What to do in Hamburg?

What to do in Hamburg?

What to Do in Hamburg

There is a lot to do in Hamburg due to its rich and diverse culture and varied districts around the city. Here are some of the most popular things to do while studying in Hamburg.

Harbour Tours

Harbour tours are incredibly popular due to the immense size of Hamburg’s ports. The harbour is over 800 years old, and you can enjoy a boat tour, stroll around the waterfront, or enjoy some fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants that overlook the harbour.


The Reeperbahn is the most famous street in Hamburg, host to the thoroughfare of the city’s legendary entertainment; the Beatles started their international career here during the 1960s. Reeperbahn is also home to the Red Light District, hosting strip clubs, erotic museums, and an eclectic variety of bars and restaurants. Many say that this is area is reminiscent to Amsterdam.

Hamburg Fish Market

The fish market is not only home to fish, alongside fresh seafood, there are a variety of exotic fruits, nuts, and teas from all over the world. If you enjoy food at all, you should visit this open-air market, open Sundays from 5 am to 9 am. The earlier you arrive, the fresher your food will be. This unique and popular market has been around for over 300 years.

Warehouse District

While you are visiting the harbour, go over a few blocks and you will find the historical warehouse district, which happens to be the home of the largest warehouse complex in the whole world. The streets are narrow and made from cobble stones; small waterways are lined by a variety of 100-year-old warehouses that house cocoa, silk, and carpets. If you visit in the evenings, check out the light projections that they put on the buildings and bridges.

Church St. Michaelis

If you are into church history at all, make sure you check out this Baroque period church. It was built in the mid-1600s and is the most famous church in northern Germany. Its standard Baroque style is elaborate; the interior is white and golden and can seat over 3000 attendees. There is also access to the top via a spiral stairway; go up to enjoy beautiful views over the city of Hamburg.

Alster Arkaden

Every student needs retail therapy once in a while, and Alster Arkaden is the best place for you to consider for your exclusive shopping needs. The architecture is beautiful (inspired by the Venetian style) and stands out even more in the evenings with the wrought iron lampposts. There are a variety of stores to choose from and enjoy.

Planten un Blomen

Do you enjoy gardens? Then you should check out the green scene in Planten un Blomen. There are a variety of gardens located here, including a complete botanical garden and the largest Japanese garden in all of Europe. If you’re in Hamburg in the summer, the gardens offer a wide variety of entertainment options: water-light concerts, theatre performances, and festivals round off what’s available during the summer.
And this is only the beginning of what you can do while you’re studying in Hamburg. Are you excited about the nightlife? Will you take in the gardens? Is shopping your thing? How about history? No matter what your interests may be, you can always find something to do in Hamburg. If you want to plan some of the sites that you want to see, check out Hamburg’s attraction site at:


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