Top 15 Things To Do in Hamburg Germany
1. Eat a Franzbrötchen!
Hamburg has its own traditional pastry, the Franzbrötchen. I would describe it as a mixture of a cinnamon roll and a croissant. Or a cinnamon roll made of puff pastry. Either way, it’s delicious and you should definitely try it when you’re in Hamburg. It’s pretty common, so finding it in a bakery shouldn’t be a problem.
2. ...and a Fischbrötchen!
Another thing the maritime city is known for is, of course, the fish sandwich. I’m not sure if that’s the right translation for fish in a bun. But it’s also pretty self-explanatory. It’s made with different types of fish and different fish preparations. Boiled, baked, fried and pickled. The latter may not be as popular in other parts of the world, but it’s definitely a favorite in Hamburg. Brücke 10 in St. Pauli is a great place to try it. Here you can enjoy your sandwich with an incredible view of the harbor. (Place linked in the map below)
5. Visit Kaffeemuseum Burg
And if you need a break from marveling at the beautiful Speicherstadt (even though it’s not that big), visit the Burg Coffee Museum. Here you can enjoy not only delicious coffee but also fantastic cakes and pies. Perfect for the German tradition of “coffee and cake” in the afternoon. You can also buy your favorite coffee roasts for your coffee maker at home.
7. Stroll through Jungfernstieg and Alsterarkaden
The Jungfernstieg and Alsterarkaden are beautiful areas to look at and also offer many opportunities for shopping and dining.
This is basically the city center of Hamburg. Good to know so we don’t make the same mistake we did when we first visited Hamburg. In Germany, city centers are often centered around “Königstraße” (King Street). In Hamburg, not so much… Here it’s basically one big street with nothing special to see.
8. See Hamburg City Hall
Hamburg City Hall is the seat of the Hamburg Parliament and the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The architecturally magnificent building on the Kleine Alster was built from 1886 to 1897 in the historicist style of the North German Neo-Renaissance.
10. Create your own chocolate at the CHOCOVERSUM
Here in this chocolate museum you can make your own chocolate and enjoy it immediately or take it home. This is a great activity if you stay a few days longer in Hamburg.
12. Not for the faint of heart: Night on the Reeperbahn
The neighbourhood of St. Pauli and its famous Reeperbahn street are well known throughout Germany. Mostly for night clubs of the special kind. It even has a street where no women are allowed. Rough around the edges, a lot of graffiti , neon lights and nudity.
13. Listen to the sounds of the Elbphilharmonie
The Elbphilharmonie is also very well known throughout Germany, especially because it took so long to build. Here you can listen to the beautiful sounds of classical music and more. Quite a contrast to St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn.
14. Visit Miniatur Wunderland
Not just for kids: In Miniatur Wunderland you can marvel at miniature models of various landscapes and cities. There’s even a mini Las Vegas. Truly amazing – and cute!
15. Visit International Maritime Museum & Kunsthalle Hamburg
Two other museums worth visiting are the International Maritime Museum and the Kunsthalle Hamburg.
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