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Hamburger DOM (Frühlingsdom)

With numerous carousels, a big-wheel, booths and stalls, as well as hi-tech white-knuckle rides, Hamburger Dom is the largest fair in northern Germany with plenty on offer for all to enjoy. Open from Monday to Sunday until 2300 or 2400, the fair comes to town for a full month three times a year (in Spring, Summer and Winter), bringing a welcome splash of vibrancy and colour to Hamburg.

Date: 24 March 2023 - 23 April 2023
Venue: Just off the Reeperbahn, St Pauli.


Haspa Marathon Hamburg

This popular race in Hamburg is well attended yearly by nearly 25.000 participants, both professional and amateurs alike. Much of what makes this race such a draw each April or May is the largely flat and incredibly scenic course, running in part along the side of the Elbe River and the edge of Alster Lake.

Date: 23 April 2023 - 23 April 2023
Venue: Along Elbe River and Alster Lake.

Free to spectate.

Hafengeburtstag Hamburg (Port anniversary)

This is the big annual celebration of Hamburg, its status as a free port since 1189 and its maritime tradition, all rolled into a kind of citywide birthday party. Centred around the harbour, this event is considered to be the world’s largest port festival and is marked out on the water with the arrival of all manner of historic vessels; tall ships, frigates and steamboats come from as far afield as Spain and the USA to participate. This festival has been going strong for over 800 years and is still a favourite in the calendar with locals and visitors alike.

Date: 05 May 2023 - 07 May 2023
Venue: Around Hamburg harbour.


Hamburg Open Tennis Tournament

Since being established in 1892, this annual tennis tournament has been a fixture of the international tennis circuit. Although still held for male players only, this tournament is one of the highlights of the summer clay-court circuit, and for a week in mid-July, the greatest exponents of the game come here to compete, with past winners including the sport’s biggest names, such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Date: 22 July 2023 - 30 July 2023
Venue: Rothenbaum.


Reeperbahn Festival

Hamburg’s most salacious area, once known commonly as ‘The Wicked Mile’, must be one of the few red-light districts in the world to host its own annual festival. Nevertheless, since its inception in 2006, this music festival has been going from strength to strength, using the profusion of cafés, bars and clubs in the area to showcase nearly 400 different up-and-coming new music acts.

Date: 20 September 2023 - 23 September 2023
Venue: Reeperbahn.


Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Market)

With Germany being home to so many key Christmas traditions, the festive season is a big deal here, and Hamburg is no exception. From the end of November onwards, the city hosts a number of picturesque Christmas markets. A favourite is the one held in the square against the perfect backdrop of the Old Town hall, but all sell traditional gifts, such as handmade wooden toys, and a warming mug of mulled wine. Meanwhile, the whole of Hamburg dons festive decorations, and the Christmas parade comes through town every Saturday during advent, combining to create a magical atmosphere for young and old alike.

Date: 27 November 2023 - 23 December 2023
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Squares and streets of Hamburg.


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Located in the Sternschanze area opposite a park and just beside the U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations, this is a smart, modern and clean hotel in Hamburg that's intimate enough to have a character of its own. Its 17 single and double rooms are well proportioned, some even have balconies, and the local vicinity, which has a reputation as something of an artists' quarter, offers plenty of pleasant green spaces, cafés and bars.

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

Old-fashioned opulence on a regal scale. Many regard this enormous 19th-century townhouse on the edge of the Inner Alster Lake, comprising 156 rooms and 32 suites, as the best hotel in Hamburg, and consequently there's a price tag to match. Well located for shopping but a little off the beaten track for much of the city's nightlife.

CityHotel Monopol

For those who like to be in the thick of it, this cheap hotel in Hamburg is centrally positioned along the raucous Reeperbahn's nightlife mile. Fortunately, all of its 80-plus rooms are fully soundproofed, but this is certainly the perfect place to stay for the budget-conscious party crowd.

Hotel Wedina

A more intimately proportioned boutique hotel situated in a quiet residential area near Alster Lake, this Hamburg establishment's tasteful décor is more focused on comfort than cool. There's an attractive garden with a pool, Staff are friendly, and the hotel prides itself on providing sanctuary to a number of heavyweight literary guests.

Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg

Gastwerk proudly wears the mantle of being the city's first 'designer' hotel. Even those who don't speak German won't be surprised to discover that 150 years ago this grand brick building housed the city's first gasworks. Its proportions and the clever use of space in its conversion are the hotel's biggest attraction.

The Westin Hamburg

One of Hamburg's newest five star hotels, the Westin is located high up above the recently opened Elbphilharmonie concert hall complex, meaning that the views from its rooms and suites are pretty spectacular. It's also in the heart of the harbour district with all its attractions and points of interest.