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Germany's 16 states: Hamburg

Frederike Müller
October 6, 2021

Hamburg is Germany's second largest city. It's a Hanseatic beauty full of contrasts. Elegant and rough, green and urban — always startling and unexpected.

09.2015 Best of Bundesländer Teaser Hamburg

Hamburg is not just an ordinary city. It's a city-state. Home to 1,9 million people, it is one of the country's largest. Before the coronavirus outbreak, an average of 7,5 million guests would flock to the bustling port city each year.

A rainy, stiff breeze often blows over the city, but true Hamburg natives and their guests don't let it get them down. From musical theaters and museums to the Sankt Pauli red light district, there's always something to see in the Hanseatic city.

Travel tips for Hamburg

Hamburg, metropolis on the waterfront

The old Hanseatic city is connected to the North Sea via the Elbe, and the reputation of the maritime metropole precedes it. A dense network of waterways characterizes the cityscape. Whether you're sailing right in the city center on the Inner-Alster-Lakes, Hamburg's blue center, or chilling out on the Elbe beach, Hamburg should be discovered from the water, Check-in presenter Lukas Stege recommends. He went to check out before the coronavirus pandemic.

Hamburg's loveliest waterside spots

Hamburg from a bird's eye view 

The Elbphilharmonie, the Hafen City and Speicherstadt — these are just three of the highlights that tourists should see in Hamburg. Here are the city's must-sees on a special guided tour from a drone's perspective.

Flying Guide: Hamburg

A city of music 

Since early 2017, concerts have been taking place in the Elbphilharmonie, the newest landmark in Hamburg's harbor area. Very quickly, the concert hall — designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron — established itself into the league of international tourist attractions. Hamburg has always been and remains a vibrant city of music. 

How Hamburg Sounds and Rocks

Urban living made in Hamburg

Hamburg is setting an urban development benchmark. Since 2003, a completely new district called Hafencity has been developed. Empty warehouses and hardly used port basins are being transformed into modern residential quarters. Hamburg is growing and redefining urban living spaces. With elegance, audacity and foresight.

Hamburg's Speicherstadt

Hamburg's Speicherstadt is the largest historical warehouse complex in the world. Together with the adjoining Kontorviertel it is a living monument to the long trading tradition of the Hanseatic city. A guided tour through this "city in the water" is a unique experience.

Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District, Hamburg

Hamburg Fish Market

Despite the early opening time (officially 5 in the morning), there's always something happening at Hamburg's traditional fish market. Whether it's a basket of fruit, fresh eel or tropical flowers, everyone finds something at the riverside — and in the market hall, there's dancing into the wee hours of the morning. 

Market Tales - Hamburg

Köhlbrand Bridge

This cable-stayed bridge in front of Hamburg's skyline is only something for those who have no fear of heights. 50 meters over the southern arm of the Elbe, the distinctive structure spans the port. Built in 1974, it soon became a city landmark. How long it will remain standing is unclear: because the new tall container ships no longer fit underneath, it is to be replaced by 2030 at the latest. 

#DailyDrone: Köhlbrand Bridge, Hamburg

Hamburg fish rolls — a street food classic

When visiting Hamburg be sure to try a fish sandwich. Some culinary chefs have recently been reinventing the popular snack, lending it an international twist. 

Reinventing a standard German snack

A highlight in a 360-degree video

In the Miniatur-Wunderland in Hamburg's former warehouse district 1040 locomotives pull some 10,000 carriages over more than 15 kilometers of tracks, lined by thousands of houses, 269,000 figurines, 9250 vehicles and an incredible 13,000 tiny trees.

Use the mouse on your computer or your finger on your smartphone to choose what you want to see. Click on the video and drag the image sections wherever you want. If you are using a PC, use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as a browser. And if you have VR glasses, you can watch the video in virtual reality.

Your trip to Germany

Are you looking for recommendations for your visit to Germany? We've got them: Tips for Germany — state by state.