Located on the River Elbe, Hamburg is the country’s largest port and regarded as Germany’s gateway to the world.
A vibrant, historic city boasting an impressive Hanseatic League heritage that harks back over 700 years, Hamburg’s maritime soul permeates the city. From its architecture to its cuisine, water is ever present in Germany's principal port. The city is crossed by hundreds of canals, and spanned by 1,000 bridges. Near its centre, the charming Inner Alster Lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by divine cafes.[ReadMoreMob]
Hamburg is awash with historic buildings and monuments typical of Hanseatic culture. The steeple of St. Nikolai – a church almost destroyed in World War II, the 17th century Zollenbrücke Bridge and Hamburg Rathaus are must-visit sites. The central Jungfernstieg Boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town), home to the impressive 18th century St. Michael’s Church. [ReadMore]
In the city centre, the amazing Miniatur Wunderland museum is highly recommended, as is the ocean-liner-shaped Chilehaus, the crowning glory of the UNESCO-listed Kontorhaus District. The flourishing swathe of stylish shops, excellent restaurants and legendary nightlife – a celebration of cosmopolitan Hamburg – add more exciting dimensions to this city.
Hamburg's waterfront district offers much to enjoy. Visit the popular Fischmarkt, discover an array of lively bars and restaurants at the harbour, watch Europe's second largest port in action or head to Hafen City, a newly developed urban quarter.
Uncover Hamburg's wartime history
Before the war, Hamburg had the largest Jewish community in Germany, which suffered a devastating fate under the Nazi regime. An art project of commemorative cobblestones (Stolpersteine) honours the victims, while buildings preserved from the concentration camp at Neuengamme serve as a memorial.
World’s largest model railway
Miniature Wonderland is a fun and fascinating attraction featuring theme worlds designed on a tiny scale, with over 1,000 trains, 260,000 figures and 4,110 buildings. Along with a miniature version of Hamburg, you can admire the Austrian Alps, the canals of Venice, the city lights of Venice and more.
Cruises to Hamburg
Western Europe City Break • T2204B
- Visits to three cities for springtime sightseeing
- Take a boat tour of Amsterdam’s iconic canals
- Taste authentic Belgian chocolate and beer in Antwerp
European Christmas Markets • L2232
- Enjoy the festive illuminations at Tivoli
- Browse the markets in Hamburg and Gothenburg
- Tour to Bruges or Brussels from Zeebrugge
Explore Western Europe Cities & Rivers • S2231
- Visit Christmas Markets in Hamburg
- Sample wine, calvados & camembert in Honfleur
- Explore the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
Cities of Germany via the Kiel Canal • L2307
- Discover the maritime history of Kiel, gateway to Berlin
- Enjoy beautiful German countryside as you cruise along the Kiel Canal
- Visit the Rathaus when in Hamburg