Plan Ahead One Day
Only in town for a day? From shopping to sightseeing and from breakfast to dinner ─ here's how to spend the perfect day in Hamburg.
Travel itinerary for one day in Hamburg
The versatile beauty of Hamburg could never be covered in one day. However, here is what a perfect day in our city could look like, including all the must-sees.
After breakfast, start your day at the Miniature Wonderland. Make sure to book in advance and be there before this extremely popular attraction gets too crowded. You could easily stay all day at this truly fascinating display of miniature railways. However, there is a lot more to see in Hamburg.
Once you managed to leave, it is time to explore the area. Take a walk through the Speicherstadt UNESCO World Heritage Site with its many canals and large red-brick warehouses. After just a few minutes on foot you find yourself surrounded by the modern architecture of HafenCity Hamburg. Enjoy a quick coffee on the plaza of Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and marvel at the majestic container and cruise ships passing by. Next up, head for the green cupola and large tower clock of St. Michael’s Church. Climbing up to the platform is an absolute must. You won't be treated to a better view over the city from anywhere else. Hungry? It’s about time for lunch. Find a table at one of the many restaurants in the Portuguese Quarter just south of the 'Michel' (as St. Michael's is called by locals).
Reinvigorated, take the U-Bahn from Baumwall or Landungsbrücken to Rathaus. Once you step out of the underground station, you will find yourself on the Rathausmarkt square in front of City Hall. The gigantic building with its 647 rooms is clearly one of the most impressive and beautiful landmarks in Northern Europe. From here, walk over to Jungfernstieg and take in the view over the Inner Alster lake. Walk the Alsterarkaden with their Venetian flair and head over to luxurious street Neuer Wall.
Shop your way through the Europapassage mall and Mönckebergstrasse until you reach Hamburg Central Station. Once you're there, hop on a U or S-Bahn to Landungsbrücken. Get a Fischbrötchen sandwich by the river and then embark on the ferry over to the musical theatre, to see the acclaimed Lion King show.
Night has fallen over Hamburg, so it's time to enter the Reeperbahn district just northwest of Landungsbrücken. Have dinner at one of the many restaurants in the backstreets of St. Pauli and then explore the multitude of bars, pubs and clubs of Hamburg’s nightlife epicentre.
If you need even more inspiration, see Hamburg Travel's list of themed tours!