Hamburg: A backpackers guide to traveling Hamburg
Famous for the Reeperbahn, their neon-lit red-light district, Hamburg revives old memories of “Sin-City Europe”. However, this city has so much more to offer. Their many canals explain why the city is called the “Venice of the North”. A ride around Alster Lake in the city center reveals the elegance of Hamburg’s finest parks and buildings. A city of contrasts, you will find yourself in the old baroque Hauptkirche St. Michaelis, surrounded by steel-and-glass structures.
Public transport is easily available in Hamburg. They have the U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (city rail), and A-Bahn (commuter rail). Their U-Bahn is one of the best in Germany and connects with the S-Bahn, making this network the fastest means of getting around. Buses and taxis are also great alternatives. In this very busy city, follow one advice: park your car and use public transportation.
Things to See
The Hauptkirche St. Michaelis, one of the finest baroque churches in Northern Germany is a great jump-off point in touring Hamburg. From its tower, you can get a good overall view of the city. The Altstadt, the Rathaus, the Alster Fleet, the Hamburg Stock Exchange, and St. Petri Kirche are also worth a visit.
Where to Stay
Hamburg has an abundance of first-class hotels but they have a limited number of budget accommodations. Hamburg is a very expensive city and hotels are no exception. It is very hard to find a room in Hamburg during the convention period.
When touring Hamburg, it is best to purchase a Hamburg Card. It offers free travel on all public transport in the city, as well as free admission to 11 Hamburg museums and a 30% discount on city tours, guided tours of the port, and lake cruises.