Top 10 Things To Do | Hamburg, Germany

I am excited to share a great gust post with you today. This past month I took part in a Solidarity Sisters project sponsored by Susannah at Simple Moments Stick. I got paired up with Diana, an expat living in Germany. She is wonderful and I think you’ll all enjoy getting to know her and her city. xo Ashley

Hi Have Ashley readers, I’m really excited to be guest posting here today. I’m Diana and I blog over at Diana Elle Blog. I ‘met’ Ashley through a blogging program called Solidarity Sisters, and it has been very nice getting to know her.

Today I’m going to talk about 10 things to do in Hamburg, Germany. I really like it here. This Hanseatic city has taken advantage of its great industrial past and became one of Germany’s greatest tourist assets. I rounded up ten things you should add to your “to-do” list and not miss (in my opinion).


An easy way to do this is by taking one of Hamburg’s free walking tours. but if you’d rather explore the city on your own don’t forget to stop by Mönckebergstraße and Jungfernstieg.


Alster Lake is in the heart of the city of Hamburg and it has different recreation activities for inhabitants such as relaxing, jogging, walks, or boarding one of the boats that offer trips around the lake. 


Hamburg town hall is situated in front of one of the banks of the Alster. It is a striking building decorated with many statues and a green roof. You can not visit Hamburg and not see its Rathaus.


The ghostly remains of the St. Nicholas church are in a way, a disturbing scene. This neo-Gothic church is in ruins as a result of the Allied bombing in World War II that greatly damaged it. Later they collapsed the walls that remained standing and decided not to rebuild. Today you only see the bell needle and part of the back of the church to serve as a reminder against war.


This part of the city is composed of storage warehouses built in red brick. It was awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site this year. They preserved the industrial architecture and restored it so it has many different uses now. The whole area is embraced by numerous canals where they unloaded goods to be stored here until their departure to their final destinations. 


If you keep walking down the streets you will reach HafenCity which is my favorite part of the city; it has many pedestrian streets and parks. Here you will find the Elbe Philharmonic, which is still under construction, but at a very advanced stage, so you can see what they want it to be. You will also find buildings with modern architecture that accommodate offices and expensive residential apartments.


Here you’ll have a great view of the port and you have the option to take a ferry (if you have purchased a day ticket they are included). Take a ride on one if the weather is nice. 


Stroll through the Old Elbtunnel. You take one of the four huge lifts on either side of the tunnel to the bottom and walk under the Elbe while seeing some of the glazed terra cotta ornaments on the walls. It is a cool experience and you get a good view of the city port from either side.


Hamburg’s Red Light District and nightlife center. Stop by for a drink or visit one of the many concert venues here.


The Altona Fischmarkt is probably the most iconic landmark in Hamburg. You can find locals and tourists here every Sunday from 5 to 9.30 am. The crowd is a blend of still drunk party people, curious tourists, and bargain hunters finding everything from fresh fish over baskets filled with fruit and vegetables, yummy sweets in huge bags, to bands performing hit songs to sing and dance along to. Make sure to eat a Fischbrötchen (a bun with fish and some salad). 

Does this seem like a city you’d like to visit, or if you’ve been here before, what’s a must-see/do for you? 

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  • Rachel Gault

    All of these look like great things to do! Hope to get to Hamburg one of these days!

    • Diana Elle

      I hope you do too, it’s a great city!

  • Sara @ Simply Sara Travel

    These are great tips, Diana! Thanks for a peek at Hamburg. I have an uncle who lives kind of between Hamburg and Hanover for half of the year, but last time I visited I didn't have a chance to make it to this city. The city looks beautiful and I hope to get back to see it one day!

    • Diana Elle

      Thanks, Sara! Hopefully you get to stop by next time you’re in the area!

  • Arni

    Germany is a country I wish to explore more. I love this guide posts of yours. I'm bookmarking this.

    • Diana Elle

      There’s so much to see and do in Germany, I’m happy to contribute to Ashley’s guide posts!

  • Hi, I’m Susannah!

    How fun that you got to connect with her in this way! I'm so glad you enjoyed the Solidarity Sisters! <3<3<3

    • Ashley

      It has been great, each sister has been so unique, but SO lovely!

  • Jordan Beck Wagner

    Such a great post! My boyfriend lives in Hamburg so we will definitely have to check out some of these places.

    • Ashley

      That’s perfect! I definitely want to visit now. :)

      • Diana Elle

        let me know when you do! :)

    • Diana Elle

      it’s great when you know someone in the city, you get to see much more!

  • Passport Couture

    Exciting to read about opportunities from a local in the area! Diana has given a great list of sites that show the architecture, history, and stories of Hamburg.

    • Diana Elle

      Thanks, Brooke! :)

    • Ashley

      She really did!

  • Van @ Snow in Tromso

    Ahhhh Hamburg my love!!! I love this city so so much!!!

    • Diana Elle

      RIGHT!? and then I wondered why I wasn’t able to adapt to Kaiserslautern!

      • Van @ Snow in Tromso

        I wouldn’t have been able to either. In fact, should I ever move back to Germany I would only consider the Hamburg and maybe Munich area…. 😉

        • Diana Elle

          two good choices!

        • Ashley

          I love Munich :)

  • Ruth Rieckehoff

    Everything in here looks great! I have always been interested in Northern Germany.

    • Diana Elle

      Thanks! It doesn’t compare to the south, but it is great!

  • Jessi @2feet1world

    I definitely want to visit Hamburg this year – looks like such an interesting city :) #TravelTuesday

    • Diana Elle

      definitely do, it’s a great city!

  • Mara

    I’m travelling to Hamburg next weekend for the marathon. Can’t wait to visit it, Hamburg sounds lovely. Any culinary recommendations? Mara xx

    • Diana Elle

      Hi Mara, I hope you have a great time, definitely try either a fischbrötchen or something called “pan fish” ask around or if you take a tour ask the guide!