Part 3: Hamburg, Germany
We took a 5-hour train ride from Amsterdam to one of the biggest and unique cities in Germany, Hamburg. With a long maritime history, this North Sea port city has a distinct feel from anywhere else in the country and tons of cool things to see and do. We also have family in Hamburg so one of our goals for the trip was to visit them.
Things to Note While in Hamburg:
- Try to learn some basic German phrases. Not everyone understands or speaks English.
- If you don’t speak German be sure to book the tours with an English-speaking guide.
- Book tours and make reservations in advance, there aren’t too many different times to choose from and they fill up quickly.
- They often can’t take foreign cards, so make sure you have cash.
Places to Stay in Hamburg:
The hotels are very affordable and comfortable, most are only a 15 min walk from the train station which was good because most of our train rides were early morning ones.
What to Do/See in Hamburg:
Hamburg is such a big city filled with great food. I loved walking around a city to feel the vibes and enjoy what it has to offer and how it’s different from the last place. You can walk around the port, fall for the padlocks and find peace in a hidden square.
- Chocoversum: The Chocolate Museum
My favourite part of the trip, the Chocolate museum. We got a taste of every process that chocolate goes through, from the fruit and bean shell to the finished chocolate. Our guide was excellent as well!
- Kunsthalle Hamburg: largest art museum in Germany.
- Hamburg Townhall
- The Hamburg skyline
This city is known as the Venice of the Northern Europe – with 2,500 bridges that cross rivers and canals. It’s popular to take an 1-hour boat trip around the canals. Unfortunately, the canals were frozen solid when we visited so we didn’t go on a boat ride.
Have you been to Hamburg? If you have, how’d you like your time there? What are some things you recommend seeing, do have any favourite places to eat or shop?
If you’d like to check out my Amsterdam Travel Guide it’s the second part to this series.