There is so much to see and do in Hamburg! Use our travel map of Hamburg below to help you decide where to go, what to do next, and even find your way from one fantastic sight, restaurant or place to stay to the next. If an icon or pin is displayed below, we’ve been there and can recommend it. Simply click on that icon or pin to launch additional details about that sight. Links will take you to additional information as appropriate. Use the navigation feature at the bottom of our map of Hamburg to plot a route once you are in the city — using Google’s directions to determine a best route for walking, driving or public transit. We recommend also looking at our Hamburg City Guide and using in tandem with this map.

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Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

This is now THE icon for Hamburg since its opening in January 2017. For all of the inside scoop on the Elbe Philharmonic Hall building and touring it, see our story, “Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, a new city icon.”

Jungfernstieg, Hamburg, Germany

The “Jungfernstieg” is the elegant shopping promenade that edges the southernmost edge of the Inner Alster. (Of note: “Jungfer” means “virgin” and “Stieg” could be loosely translated as a walkway; the name stems from the wealthy young women who used to stroll along the banks there.) This is also where the cruises on the Alster and through the canals embark – worth the time!

Miniatur Wunderland
Kehrwieder 2-4/Block D, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Don’t short your time at the Miniatur Wunderland (Miniature Wonderland), a nearly 16,000-square-foot with unsurpassed detail of trains, planes, landscapes and cities in nine so-called “theme worlds.

St. Pauli
St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany

Everybody seems to want to go party in this loud and flamboyant area of the city, renowned for the red-light-district called the Reeperbahn.

Elbe Tunnel
Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken, 20359 Hamburg, Germany

Today, you can walk under the water from one shore to the other of the Elbe River when in Hamburg. The 1,400-foot tunnel, originally opened in 1911, is still open for transit from shore to shore, as well as for curious tourists, including cyclists and pedestrians (free).

St. Michael's
Englische Planke 1, 20459 Hamburg, Germany

St. Michael’s, and its baroque style, is one of the best known churches in Hamburg with the dome’s copper roof, but not the tallest.

St. Nikolai
Willy-Brandt-Straße 60, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

The tallest church in Hamburg is St.Nikolai, which today is a moving memorial and museum. (See our story, “St. Nikolai Church Memorial.”) Destroyed in World War II, St. Nikolai was in 1874 the tallest building in the world.

Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg, Germany

Don’t miss the City Hall or Rathaus, where there are tours nearly daily.

Deichstraße, 20459 Hamburg, Germany

For an overdose of cute and a good helping of history with a touch of Venician feel, head for the Deichstrasse where some of the oldest buildings in the city line the “Nikolaifleet” canal. Buildings here date back to the 14th century.

Planten un Blomen garden
Planten un Blomen, Marseiller Str. 7, 20355 Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg’s Planten un Blomen garden is a real urban treat.

Övelgönne / Historic harbor
Övelgönne, 22605 Hamburg, Germany

Since the river and the harbor and what they represent run deep in Hamburg’s blood, a trip to the quaint Historic Harbor area with its historic ships is a delightful way to explore beyond town center.

Treppenviertel (Blankenese)
Treppenviertel Blankenese, Am Hang 9, 22587 Hamburg, Germany

Blankenese offers a neighborhood of winding stairs with historic mansions and nice views called the “Treppenviertel,” or “stairs neighborhood.”

Sternschanze, Hamburg, Germany

On the opposite end of the spectrum from chic Blankenese is the counter-cultural area of Sternschanze or Schanzenviertel not far from the Hamburg Congress Center. Like street art? More buildings are decorated here than not. Looking for organic restaurants, hip cafes or alternative cuisine? This could be for you. We frankly love it.

The Henri Hotel
Bugenhagenstraße 21, 20095 Hamburg, Germany

The Henri Hotel, a hip and trendy yet casual place with a business orientation but feels homey too. Unless you can snag a special, prices are on the higher side, but location can’t be beat.

Reichshof Hotel
Kirchenallee 34-36, 20099 Hamburg, Germany

The Reichshof Hotel is a historic boutique hotel that is part of the Hilton chain but you’d never really know that. Across the street from the main train station, this hotel is also a fashionable meeting place but breakfast is amazing and rooms very nice.

Carls an der Elbphilharmonie
Am Kaiserkai 69, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Carls an der Elbphilharmonie is precisely where its name says: Right at the Philharmonic. Choose from a finer brasserie restaurant or a simpler bistro with views of the port. French flair.

Kehrwieder 5, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Located in the Speicherstadt. Wonderful coffee house!

Övelgönne 60, 22605 Hamburg, Germany

If it’s spring or summer, drop into the Strandperle on the beach, a spot popular with locals with basic grill food, including sausages … of course.

Ristorante Porto Novo
Alsterufer 2, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Head around the southwest corner of the Outer Alster to Ristorante Porto Novo with great views of the water. Don’t miss sunset and get a window view! The finer end of Italian that includes a few Hamburg fish specialties too.

Messmer Tea Museum
Am Kaiserkai 10, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Try the Messmer Tea Museum not far away from the Kaffeerösterei for an unsurpassed menu of specialty teas, as well as concerts and tea education.

Gasthaus an der Alster
Ferdinandstraße 65-67, 20095 Hamburg, Germany

For good eating in a bright, historic building near the center of town, try the Gasthaus an der Alster. Warm, lots of wood paneling, solid German food.

Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
20099 Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station.

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Award-winning travel writers, Michael Hodgson and Therese Iknoian, use words, art, video and photography to guide you on their journeys around the world, and inspire you to embark on your own travel adventure soon. They are members of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Professional Travel Bloggers Association.
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