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Hamburg: The scenic Alster on the River Elbe, with the City in the Background
Photo: Hamburg: The scenic Alster on the River Elbe, with the City in the Background

Visiting Hamburg Germany

Hamburg and Surrounds Map North West Germany Map - Hamburg Weather

The city state of Hamburg has developed into the 2nd largest in Germany. Here you will find excellent restaurants, 24 hour entertainment, a brilliant choice of quality accommodation at almost every price and numerous interesting places to visit.

Hamburg, despite its size, is one of the greenest cities in Europe with large parks and gardens. It also has many lakes and rivers, in fact it has more bridges than both Amsterdam and Venice combined.


Another feature of this Germany city is the great selection in shopping. You will find plenty of sales and bargains in all kinds of world class goods, including clothes, jewellery, shoes, accessories from the best makers. In the city centre, check out the streets of “M&246;nckebergstrasse” and “Spitalerstrasse” for wide choice and bargains.

Cruise Ships

Despite its inland location, cruise ships from all over the world visit this city. Situated on the Elbe River, there are more than 74 square kms of harbour (The Alster) built to service the largest of ships that sail the Baltic and North Sea, including the Queen Mary II.

The harbour itself is worth exploring, you can take canal cruises amongst the many redeveloped warehouses, many modern and many old.


On the Spielbudenplatz, you can find many of the city’s theatres, Hamburg is known for its many musicals.

In the St. Pauli district, the Reeperbahn is a street in one of the two centres of the city’s nightlife and part of the red-light district. You will find lots of entertainment, cafés and bars in the side streets as well. On one of them, Große Freiheit is where the teenaged Beatles began their Europe musical careers.

After a night on the Reeperbahn, the Fish Market is another place to go. Not neccesarily to buy fish, but to experience what is viewed as an essential part of the Hamburg experience, or maybe even coffee and breakfast.


Founded as early as the ninth century, Hamburg became a key city of the Hanseatic League, a confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns of North Germany that had a common defensive pact. As a trading town it was independent for quite a long time, after WWII it became a city state of West Germany.

During the war, the city and its old town centre was bombed severely and suffered much damage. However, since then, much of it has been redeveloped.

Places to Visit in Hamburg

The Rathaus (town hall - see photo) was carefully rebuilt and is situated on the Rathausmarkt, the main square of the city. Just a short walk away is the Binnenalster (see Photo) as is the Kunst-halle. The Kunst-halle has an exceptional collection of artworks dating from the Middle Ages to the present.

Public transport is reasonably priced, plentiful and just about always on time. The Hamburg Metro card is good way to get around the city for a reasonable price, available at train stations and HVV service centres. The card can get you discounts at museums, places of interest, theatres and musicals, even at restaurants and canal and lake cruises.

Exploring more of North Germany

In the north of Germany, you will find sandy beaches and beautiful National Parks. The Mecklenburg and the Hartre mountains have wonderful lakes and scenery.

Places to Visit: Other than Hamburg, Helgoland, Oldenburg, Bremen, Lübeck, the island of Fehwarn on the Baltic Sea and Rübeck are all worth a visit.

Maps of Germany

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Hamburg Hotels

There is a good range of accommodation from 5 star hotels and holiday homes to apartments.

Photo: Hamburg: The scenic Alster on the River Elbe, with the City in the Background

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Hub of Hamburg: City Hall in the Main Square
Photo: Hub of Hamburg: City Hall in the Main Square