Hamburg City Guide

Germany’s second largest city, after Berlin, and Europe’s second-largest port, after Rotterdam, has so many characteristics that you would never really think of. 

I found myself in Hamburg, Germany. A lively city with beautiful historical sites, brimming with culture and great food. A great destination to add to your 2017 City Break list...

Be warned, not a lot of people in Hamburg speak English, which proves a little hard, especially when ordering food. Make sure to brush up on your German before you go. And the gusts of wind made the weather a little bit on the cold side when I visited at the beginning of May.

How to get there:

Your best bet would be Ryanair or  who fly to Hamburg from London starting from around £25  return (depending on time of year). You can find a cheap flight through Skyscanner here.

Where to stay: 

Hamburg has a number of beautiful hotels but for a quirky modern hotel close to the city and transport links go for the 25Hours Hotel Hafen City, with an excellent buffet breakfast and cosy interiors. You can read my full hotel review HERE.

What to do:

Chocoversum

The chocolate museum in the heart of Hamburg incudes a guided tour of the exhibition, learn about the journey from cocoa beans to a bar of chocolate, create your own bar of chocolate and select your own toppings and a lot of chocolate tasting along the way!

www.chocoversum.de

HafenCity Marco Polo Terrassen

A cute little area close to the 25Hours Hotel which has a beautiful view of the Grasbrook Harbour. There are many restaurants and ice cream shops as you walk along the harbour.

Fischmarkt Markets

Every Sunday morning, the Hamburger Fischmarkt (fish market) by the Elbe river attracts thousands of visitors where you can find almost anything from fish, fruits, flowers, clothing and souvenirs.

St. Michael's Church

The 'Michel' is Hamburg's best-known church. People come here for the stunning views from the bell tower. You can either climb 453 steps or take a lift. Well worth the €5 entrance fee, or you can just go into the church like I did and admire the interiors.

www.st-michaelis.de

Miniature Wonderland

Since its opening in 2000, the world's largest model railroad system has become one of the tourist highlights of the Hanseatic City. It is a must see for every visitor of Hamburg.

www.miniatur-wunderland.com

Hamburg DOM

The biggest public festival in Northern Germany. Held three times a year, you can experience fun, nostalgia and thrills. Summer DOM:  28 July ─ 27 August 2017.

www.hamburg.com/dom

Die Roten Doppeldecker

The hop on/off bus is a great way to see the city, the sightseeing tour takes you to Hamburg's highlights: Along the Speicherstadt, through the Hafencity to the city's shopping districts. You can see all of the waterfront villas in Harvestehude on the Outer Alster, the town hall, various museums, the famous Reeperbahn and the breathtaking harbour all from the top deck and you can get on or off wherever suits you.

www.die-roten-doppeldecker.de/en/sightseeing-tour-line-a

Shopping

There’s a number of different shopping destinations in Hamburg with designer to high-street shops, definitely worth checking out.

Christmas markets

Hamburg looks super magical in the Winter around Christmas with many different Christmas markets all over the city. I have put on my list that I have to come back and indulge in a German Christmas market.

Where to eat:

Mö-grill

A popular spot with the locals to get a traditional bratwurst/currywurst, with good reviews, and I can definitely recommend. Conveniently located with a few different spots all over the city and super friendly staff. Served traditionally with a bread roll and the crisp sausage. EXTREMELY more-ish!

Shalimar

You wouldn’t expect to go to Germany to eat very good Indian food but as a massive foodie I can appreciate any culture in any part of the world. Shalimar is an Indian restaurant in a luxurious setting, with authentic culture iin each dish. This Indian temple in the heart of Hamburg brings a small piece of Orient into the Hanseatic city, the un-missable giant Buddha in the restaurant and striking décor sets them apart from rest. The restaurant serves up North Indian and Mongolian cuisine, ranging from mild and subtle right up to the extremely spicy. If you’re feeling brave ask the waiter for their recommendation, I was not disappointed. The samosas and onion bhaji are spiced and crispy, not to be missed as well as the crisp and buttery naan bread teamed with chicken tikka masala which went down a treat.

www.shalimar-hamburg.de

Dulfs burger

With so many burger spots in Hamburg it was only right I scoped out the best, and with recommendation from a local I managed to find a restaurant with the most outrageous. Dulfs burger has an extensive list of burger combinations including fillings of mushrooms, avocado, mozzarella cheese and the ultimate create-your-own where you can stack up an unlimited amount of patties, if you’re feeling brave. I got to 3 and somehow managed to finish about 75% of the monster-of-a-burger which was stuffed with 3 patties, pancetta bacon, guacamole, mozzarella cheese and melty chedder cheese. Perfection.

www.dulfsburger.de

Thank you to Come to Hamburg.

Please note: While my trip has been sponsored, the views and thoughts represented in this article are my own.