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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Hamburg, Germany

What to do in Hamburg

Explore St. Pauli

St. Pauli is chock full of shops, cafes, and boutique hotels. Its liberal attitude is represented by its soccer team, FC St. Pauli, whose fan-focused owners and skull-and-crossbones logo gives 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
20359
+49 40 3178 740
fcstpauli.com (German-language website)

Get nautical

Being a port city, Hamburg has even 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
20457
+49 40 35766666
elbphilharmonie.de

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
20354
+49 40 350 1870
dein-alex.de

Go to the beach

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

Elbstrand
22605
facebook.com/elbstrandhamburg

Learn about the history of the Beatles

Hamburg is where the Beatles cut their teeth as a small band from Liverpool. Join 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"
22767
+49 162 379 7747
beatles-tour.com

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, then take in the ostentatious Rathaus (Town Hall), which makes a beautiful backdrop for its famous Christmas markets.

Englische Planke 1
20459
+49 40 376 780
st-michaelis.de

Where to eat in Hamburg

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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 homey, the menu is loved by Hamburg locals, which is all the recommendation you need.

Rathausmarkt 1
20095
+49 40 7038 3399

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 inside, this is a grand, elegant dining room with spectacular views across the harbor. The daily menu changes depending on what Chef Jens Klunker spies at the fish market each day.

Große Elbstraße 143a
22767
+49 4038 1816
fischereihafenrestaurant.de

Se7en Oceans (Seafood/ French)

The most centrally located of Hamburg’s Michelin-starred establishments, Se7en Oceans specializes 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
20095
+49 40 3250 7944
se7en-oceans.de

Bullerei (Steakhouse)

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

Lagerstraße 34b
20357
+49 40 3344 2110
bullerei.com

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
20457
+49 40 334 753 750
vlet.de

Haerlin (French)

For refinement, head to the Michelin two-star 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
20354
+49 40 3494 3310
restaurant-haerlin.de/en

Places to stay in Hamburg

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East

East is an immaculate conversion of an old iron foundry. Boasting a spectacular three-story restaurant and luxurious rooms that combine stylish, Eastern-influenced design with cozy 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
20359
+49 4030 9930
east-hamburg.de

150514 HAM STAY—Gastwerk

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
22761
+49 40 890 620
gastwerk.com

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 cozy 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
20457
+49 40 257 7770
25hours-hotels.com/en

The George Hotel

A British-themed hotel has to work in Hamburg, which was 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
22087
+49 40 280 0300
thegeorge-hotel.de

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
20099
+49 40 28880
kempinski.com/en/hamburg/hotel-atlantic

Side

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
20354
+49 40 309 990
side-hamburg.de/en/side-home

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