Need a city that’s got it all but won’t burn a hole in your back pocket? Looking for a quick getaway to satisfy the senses as well as the budget? Then look no further than Hamburg, harbour city of northern Germany and home to some of the most spectacular nightlife you’ll find outside Berlin.
Explore hidden laneways or meander along narrow cobblestone streets and discover pubs, clubs, coffee shops, and the gems hitherto unseen by tourist eyes. Settle into the evening along the banks of the Elbe with live music filling your ears while sea scents enchant and laughter dances on the warm breeze. Get lost in her museums, fall in love with her picturesque homes along the Blankenese, shop at the Jungfernstieg, party hard at the Reeperbahn and wake up in a punk den ready to start all over again.
Hamburg has something for everyone and accommodation to suit travellers on a budget. From cosy hostels to friendly B&Bs and budget hotels, wherever you go you’re guaranteed to find just what you need, close to the action and right on the money. Not sure how to get around? Let the HVV get you where you need to go with their comprehensive network of trains, buses and ferries… you can even hire a bike via the StadtRAD Hamburg public bike system, where the first 30 minutes are free.
While you’re cycling around town, or getting some use out of your daily bus ticket, don’t forget to get off and see some sights, like the Hamburg Dungeon – where a journey into the harbour city’s dark past, complete with torture chamber and labyrinth of the lost, is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Or explore Germany’s love of all things miniature at the aptly-named Miniatur Wunderland, which includes the world’s largest model railroad system.
If museums and art history aren’t your thing but pubs are more your speed, let Hamburg’s beer history enchant and entice at the Brauhaus Johann Albrecht or the Gröninger Braukeller.
Whether you’re looking for a cultural boost or a brewery tour like no other, whether you’re after some Reeperbahn excitement or a night at the theatre, Hamburg has the poetry to glue your soul together – and all for the right price. Time to brush of that passport and book in for the getaway of a lifetime… and one you’re not going to need to mortgage the house for.