Flights to Hamburg (HAM)

Flights to Hamburg offer something for all ages and tastes – world-class cuisine, history and a vibrant counterculture, for starters.

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According to locals, catching a flight to Hamburg means travelling to Germany’s 'Gateway To The World'. Just a few hours spent in this thriving, multicultural and pleasantly liberal port city confirms that the world is coming to Hamburg, enticed by its quality of living, historic city centre and attitude to life. Hamburgers like to have fun.

Hamburg is where The Beatles learned their trade, and maintains its kudos as a home to alternative culture, with everything from rock music to a famous football team, St Pauli.

The docks – still the second biggest in Europe – are now populated by new hotels, restaurants, art galleries and the majestic Elbphilharmonie Hamburg concert hall. Old warehouses have been refurbished and become tourist attractions in their own right. Meanwhile, around the Alster Lakes, the mercantile money on which Hamburg was built is evident in the town hall, the Michelin-starred restaurants, the villas and boutiques.

Hamburg’s a vibrant, buzzy, city and many of eateries reflect that. Parlament’s massive dining hall is the place to try local delicacies amid locals. Similarly, Bullerei’s location in a former livestock hall is a great place to sample steaks from local producers. And of course, being a port city, there are plenty of scintillating seafood options too, from the refined surroundings of Fischereihafen and Se7en Oceans to the cooler, converted warehouse chic of Vlet.

And just because the city has an industrial heritage as a port city doesn't mean that its hotels are similarly gritty. In fact, many have taken cues from the city’s past and transformed old buildings into wonderfully atmospheric places to stay: East is a conversion of an old iron foundry, while Gastwerk had a former life, as the name suggests, as a gas works.

These design-conscious hotels make for a unique stay – in fact for all the grand, palatial charms of Hotel Atlantic Kempinski, it’s easy to make a case for East being among the best hotels in Hamburg. Even the new build hotels have got in on the act – 25hours HafenCity has a hip and stylish nautical theme, while Side’s designer lighting is an attraction in itself. There aren’t many places that have such interesting and unique places to stay, which is a reflection on the charms of Hamburg itself.

In fact, you could say a stay in Hamburg is all things to all people – refinement, excitement, history and modernity all in a place that remains very much a working city. It’s certainly a gateway to all that is good about Germany, and a reminder that a city can reinvent itself without losing sight of what made it great in the first place.

Explore St Pauli

St Pauli is chock full of shops, cafes and boutique hotels. Its liberal attitude is represented by its football team FC St. Pauli, whose fan-focused owners and skull-and-crossbones logo lends them cult status around the world. Catch a game to get a taste of real fandom.

FC St Pauli v 1910 e V
Harald-Stender-Platz 1
+49 40 3178 740 (German language site)

Get nautical

Being a port city, Hamburg even has more bridges than Venice. Go on a cruise around the Alster Lakes in the heart of the city to see how the founding fathers spent their money, take a trip around the regenerated Hafencity port district, home of the magnificent Elbphilharmonie Hamburg building, or visit the famous Fish Market.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1 
+49 40 35766666

Understand Hanseatic history

Hamburg is a great place to understand how the independent cities in what is now Northern Germany became so prosperous in the late middle ages. Start by visiting St. Michaelis Church for an amazing view of Hamburg, and take in the ostentatious Rathaus (Town Hall), which makes a beautiful backdrop for its famous Christmas markets.

Englische Planke 1
+49 40 376 780

Shop at the Alsterpavillion

The Alsterpavillion or ALEX at Jungfernstieg – a promenade on the waters of the Inner Alster – is the perfect place to unwind after a day’s shopping at the nearby department stores and boutiques. The new lakeside terrace has events throughout the year as people take time out from their retail therapy to gaze out onto the water.

Jungfernstieg 54
+49 40 350 1870

Learn about the history of The Beatles

Hamburg is where the Beatles cut their teeth as a small band from Liverpool. Book onto 'The Beatles In Hamburg' tour to understand why John Lennon once said, “I might have been born in Liverpool – but I grew up in Hamburg.”

Große Freiheit 39
In front of ‘Highway’
+49 162 379 7747

Go to the beach

This might sound odd, given that Hamburg is 110km away from the sea. But in summer, the beach lounge at Strand Pauli is incredibly popular – there is warm sand by the River Elbe – while Elbstrand is a wonderful place to relax, watch the big cruise ships and have a barbecue.


Parlament (German)

A huge dining area underneath Hamburg’s town hall, this atmospheric restaurant is the place to get a taste of traditional German food, from the pizza-style Flammkuchen to Labskaus, a mash of pickled beef brisket, young herring, beetroot, onions and potatoes. Hearty and homely, the menu is loved by Hamburg locals, which is all the recommendation you need.

Rathausmarkt 1
+49 40 7038 3399

Vlet (German)

A gourmet restaurant in the refurbished warehouse district, Vlet’s menu of German dishes is as interesting as the open steel beams and vaulted brick ceilings that make up the atmospheric dining room. Try the shrimp, which is delivered straight from the boat to the restaurant – you can’t get fresher than that.

Am Sandtorkai 23
+49 40 334 753 750

Se7en Oceans (Seafood/ French)

The most centrally located of Hamburg’s Michelin-starred establishments, Se7en Oceans specialises in seafood. But since 2012, Chef Frédéric Morel and his team have also offered a range of creative French and Mediterranean dishes such as pigeon and rabbit. With a stunning view over the Alster, it’s one of Hamburg’s premier establishments.

Europa Passage
Ballindamm 40
+49 40 3250 7944

Haerlin (French)

For refinement, head to the two Michelin-starred Haerlin in the magnificently located Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Chef Christoph Rüffer creates an elaborate and sophisticated take on French cuisine; try the saddle of Limousin lamb with carrots, cream of chickpeas and lemon and Moroccan salad.

Neuer Jungfernstieg 9
+49 40 3494 3310

Fischereihafen (Seafood)

Given that Hamburg's a port city, you’d expect some impressive fish restaurants, and Fischereihafen just about tops the lot. The exterior is low-key, but once inside, this is a grand, elegant dining room with spectacular views across the harbour. The daily menu changes depending on what Chef Jens Klunker spies at the fish market each day.

Große Elbstraße 143a
+49 4038 1816

Bullerei (Steakhouse)

An incredibly popular steak restaurant run by Jamie Oliver cohort Tim Mälzer, Bullerei’s surroundings – a stripped down former livestock hall with exposed brickwork and piping – makes it an atmospheric destination for a Saturday night. Other dishes such as pumpkin tart and rabbit leg make this an impressively versatile establishment.

Lagerstraße 34b
+49 40 3344 2110


This is one of Hamburg entrepreneur Kai Hollmann’s design hotels (he’s also responsible for 25 Hours and The George) but the combination of stylish, loft-style accommodation and incredible prices is virtually unbeatable. Staying in a former gas works has never been so enticing. The restaurant Mangold is also impressive.

Beim Alten Gaswerk 3
+49 40 890 620

The George Hotel

A British-themed hotel has to work in Hamburg – the home of the early Beatles. And The George Hotel is far from tacky. Instead expect a colonial-themed experience with 118 rooms in an area fast becoming one of Hamburg’s coolest. Elegant and design-conscious, it also boasts a rooftop lounge looking out onto the Alster.

Barcastraße 3
+49 40 280 0300


Another comfortable hotel for design lovers, Side even has a famous lighting designer – Robert Wilson’s work gives the communal areas a sense of style and luxury. With a popular steak restaurant – or (m)eatery, as they call it – and spa, Side is a real find near the shopping areas and Alster Lakes.

Drehbahn 49
+49 40 309 990

Hotel Atlantic Kempinski

Of all the grand five-star hotels in Hamburg, the Atlantic Kempinski is always popular – not least because scenes from the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies were filmed here. Refurbished and with a prime address right on the Alster, it’s a palatial, luxurious and effortlessly comfortable hotel.

An der Alster 72-79
+49 40 28880


East is an immaculate conversion of an old iron foundry. Boasting a spectacular three-storey restaurant and luxurious rooms that combine stylish, Eastern-influenced design with cosy charm, it's a vibrant venue as well as a retreat from Hamburg’s famous party scene just a few streets away.

Simon-von-Utrecht-Straße 31
+49 4030 9930

25hours Hotel HafenCity

The area around the port of Hamburg has been completely regenerated, and the innovative 25hours Hotel HafenCity takes inspiration from the area’s past and future. Each warm and cosy ‘cabin’ has a logbook with sailors’ tales, and the cool lounge, restaurant and ‘club room’ make this quite the hangout for Hamburg’s hipsters.

Überseeallee 5
+49 40 257 7770

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