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A week in Hamburg

Sightseeing from the Old Town to HafenCity, boating on the Alster, relaxing on the Elbe beach: In one week you can enjoy Hamburg to the full. Just dig your feet into the sand in the evening after exciting days and sample local or international cuisine. For those who want to hit the ground running after dinner, Hamburg is wonderful for night owls! We know where you can celebrate best but also where the food is particularly good as well as the other places you should visit.

The Elphilharmonie in Hamburg
The Elphilharmonie in Hamburg Source: Fotolia

Day 1: Sightseeing in the city centre

Sailors can see the ""Michel"" from afar when their ship docks at the harbour in Hamburg. The imposing St. Michael's Church, Hamburg's main church, is a landmark of the Hanseatic city and also well worth seeing from the inside. Another highlight in the city centre is Hamburg's town hall with its freely accessible inner courtyard, adorned by the ornate Hygieia fountain with its bronze figures.
Planten un Blomen in Hamburg
Planten un Blomen in Hamburg Source: Fotolia

Day 2: City Park and Portuguese Quarter

So, we’re heading off to the countryside this morning, as the ""Planten un Blomen"" park has around 47 hectares of it - in the heart of the city centre! Among other things, the park captivates visitors with its artfully designed Japanese garden.
At the Hamburg fish market
At the Hamburg fish market Source: Fotolia

Day 3: Hamburg's unusual markets

There's much more than just fresh fish at Hamburg's fish market in Altona with local fruit to tropical flowers and live music every Sunday morning. Hamburg-Eppendorf is home to the Isemarkt - Europe's longest open-air market at 970 metres. Every corner of the market is stocked with primarily local products for you to enjoy!
Relaxing on the Elbe beach
Relaxing on the Elbe beach Source: Fotolia

Day 4: Relaxing on the Elbe beach

It’s time to relax after a long day of shopping and why not visit the Strandperle in Övelgönne. The mother of all beach clubs has been a popular destination since the 70s. With grand views of Hamburg harbour and your feet in the sand, the fish sandwich tastes twice as good. And enjoy a chilled Astra to go with it. Only a short walk away is “Der Alte Schwede"", the oldest erratic boulder in Germany. The huge granite stone on the shore of the Elbe is a popular meeting place for relaxing, swimming and bouldering.

Day 5: Artists' Quarter and boating on the Alster

How about a relaxed stroll through the Gängeviertel today? This centrally located artists' quarter attracts visitors with great exhibitions and an enjoyable music programme.  
Von hier ist es ein schöner Spaziergang zu Bodos From here it's a nice walk to Bodo’s Bootssteg on the banks of the Alster, where you can finally get out on the water! The boat rental also has a pleasant café where visitors can sip cappuccino in a relaxed atmosphere - with a view of the water and passing boats.
Blankenese in Hamburg
Blankenese in Hamburg Source: Fotolia

Day 6: Blankenese - maritime flair in the Treppenviertel

The Treppenviertel in Blankenese, a tranquil gem in the west of Hamburg, is a welcome contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. The quarter stands out with its beautiful houses and villas around the Süllberg. Yes, you read that right - there is a mountain here and even a few small adjacent mountains. Together, they make this the hilliest part of town for miles. There are around 5,000 steps between the streets Am Kiekeberg and Strandweg, which is how the Treppenviertel gets its name. After a stroll through the alleys, past houses from the Wilhelminian period, churches and parks, visitors can enjoy maritime flair on the Elbe beach. 
When you arrive back in the city, how about a trip to Hesburger, a Finnish fast-food chain with three branches in Hamburg alone? You'll find one of them on the Reeperbahn. And something you absolutely must do is stop at a neighbourhood pub that is open around the clock. Seilerhütte, Kogge or Nordlicht are well-known hangouts for night owls.

Day 7: St. Georg, Karoviertel and "street food"

Which other quarters should you discover? One example is the colourful St. Georg quarter. A walk along the street "Lange Reihe" leads past attractive shops, cafés, bars and restaurants: “Mutterland" offers German delicacies that are "made in Hamburg". You will find attractive gifts and unusual souvenirs in "Kaufhaus Hamburg" from local manufacturers, all under one roof.

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