Known as Germanys ‘Gateway to the world’, Hamburg is a city rich in culture, and is also renowned for being a media hot spot, with half the country’s journalistic output originating here. As Germany’s second largest city, and biggest port, it is a highly widely regarded as one of the most highly desirable places to live in the world and naturally attracts a large number of tourists. With an eclectic mix of old and new, Hamburg is a city with something to appeal to both young and old.
Fuel efficient and great for driving round the often busy city centre and autobahns connecting Hamburg with the rest of Germany and Denmark to the north..
Driving in Hamburg
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Important things to note
Free parking is virtually unheard of in Hamburg, so expect to pay. There’s a wide range of Park and Ride options available.
Like most large city centres, roads can get congested during rush hour, so try avoiding these times.
Carpooling is fairly common in and around Hamburg, so take advantage if there’s more than one travelling in your party.
Highlights & Hotspots
Located at the Eastern edge of the Altstadt, the Hamburger Kunsthalle museum showcases art both modern and from Renaissance times. It is located within two buildings, old and new, which are connected by an underground tunnel.
Also worth paying a visit to is The Mahnmal St Nikolai; a building which was once the world’s tallest building and is, to this day, ranked no. 2 in Hamburg (behind the TV Tower). Children will be enchanted by the Miniatur Wunderland museum, where a gigantic miniature world includes model trains and the Alps.
Escape the throng of the busy city centre and head to Sullberg Hill. This former fishing village is now home to some of Germany’s wealthiest people and has fine properties. The main attraction of the area is the hillside labyrinth of cobbled streets, connected by 58 stairways. A cruise round the harbour is highly recommended. Take an Abicht tour if you fancy viewing the illuminated warehouses that line the port on a Saturday evening.
Hamburg has always pioneered underground music and has a thriving electronic scene with plenty of clubs to choose from. For live music, head to Grosse Freiheit 36 which has hosted acts such as The Beatles, Iggy Pop and Lenny Kravitz.
Hamburg has the fifth largest international airport in Germany, and has strong connections to most of Europe. It‚Äôs recently been modernized and is about 30 minutes away from Hamburg city centre.
The best road to access the airport by is the 433. Alternatively, Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport, one serving domestic flights, is close to the N033, which goes towards western Hamburg.