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Hamburg Like a Local

Insider tips & favourite spots. From Hamburg locals.

Do you want to discover Hamburg like a real local and explore the furthest reaches of the city? Get firsthand recommendations and let them reveal their favourite spots! We were out and about with true Hamburg natives, lifelong Hamburg-lovers - and those who strive to be ones. They show you their special locations and give you insider tips on Hamburg's diverse, exciting and still unknown corners. Look forward to the secrets that Hamburg has to offer!

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What our locals recommend

Find out where the locals shop, eat & drink, party, and which hotels they would stay in - and why they love their city so much.

Underway with real Hamburg natives

Are you looking for the real, the true Hamburg? We asked well-known Hamburg locals about their favorite things in the city. And if they would share their favourite spots, experiences, and stories with us? The result is our video-series "Go with the heart is".

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Shop where Hamburg local shop

The best shopping tips for Hamburg. Whether it's fashion, kitsch or furnishings – everyone can find something in these shops.

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Where Hamburg locals eat & drink

True Hamburg natives show you their favourite restaurants in Hamburg. Either a quick take-away snack, something good & cheap, or something very special – there's something for everyone here.

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Where real Hamburg locals celebrate

Party & enjoy the nightlife like Hamburg locals.

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Going home - don't miss these!

The best tips for on-the-way-home: Don't miss these spots before the night ends.

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Stay where the locals recommend

Even enthusiastic Hamburg explorers get tired. To start your next day bright and bushy-tailed, we recommend staying in one of these great hotels.

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Why Hamburg locals love their city

Hamburg is loud, colourful and highly diverse! In our series of interviews, Hamburg originals tell you what makes the city especially liveable for them. Take a look now!

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Book unforgettable Hamburg experiences now!

Family-Highlight

Tropenaquarium
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Hagenbeck Tropical Aquarium - Entrance

  • More than 14,300 exotic animals
  • Over 300 species
  • Panorama window with sea bottom
  • Biggest Highlight: The big shark atoll
Hagenbeck Tropical Aquarium - Entrance
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From 14.00
Tropenaquarium
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Since 2007 Hagenbeck Zoo has been home to a very special attraction: the tropical aquarium. Visitors can go on a fascinating journey of discovery on four different levels, past magnificent sharks, powerful Nile crocodiles, tropical fish, poisonous snakes, sleepy fruitbats, free-roaming lemurs and plenty more. There are more than 14,300 exotic animals from 300 species to discover on land, in the water and in caves.

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Panik City
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Panik City - Udo Lindenberg's Multimedia Experience

  • Technology, Art and Culture Project
  • Various life stations of Udo Lindenberg
  • Work of the exceptional artist
  • Exciting adventure world
Panik City - Udo Lindenberg's Multimedia Experience
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From 18.50
Panik City
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Covering an area of about 700 m², the multi-media adventure world PANIK CITY - UDO LINDENBERG'S MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE on Hamburg's Reeperbahn in the clubhouse St. Pauli is home to the multi-award winning media façade. The innovative technology, art and culture project traces the musical, artistic and socio-political work of the exceptional artist Udo Lindenberg and makes it tangible through technical innovations. In groups of up to 20 people guide guides in a 90-minute tour through the various life stations of the panic rocker.

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Pure thrill

Hamburg Dungeon
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Hamburg Dungeon - Entrance

  • Time travel into Hamburg's dark past
  • With a professional actress
  • Two scary ride attractions
Hamburg Dungeon - Entrance
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From 25.50
Hamburg Dungeon
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A spine-chilling historical experience! On a 90-minute interactive tour professional actors take you on a fascinating journey into Hamburg's dark and insalubrious past, from the pirate Störtebeker and the great fire of 1842 to the Inquisition and the plague. With special effects and two exciting rides, this close-up encounter brings the more grisly parts of Hamburg's history to life.

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Ballinstadt
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BallinStadt Emigrant Museum - Entrance

  • Exciting im- & emigration history
  • 4 epochs interesting presented
  • Free Family Research Area
  • Interactive game »Simmigrant«

BallinStadt Emigrant Museum - Entrance
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Ballinstadt
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On an area of 2,500 square meters, experience the fascinating migration history of over four eras at the Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg. Follow the footsteps of people striving to fulfill their hopes and dreams on their journey to a new homeland while visiting our exhibition. Learn more about Albert Ballin, the founder of the former emigrations halls in Hamburg. In our in-house research center with four computer terminals, you have access to the digitized version of the unique Hamburg passenger lists as well as to the world’s largest genealogical database. It includes further information, such as U.S. censuses and address books (in total 18 billion historical documents and images worldwide).

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Chocoversum
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Hachez Chocoversum - Entrance

  • From cocoa tree to the chocolate bar
  • Creating your own chocolate bar
  • Tasting of every production step!
Hachez Chocoversum - Entrance
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From 17.00
Chocoversum
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Chocoholics welcome! At CHOCOVERSUM you discover the secret of the world´s finest chocolates with all your senses. For 90-minutes we take you on a guided tour that leads from the cocoa tree to freshly wrapped chocolates. See historic machines live at work while having a taste at every produciotn step. Finally you even create your own bar of chocolate!

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Hagenbeck
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Hagenbeck Zoo - Entrance

  • Famous panoramas
  • Big outdoor enclosures
  • Over 1,860 animals
  • 8,000 m² polar landscape
Hagenbeck Zoo - Entrance
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From 20.00
Hagenbeck
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Hagenbeck Zoo offers an individual experience for everyone. It is particularly well known for its panoramas and outdoor enclosures. The zoo is home to over 1,860 animals including representatives from every continent. There are 210 species in total and the successful breeding program includes a number of endangered species. Hagenbeck is a safe haven for many animals, including orang-utans, North Chinese leopards and giant South American otters. One particular highlight is a large herd of Asian elephants. And now there is a brand new attraction: a 8,000 m² polar landscape where you can get unforgettably close to penguins, walruses and polar bears, even under water.

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Artistic-Must do

Hamburger Kunsthalle
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Kunsthalle - Entrance

  • Important public art collections
  • Works from seven centuries
  • Changing art presentations
  • 700 constantly exhibited works
Kunsthalle - Entrance
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From 14.00
Hamburger Kunsthalle
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The three distinctive buildings of the Hamburg Kunsthalle art gallery are home to one of the most important public art collections in Germany, featuring works from seven centuries of art history. Frequently changing exhibitions of the museum's renowned collections show how art has developed from the Middle Ages until the present day. Over 700 works are on permanent display. Most of the more modern pieces are in the Gallery of Contemporary Art.

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Harbour tour
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Harbour Round Trip Meyer (1 hr.)

  • Cosy harbour tour 
  • Starting at the Landungsbrücken
  • Following the vibrant quayside
  • Possibly cultural Speicherstadt

Harbour Round Trip Meyer (1 hr.)
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From 14.00
Harbour tour
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A magical mix of wanderlust, adventure and freedom. The harbour tour takes in the Landungsbrücken jetties, originally built for steam ships, and passes veteran vessels such as the 'Rickmer Rickmers' before motoring through the warehouse district to the modern port in use today. Subject to tides/water level. Witness the activity of this hard-working port at close quarters – some 140 million tonnes of goods are transshipped here each year – and see the human, industrious, creative and cultural sides of the vibrant Hamburg quayside.

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Meet the locals here

Discover the favourite cafés, restaurants, shops, places and other insider tips of true Hamburg natives!

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Winkel van Sinkel

"Goede dag en welkom" bei Winkel van Sinkel at Neustadt! As soon as you walk through the door of this charming store, you’ll fall for the Dutch way of life. Mostly that’s because of the diverse and exotic plants that fill the store. They present a very unique image.

Winkel van Sinkel

Winkel van Sinkel

Wexstraße 18
20355 Hamburg

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Kunstverein Hamburg

The Hamburger Kunstverein was founded in 1817 and thus belongs to one of the oldest art associations in Germany. The non-profit association is committed to the mediation of contemporary art and is one of the first places to go to for art lovers in Hamburg.

Kunstverein Hamburg

Kunstverein in Hamburg

Klosterwall 23
20095 Hamburg

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Molotow

  • Live club

One of the most popular music clubs of Hamburg: At the Molotow there are not only the best concerts and Indie parties of the city taking place but also poetry slams and other special artistic events – all of that in a very unique setting.

Molotow

Molotow

Nobistor 14
22767 Hamburg

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Entenwerder 1

  • Café/Bistro
  • Good & Low-cost
  • €€

Close to the Elbebridge there is a hotspot that became an integral part in the Café scene of Hamburg. Located on a pontoon the Café Entenwerder 1 is a place for water and peace seekers.

Entenwerder 1

Entenwerder 1

Entenwerder 1
20539 Hamburg

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Leche de Tigre

  • Restaurant
  • €€

Hamburg's cuisine is becoming as diverse as its citizens, who are forming the special character of the city. At Leche de Tigre northern gourmets will find an exotic interpretation of maritime delicacies and many more exiting delights from Peru.

Leche de Tigre

Leche de Tigre

Nernstweg 32-34
22765 Hamburg

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Bistrot Vienna

  • Restaurant
  • Café/Bistro
  • German cuisine
  • French
  • €€€

The new queuing trend has reached Hamburg. In front of the popular "Bistro Vienna", people are happily willing to "queue". They are waiting for Portuguese and Italian delicacies as well as traditional German dishes and Austrian classics.

Bistrot Vienna

Bistrot Vienna

Fettstraße 2
20357 Hamburg

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Isemarkt

Since 1949, the Isemarkt lures around 6.000 visitors to Eppendorf to do their weekly grocery shopping, or just to stroll along and chat with other visitors under the Hochbahn bridge.

Isemarkt

Isemarkt

Isestraße
20144 Hamburg

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  • overnight stay in hotel, with breakfast
  • Return journey by ICE (1st or 2nd class coaches, as booked)
  • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth € 26,50
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Everything is possible in Hamburg. See & Explore

The city on the Elbe with Germany's most well-known harbour offers its guest city life at its best, with once-in-a-lifetime shopping, cultural and outdoors experiences. Enter the fray, discover gastronomical delights or shop to your heart's content!

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