Help a Reader Travel: Hamburg

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Welcome to another post of helping a reader travel!

This weekly post is to help readers get a ton of travel advice from thousand of Deals We Like blog readers. Thus far, we’ve been able to help other readers travel to a slew of domestic and international destinations. Check out recent destinations and comment on suggestions here.

A few weeks ago a reader wrote in asking for Germany. I was able to cover Germany as a whole, but wanted to hit on many of the major tourist cities within the country as well. This will include: MunichBerlinFrankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, and any others that are requested.

This week is going to be dedicated to Hamburg, Germany. Here are some things I am sure readers will want suggestions on:

  • Where to stay
  • How many days to stay
  • Sites to see
  • Recommended restaurants
  • Anything else you might think is valuable!

If you’ve ever been to Germany, specifically Hamburg, let’s help out reader Dianna and I am sure many other interested readers!

Also, if you have any upcoming travel where you need some help, feel free to email me at to be a featured “Help a Reader Travel” Monday special. Thanks!

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  1. Park Hyatt is best hotel by a long way. Meridien on the lake is not bad if you have SPG points.

    Remember that EVERYTHING closes on Sundays in Germany except restaurants and some tourist sites.

    Lubeck is am interesting trip out, and from Lubeck you can continue by train to the pretty seaside town of Travemuende. Beach is about 60 seconds from the station.

    Schwerin also an interesting day trip.

    Worth noting that United flies to Hamburg, the only direct US connection.

  2. -Places to stay: I stayed at the Maritim Hamburg, which was on the better side of the Hauptbahnhof. Easy to jump on a train to whatever part of the city you want to see. It’s also convenient to get to (less than 300 feet from the station, and is not too loud), if you are coming from the airport. The front desk is extremely helpful, and there’s a lot of good food just down the street from the hotel (including a couple breakfast places).
    – How many days- 2. This is not a very ‘touristy’ city, and there are no English tours unless you book a private one (I took 4 separate ones in German- the tourism site doesn’t specify it, but all of their tours are in German).
    -Sites to see- take a harbor cruise. There’s also Beatles’ Platz which is in the red light district that nice to see. If you go to the Sunday fish market, 6am is not too early, it is already crazy busy then barely able to pass people, I can only imagine how crowded it is at 9am.
    -The sea food here is good (obviously being a port city).
    – Other valuable information- get a Hamburg Visitors card, it’s more than worth it just for the train passes (you can easily end up paying 3x the daily value for transport otherwise). The entire city is easily navigable by train. If you have German heritage, I would recommend going to the Ballinstadt Museum, which is a great museum dedicated to detailing the emigration of vast populations of people, and they do it in an amazing way- also has displays in English and German. This has been my least favorite of the 30+ German cities I’ve visited, although I speak German, people here are not very friendly to non-native speakers (in general).

  3. I traveled to Hamburg for two seperate 1 day trips. I personally loved my tour of city hall. I also spent the morning at neurngamme which is a memorial of a concentration camp.

    Lubek is a wonderful small city just 50 minutes from Hamburg. It was worth the trip- especially during Christmas season since they have incredible markets.

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