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Hamburger Dom (Frühlingsdom)

With over 3km of 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 until 2300 from Monday to Thursday, the fair comes to town for a full month three times a year (in April, August and November), bringing a welcome splash of vibrancy and colour to Hamburg.

Date: 27 March 2020 - 26 April 2020
Venue: Just off the Reeperbahn, St Pauli.
Website: http://www.hamburg.de/dom

Haspa Marathon Hamburg

This popular race in Hamburg is well attended yearly by nearly a million spectators and a mass of 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: 19 April 2020 - 19 April 2020
Venue: Along Elbe River and Alster Lake.
Website: http://www.haspa-marathon-hamburg.de/en

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 has become 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: 08 May 2020 - 10 May 2020
Venue: Around Hamburg harbour.
Website: http://www.hamburg.de/hafengeburtstag
Cost:

Free.


German 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 recent winners including the sport’s biggest names, such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Date: 11 July 2020 - 19 July 2020
Venue: Rothenbaum.
Website: https://german-open-hamburg.de/en/

Hamburger Dom (Sommerdom)

With over 3km of 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 until 2300 from Monday to Thursday, the fair comes to town for a full month three times a year (in April, August and November), bringing a welcome splash of vibrancy and colour to Hamburg.

Date: 24 July 2020 - 23 August 2020
Venue: Just off the Reeperbahn, St Pauli.
Website: http://www.hamburg.de/dom

Alstervergnügen

This is Hamburg’s summer festival, taking place every year over and around the picturesque location of Alster Lake. Several live music stages, countless food stalls and everyone from acrobats to athletes will be out for the four-day event. The highlight each day is a spectacular evening firework display taking place over the lake at twilight as the lights flash and glimmer on the water.

Date: 01 August 2020 - 30 September 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Alster Lake.
Website: http://www.hamburg.com/explore/events/maritime/alstervergnuegen/
Cost:

Free.


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 2005, 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. This event is proving so popular amongst locals and visitors (and industry insiders) that capacity has recently been increased to 30,000.

Date: 16 September 2020 - 19 September 2020
Venue: Cafés, bars and clubs in St Pauli.
Website: http://www.reeperbahnfestival.com
Cost:

One-day ticket: from €35; two-day ticket: from €79; three-day ticket: from €89.

 


Hamburger Dom (Winterdom)

With over 3km of 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 until 2300 from Monday to Thursday, the fair comes to town for a full month three times a year (in April, August and November), bringing a welcome splash of vibrancy and colour to Hamburg.

Date: 06 November 2020 - 06 December 2020
Venue: Just off the Reeperbahn, St Pauli.
Website: http://www.hamburg.de/dom

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: 16 November 2020 - 10 January 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Squares and streets of Hamburg.
Website: http://www.hamburg.de/weihnachtsmarkt
Cost:

Free.


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Fritzhotel

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.