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Hamburg travel guide

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You're Going to Love Hamburg

One of the world's greatest ports, Hamburg is proud of its maritime past, but is forward-looking too. Great food, entertainment, art, and architecture combine in a city that it's hard not to fall for.

There's enough heritage in Hamburg to satisfy any history buff, from UNESCO-protected warehouse districts like Speicherstadt to the poignant ruins of St. Nicholas' Church and fascinating museum ships like the Cap San Diego, which also hosts a museum of emigration.

Back on dry land, Hamburg is endlessly entertaining. Take a stroll down the famous Reeperbahn and stay in bohemian St. Pauli to sample the area's vibrant bars and clubs. Or stick to the Altstadt for the stunning seafood at Deichgraf before a show at the Thalia Theater.

And that's just scratching the surface. There are Beatles tours, soccer matches, art galleries, and much more to explore in Hamburg.

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When to Visit Hamburg

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Summer hits Hamburg in early June and departs in early September. Between those months, you can expect fine sightseeing conditions (and great weather for harbor cruises). The beer gardens by the river will be full, and street festivals will be ubiquitous. If you want a cheaper vacation, April and early May could be better, with lower room rates and quieter museums and galleries. Christmas is also a major event in Germany, so festive breaks would work well too.

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How to Get to Hamburg

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Where to Stay in Hamburg

Hamburg has some exceptional places to stay. Leading modern boutique hotels in the center include the Mövenpick, the Henri Hotel, and the Gastwerk, which has a unique ex-industrial setting. The Atlantic Kempinski has a beautiful waterfront location, as does the Fairmont Hotel, and other leading five-star options include the Royal Meridien and the Park Hyatt. All offer superb, comfortable, and convenient places to stay.

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Shopping Streets

If you are hunting for vintage clothes or antiques, flea markets like Flohschanze in Schanzenviertel or Immenhof are the place to go. If you are looking for fashion boutiques and luxury stores, head to Mönckebergstraße or Spitalerstraße in the city center. With jewelers, designer stores, chocolatiers, footwear boutiques, and plenty more, they are fantastic places for an afternoon of window shopping.

Groceries and Other

If you need to stock up on groceries or essentials during your stay in Hamburg, the best places to go are supermarkets like Lidl, Edeke, and REWE (although it's more fun to shop for food at the Fischmarkt). Expect prices to be comparable to major US cities, at around EUR2.70 for a gallon of milk and EUR2 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Hamburg

Food is one of Hamburg's great obsessions, so be sure to try a few of the city's leading restaurants while you are in town. Leading eateries to check out include the acclaimed Seven Seas, cozy bistros like Bistrot Vienna, and seafood experts like Deichgraf. Die Bank is an elegant brasserie, while Il Buco is an exceptional Italian option. Expect three course meals at the best restaurants to cost upwards of EUR30.