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Hamburg tips: City trip Quick & Dirty

My Hamburg tips for Speicherstadt

An 2-Day-Guide for Hamburg with and without children: My Hamburg tips for accommodation, food and drink, harbor cruise and highlights in fast-forward!

This beautiful city in the north is always worth a visit! We are at the beginning of July for a weekend on the Elbe and enjoy wonderful weather, great sights and delicious food. Here are my Hamburg tips for you:

Accommodation (ideal for families or groups):

25h Hotel Number One in Ottensen / Altona *

With XL family rooms (all in one room) for approx. € 130,00 per night per room (for 2 adults and 2 children)

Hotel BB in Hamburg-Altona*

With family room (all in one room) for about € 100,00 per night and room (for 2 adults and 2 children)

MyPlace in Schanzenviertel*

With terrace apartment with 1 bedroom and sofa bed for 199,00 € per night and apartment (for 2 adults and 2 children)

My Hamburg tip: Apartment Master in the old town / Hafencity*

With 3 bedrooms and living room for about € 250,00 per night for 6 persons and toddler plus bed linen and towels

My Hamburg tips for sightseeing classics


Even if you've heard it a thousand times - The Lion King at the Stage Theater on the Elbe is really a MUST. I have already seen some musicals (also Tarzan in Hamburg), but The Lion King is really goosebumps feeling! And the drive to the theater and the view of the Hamburg-Skykline is there for free.

Miniature wonderland

Another classic. Especially with children, but definitely without! The largest model railway exhibition in the world. My advice: either VIP tickets get (about € 2,00 more expensive than the regular ticket with € 15,00 for adults), then you can through the Fast Lane without waiting, Or just stand at the door at 8. From 10 / 11 clock it will be unbearably crowded anyway ...


The easiest way to get it Free tickets to the Plaza Plaza on-site at checkout or opposite at the tourist information office on the same day. If you already know when you want to go up in the next few days, you can get tickets with the appropriate time slot book online in advance, but with € 2,00 processing fee. But maybe makes sense in the high season. The highlight is the spacey escalator that brings you upstairs.

My tip with a stroller: there is a separate entrance on the north side where you can get to the elevators. Nevertheless, we didn't want to miss the escalator and simply drove it down again (also with a stroller;)

Above it is very windy, but the view over the whole city and the Elbe definitely worth a visit! My advice: the public ferry stops right in front of the Elbphilharmonie and is with the Hamburg Card included. Then you can relax and get to the jetties.

Harbour Cruise

There is yes a thousand different harbor cruises in Hamburgfrom big ships, long tours or comedy tours to canoe trips, which are also allowed in the old town. And everyone has their right to exist. Most of the tours start at the jettiesThere you will be spoiled for choice.

My advice: The organizers are happy to award remaining seats at a special price, ie Do not forget to act with a larger group! Sometimes there are also online tickets a bit cheaper.

I really wanted to go with such a traditional barge and not with a huge ship. My advice: the provider Max Jens starts directly in front of the Speicherstadt / Hafencity (and only 500 meters from the Apartment Master, see above) his 1 hour tour and you do not have to beat yourself by the crowd at the jetties. For five adults and two kids we negotiated a special price of € 50,00 (Regular price € 15,00 per adult). A really nice little ride on the Port and Elphi past and through a lock with funny anecdotes of the captain, Very entertaining!

My advice: In principle, you can have one Sightseeing tour also with public ferries make, above all offers the Line 62


A really nice one Walk offers itself through the historical Speicherstadt, From our apartment you walk about 5 minutes, until you have reached the beautiful brick stone wall. Over bridges and small lanes, it goes over the canals to the modern Hafencity - a crasser contrast. From here you can continue to Elbphilarmonie walk who wants.

My advice: the Fleetschlösschen, a single, large room in the brick house that serves as a cafe and is really totally sweet and romantic! Perfect for a little break in between.

My Hamburg tips for eating & drinking

Have breakfast and coffee in the North Coast Coffee

A cute cafe in the middle of the old town! Here you can enjoy delicious bowls, healthy bread rolls or classic scrambled eggs. Everything selected and visually an eye-catcher! The interior is comfortably decorated in shades of brown and there are only a few tables. At the window squares you can look directly onto the water. The most important: The coffee comes from the own roasting and tastes really delicious!

Dinner in the Ti Breizh

Im House of Brittany is not only the food was exceptionally good, but also the location was exceptionally beautiful! When the weather is nice you can dine right on the water on a pier, really a unique atmosphere. Unfortunately you can not reserve outside, but for the restaurant inside you should book in advance! There are sweet, French crepes or hearty galettes with cheese, potatoes, bacon & co, The choice is endless and infinitely delicious - my tip in Hamburg!

Rooftop bars

If you want to enjoy the view of Hamburg with a delicious drink or cocktail, then you are in the right place in these two locations: East Hotel or Riverside Hotel

My personal Hamburg tips:

Beach bars

If you have not been in one of the many beach bars, you have not been to Hamburg! The selection is great. There are three beach bars north of the jetties: Dock 3, Hamburg Del Mar. and how to keep it beach Pauli, The latter is probably the most iconic and hippest location. There is ice, alcohol, burgers & Co with a view of the Elbe, of course. The crowd is mixed and many groups and tourists come here.

Somewhat outside in Altona is still there the beach perle and my personal tip. Here you can chill with lots of sand, enjoy after-work beer and just let your mind wander.

Portuguese quarter

Only 10 minutes walk from our accommodation (Apartment Master) lies the vibrant Portuguese quarters and is definitely worth a visit. If you want to have dinner here, you should book in advance at prime time, especially in good weather. There are, as the name implies, mainly tapas bars but also Italians. The mood is really unique here in the summer, when life takes place on the street!

I can especially recommend the following places: Casa del Sabor, Pronto, Olé Lisboa

Walk to the Binnenalster

For a small excursion, visit the Alster on. Coming from the old town you walk past the pretty Town hall and continue to Jungfernstieg, the boulevard on the water. There are a few nice cafes and also an ice cream parlor. We are in about 20 minutes once around the Alster walked around and enjoyed the great views. If you want to go rowing boat on the Outer Alster im Bobby Reich rent a boat!

Hamburg Card

My tip, if you see a lot and do not always want to think about your train ticket. With the Hamburg Card there is also various reductions at the tourist attractions, The public ferries are also included in the price, for example, and you can cruise all over Hamburg, fantastic!

Do you have any more Hamburg tips for me? This city is always worth a visit and you will always discover new corners!

Sunset with Michel

Sunset with Michel

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  1. Hallo,

    a very nice contribution 🙂 I was recently in Hamburg and have seen some of the sights also. For example, I liked the Hafenhundfarht very much. Unfortunately, I could not go to the musical, but I really want to catch up. The next time I'm back in Hamburg, I definitely use your restuarant tips. In that sense, we were a bit disoriented.

    Best regards


    • favorite spot sagt

      Hi Pascale, thanks for your comment :) yes, in principle we also had too little time for everything ... But Hamburg is always worth a visit! LG, Tatiana

  2. Nicole sagt

    Since I get directly back on a quick trip to Hamburg ;-). The harbor tours in the barge are always an experience. Thank you for all the tips! I did not know the beach bars yet ... they will be on the next visit.

    • favorite spot sagt

      Dear Nicole! Thanks for your comment! Yes, the beach bars are a real highlight, because you have to go next time 🙂 LG, Tatjana

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