Hamburg – Top 3 Tips for a first timer

Whilst Berlin gets all the plaudits and other cities such as Cologne are more visited for the Christmas markets Hamburg seems to just get on with things in its own way offering much more to the visitor than the usual stag do on the Reeperbahn. I’m a regular visitor to the city and have been drawn in by its charms and way of life and want to share my top tips to ensure you make the most of your time there.

#1 Transport:

Hamburg has a super efficient public transport system. I’ve never seen any delays and both buses and trains run regularly. Even better on Friday and Saturday nights they run a 24 hour service which puts London’s underground to shame. Whilst the Hamburg Transport Card may seem a good deal at €20 each for 3 days you should seriously consider whether you need it as you won’t spend anywhere near this amount on transport if you are in a centrally located hotel.

The S-Bahn links directly to the airport and a one way ticket to the city centre is just €2.60 per person which is a bargain compared to the Gatwick Express. Single tickets for all rail journeys within the city centre are just €1.30.

Should you decide you need a taxi they can be hailed just as any other city and cost in the region of €3 per km

#2 Accommodation:

I am completely biased here. I only ever stay at one place. Superbude, I can tell you how great this place is for anyone of any age. Great prices too!

Click here to check out my previous blog post on the Superbude

If you want to splash some more cash though then the Gastwerk Hotel is definitely worth consideration. Whilst not right in the centre of the city it’s near Bahrenfeld station which provides easy access to anywhere. The Gastwerk Hotel is an old coal warehouse of the Hamburg gasworks. It’s a design hotel and each room is unique I don’t think I’ve ever visited another hotel like it anywhere else in the world!

#3 Nightlife:

So Hamburg is known for the Reeperbahn – the most sinful mile in the world! It’s worth visiting for a night an experiencing what it’s all about. There are plenty of live sex shows, sex shops, bars and clubs to easily pass the night away.

However after you have done the seedy part (if you even want to do it at all!) then you should head to the Schanze to see what Hamburg nightlife is really about. On a warm summer evening there will be hundreds of people in the street on Schulterblatt outside the Bedford Cafe. In and around this area are some chilled restaurants and bars. Most are very original and quirky

Zoe Bar is full of old original antique furniture

Mutter is a tiny underground bar but very busy

Saal II looks like an old slaughter house and seems like a dive but it’s cool and chilled and there is always a student crowd inside

The Gruener Jaeger is a cool grungy hang out that has some excellent independent music nights

All around the Schanze you will also find really good independent shops such as record shops. I really miss independent record shops so I’ve spent hours trawling through the vinyl and listening to some great stuff. Whilst Rammstein might be the best known Germany has some great music and lots of the bars have live local bands.

Finn is a great artist from Hamburg check out his stuff here


So if you’ve done Berlin, Munich and Cologne and still want more then Hamburg should be top of your list. I’ll have some more in depth posts on Hamburg coming in the future


7 thoughts on “Hamburg – Top 3 Tips for a first timer”

  1. Great post Tom! I’m actually going to go to Hamburg just before Christmas (based on the fact that it’s the cheapest German city I can go to from Manchester…), so this is really useful! The transport looks so efficient that it’s turning me on.

    Superbude looks AMAZING btw – exactly the kind of place I’ve been looking for! Thanks for posting about it. Their website is kick-ass, too!

    1. Hey thanks for stopping by the blog 🙂

      I honestly cant tell you how good the Superbude is. If you don’t want a beat up old hostel but cant afford a pricy hotel its like the perfect in between.
      Hamburg is a really cool city you will enjoy it. If you’re their just before Xmas then the Xmas markets should still be in full swing in the Rathausmarkt and up Monckerbergstrasse. I know the city pretty well so if you want to ask anything closer to the time let me know, when you get there the staff in the Superbude will point you in the right direction for things anyway

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  3. Very great tips and well needed since I am now here.

    I already started using the subway system and must say it is very awesome easy to understand and very efficient. As for accommodation… I got so lucky one of my readers emailed me and is letting me stay with them for a week!

    1. Hey Jaime thanks for the comments! Hope you have a great time in Hamburg its a really underrated city and one of my favourites! I’m sure if your friend lives there he will show you all the best bits 🙂

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