Hamburg City Guide

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Hamburg City Guide

A port city bridging tradition and modernity

Hamburg is a city state in Germany with approximately 1.7 million inhabitants. The city’s port, the largest in Germany, and its location as the headquarters of countless big companies, such as Beiersdorf AG, mean that Hamburg is one of country’s most important industrial hubs. Culture-lovers also get their money’s worth thanks to the city’s countless museums and more than 60 theatres.

In 2015, the Speicherstadt warehouse district and the neighbouring Kontorhausviertel were declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

Hamburg City Guide

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The Hamburg district of St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn are known far beyond Germany’s borders for entertainment and nightlife. Regardless of whether you’re looking for theatres, restaurants or famous clubs like the "Grosse Freiheit 36", in this neighbourhood there’s something for everyone. There’s always something going on at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn. But things really get cooking at the end of September, when the bass sets the tone. It’s time for the Reeperbahn Festival, with indie, punk, pop and electronic.

Events & Hotspots

When visiting Hamburg, you should definitely not miss out on one of the spectacular musicals, like the Lion King or Cirque du Soleil. Another highlight are Hamburg’s hotspot neighbourhoods. If you’ve been to Hamburg at least once if your life, you’ll probably know the Fish Market by the Elbe. Every Sunday, up to 70,000 people come here to enjoy the location and barter over fresh fish, fresh fruits and exotic plants. Also cosy cafés, trendy restaurants and cool bars await you with a unique atmosphere and local hospitality.

Children & Family

Many people say it is Germany’s most beautiful city. That’s why we call it the “pearl” of the north. There are many sides to Hamburg, from the historic city centre to the ultra-modern harbour city, from the traditional fish market to the trendy Schanzenviertel area. Europe’s biggest model railway awaits you. Northern Germany’s largest amusement park, the Heidepark offers countless rides and shows, fun, games and adventures for the whole family. You also can follow the trail from cocoa bean to chocolate at the chocolate world “Chocoversum” and create your own bar of chocolate.

Sports & Leisure

Biking, running, paddling and more. Hamburg has everything you need to combine a holiday getaway with some healthy exercise. The countless waterways on the Alster simply invite you to go on an extended boat trip, and you can recharge the batteries and take a break at one of the many manned piers. Discover the city park in Winterhude, where you can also paddle, canoe or swim in the City Park lake. In summer there are numerous open air concerts. Three times a year, the biggest folk festival of Northern Germany, the DOM takes place for a whole month on the Heiligengeistfeld in Hamburg. Every DOM offers something new, making it a fun experience for both young and old.

Art & Culture

Hamburg - the city of art and culture! Spend an entertaining evening at the Thalia theatre or learn about the history of Hamburg in the Speicherstadt Museum. The freely accessible Museumshafen Övelgönne is the oldest museum harbour in Germany. All the historic boats are seaworthy and somer are available for short trips. The most popular landmark of Hamburg is the Elbphilharmonie, which you shouldn't miss. 


Attractive shopping streets with trendy shops, flagship stores and small studios promise a varied shopping experience. Discover the Kontorhausviertel or on of the first shopping arcades the Hanseviertel in the city center. The biggest shopping mall, Europa Passage awaits you with more than 120 shops. Another shopping spot are the Alster arcades, where you can expect to find sophisticated jewellery, expensive porcelain and precious antiques.

Reeperbahn Festival 2019 at ARCOTEL Onyx

For the 14th time the festival of the famous mile Reeperbahn took place in September - over 900 program points around the Hamburg Reeperbahn offered its visitors over 4 days of concerts, panels discussions, lectures and networking events. The festival brought together 53 new bands and artists for a total of 232 acts.

Experience the impressions from the ARCOTEL Onyx - in the Reeperbahn Festival & Conference Aftermovie: Our 4 star superior hotel is the centre of the action as a festival lounge.




A Walk around the Außenalster

Half a kilometer from the ARCOTEL Rubin is the Außenalster. Around the Alster is the Alsterpark, which offers the opportunity for an extended walk. You will pass villas, green parks and the historic rowing and sailing clubs. The total length is 7.4 km and takes about two hours.

Harbor ferry line 62

The harbor ferry takes you from the Landungsbrücken along the Elbe to the fish market and Dockland, past the Elbe beach to the other side of the river to Finkenwerder. During the trip you can marvel at container ships and cruise liners. And best of all: the round trip costs no more than an HVV ticket.

Old Elbe Tunnel

Built in 1911, the Old Elbe Tunnel connects the northern and southern sides of the Elbe. The special feature: Pedestrians can also cross the tubes. The historic elevator takes you down, after which you can marvel at the reliefs on the walls depicting the Elbe above.