City Breaks: Hamburg

hamburg lights in the night

No matter what you’re looking for in your ideal holiday, Hamburg has it all. From museums, galleries, shopping and boat tours, you are bound to find something that suits your tastes. You’ll also find there’s more to Germany than Berlin and Munich and it’s all waiting for you in Hamburg. If you’re planning a holiday to Hamburg then you should remember to apply for your European Health Insurance Card in advance. Once your application has been approved you will be entitled to free or reduced cost medical care if you require it during your stay in Hamburg.

Art & Culture

History in Hamburg traces back over seven centuries which means there is plenty to be seen and enjoyed from medieval all the way through to contemporary times, you are bound to find something that suits you and your tastes. The Deichtorhallen is the number one stop for contemporary art and photography while the Maritime Museum is very educational about the history of trading and shipping throughout Hamburg. Miniatur Wunderland will bring out your inner child with the largest model railroad in the world as it travels through intricately detailed cities and a fully working model airport.


You may not have known before, but Hamburg is the wealthiest city in Germany and is a popular shopping destination with a mixture of local boutiques and global brands. Jungfernstieg is the most popular street for shopping, which is just south of the Inner Alster Lake. If you fancy a change from typical shopping malls then you should venture away from the tourist district where you will find a wonderful collection of locally owned shops that are bound to stock everything you’re looking for.

Boat Tours

Hamburg has plenty of water based opportunities as it sits along the Elbe River and the Alster lakes are located in the heart of the city. There’s nothing better than enjoying a boat tour of the lakes in the summer, while in the winter they freeze over and are safe to ice skate on. You can join a tour of the harbour from Hamburg port and you can also explore the canals of Speicherstadt. If you’d prefer to keep your feet on dry land then you can take a seat in the port of Landungsbrücken where you can watch the boats pass by in a picturesque photo opportunity.

Great Outdoors

Germany has a culture that is well known for spending much of their time outdoors, whenever possible. The long summer days in Hamburg act as a natural attraction for the residents to be outside in the many parks, botanical gardens, playgrounds and miniature golf courses. Residents tend to travel the city by bicycle, regardless of the weather, and it’s well worth hiring a bike as a tourist and joining in the fun.