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24 hours Hamburg – some ultimate recommendations for your short trip to Germany’s most beautiful city


When my friend Kerstin visited Hamburg she asked me, what the ultimate must-sees are, if you are in town for only one day. One day, that’s tough. And by far not enough time to see every part of the city worth seeing. But you can get an impression and you’ll definitely want to come back again.
So here are my suggestions:


Tie your shoes, here we go!

Der Alte Elbtunnel und der Hafen mit Nachmittagssonne. Ein Muss!
Der Alte Elbtunnel und der Hafen mit Nachmittagssonne. Ein Muss!

If you really only have 24 hours to see Hamburg, you’ll definitely should go to Landungsbrücken. There you can enjoy the harbour view, a Fischbrötchen (a roll with fish on it) of course and maybe you’ll get inspired to join a Hafenrundfahrt or you decide on taking a tour with the harbour ferries instead, to Finkenwerder and back.
At Landungsbrücken you should take the lift down to the beautiful Old Elbtunnel from 1911 and cross the Elbe river underground.

From the other side of the river you’ll have the best view onto famous Elbphilharmonie, which is said to be finished by 2017 (only 5 years late…well…) and the rest of the city of course.
After taking some pictures there you can get back the same way you came.

Hafen und die Spitzen der Elbphilharmonie ... Fotomotive gibt's hier reichlich!
Hafen und die Spitzen der Elbphilharmonie … Fotomotive gibt’s hier reichlich!

Afterwards you can stroll through Portugiesenviertel to famous “Michel”. On the way I can only recommend to have a fantastic coffee at “Milch” (Detlev-Koel-Straße) and take a selfie with one of those reflecting lamps there!

Milch Feinkost im Portugiesenviertel ... bester Kaffee!
Milch Feinkost im Portugiesenviertel … bester Kaffee!

The official name of “Michel” is “Sankt Michaelis”, it’s Hamburg’s main church and famous landmark and you should take the chance to visit it’s tower’s viewing platform. You can get there using stairs or the elevator… the former option definitely is an adventure, you should be free from giddiness or other fears whatsoever.


Then there’s famous Jungfernstieg and the Binnenalster which you should try to see as well. I can totally recommend having some icecream at Warnecke. You find their pavillon right on the promenade.


In case you’re still motivated you could visit the beautiful ancient Speicherstadt afterwards and the new Hafencity being right next to it as well. There are some nice contrasts of old and new architecture!


You might me hungry by now, I guess. So if you like to eat something typical Hamburgian you should go for some Labskaus or Pannfisch and drink some Alsterwasser (beer with lemonade). In Winter you can also try some Grünkohl (cury cale).


In case you feel like going out and have some more drinks you’ll definitely find something to do in St. Pauli or Sternschanze. It would be a bit of a stretch to name specific bars and some relaxed “bar-hopping” is the best thing to do anyways, to be honest.
If you have the opportunity and you can hold your drinks, you should have a Helbing Kümmel (a schnaps made of caraway) or one of those infamous “Mexikaner”. That’s a mix of vodka, tomatoe juice and tabasco and the best one is served at “Lunacy” (Hamburger Berg). I always feel like having some Spaghetti after drinking Mexikaner, …just saying.

Fischmarkt in der Morgensonne
Fischmarkt in der Morgensonne

In case you are here on a weekend, you should visit Fischmarkt on Sunday morning. If you are fit enough you can finish your all-night-party there, from April to October the market opens at 5 a.m. (in winter at 7 a.m.). But you also have the option to just get up early instead.


So that should make some great 24 hours and your camera should be filled with some typical Hamburg pictures. Very good!

Next time, you’ll stay a little longer, will you?

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