I stayed in Hamburg for 2.5 nights by train from Velbert after trade show. I hopped on one of those bus tour at Central Train Station to know better the area then you can take off wherever you want and hop on the next bus for next attraction.
I just happened to see one of the carnivals at the harbor and it was fun although it was showering a little. I didn't get the chance to visit any museum but if I will go again, I will definitely spend some times there.
Seamless travel from the airport. SBahn does not accept 20 Euros notes. 30 minutes to the city. Hamburg has a range of places to visit within easy reach on foot.
Must sees: Kunsthalle, Fischauktionshalle, Alsterpavilion, Monckebergstrasse, Alsterhaus department store. Brahms' museum was modest but very interesting. Harry's Hafenbasaar was a disappointment. Great selection of eating places near the Grossneumarkt, including a great Currywurst place.
We enjoyed the city during the daytime plenty of sightseeing etc. The only issue was finding places to eat in the city centre it seem to close down at night.
we were lucky staying by the Haptbahnhof station as their was a number of restaurants and bars close by. We had a free bus pass from our hotel which was great we travelled all over the city and it was a good saving for us. Everywhere was easy to get to. We found the local people very friendly and enjoyed our visit.
Hamburg is a city-state. It values its status as a city, being as independent as possible of other states that have existed or currently exist in Germany.
Over the centuries, Hamburg has always been an international city. This is not only because of its position in international trade, but also in political dimensions. One of the most important harbours in Europe and the world, Hamburg takes great pride in its mercantile background, which built the city's wealth in the past centuries. From 1241 on, it was member of the Hanseatic League, a medieval trade monopoly across Northern Europe. In the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, millions left Europe on their way to the new world through the Hamburg harbour. Today, the harbour ranks second in Europe and eleventh world-wide. Consequently, one of Hamburg's tag lines is "The Gateway to the World" (derived from the city’s coat of arms, showing a white city wall with a gate and crowned by three towers on a red background). Hamburg is known to be one of the richest metropolitan area in the European Union, in the company of Brussels and London. The harbour is the heart of the city, however, Hamburg is also one of the most important media hubs in Germany. Half of the nation's newspapers and magazines have their roots in Hamburg. And, unknown even to some locals, is the fact that, with one of the Airbus aircraft assembly plants, Hamburg is a major location of the world's aerospace industry, right after Seattle (USA) and Toulouse (France). The mercantile background reflects in the city's architecture. The only palace in Hamburg is the town hall, which houses the citizen's parliament and the senate. Apart from that, the city still has large quarters with expensive houses and villas. These residences were home to merchants and captains, surrounded by lots of greenery. Large parts of the city were destroyed during the devastating air raids of World War II, particularly the port and some residential areas, killing tens of thousands and leaving more than a million homeless, yet much of historic value has been preserved. Hamburg still keeps its tradition of being an open, yet discreet city. Citizens of Hamburg, just like most Northern Germans, may appear to be quite reserved at first. Once they get to know with whom they are dealing, they'll be as warm and friendly as you'd wish. The people of Hamburg are known as "Hamburger" (pronounce the a like you're saying "ah", and it won't sound as silly). The beef patties on a bun were named after this city, where presumably they were invented. See also "frankfurter" (Frankfurt) and "wiener" (Wien, aka Vienna).
Hamburg is a city with different attractions, easy transportation access, be it by flight, by train, by bus and other modes of transport.
Many attractions available.
Besides all traditional tourist spots have we been to several nice jazz clubs. Winter markt at several places in December is nice.
it's amazing ever i have been this city. i like that river and store aroung it. many people i met are kind and willing to help me.
i'm so depressed that i can't stay this city for long days because of my travel plan. one day, i will be back and enjoy night life in Hamburg. :)
Lots of arcades, shopping streets etc strewn across the city. Lots of interesting sites around the old center - churches etc.
Has a lot of interesting design furniture shops. Good live music scene all over the city
is a well mix area with different culture. the most issue needs to be concerned is some people who force you to buy the rose.
Hamburg is a city where shipping business is. It has a lot of good restaurants as well as good fun for nightlife if you like.
Shopping is great as well and you can literally buy anything in Hamburg.
Our main reason for visiting Hamburg was to see 'Miniatur Wunderland', the world's largest display of model trains etc.
This place is amazing. I suggest looking for it on YouTube to get more of an idea about it. It has a well-priced snack bar/restaurant, and I bought the cheapest t-shirt I found anywhere in Germany.
Hamburg is one of the most classics and beautiful cities in the world,every one has to see this city at least once.
it is a very claen city, will be more attractive when hafen city is completed... a city in bloom for tourists.
.. loved the alter lake /river, nice to relax where everythiong is accessble...transport,shopping. food...
There is a big garden that visitor could take a rest and enjoy it. You may also find some nice houses built.
Good to spend time to visit.
If you have limited time , 1-2 days. Suggest Hop-on Hop-off for city tour. Wonderful! Easy and save time
Very pleasantly surprised by Hamburg, having been put off by seedy image of Reeperbahn red light area.
But that is well contained and the old city centre still has great charm and a wealth of cultural opportunities. Great for classical music with museums to local composers Brahms and Telemann and world class opera, ballet and orchestras at exceptionally low prices. Beautiful central lake with water spout a bit like Geneva, and great walking route along the harbourside to Altona. Make sure you get a Hamburg card which will pay for itself in public transport, restaurant and attraction discounts - it even includes airport train. Particularly helpful bus drivers need a mention too. Well done Hamburg!