Top things to do this summer in Hamburg 

Uncover Hamburg: top things to do this summer 

Looking to kick off next season with a bang? As golden summer is just around the corner, Hamburg, the northern gem of Germany, transforms into a paradise worth exploring. This bustling port-city, steeped in history and brimming with life, will enchant you.  

So, buckle up & let’s dive into the top things to do this summer in Hamburg! 


#1 Unravel the magic of the Elbphilharmonie 

First up on our list is a visit to the Elbphilharmonie, an architectural marvel that dominates the city’s skyline. The building’s unique wave-like facade mirrors the city’s maritime spirit while the Plaza offers an awesome 360-degree view of the city. Summer concerts here? Absolutely top-notch!  

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

#2 Embrace the green at Planten un Blomen Park 🌻 

Longing for a breath of fresh air? Planten un Blomen Park, with its exquisitely manicured gardens, is the perfect escape from the summer heat. Make sure you catch the famous water light concerts and dance performances, as well.  

#3 Sail through the Historic Speicherstadt 

This UNESCO World Heritage site is a must-visit. The historic Speicherstadt, with its red-brick Gothic warehouses, is a testament to Hamburg’s trading history. Hop on a boat tour in the summer for an unforgettable view of this majestic district. 

Speicherstadt Hamburg

#4 Get sportsy or relax at the Außenalster 

Close to the central train station, the Außenalster offers you a holiday feeling right in the heart of the city. Alster Lake is surrounded by many cafés and picnic areas, and for those of you who love being in the water, pedal and stand-up paddle boats as well as canoes are available for hire.

Alster Lake Hamburg
Alster Lake

#5 Dive in the Stadtpark 

Partially transformed into a natural swimming pool, the Stadtpark lake is temptingly inviting you to go for a swim. If you need to cool off from the hot summer sun, then Stadtpark is the answer. The surrounding park is significantly large with more than enough space for outdoor activities. There’s even an open-air stage where concerts take place frequently in summer.  

#6 Stroll around the Docklands 

Starting at the St Pauli Piers, a wonderful walk along the harbor leads you out of town to the fish market. Behind the fish market is the Docklands, an office building in the shape of a ship with a public stairway up to its roof. From there, you can gaze at the massive ships rolling by or enjoy the sun as it sets behind the port cranes. Industrial romanticism at its best! 

🦞 Culinary delights: Hamburg’s gastronomic scene 🦞

#1 Taste the freshness at Fischmarkt 

Wondering where to find the best fish sandwich in Hamburg?

Hamburg is renowned for its seafood, and the best place to savor the city’s delicacies is definitely the famous Fischmarkt. From fresh fish to fruits, you can find it all here. Early bird catches the worm, right? 

Fischmarkt Hamburg
Fischmarkt Hamburg

#2 Treat yourself at Sternschanze 

Sternschanze, the vibrant, bohemian district, is the epicenter of Hamburg’s street food scene. From juicy burgers to vegan delicacies, the food stalls here offer you a gastronomic adventure that’s one-of-a-kind. 

#3 Find you new favorite ice cream 

Summer is incomplete without a scoop (or two!) of ice cream. Luckily, Hamburg is dotted with numerous ice cream parlors. Head to Eis Schmidt or Luicella’s Ice Cream for some unique, mouth-watering flavors. 

🔥 Immerse in the nightlife of St. Pauli 🔥

St. Pauli, the beating heart of Hamburg’s nightlife, is home to the infamous Reeperbahn, often referred to as the “sinful mile”. From pulsating nightclubs to cozy bars, it’ll give you a wild night out that you’ll always remember. 

#1 Reeperbahn 

When the sun goes down, the Reeperbahn wakes up. Hamburg’s famous red-light district turns into a vibrant nightlife hub. It’s far from all risqué, though. You’ll find some fantastic clubs and bars where you can dance the night away. 

Reeperbahn Hamburg
Reeperbahn Hamburg

#2 Summer festivals 

Summer in Hamburg is also all about the city’s lively festival scene. From the Altonale street festival to the Duckstein Festival, there’s always a party happening somewhere in the city. 

This MEININGER article offers an extensive guide of the best festivals, musicals, and concerts in Hamburg.

🖼️ Art and culture: the true soul of Hamburg 🖼️

#1 Bask in the artistic side of Kunsthalle Hamburg 

For art aficionados, Kunsthalle Hamburg, one of the largest art museums in the country, is a must-visit. The museum houses an impressive collection spanning seven centuries of European art. 

#2 Step back in time at the International Maritime Museum 

Curious about Hamburg’s maritime history? The International Maritime Museum offers fascinating insights into the city’s seafaring past, making it a top thing to do this summer in Hamburg. 

🛍️ Shopping extravaganza 🛍️ 

#1 Splurge at Mönckebergstraße 

From high-end fashion boutiques to unique local shops, Mönckebergstraße, one of Hamburg’s main shopping streets, is your shopping paradise. 

#2 Markets at Karolinenviertel 

For all of you who prefer hunting for unique, vintage items, the flea markets in Karolinenviertel offer an alternative shopping experience. Who knows, you might stumble upon a hidden treasure… 

☀️ Family fun in Hamburg ☀️

#1 Discover the wonders of Miniatur Wunderland 

Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model railway exhibition, is a spectacle that you and your kids will enjoy. It’s a whole new world, in miniature! 

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg

#2 Have a blast at Hamburger DOM 

The Hamburger DOM, Germany’s biggest public festival, offers fun-filled activities for your entire family, from thrilling rides to traditional games. It’s the ultimate summer carnival. 

Discover more fun family activities to keep the little ones entertained with our other article here!

Summin’ up… 

… summer in Hamburg is magic. From the cultural vibrancy to the gastronomic delights, the city has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re an art lover, a history buff, a foodie, or simply a traveler looking for a great summer escape, Hamburg ticks all the right boxes. So, pack your bags and get ready to experience the top things to do this summer in Hamburg. You’re in for an unforgettable journey! 

Top FAQs for your summer in Hamburg

What is the weather like in Hamburg during the summer?

Summers in Hamburg are generally mild with temperatures ranging between 60°F (15°C) and 75°F (24°C). It's the perfect weather to explore the city.

Is Hamburg expensive to visit in the summer?

While Hamburg is not the cheapest city, there are plenty of budget-friendly options available. With some planning, you can enjoy all that Hamburg has to offer without going above your budget.

What's the best way to get around Hamburg?

Hamburg boasts an efficient public transportation system, including buses, trains, and ferries. For a unique experience, try exploring the city by bike!

Are the attractions in Hamburg wheelchair accessible?

Most attractions in Hamburg are wheelchair accessible. However, it's always a good idea to check ahead with individual venues.

Can I bring my pet with me to Hamburg?

Yes, Hamburg is a pet-friendly city. However, some attractions may have restrictions, so it's best to check beforehand.

Where to stay in Hamburg?

Find our comfortable hotel in the center of Hamburg next to Altona station!

Address: Goetheallee 11, 22765 Hamburg, Germany

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