg, the city offers many additional features, particularly in the areas of culture and the arts. Visit the vast Hamburger Kunsthalle art gallery and the Deichtorhallen center for contemporary art, which hosts world-renowned international exhibitions. Use Hamburg’s extensive subway system to navigate between museums and galleries, which you’ll find throughout the city. Don’t miss the Miniatur Wunderland (Miniature Wonderland), one of the most visited tourist attractions in Germany.

Hamburg’s city center now contains mostly modern office buildings, as many of its medieval buildings were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1842 or reduced to rubble during World War II. Seek out the Hamburg Rathaus, or Town Hall, which was painstakingly rebuilt and restored to its original 19th-century condition.

Walk around the Speicherstadt and New Docklands areas, where you’ll find renovated former port warehouses and ambitious modern glass-and-steel structures. Admire the architecture, dine at upscale restaurants and shop for one-of-a-kind and luxury items at boutiques. These areas of urban redevelopment, currently the largest such project in Europe, show modern Hamburg at its best, embracing change and moving confidently into the future.

A short distance from the center you can find several large parks and lakes. Visit the Planten un Blomen (Plants and Flowers) park to spend time in the tranquil Japanese Garden. Rent a car or catch Germany’s fast and reliable national train network to explore nearby historic towns.

Where to stay in Hamburg

Top Hotels in Hamburg

Le Méridien Hamburg
Le Méridien Hamburg
5 out of 5
An Der Alster 52, Hamburg, HH
The price is CA $186 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

This family-friendly Hamburg hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Inner Alster Lake and Moenckebergstrasse. Miniatur Wunderland and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (989 reviews)
Excellent breakfast with a view!

"Staff was very vigilant about covid procedures, yet made the experience welcoming and comfortable. Excellent breakfast with a view!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 15, 2020

Le Méridien Hamburg
the niu Bricks
the niu Bricks
3 out of 5
Christoph-Probst-Weg 30, Hamburg, HH
The price is CA $87 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22

Located in Eppendorf, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hagenbeck Zoo and Stadtpark. Isemarkt and Sporthalle ...

the niu Bricks
The Westin Hamburg
The Westin Hamburg
5 out of 5
Platz der Deutschen Einheit 2, Hamburg, HH
The price is CA $231 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

Located in HafenCity, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Elbe Philharmonic Hall and Miniatur Wunderland. St. Michaelis Church and Moenckebergstrasse ...

4.4/5Excellent! (959 reviews)

"Nice hotel but it was overpriced. For the price we paid, we expected to have a real window with a view of the city instead of looking at the glass wall right in front of the window. The room layout was also not the best."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 5, 2020

The Westin Hamburg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Hamburg

Signature East Hotel Apartment
Signature East Hotel Apartment
3 out of 5
Rahlstedter Weg 82, Hamburg
The price is CA $59 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Farmsen - Berne, this aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Wandsbek Quaree, Stadtpark and Horner Rennbahn. City Nord and Alstertal Shopping Centre ...

4.2/5Excellent! (519 reviews)

"Staff very friendly, Far away from the city, 30 minute train journey after a 2 minute bus journey or walk 7 minutes"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 9, 2020

Signature East Hotel Apartment
sylc. Apartmenthotel
sylc. Apartmenthotel
3 out of 5
Kronsaalsweg 88, Hamburg, Hamburg
The price is CA $86 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6

Located in Eimsbuettel, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of JUMP House Hamburg and Hagenbeck Zoo. Volksparkstadion and Barclaycard Arena are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (341 reviews)

"A neat room and environment. Friendly staff and a nice a area. Can’t ask for more"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2020

sylc. Apartmenthotel
Apartment Residences at Park Hyatt
Apartment Residences at Park Hyatt
5 out of 5
Bugenhagenstraße 8, Hamburg
The price is CA $225 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Located in Altstadt, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Moenckebergstrasse and Hamburg City Hall. Miniatur Wunderland and Hamburg Dungeon are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (44 reviews)

"Great stay with friendly staff in a very nice Hotel close to everything"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 17, 2019

Apartment Residences at Park Hyatt
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Hamburg

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 1, 2019

Great city with a very good opera.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 19, 2019

The hotel is close to the train station and very safe to walk around and we’re quite elderly.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Oct 18, 2019

We arrived late, after dark so we did not see much. Left on early morning train the next day.

5/5 - Excellent

Lise

Oct 12, 2019

Lovely city steeped in history. We hope to return forva longer visit!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Sep 13, 2019

Not enough time to excursion in Hamburg, beautiful city but need more cleaning on the streets, after a night at Reeperbahn we saw broken glassware all over the sidewalks. It not safe for walking.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 6, 2019

Better than expected visit in this beautiful port city. Lots to do so take 4 days to explore and take the harbour cruise.

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