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What to see and do in Hamburg

A view of Hamburg Townhall from within the archways nearby

Best time to fly to Hamburg

The best time of year to visit Hamburg is between May and September when the climate is warm and mild, the city is abuzz with festivals and urban beach bars open their doors.

The only thing to keep in mind is that the warmer weather attracts more tourists, and flight and hotel prices tend to be higher during this time, so make sure to book your tickets to Hamburg well in advance if you plan to travel in the summer.

If you’d prefer to book flights to Hamburg outside peak season, the fall months of October to December are cooler yet equally charming. There are typically fewer tourists around, and there’s still plenty to do.

The exceptions to this are Oktoberfest and the buildup to Christmas when visitors flock to the famous Hamburg Christmas markets.

The spring months of March, April and May are also pleasant – blossoms emerge and riverside cafes come to life. Your coat might still be needed though, as temperatures can be cooler!

Getting around Hamburg

Traveling on foot is one of the best ways to see the city, but fortunately, you can also take advantage of the extensive public transport system if you need.

Transport in the metropolitan area is operated by HVV (Hamburger Verkehrsverbundand), which is comprised of buses, subways and light rail, plus commuter trains.

The Hamburg City Pass gives you access to the top attractions in the city, with access to public transport included. This includes travel on the S-Bahn, U-Bahn, harbor ferries, buses and airport transfers.

Rideshare and private taxi services are also available, with city cabs and MOIA (which is the Hamburg equivalent of Uber) being the two major options.

Traveling by rental car is possible but is not recommended as there can be quite some traffic during peak traveling hours.

Two people cycle through the park in Hamburg, Germany
A view of the waterfront in Hamburg on a bright blue clear sky day

Things to do in Hamburg

There's no mistaking the grandeur of Hamburg's waterfront location - the city built great wealth on its port, and today it's the second-biggest metropolis in Germany. The water influences all, from the huge dockside warehouses to the seafood menus. This harborside city has lots of history and plenty to explore, including more bridges than any other city in Europe.

Between the Rathaus and the red-light Reeperbahn, fish markets and flea markets, harbor tours and HafenCity - Hamburg will keep you busy. The elaborate Rathaus (town hall) is a good starting place: it was built in the 1890s when Hamburg was flourishing as a trade port. Contrast this with the dazzling, ultra-modern Elbphilharmonie concert hall, a landmark seemingly topped by a giant glass wave. Visit for a stellar city view.

More architectural highlights are in the warehouse district of Speicherstadt. These enormous red-brick complexes have Unesco World Heritage recognition, and a boat tour offers a scenic way to appreciate them. Bucking the trend that bigger is better: Miniatur Wunderland is an incredibly popular model railway exhibition and a truly magical attraction that's rich in detail.

Shopping in Hamburg

One of the best shopping stops is the Flohschanze, a Saturday flea market held along Neuer Kamp street in the Karolineviertel, just south of Sternschanze. Take a stroll around this area for fun shops and cafes with a creative, hipster vibe.

For a different feel, head to the boutique-laden, arcaded Jungfernstieg promenade, which joins to the city's mainstream shopping strip, Mönkebergstrasse.

Be sure to cruise Neuer Wall to see the best of Hamburg's luxury shopping scene.

And for something more local, the street named Lange Reihe near the central station has a couple of stores selling cute items which were made in Hamburg.

A stall in a market where cookies and other sweet goods are for sale
A chef is wearing their chef whites and holding forward a burger in their hand

What to eat in Hamburg

Contrary to popular belief – the modern ‘Hamburger’ as we know it was not invented in the city, though it is said influenced by a traditional Hamburg method of preparing minced beef.

However, there are plenty of hamburger joints scattered over the city if you can’t resist the urge.

Alternatively, get a fried-fish sandwich for a real taste of the city - there are vendors all over, especially around the port.

Another uber-local taste is the Franzbrötchen, a flat croissant laced with cinnamon.

And a trip to Germany wouldn’t be complete without a Shnitzel or Appel Strudel – so make sure to try those on your travels.

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There's no escaping the seafaring heritage of the city at Hamburg's noisy, atmospheric Fischmarkt in St Pauli. It requires an early start (with the market kicking off around 5am), but as an institution of the city since 1703, Fischmarkt is well worth a visit.

In summer sunshine it's hard to beat a picnic in the flower-filled Planten un Blomen park.

For picnic fare and leisurely grazing, check out the twice-weekly Isemarkt in Eppendorf - it's one of Europe's largest farmers markets, with some 200 stalls stretching an impressive half a mile.

Close to Speicherstadt, the cobbled Deichstrasse is good hunting ground at dinnertime.

For a fresher feel, hit the uber-cool Sternschanze neighborhood (also known as Schanzenviertel or simply Schanze).

An outdoor dining area in Hamburg with an outlook over the Townhall

FAQs about travel to Hamburg

Helpful information for travelers to Hamburg

How many hours is Hamburg from the US?

The average duration of a direct flight to Hamburg from the US is about 10-12 hours. Flights from New York typically take around 8-10 hours, while you can expect a longer flight of 12+ hours from Seattle.

Choosing a stopover means the flight time is slightly longer, but with Icelandair you have the additional benefit of extending your stay in Iceland for up to 7 days at no extra cost.

Does Hamburg airport have a train station?

The suburban railway (the S-Bahn) has a station at Hamburg Airport, which is easily accessible from Terminals 1 and 2 in Arrivals. The S1 line takes you from the airport to the city centre in just 10 minutes.

You can reach Hamburg’s main train station (Hamburg’s Hauptbahnhof) via the S-Bahn in around 25 minutes.

What time of year is cheapest to fly to Hamburg, Germany?

You’re likely to find the cheapest flight tickets to Hamburg, Germany, in the off-season of January-February. Winters in Hamburg tend to see the fewest number of tourists due to the near-freezing temperatures.

Is Hamburg near Berlin?

If you’ve booked plane tickets to Hamburg but want to visit Berlin – or vice versa – the good news is that the cities are close enough to visit for a day trip. The distance between Hamburg and Berlin is roughly 159miles (256km), and it takes 2 hours to travel by train and 3 hours by car.

If you’re keen simply to visit the German capital of Berlin, you can also book flights to Berlin year-round.