Staying in Hamburg
The best base from which to explore the city is the Hamburg hostel “Auf dem Steintgang”, which is located next to the harbor. The view from the panorama lobby facing the harbor is stunning. Historical sailing ships anchor here, and container ships from all over the world call into port around the clock.
This hostel in Hamburg is open 24 hours and offers modern and sleekly furnished rooms. All rooms (except the Panorama dorms) have an ensuite shower/toilet. Located just 1 km outside the city center, you'll have the city at your fingertips.
Youth Hostel Hamburg "Auf dem Stintfang"
phone: 040 5701590
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Set in a green and quiet neighborhood, the Horner Rennbahn Hamburg hostel is close to Hamburg's racecourse and 10 minutes by underground from the city center. Featuring modern and bright architecture, this Hamburg hostel offers free bicycle storage and a leafy garden with barbecue facilities. It features a range of bright bedrooms and dormitories with a safety deposit box and large windows overlooking the racecourse. You can relax with a book in the cheerful library with floor-to-ceiling windows, or use the shared internet terminal in the lobby. Play table tennis in the game room, and on sunny days you can play football in the garden. Guests arriving by car also receive free on-site parking. If you're travelling to other destinations around the country, check out available hostels in Germany
Things to See and Do in Hamburg
Hamburg is a delightfully open and cosmopolitan city whose harbors have received goods, people and ideas for hundreds of years. Throughout the city you'll see a mix of the modern and historic that shows the city's past and future. A well-rounded tour of Hamburg should include adventures on land and on the water. Hostels in Hamburg are an economical option for those who want to experience the world.
Port of Hamburg - 13,000 ships call Europe's second-largest port home. See the massive cruise ships at the terminals and stroll through a feast for the senses at the Fish Market in the old Speicherstadt warehouse district. Take a tour of the harbor and see the city known as the "Gateway to the World" from the water or visit one of twenty museum ships.
Fish Market - Since 1703 pretty much every product imaginable has been sold here. Ships importing foods from the farthest corners of the earth deliver directly to the merchants here. It pays off to go early and score some sweet deals in this market bazaar in the superlative. You'll also find loads of fresh fish, often served dressed with a bun, from the local food stalls.
Speicherstadt - A massive collection of warehouses built in the late 19th century, the beautiful brick buildings form islands criss-crossed with canals. A barge tour through these romantic historic waterways is a delight and is reminiscent of Amsterdam and other water-loving cities.
Jungfernstieg - At the edge of the Binnenalster (inner harbor), this waterfront promenade where land meets water is considered the center of the city. Take in the marine atmosphere and do some major shopping in nearby department stores with the money you've saved by staying in hostels in Hamburg.
Hamburg Town Hall - This extravagant building reflects the wealth, power and pride of the people of Hamburg. With over 600 rooms, this architectural gem from the late 1900s dominates the city center and is in stark contrast to the restrained style typical of the city.
Christmas Markets - Germany's second largest city features amazing Christmas Markets. Towards the end of November until the end of December, the city attracts visitors from all over the world with its festive Christmas markets. Don't miss the mulled wine and colorful Christmas decorations.
Dining & Nightlife in Hamburg
Hamburg has long been famous for its food markets and fresh seafood. Chow down on tasty fish caught fresh and delivered straight off the boat. If you want to sample local dishes, try Matjes (soused herring) or Räucheraal, smoked eel. One of the most famous dishes, the Hamburger National, isn't a hamburger at all: it's a stew with root vegetables and meats or sausage.
Any visit to Hamburg must include the Reeperbahn, a colorful and loud quarter with erotic nightclubs. Off the main strip you'll find hip clubs and bars like Hamburger Berg, Barbarabar, Nachtlager and Rosis Bar, which are popular destinations for young people. You'll also find live music clubs where the Beatles once performed. Nearby St. Pauli is also known for its less risqué nightlife. The "Schanze" quarter (Schanzenviertel) is well known for its bars, clubs and restaurants.
Getting Around Hamburg
Public transport is a breeze in Hamburg. Rail, bus and ship travel is all organized by the HVV, the local transit authority, so your ticket will be valid on all forms of public transportation. A Hamburg Card offers great rates for one- and three-day transportation passes and also gets you huge discounts to museums, attractions, restaurants, etc.
The Hamburg airport is located around 8 km outside the city center. Buses and trains offer convenient access from there to your hostel in Hamburg.