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A weekend away in Hamburg

City trips are very much in vogue, as they are an excellent opportunity to escape from everyday life for a weekend and to let new impressions take effect on you. One destination that is particularly suitable for such a weekend trip is the northern city of Hamburg. If you want to visit Hamburg, you have an enormous choice here. It is possible, for example, to explore a whole range of sights on foot, to travel through the city using the wide range of public transport services, or to admire the many attractions in Hamburg on a leisurely boat trip from the water. Hamburg has great excursions for the whole family, and the port city can also be explored alone or as a couple.

Exploring Hamburg with your family

If you are traveling with children in Hamburg, you can look forward to an eventful time. Activities that will delight young and old alike abound. Among the most popular tourist attractions for families is, of course, the famous Hagenbeck Zoo, where you can easily spend a whole day. The chocolate museum, the city park with its miniature golf courses and boat rentals, or the planetarium are also nice destinations that will delight the entire family. The Hamburg port is a must for ship-lovers, and if you want to relax a bit in nice weather, you have the opportunity to do so at the Elbstrand beach. In bad weather, the indoor playground "Tollhafen" is an ideal place where the little ones can let off steam and the grown-ups can watch.

The Speicherstadt embodies Hamburg's maritime history like no other place.

Top 10 things to do in Hamburg

Are you looking for things to see in Hamburg for your next visit to the metropolis on the Elbe? To make your choice a little easier, here are the best tips for leisure activities that have something for every taste.

1. Party on the amusement mile Reeperbahn

The Reeperbahn is famous worldwide and offers a feast for the senses. Colorful, gaudy and lively - this is the famous street in Hamburg, which is not even one kilometer. Live music, nightclubs and musicals can be found in this popular entertainment district.

2. Out and about in the Speicherstadt

Speicherstadt embodies Hamburg's maritime history like no other place. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is particularly splendid to admire in the evening light with its Gründerzeit buildings and small gables and towers - the best way to do this is to take a boat tour of the Speicherstadt.

3. Stroll through the Caroline Quarter

The "Karoviertel" is located in the middle of St. Pauli and has developed over time into a trendy neighborhood with many cozy cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques.

4. Visit the trendy district Schanze

The young, hip Schanzenviertel is one of the must-sees when you visit Hamburg. The relaxed flair while shopping and the unusual stores and bars beyond the mainstream attract all those who like it unusual.

5. Enjoy a concert at the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall

Admire musical performances ranging from classical to pop and jazz at the "Elphie," the concert hall that opened in 2017 right on the Elbe River.

6. Eat fish rolls in the port of Hamburg

To experience true North German flair, it's simply part of the experience to enjoy a fish roll at one of the countless fish snack bars you'll find in the harbor. Whether it's matjes, Bismarck herring or crabs - the selection here is large and the offer is always fresh.

7. Marvel at the world's largest model railway layout

In the so-called MiWuLa, visitors admire the world in miniature. The model railroad layout, which includes more than 1,000 trains soiwe trees, figures, cars, houses and even an entire airport, enchants young and old.

8 Admire the Hamburg landmark St. Michaelis.

As one of the most iconic attractions of the city acts the "Michel". The Protestant house of worship is considered the most important Baroque church in Northern Germany.

9 Visit the Hagenbeck Zoo

Animal and nature lovers should not miss the Hagenbeck Zoo. The zoo covers a total of 19 hectares and is home to exotic animal species from all over the world.

10 End the day on the Elbe beach

The Elbe beach is ideal for relaxing after a long day on your feet while enjoying a delicious drink and a snack, for example at the popular "Strandperle".

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Stefanie Aust, Guest Writer

Stefanie loves to put complex topics from the real estate world into understandable and inspiring words. Whether it's about the right financing, choosing the right type of flat, or a successful property search: Stefanie is happy to inform you.

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