Hamburg (Germany)

Hamburg Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Free and Hanseatic Hamburg

Home to the second largest European port
Main attraction is general cityscape (interesting combo of open spaces and water), though Altstadt has interesting sights
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (applied arts museum)

Hamburg, located in the most northern part of Germany, is the country's second largest city with a population totaling 1.8 million people (excluding its entire agglomeration). The city is located on the Elbe river and is home to the Port of Hamburg, the second largest in Europe after Rotterdam and the largest in Germany. It is also one of the 10 richest cities in Europe. Hamburg is thus a city with maritime and mercantile background, being part of the Hanseatic League from the 13th century onwards and forming an independent city-state until Germany's unification in the 19th century.

The main attraction in Hamburg may be the city's scenery in general rather than any one specific place. The cityscape is an interesting combination of open spaces and water. In Hamburg you are never far from the latter, whether it's the Elbe or the Alster lakes that define the center of the city. The waterfront areas next to the rivers offer good places to go for a stroll and to enjoy the scenery, something which is (no surprise) especially nice on a bright sunny day.

In contrast to that is the Old Town (Altstadt), where you will find landmarks like the St. Michaelis Church (130+ meters high and allowing you to go up to enjoy the views) and some other major churches. Other sights include the stock exchange, city hall (Rathaus) and storehouse quarter.

Hamburg has museums aplenty, but the most prominent one is the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, an applied arts museum. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Hamburg is a city in Germany. It has a population of 1,739,117, is situated at an altitude of 20ft and the best airport to fly into is HAM (Hamburg Airport, Hamburg)
  • The currency used in Germany is the Euro (EUR)

Hamburg Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

39 39 46 54 64 68 72 72 64 55 46 41

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

2.5 1.7 2.5 1.8 2.1 3 3 2.9 2.7 2.5 2.7 3.1

More Hamburg travel resources

If we had to recommend only one website here, we would point you in the direction of Hamburg Travel which offers fairly complete descriptions of the city's top sights. The English version of does something similar, while we liked articles by the Guardian, NY Times (36 hours in..) and Independent. Nomadic Matt was here, as was National Geographic. Finally, Viator gives 10 reasons to visit the city.

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