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Hamburg at a Glance

Hamburg is a port city along the Elbe River and has the most green space of any city in Europe. Enjoy its verdant parkland, wide boulevards, strong museums and many historic canals. 

Hamburg delights with its nightlife. In the 1960s, Hamburg helped bring the Beatles to stardom and riverfront venues support thriving acoustic and electronic music scenes. Dance all night in an Altona neighborhood dance club. Listen to a vinyl-only playlist at a music bar. Head into various underground music venues for experimental sessions. Alternatively, watch a play, head to a poetry reading or attend a classical music concert. There's so much going on for people of all tastes.

During the day Hamburg can be a joy as well. Wander along the harbor front, or meander through canals. Hamburg has an eclectic mix of architecture and plenty of museums to catch your fancy.    

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Hamburg Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. For more information, contact a German consulate office. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Hamburg Busbahnof
      • Railroad Hamburg Hauptbahnof
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Hamburg has cool winters with occasional snow and rain. Summers are warm and sometimes humid. Pack a coat for winter travels.

      Safety Concerns Use commonsense precautions to protect yourself from crime. Avoid dark, deserted areas late at night. Protect your passport by carrying it close to the skin or locking it in a hotel safe. Avoid flashing cash and valuables. Hamburg's red light districts are centered around the train station and the Reeperbahn. These areas are seedy, but have a strong police presence. 

      Health Concerns Hamburg has clean drinking water and good public health. Stay safe and healthy by practicing good hygiene.