Where to stay in Hamburg – What you need to know

Hamburg is Germany’s port city par excellence. It is located in the north of the country, on the Jütland peninsula.

Hamburg is part of the homonymous federated state, located on the banks of the Elbe River, where it borders with Schleswig-Holstein to the north and Lower Saxony to the south.

The Best Areas to Stay in Hamburg - Top Areas and Hotels

The Best Areas to Stay in Hamburg – Top Areas and Hotels

Hamburg is a prosperous city, with one of the busiest and largest ports in Europe (second in freight volume, just behind Rotterdam). It is the well-known German maritime gate.

Hamburg is 290 kilometers from Berlin.

This city in northern Germany has a large number of urban parks, two artificial lakes, some canals and a variety of bridges.

Unlike other German cities, the climate of Hamburg is mild and humid due to the maritime influence. The coldest days are the first of the year, and as of June, the sunniest days begin.

The Hamburg metro system is a city staple, it has 4 lines and 90 stations spread throughout town.

Each one of its areas preserves a particular atmosphere; Altstadt is the cultural heart of the city, Neustadt is the modern area of Hamburg and Sankt Pauli, is the famous (or infamous) red-light-district of the city.

Being the second largest city in Germany, it has areas and districts for all tastes.

Accommodation in Hamburg is also varied. Altstadt, the historic center of the city, is definitely the best area to stay in Hamburg. See accommodation in Hamburg Altstadt.

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Best areas to stay in Hamburg

1. Recommended area: Altstadt

Altstadt (literally “Old Town” in German), is located next to the Alster lake.

The city center of Hamburg (Mitte) is made up of several districts, Altstadt, in particular, is the most popular and dynamic area in the city center.

Its most famous square is Rathausmarkt, home to neo-Renaissance buildings such as the town hall, which also houses the Senate and the parliament of the city.

Other well-known attractions are the churches of St Petri, St Jacobi, and St Nikolai.

Altstadt is also an area full of museums, theaters, and restaurants.

Altstadt is a small district, but with a lot of tourist attractions, an ideal area to walk and walk through its small streets, squares, and bridges.

The metro system has six of its stations within this neighborhood, facilitating access to any corner of the city.

Accommodation in the historic center is varied, although luxury and boutique-style abound. The cost of hotels in this area may be higher than the cost of the rest of the city, but it is well worth it.

Best areas to stay in Hamburg - Altstadt

Best areas to stay in Hamburg – Altstadt

Hamburgo - Altstadt - Click to see all hotels on a map

Hamburg – Altstadt – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • City center
  • Tourist attractions
  • Rathausplatz
  • Shopping options
  • Best area for tourists
  • Metro connections

Hand-picked hotels in this area

 

 

 

2. Neustadt

The Neustadt Hamburg, which can be translated as “Hamburg New Town“, is located northwest of the city center, right next to Altstadt.

It is a shopping area of the city, known for its many shops and restaurants.

Neustadt is a well-connected area, the avenues most frequented by locals and visitors are Jungfernstieg and Neuer Wall, each with train and metro stations.

At the northern end of the district, you can find several metro stations, such as Stephansplatz and Gansemarkt, further south, you can find Baumwall station.

It is a district with many new hotels at a variety of prices, it is also quite close to the old town, making it an excellent area to stay in Hamburg.

Best districts to stay in Hamburg - Neustadt

Best districts to stay in Hamburg – Neustadt

Hamburgo - Neustadt - Click to see all hotels on a map

Hamburg – Neustadt – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Vry central area
  • Best area for shopping
  • Connected by train and metro

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Choice

    Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg está situado en una zona céntrica de Hamburgo, en la zona de Fleetinsel, a 5 minutos a pie del lago Alster. El hotel alberga una zona de spa con sauna panorámica y gimnasio. – from €119.

  • Midrange Option

    Novum Hotel Holstenwall Hamburg Neustadt is located in the center of Hamburg, a 5-minute walk from the famous Reeperbahn entertainment area. The Novum Hotel Holstenwall Hamburg Neustadt offers free Wi-Fi. – from €69.

  • Luxury Option

    Renaissance Hamburg Hotel is located in the center of Hamburg, a 5-minute walk from the Alster Lake and the Hamburg City Hall. It has a historic facade and offers spacious rooms and regional cuisine. – from €149.

 

 

 

3. St Pauli

St. Pauli is one of the best known naighborhoods in the Hamburg-Mitte district.

It is located next to Neustadt, on the right bank of the Elbe River.

It is the red-light district of Hamburg, with an alternative atmosphere.

It is famous in Germany and throughout Europe.

Reeperbahn is its main avenue and the most popular street for clubs, casinos, and pubs in town.

The Hamburg metro has three of its stations within the neighborhood, the main one being the St. Pauli Station located on Budapester St.

St Pauli is not a recommended area to stay with family, but it is ideal to enjoy the legendary Hamburger nightlife.

This area offers a variety of budget accommodation.

where to stay in Hamburg - Sankt Pauli

where to stay in Hamburg – Sankt Pauli

Hamburg - Sankt Pauli - Click to see all hotels on a map

Hamburg – Sankt Pauli – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Central area
  • Nightlife
  • Metro connections
  • Alternative area
  • Cheap hotels

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Choice

    Heimat St. Pauli is located in Hamburg, 400 meters from Hamburg Harbor and 500 meters from Reeperbahn. Free WiFi is available in all areas. – from €69.

  • Budget Option

    ibis budget Hamburg St Pauli Messe offers free WiFi. The property is located in Hamburg, 500 meters from Hamburg Harbor and the St. Pauli Docks and 800 meters from St. Michaelis Church. – from €49.

  • Midrange Option

    Auto-Parkhotel enjoys a central location, close to the Reeperbahn, in the heart of the famous St. Pauli district. – from €69.

  • Luxury Option

    IntercityHotel Hamburg Dammtor-Messe is located in the center of Hamburg. It is next to the CHH congress center and 600 meters from the Dammtor train station. It offers free Wi-Fi. – from €89.

 

 

 

4. Hafencity

Hafencity is one of the most interesting districts in Hamburg.

It is located in the south area of the center, where the old port of Hamburg was located.

Speicherstadt, or the “warehouse district”, is one of the main attractions in this district. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hafencity is a new district in Hamburg, dotted with residential buildings, playgrounds, green areas and the famous Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall.

The subway line U4, together with the two stations of the district, Überseequartier and Hafencity Universität connect this area to the rest of the city.

Being a new district, Hafencity has few hotels.

Most of the accommodation in this area is modern and luxurious.

Hafencity is one of the best areas to stay in Hamburg for fans of avant-garde architecture.

Best areas to stay in Hamburg - Hafencity

Best areas to stay in Hamburg – Hafencity

Hamburg - Hafencity - Click to see all hotels on a map

Hamburg – Hafencity – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Metro connections
  • Canals and Speicherstadt
  • Contemporary architecture
  • Elbphilharmonie
  • Great hotels

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Choice

    25hours Hotel HafenCity offers elegant rooms with marine-themed decor, modern facilities and free Wi-Fi. It is located in the port of Hamburg, 200 meters from the Maritime Museum of the city. – from €109.

  • Luxury Option

    The Westin Hamburg has a terrace, overlooks the river and is located in the impressive building of the Elbe Philharmonic, in the HafenCity district. It has stunning views, spa, wellness area, restaurant and bar. – from €189.

 

 

 

5. Altona

Altona is a district belonging to the district of the same name, located west of Hamburg, right next to St. Pauli.

The area is elegant looking, full of alleys and old residences.

Some of its attractions are the Volkspark, the riverwalk to the old port and the Elbe beach.

Altona has three train stations; Konigstrasse, Holstenstrasse and Reeperbahn Station, shared with Hamburg’s Red Light District.

Hamburg-Altona Station is the terminus for many long-distance trains, including the ICE (high-speed InterCity Express) service to Berlin.

Altona is an cheap area to stay in Hamburg. If you are looking to stay in Hamburg on a Budget, staying in a hostel or cheap hotel in Altona is an option to consider.

Best neighborhoods to stay in Hamburg - Altona

Best neighborhoods to stay in Hamburg – Altona

Hamburg - Altona - Click to see all hotels on a map

Hamburg – Altona – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • More relaxed than the central districts
  • Connected by metro
  • Hamburg-Altona Station
  • Budget accommodation

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Choice

    a&o Hamburg Reeperbahn is located in the heart of the Reeperbahn, home to Hamburg’s famous nightlife, and just a 10-minute walk from the harbor, the warehouse town of Speicherstadt and several musical theaters. – from €39.

 

 

 

6. St. Georg

St. Georg is situated to the east, a 20 minute walk to the center of Hamburg. It belongs to the Hamburg-Mitte district.

Its bars, cafes, and shops make it an area of leisure and entertainment in Hamburg.

St Georg is also the LGBT neighborhood par excellence of Hamburg, with many gay bars and clubs.

It is an area with great transportation, as it is walking distance from Hamburg’s Hauptbahnhof (main train station) and the bus station.

The residences, apartments and boutique hotels in St. Georg, make it a good area to stay in Hamburg.

The costs are varied and, being an area close to the train station, it is possible to access the attractions in the Old Town without any problem.

Best areas to stay in Hamburg - St Georg

Best areas to stay in Hamburg – St Georg

Hamburg - St Georg - Click to see all hotels on a map

Hamburg – St Georg – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Nightlife
  • Very central area
  • Great transportatio options
  • Extremely LGBT-friendly

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Choice

    Novum Style Hotel Hamburg Centrum is located in the Sankt Georg district, a 10-minute walk from Hamburg Central Station, and offers free WiFi. – from €34.

 

 

 

7. Wandsbek

Wandsbek is the second largest district of Hamburg, located north of the city center.

It is an area a bit removed from the center, with very little to do or see. But thanks to that, it is also a quiet area to stay in town.

Wandsbek has four train stations, located in the southern part of the district.

Accommodation in Wandsbek is quite mixed, the price-to-comfort ratio varies a lot.

Wansdbek has some luxurious hotels, apartments at good prices and decadent but cheap hostels.

Being such an extensive area, it is advisable to stay near one of its stations, so you can easily move to the most interesting places in Hamburg.

Hamburg - Wandsbek - Click to see all hotels on a map

Hamburg – Wandsbek – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

 

 

 

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My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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