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South Africans in Germany

Discover Hamburg

Hamburg, officially the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, is one of the three city-states (Stadtstaaten) in Germany, the others are Berlin and Bremen.
It is connected to the North sea by the Elbe river, and the Port of Hamburg is the largest in Germany by volume, it is the third-busiest in Europe and the 15th largest worldwide.
Hamburg is also home to the Elbphilharmonie, and the Stage Theater on the Elbe where shows like Pretty woman are performed. Hamburg has the following boroughs – Harburg, Hamburg-Mitte, Altona, Eimsbüttel, Hamburg-Nord, Wandsbek and Bergedorf. There are no national parks in Hamburg, but the Wadden Sea National park, belongs to Hamburg, event though it is more than 100 km’s away.

The official Tourism page as well as has plenty of ideas to inspire your visit to this exciting city

Why Hamburg Is The Perfect destination?


International flair

Hamburg is a very cosmopolitan city with a diverse demography



Opera, ballet, drama, festivals, musicals, concerts, museums and art galleries - Hamburg has more than enough to offer



Close to North and Baltic seas. It has tree rivers and many canals, aptly called the Venice of the North.



Freizeitparks (Amusement parks)


Maritime Passion

Maritime Museum

3000 years of seafaring history and moden research

Habour cruises

Harbour boat trips. Romantic evening cruises

Fish Market

Buy fresh fish early on a Sunday morning - Apr to Oct from 5 to 09:30, November to March 7 to 09:30

Cap San Diego Museum ship

Unforgettable trips on the largests seaworthy musuem cargo ship in the world.

Willkommen Höft

Enjoy street food of enjoy the scenery and activity at a restaurant. Ships coming in or leaving are greeted with a perosnalised greeting and the playing or their national anthem

Boat Cruises on the Elbe

There are many companies offereing tours, here is one of the more popular operators

Food and drinks to try

The following regional specialties are typical for Hamburg

  • Fischbrötchen – the best place is on the promonade in Hafen City
  • Franzbrötchen
  • Labskaus – Corned beef, potatoes, and onion. Some add beetroot, pickled gherkin, or herring
  • Finkenwerder Scholle
  • Pannfisch
  • Herring
  • Aallsuppe – eel soup
  • Shrimp soup
  • Hamburger Hummersuppe
  • Rote Grütze – Berry compote served with custard or ice cream



Beautiful music in a stunning setting

Hamburg State Opera and Ballet

Opened in 1678, it now also houses a modern building besides the Laeiszhalle

Wasserlichtkonzert at Plante un Blomen

Water fountain light concerts

The English Theatre of Hamburg

British talent presenting plays in English

Stage Entertainment Theater

Watch the latest shows like Lion King or Pretty woman

Hamburg Theatershiff

As the only seaworthy ship theatre in Europe, the Hamburg Theatre Ship with its own ensemble presents a wide variety of programmes, trademarks: satirical, musical, cheeky.


Day trips

If you want to explore the regions around Hamburg, head to the Altes Land region just south of Hamburg.
There is only one authentic castle in Hamburg, the Bergedorf Castle, for more castles, consider a trip to AhrensburgGottorfPlön castle or the fairytale Schwerin Castle.
LübeckLüneburgTravemündeCuxhavenSchwerinStade and Wismar are all in easy reach for a daytrip, Berlin is two hours away with the train.
Most of the islands are easy to reach and is perfect for a day trip, or longer .. Great choices are Heligoland which you can reach by ferry, Fehmarn Island, Sylt, and St. Peter-Ording which is good for kite surfing. For more beaches take a trip to the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Wadden Sea, or the Mecklenburg coastline

If you want to explore the regions around Hamburg, head to the Altes Land region just south of Hamburg.
There is only one authentic castle in Hamburg, the Bergedorf Castle, for more castles, consider a trip to AhrensburgGottorf, Schwerin or Plön Castle

amazing things to know about Hamburg

  1. Every ship arriving at the Wilkomm Höft receives a special greeting.
  2. It is the city with the most bridges in the world.
  3. The Tierpark Hagenbeck opened in  1907 and remains the only large privately owned zoo in Europe. 
  4. Miniatur Wunderland is the world’s biggest miniature railway.
  5. The Hamburg State Opera is the oldest Opera in Germany.
  6. The Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel are UNESCO World Heritage Sites 
  7. The Hamburger Dom is a festival held three times a year.


Some of the well-known festivals are:

  • Elbjazz Festival in June
  • Hamburger Theater Festival
  • Wutzrock Open air festival in August with live music and a Kinderfest
  • Stadtpark Open Air – Outdoor concert amphitheater in a park, hosting both local & big-name international artists.
  • For more information have a look on the Hamburg website

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