Are you looking for Things to do in Hamburg? Find out a list of best places to visit and activities to do. Hamburg is home to importuant cultural-historical places and a vibrant community of local people.
1 – Visit the Elbphilharmonie and learn about its impressive architecture
Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall in Hafencity and its a fairly new landmark in Hamburg. They do tours explaining why the construction was delayed, what the meaning of it is nowadays and how it benefits the city of Hamburg. The Elbphilharmonie is situated over the harbour and its a very beautiful area to explore if you’re looking for a unique view of the city.
2 – Explore Speicherstadt and immerse yourself in its history
This is the first stop in Hamburg that was awarded as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The architecture of the warehouses in Speicherstadt is impressive – for that, it’s one of the most popular photos of Hamburg. The best way to visit the Speicherstadt is by night when all the lights are on or even better to experience it from a boat that goes along the river.
Here is the link to find out more about tours which take you to Speicherstadt and their boat tours.
3 – Discover the arty St. Pauli neighbourhood
Delve into one of Hamburg’s most famous districts, its renowned for having streets covered with colourful artwork, artsy stores and unique cafes. St Pauli is full of history and culture to learn from, you can visit its top attractions such as the legendary Davidwache police station and the Hamburg Fish Market building. You should also visit some places where The Beatles started playing their music before they became famous.
The best way to get to know the neighbourhood better is by joining a walking tour. For 2 hours 30 minutes approximately you can get a very interesting insight into this quirky neighbourhood. If you’re interested in reading more about what is included in the tour click on the link below to know more.
4 – Wander around the famous HafenCity
On the Elbe River Island, HafenCity is one of the most iconic districts in Hamburg. Famous for being a very interesting urban modern complex network of warehouses and canals and considered to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They give tours around HafenCity to learn more about its history and facts to why it makes it one of the most renowned districts. You can find the Elbphilharmonie hall in this district.
5 – Experience the nightlife at Reeperbahn & Red light district
Get an insider perspective of the Reeperbahn neighbourhood, why it’s so popular and what things you can do whilst there. The typical sites to visit in Reeperbahn are the Red light district and the Milieu, but also to get to know its history and background is very interesting. It’s also a nightlife spot in Hamburg so prepare for it if you’d like to experience the vibe of the city!
Do you want to experience one of the most sinful strips in the world? We suggest you come to the Red light district with a local or a tour guide to give you inside tips and fun facts about this unique district. It is also famous for having The Beatles play shows in clubs in the 1960’s.
6 – Enjoy a boat ride through the Harbor
Hamburg is considered as the Venice of the North due to its numerous canals and bridges. It has the second largest seaport in Europe which means it’s surely an enjoyable walking tour or a boat ride tour to check out the stunning sights. You should see the Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego historical ships that are there permanently on show at the harbour. They have both been turned into museums.
7 – Delve into Hamburg’s street art scenes
There is no greater way than getting to know Hamburg’s diverse culture and community spirit than on a street art tour. Let yourself be inspired by Hamburg’s bohemian districts and alternative culture. If you’d like to know more about this you can book a tour and have a tour guide introduce you to all the artwork in the streets and about community protests like pirate legends, urban art movements and more.
8 – Enter the Hamburg Dungeon and learn about Hamburg’s dark past
The Hamburg dungeon brings the darkest period’s of the city’s history to life in an entertaining way. The actors take you on a journey through the 600 years of Hamburg’s dark past about pirates, ghosts and events such as the Black Plague, the Great Fire and the Inquisition. Hamburg dungeon tours are around 25€ and the visits are around 1 hour 30 minutes. This tour is suitable for families who want to do something different, although bear in mind its suitable for kids older than 10 years old.
9 – Cruise along Lake Alster and relax while admiring the city
Tour around on a boat through the Alster lake where you can understand the highlights of Germany’s biggest port and at the same time see Hamburg from a different perspective. From the boat, you can see elegant buildings of Hamburg and crisscross from bank to bank of the lake. There are private tours if you’d like this experience to be more personal.
10 – Hop on a segway and visit all the main sights
Discover the city of Hamburg on a segway and enjoy the feeling of gliding through the streets. You are accompanied by a guide or you can hear the tour on an audio system. This is always a fun way to explore a city, it’s comfortable and it’s perfect for group tours! There are many segway tours offered by different providers so check on TourScanner to compare the best ones and their prices.
11 – Don’t miss the free walking tours
Free walking tours are always a good idea when you’re in a new city. It’s the best way to get a real insight into the history, culture and traditions of a city. The tour guide will take you to all the main attractions and explain everything in detail about the city of Hamburg; passing by the Banks of the river discovering the exciting stories of a pirate, wandering around the famous districts of Hamburg, learning about the insights of its architecture, street art and community spirit.
These tours usually start in the Hamburg Town Hall Square which is easy to find but if you prefer to book a private tour you can check on TourScanner for the best deals.
We hope this list of interesting things to do and see in Hamburg helps planning your itinerary! If you have any question you can comment below. Enjoy Hamburg! 🙂