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Where to stay in Hamburg? Best districts + Hotels

Looking for the best place to stay in Hamburg?

Follow the guide, we have tested, listed and detailed for you the best districts in which to sleep in Hamburg as well as the best accommodation.

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Here are our 3 favourite accommodations listed by price category:

🚨 These hotels are among the most popular, so don’t delay in booking. Plus, they offer free cancellation, so don’t worry if you change your mind.

(€) Prizeotel Hamburg-City. Modern, inexpensive hotel conveniently located in Hamburg close to all major points of interest. Book here.

(€€) Hotel am Museum. Charming hotel with beautiful rooms with terrace. Located in the travellers’ favourite district. Book here.

(€€ )The Cloud One. Ideally located in the city centre, this hotel offers large, bright and well-equipped rooms ideal for families. Book here.

(€€) ❤️ THE MADISON Hotel Hamburg. Superb hotel located in the heart of Hamburg in the tourists’ favourite district. The cocktails in the bar are to die for! Book here.

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The best district to stay in for the first time in Hamburg?

HafenCity

The first time we went to Hamburg, we stayed in an up-and-coming district called HafenCity . It’s only just beginning to emerge, yet it already rivals some of Germany’s most famous areas. Here are the highlights:

  • We highly recommend taking an afternoon to visit The Spice Museum. Here you’ll see a rich display of spices that you can also taste, and you’ll be told in detail about their production, preservation and benefits.
  • Visit the Hamburg Dungeon and relive 600 dark years of Hamburg in this underground prison. For 90 minutes, you’ll be treated to theatrical performances and guided walks by experts who will tell you all about the horror that reigned in these torture chambers for centuries.
  • And don’t forget to visit the Elbphilharmonie, an enchanting concert hall with hundreds of seats, built over a red-brick warehouse. Not to be missed!
  • Take a Scuddy electric scooter ride through the district and see HafenCity through children’s eyes for an hour.
  • Grab a bite to eat at the Neni restaurant and enjoy a tasty , friendly lunch.

Our favourite hotels in Hamburg

Note: Don’t delay as these hotels are among the most booked in Hamburg.

(€) Prizeotel Hamburg-City. Modern, inexpensive hotel conveniently located in Hamburg close to all major points of interest. Book here.

(€€) Hotel am Museum. Charming hotel with beautiful rooms with terrace. Located in the travellers’ favourite district. Book here.

(€€) ❤️ THE MADISON Hotel Hamburg. Located in the heart of Hamburg. The cocktails in the bar are to die for! Book here.

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Where to stay in Hamburg to visit the city?

Harvestehude, Rotherbaum

If you want to discover Hamburg’s city centre, the Harvestehude, Rotherbaum is the place to stay. It is much appreciated for its dynamism and liveliness, as well as for its tranquillity and multicultural aspect.

  • Set aside a day to visit theEichenpark or Oak Park. This is a wonderful place where you can admire the most impressive oak trees and an absolutely incredible bald cypress.
  • Visit the two sections of the University of Hamburg and the student hostels.
  • take a look at the sumptuous luxury villas nearby; the architectural contrast is almost bewildering!
  • Go to Mittelweg and Grindelberg, where you can relax on the terrace of a café or enjoy a delicious meal. In Pöseldorf, you’ll find some very modest but trendy shops where you can do your shopping and take home some wonderful souvenirs.
  • Take a stroll through theAlsterwiesen park for a breath of fresh air and a chance to recharge your batteries in the arms of nature. You can choose to swim, jog or simply sit on a bench and read a good book or watch the passers-by.

Here are our favourite hotels in this district for visiting Hamburg

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Hamburg.

(€) Prizeotel Hamburg-City. Modern, inexpensive hotel conveniently located in Hamburg close to all major points of interest. Book here.

(€€) Hotel am Museum. Charming hotel with beautiful rooms with terrace. Located in the travellers’ favourite district. Book here.

(€€) ❤️ THE MADISON Hotel Hamburg. Located in the heart of Hamburg. The cocktails in the bar are to die for! Book here.

The best place to stay in Hamburg for two

The warehouse district; Speicherstadt is perfect for a romantic getaway. It is characterised by an incomparable serenity; this is the place to go for a bit of alone time with your other half and some great activities as a couple.

  • Admire the unique architecture of the Gothic-style red-brick warehouses and the luxurious lofts and artists’ studios.
  • Don’t miss out on a boat cruise on the canal to soak up the sun and admire the buildings on either side of it, reflected in its waters in the evening.
  • Sit with your partner on the edge of the canal and watch the boats go by.
  • Hang a love lock on one of the bridges crossing the canal and enjoy an exceptional romantic experience.
  • Visit Miniatur Wonderland and discover Hamburg’s magnificent model railways, complete with animations and life-like reproductions!

Here are our favourite hotels for couples in Hamburg

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Hamburg.

(€) Prizeotel Hamburg-City. Modern, inexpensive hotel conveniently located in Hamburg close to all major points of interest. Book here.

(€€) Hotel am Museum. Charming hotel with beautiful rooms with terrace. Located in the travellers’ favourite district. Book here.

(€€) ❤️ THE MADISON Hotel Hamburg. Located in the heart of Hamburg. The cocktails in the bar are to die for! Book here.

The best place to stay in Hamburg as a family with children

Altstadt

What a lovely place to stay in Hamburg as a family or with children! This old district built on the banks of Lake Alster is what you might call “heaven on earth”.

It offers you the chance to relax and soak up the city’s culture and history through its museums, monuments, shopping streets and restaurants.

  • Take a stroll along Mönckebergstraße and Spitalerstraße, where you’ll find some of the country’s biggest chain shops. Shopping here is fun for all the family.
  • Take time out to see St. Petri’s Church, which boasts a panoramic view thanks to its 123-metre-high observation platform, and the modern-style St. Jacobi’s Church.
  • From the lake, there’s a superb view of the city centre! You’ll catch sight of the church towers and the unique zinc roofs.
  • Now it’s the turn of the Zwinger Palace to wow you with its pavilions, courtyard and gardens. Its museums display magnificent works by famous painters such as Raphael, as well as porcelain creations.
  • Dine with the whole family at the Der Kiezbaecker restaurant and enjoy some absolutely delicious dishes.

Here are our favourite hotels for families to stay in Hamburg

Note: Don’t delay as these hotels are among the most booked in Hamburg.

(€) Prizeotel Hamburg-City. Modern, inexpensive hotel conveniently located in Hamburg close to all major points of interest. Book here.

(€€) Hotel am Museum. Charming hotel with beautiful rooms with terrace. Located in the travellers’ favourite district. Book here.

(€€) ❤️ THE MADISON Hotel Hamburg. Located in the heart of Hamburg. The cocktails in the bar are to die for! Book here.

Hamburg’s tourist district

The Blankenese district

Hamburg wouldn’t be quite the same without this incredible tourist district, rich in history and attracting visitors from all over Europe. We can’t tell you just how good it feels to be here – just see for yourself!

  • Explore the narrow streets of Blankenese amidst luxurious villas on the Elbe and gaze at its magnificent houses with enchanting gardens.
  • Take a stroll along the famous Treppenviertel to soak up the sun, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or enjoy a picnic with family and friends.
  • Don’t forget to climb to the top of the Süllberg hill for a stunning panorama.
  • Walk along the Elbe beach and admire the ships and sailing boats gently bobbing on the water.
  • Finish your day in the Hirschgarten park, where you can go trekking, hiking and, to top it all off, enjoy a beautiful sunset together.

Here are our favourite hotels in Hamburg’s tourist district

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Hamburg.

(€) Prizeotel Hamburg-City. Modern, inexpensive hotel conveniently located in Hamburg close to all major points of interest. Book here.

(€€) Hotel am Museum. Charming hotel with beautiful rooms with terrace. Located in the travellers’ favourite district. Book here.

(€€) ❤️ THE MADISON Hotel Hamburg. Located in the heart of Hamburg. The cocktails in the bar are to die for! Book here.

Neighbourhoods to avoid in Hamburg

Reebahn

This street may be the ideal place for party-goers, with its trendy bars, discos and restaurants, but it is also the least recommended part of Hamburg’s St Pauli district. It owes its reputation as a bad neighbourhood to the prostitutes who literally throw themselves at you to offer their “services”, the drug dealers and the pickpockets who have their own way of welcoming you! So don’t venture out on your own.

Best district(s) for going out in Hamburg

St Pauli

St Pauli is Hamburg’s nightlife district par excellence. The least we can say about this district is that it does everything it can to ensure you have a pleasant evening. What you need to know is that St Pauli is forbidden to under-18s, so get out your ID card and embark on a magical and unforgettable night.

  • The Davidwache police station in the heart of Hamburg’s red-light district; the Reeperbahn whose interventions have helped make this area a safe and frequented place.
  • Spend some time at the “Zur Ritze” nightclub and dance the night away to the rhythm of good rock’n’roll music and have a drink in good company.
  • Visit Große Freiheit and Herbertstraße for a taste of Hamburg’s party scene.
  • We’d also like to introduce you to the Beatles’ former “headquarters” and the place where they loved to go out and party.
  • Find out about the most unadvisable places in this district to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Where to stay near Hamburg?

Celle

Celle ” is a wonderful place to stay near Hamburg. It offers everything you need for a peaceful and educational stay.

  • Of its 480 houses, the oldest dates back to 1527, and we invite you to linger a while and soak up the different styles they embody.
  • Visit the ducal castle and be impressed by its imposing walls and timeless architecture.
  • In the Kunstmuseum, you can discover some of the most exciting works of art from the 20th century. It is open 24 hours a day. In the evening, it lights up like a crystal cube to enhance your night. A real feast for the eyes!
  • Don’t hesitate to take the road to the village of Lübeln, nestled in the middle of the forest and inhabited by extraordinary artists.
  • Take a break in Ulzen to see the famous railway station, renovated by Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

And let us know in the comments if you have any other hotels to recommend. In the meantime, bon voyage!

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