The Best Areas to Stay in Hamburg for Any Budget
Wondering which neighbourhood is best for you? Read on ...
Hamburg is an arresting and contrasting city, with a strong sense of its own identity. As Europe’s second-largest port, it is a thriving commercial centre with plenty on offer for visitors to do and see. Hamburg can be both family-friendly and an ideal adult getaway – but that means it’s important to choose your area carefully. Hamburg has distinct districts which offer very different things, from miniature trains and pleasant harbour tours, to Europe’s most open and vibrant red light district. Fortunately, budget accommodation can be found all over the city.
Hamburg’s Aldstadt does not look as a old as a lot of other European Old Towns because it was extensively bombed in the second world war and subsequently rebuilt. However, it still offers Hamburg’s main landmark, the striking Town Hall, which stands on the harbour edge and features an impressive marketplace. The Aldstadt also provides access to a large artificial lake, where it’s possible to take boat tours. Hotels are available at mid-range prices, and it is a very convenient, central location.
Just across the harbour is the ‘New Town’. Bordered on one side by the water and on the other by a ribbon of gardens and green spaces, this is a perfect location for families. It’s Hamburg’s premier shopping destination, attracting well-heeled locals who come to browse in the designer stores. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to keep you fed and watered throughout the day, and a good range of accommodation, including excellent value budget options.
Like many former working class districts, Schanzenviertel is now bohemian chic. It’s a diverse neighbourhood, a mix of wealth and grunge. It’s a great destination for young travellers or those wishing to connect with their inner hippie – independent cafes and restaurants serve up exotic and vegan dishes, while the trendy bars offer late-night entertainment. Markets and independent shops offer a very different shopping experience to Neustadt, but an equally enjoyable one. There’s a wide range of budget accommodation available.
Looking on a booking site, you could well be lured by the budget prices of St. Pauli hotels – just make sure you know where you’re heading. Hamburg’s red light district is centred around the Reeperbahn – the main thoroughfare through St. Pauli. Not a place for anyone who is easily embarrassed – it is brash, exhibitionist and strictly adult-only. Some streets are forbidden to those under 18. Still, it comes with top musical pedigree in the form of a Beatles legacy, musical theatre venues and cabaret entertainment. In the south of the district is the much less risqué Landungsbrucken harbour – the main embarkation point for boat trips and the site of a Sunday morning fish market. By all means stay in St. Pauli – just be aware of exactly what that means.
Price Snapshot for Hamburg, Germany
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