What to see in and around Hamburg in 7 days

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Where is Hamburg and what to see and do in 7 days?

Hamburg is a city in northern Germany, located on the banks of the river Elbe. Due to its strategic position, in the past it was a large port city. Today many areas have been redeveloped, for example the old quarter of the former warehouses, where goods were unloaded and stored, today houses museums, clubs, stores and even cafes and, in 2015, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All this makes it a fascinating city, where tradition and modernity meet.

Also, if you have a week available, take a few days to discover your surroundings and plan some day trips to visit the beautiful and picturesque towns in northern Germany. You will surely love it.

So, are you ready to go? Here is what to see in Hamburg and surroundings in 7 days. First of all we are going to show you useful information about the German city of Hamburg: map, and city facts.

Map of Hamburg

Information about Hamburg:

Here is some useful information about the city of Hamburg for you to know a little bit more in detail: language, area, population,..etc (source: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburgo)

Hamburg, an important port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the river Elbe. It is crisscrossed by hundreds of canals and also contains extensive green areas. Near its center, the inland Alster Lake has numerous boats and is surrounded by cafes. The city's central boulevard, Jungfernstieg, connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town), which is home to monuments, such as the 18th-century St. Michael's Church.
Area: 755.2 km²
Weather: 18 °C, wind W at 18 km/h, 73 % humidity. weather.com
Population: 1.841 million (2019) Eurostat


  1. Day 1
  2. Day 2
  3. Day 3
  4. Day 4
  5. Day 5
  6. Day 6
  7. Day 7
  8. How much does a week in Hamburg cost?
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. Cities near Hamburg

Day 1- Visit to the historical center and the most characteristic points of Hamburg.

Dedicate the first day to discover the historic center and the most characteristic points. For a first approach, you can take advantage of the evergreen tourist bus that allows you to find your way around the most important sites of the city.

Start from Hamburg Town Hall, Seat of the Hamburg City Council and Senate (7:00 to 20:00, free). Built in a mixture of Gothic, Baroque and Neo-Renaissance architectural styles, it can only be visited in part.
Then reach the Protestant Cathedral of St. Michael (November-April from 10:00 to 18:00, May-October from 9:00 to 20:00, free; bell tower and crypt 7,00 €) where it is possible to climb the bell tower to enjoy a breathtaking view.
Then you reach Mönckebergstraße, one of Hamburg's main shopping streets. Here you will find nightclubs, restaurants and many stores. Take a walk and admire how life goes on in this city.

Stop for lunch in this area, perhaps at the Hofbräu Wirtshaus Speersort (average cost per person 15,00 €), and then take to get to the afternoon stop, the St. Pauli district. You can reach it on foot, in 30 minutes on foot or by U-Bahn U13, up to the stop St. Pauli.
St. Pauli is the port area of Hamburg. This is also where the Beatles took their first steps, performing their first concerts. Take the whole afternoon to visit this district and learn about its history, preferably with a guided tour to discover the myths and legends of the city's red light district, Reeperbahn. Obviously, there is no shortage of bars, pubs and casinos. Don't worry, it is a totally safe area, always guarded by the Davidwache police. It is also one of the most popular tourist areas, with around 15 million visitors each year.

End the day with dinner at Gassenhaur Restaurant & Beisl (average cost per person 20,00 €) and then enjoy an evening in Hamburg's busiest district.

In brief:

  • Distance covered: 5.7 km / 1 h 14 min.
  • Sightseeing: City Hall (free), St. Michael's Church (free) and bell tower (€ 7.00), Mönckebergstraße (free), St. Pauli (free, visits from € 20.00 per person)
  • daily shopping: € 65,00
  • sightseeing bus ticket Port of Hamburg: 2-hour tour St. Pauli: tour of the main sights
  • Lunch at Hofbräu Wirtshaus Speersort (get directions), dinner at Gassenhaur & Beisl restaurant (get directions)

Day 2 - Visit to see Hamburger Kunsthalle, Jungfernstieg and more highlights

Start the day with a visit to the Hamburger Kunsthalle ( 10:00 to 18:00, Mondays, € 14.00 full price, € 8.00 reduced), a museum of ancient, modern and contemporary art. Here, among the many famous works is the famous painting "The Wanderer in the Sea of Fog" by Caspar David.

After visiting the museum, to which we recommend spending at least 2 hours, stop for lunch in the area, at the HANS IM GLÜCK Burgergrill & Bar (average cost per person 15,00 €).
Then spend the afternoon discovering the Jungfernstieg, Hamburg' s upscale shopping district and the site of many cultural and musical events and festivals, making it one of the city's busiest and liveliest neighborhoods.
This area is dominated by the Binnenalster reservoir, a very suggestive night cruise along the canals that make up the lake. The boat ride (from 16,00 € per person) will show you the city from another perspective and you can admire the spectacle of the Alsterfontäne, the 60 meters high fountain.

End the day with dinner at Block House in Gänsemarkt (average cost per person €20.00) near the lake and then spend an evening in this lively neighborhood.

In brief:

  • Distance traveled: 2.3 km / 29 min.
  • Places visited: Hamburger Kunsthalle (14,00 €), Jungfernstieg (free), Binnenalster (free, boat trip from 16,00 €)
  • daily shopping: € 65,00
  • Bicycle tours through the city center, Alster and the alternative area 1.5 hour private boat ride on the Alster river
  • Lunch at HANS IM GLÜCK Burgergrill & Bar (Get directions), Dinner at Block House (Get directions)

Day 3 - Visit to Hafencity, Speicherstadt, Kaffemuseum-burg factory

Move to Hafencity, the new district of Hamburg. New because it was born from the redevelopment of disused port buildings.
Start the day at the Elbphilharmonie, also nicknamed Elphi, one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world. Its unique architecture distinguishes it from all other buildings in the area. Take part in a guided tour to visit the interior, in order to delve into the history and learn all the curiosities of the building.

After the visit, stroll through the streets until you reach Speicherstadt, literally "the city of warehouses". It is the completely remodeled part, where instead of the old warehouses you can find museums, nightclubs, stores and even cafes. In order not to worry about traveling, you can take part in a guided tour where an expert guide will take you to discover this area of Hamburg.

Stop for lunch at Daniel Wischer's Fleetschlösschen (average cost per person 20,00 €).
Visit the famous coffee factory in this district, the Kaffeemuseum-Burg (10:00 to 18:00) where you can learn all about coffee through the museum, participate in workshops and tastings and, at the end of it all, enjoy a good coffee in the roaster's café.
You can sign up for a tour, at a cost of 12,50 €, which includes entrance to the museum, coffee tasting and a sample of roasted coffee to take home as a souvenir. Definitely a different experience to try!

Always stay in the HafenCity district in the evening. Stop for dinner at NENI Hamburg (average cost per person €30.00) and then enjoy a stroll along the canals in the area.

In brief:

  • Distance covered: 3.7 km / 47 min.
  • Places visited: Hafencity District (free), Elbe Philharmonic (€ 15.00), Speicherstadt (free), Kaffeemuseum-Burg (€ 12.50)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Tour of the Elbe Philharmonic, Speicherstadt and HafenCity Hamburg: 2-hour tour of Speicherstadt and HafenCity Hamburg: tour of the Elbe Philharmonic without concert halls
  • Lunch at Fleetschlösschen by Daniel Wischer (Get directions), Dinner at NENI Hamburg (Get directions)

Day 4 - Visit to Altonaer Fischmarkt, Schanzenviertel

A day dedicated to the discovery of two districts far from the historic center. The Altonaer Fischmarkt and the Schanzenviertel, to which you can dedicate, respectively, morning and afternoon.

The Altonaer Fischmarkt district is famous for its fish market. It is located to the west of the historic center and runs along the banks of the river Elbe. From the historic center it can be easily reached by bus 36 (travel time 40 minutes). Stroll along the Dockland Fischereihafen, or along the harbor, from where several ferries also depart, some of which will take you around the river.
But not only that, this area is full of green areas, such as Altonaer Balkon, Heine Park and Donners Park, all near the river bank.

After you have explored the area far and wide, treat yourself to a prano, perhaps fish-based, at the Elbblick (average cost per person € 20.00).
After that, take bus 15 or the S-Bahn S31 from Altonaer Fischmarkt and reach another beautiful and characteristic district, Schanzenviertel, Hamburg's art district. Once an area where workers lived, today it is full of artists, musicians and children. The main street is Schanzenstrasse, where many clubs, cafes and stores are concentrated. Our tip is to stroll through the streets and enjoy the atmosphere of this neighborhood, among murals and street artists. Pass the Rote Flora theater and stop at Flora Park, the park with rinks and ramps for skateboards.

To end the day we suggest you stop for dinner in Schanzenviertel, at one of the many characteristic and particular places. We recommend the restaurant Bullerei (average cost per person 30,00 €), one of the most famous in the area, reservations are highly recommended!

In brief:

  • Distance covered: 5.8 km / 1 h 13 min.
  • Visited places: Altonaer Fischmarkt (free of charge), Schanzenviertel (free of charge)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Hamburg: 1 hour boat tour through the harbor
  • Lunch at Elbblick (get directions), dinner at Bullerei (get directions)

Day 5 - Bremen city tour

Pay a visit to the city of Bremen. It was completely destroyed by the bombings of World War II, and today the historic center has been faithfully reconstructed.
Getting there is very easy thanks to the many direct trains that leave every day and connect the stations of the two cities (journey time 55 minutes, single ticket from 8.80 € to 24.00 €, the earlier you book your ticket, the cheaper the price).

Spend the morning visiting the historic center of Bremen. Starting from Marktplatz, the heart of the Altstadt, dominated by important buildings such as the Town Hall and the cathedral.
Bremen Cathedral, rebuilt several times over the centuries, is a beautiful example of Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Pay attention to the opening hours: from October to May from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:30, Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30 and Sunday from 14:00 to 16:30; from June to September from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:30, Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30 and Sunday from 14:00 to 17:30. Free admission, you can also participate in guided tours from 6,00 € per person.
Then go to Schnoor, Bremen's oldest district and get lost in its narrow streets full of craft stores, small galleries of local artists, cafes and small boutiques.

For lunch, stop in the Schnoor district and try typical Bremen dishes at the Gaststätte Kleiner Olymp restaurant (average cost per person € 20.00).
After having recharged your batteries, enjoy a pleasant stroll along the Weserpromenade Bremen, the city's waterfront. Then return to the historic center via Böttcherstrasse, a 100-meter alley lined with typical red houses, and arrive at Das Viertel, Bremen's young and artistic quarter. Here you will find stores, beer gardens and many clubs.

End the day with dinner in the Das Viertel district, perhaps at Platzhirsch (average cost per person € 20,00) and then take the train back to Hamburg.

In brief:

  • Distance traveled: 248 km / 2 h (by public transport).
  • Places visited: Bremen Altstadt (free), Marktplatz (free), Cathedral (free), Schnoor (free), Weserpromenade Bremen (free), Das Viertel (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Bremen: 2-hour tour through the old town with costumed interpreter
  • Lunch at Gaststätte Kleiner Olymp (Get directions), Dinner at Platzhirsch (Get directions)

Day 6 - Visit Schwerin

Day dedicated to Schwerin, a small town surrounded by several lakes, the largest of which is Lake Schweriner See. Located just over 100 kilometers from Bremen, it can be easily reached thanks to the direct train that connects the two central stations of the city (travel time one hour and a half, the ticket costs one way from 8.80 € to 24.00 €, the earlier you book the ticket, the cheaper the price).

Once you arrive in Schwerin, visit its historic center, starting from Marktplatz, the city's central square. Just a few steps away is the Schweriner Dom St. Marien und St. Johannis, the city's cathedral, which is open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 15:00 and on Sundays and public holidays from 12:00 to 15:00.
Then enjoy a stroll through one of the many green areas of the city, the Marstall Halbinsel park. Stop at its viewpoint, the Marstallwiesen, to enjoy a beautiful view over the lake and the castle, a stop you will visit in the afternoon.

Stop for lunch at the Schnitzelhaus Schwerin restaurant (average cost per person €20.00) and then head to the city's most famous attraction, Schloss Schwerin Castle.
This castle is located on an islet not far from the historic center and connected to the mainland by a bridge that can be crossed on foot. Visit the beautiful interiors and the gardens, where you can stroll while admiring the view of the lake. You can also reach the small Liebesinsel.
The castle is open from April to October from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00 and from November to March from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00. The entrance fee is 8,50 €.

End the day with dinner at Altstadtbrauhaus "Zum Stadtkrug" (average cost per person € 20,00) and then take the train back to Hamburg.

In brief:

  • Distance traveled: 229 km / 3 h 14 min (by car).
  • Sightseeing: Schwerin Old Town (free), Marktplatz (free), Cathedral (free), Marstall Halbinsel (free), Schloss Schwerin (€ 8.50)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Schwerin: 90 minutes guided city tour
  • Lunch at Schnitzelhaus Schwerin (Get Directions), Dinner at Altstadtbrauhaus "Zum Stadtkrug" (Get Directions)

Day 7 - Visit Miniatur Wunderland

Start the morning having fun at one of the most famous attractions of the city, the Miniatur Wunderland (9:30-18:00, 13,00 €, 6,50 € reduced) perfect to visit even with children.
It is a museum dedicated to the art of miniature: here you can find the entire city of Hamburg reconstructed on a scale of 1:87, various German cities, the Alps, Switzerland and Scandinavia, and every year the works get bigger and bigger!

Lunch at Das Kontor (average cost per person 20,00 €), back to the center.
Enjoy for the last time, the entire old town area and the Jungfernstieg and stroll through the beautiful park that runs through the city, the Große Wallanlagen. If you visit the city in winter, a large ice rink is installed here.
But, above all, take advantage of this last afternoon to go back to the places you liked the most and would like to review or maybe do some activities of your interest that you could not do in the previous days, such as visiting some museums or participating in a specific tour. .

End the day with a typical dinner at Rheinischer Hafen (average cost per person 20,00 €) and then enjoy your last evening in the historic center of Hamburg.

In brief:

  • Distance traveled: 4.0 km / 51 min.
  • Places visited: Miniatur Wunderland (€ 13,00), Alt Stadt (free), Jungfernstieg (free), Große Wallanlagen (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 55.00
  • Hamburg: sightseeing bus ticket
  • Lunch at Das Kontor (get directions), dinner at Rheinischer Hafen (get directions)

How much does a week in Hamburg cost?

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are "per person".

Hamburg is not an expensive city, it is in the average of other German cities. It also offers a wide variety of accommodations and restaurants, so it suits all kinds of budgets. You can find small hotels and b & bs at low cost, as well as luxurious all-inclusive hotels.

  • from € 70,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b's from € 50,00 per room -
  • Hamburg harbor: 2-hour harbor tour 1-hour harbor cruise Hamburg: bike tour through the city center, Alster and alternative area
  • Total cost for one week, flight included: from 670,00 € per person

Before you leave: useful tips

  • When to visit Hamburg: From May to September temperatures are pleasant and the city is full of events and festivals, one of the most famous being the Duckstein Festival, which combines music, art and gastronomy. The Christmas period is evocative, with lights and markets: more information.
  • the city is served by Hamburg Fuhlsbuttel Airport, which is located just 9 kilometers north of Hamburg city center. To get there, you can take the S-Bahn line S1 to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof central station (travel time 25 minutes, ticket costs €3.20) or the Jasper Airport Express bus (travel time 30 minutes). Alternatively, outside the arrivals terminal you can take a cab (travel time 30 minutes, average cost of a trip € 30.00).
  • The best area to stay in is the historical center, the Alt Stadt. This is where most of the attractions are concentrated and you will be in a central area that will allow you to easily reach all other areas. Obviously, it is also the most expensive area. Alternatively, you can choose the St. George district, close to the station and therefore well connected, while if you are looking for nightlife and nightlife, the right neighborhood for you is St. Pauli, in the harbor area.
  • Getting around: it is possible to visit the city center on foot and its neighborhoods, but to move from one point to another it is necessary to take public transport. The most convenient is certainly the subway, or the U-Bahn (4 lines, single ticket 1,60 €, day ticket 8,00 €), alternatively you can take the buses (single ticket 1,60 €, day ticket 8,00 €) or the train, or the S-Bahn (single ticket 1,60 €, day ticket 8,00 €) - more information
  • Recommended cards and passes: Hamburg Card, which includes free use of buses, trains and harbor ferries and discounts of up to 50% at more than 150 tourist attractions. The cost of the pass varies according to duration: one day 10,50 €, 2 days 19,40 €, 3 days 27,50 €, 4 days 35,90 € and 5 days 43,40 €.

Cities Near Hamburg

Altona, Germany2.74 miles2.38 nm
Marienthal, Germany3.61 miles3.14 nm
Wandsbek, Germany4.26 miles3.7 nm
Eidelstedt, Germany5.53 miles4.8 nm

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