This is the second post in my new Travel Tips series where I provide travel tips for specific destinations, whether they be cities, regions or countries. My Travel Tips guides aim to give you some of my best tips for exploring a new place and hopefully help you to save a bit of money, maximize your sightseeing time and find the most convenient ways to get around. You can find posts in this series under Destinations – Travel Tips in the menu bar. Today I’m featuring beautiful Hamburg, Germany!
Travel Tips: Hamburg
Food & Drink
- Hamburg has a great variety of cuisine due to its history as an international harbour city. Since it’s situated right on the river Elbe, fish and seafood are abundant. A local specialty is Pannfisch, a fish dish featuring fried potatoes and a mustard sauce.
- A must-try baked good is the Franzbrötchen, a small, sweet butter and cinnamon pastry found in every Hamburg bakery. Makes a great to-go breakfast or coffee break snack.
- I only had a chance to visit a few restaurants in Hamburg, but I list my top recommendations in my Hamburg restaurant guide.
- The Hamburg Public Transport Network (HVV) is very easy to navigate and includes S-Bahn trains, U-Bahn trains, some longer distance trains, buses, and ferries.
- Rather than buying single tickets, consider buying the 9am day ticket even if you’re only planning to travel twice in one day since it’s more economical. Up to five people can travel on a 9am group ticket for a favourable flat rate, making it a great deal for pairs or small groups of travellers.
- If you have a smartphone, the free HVV app is very handy for looking up transit schedules, travel routes, and ticket info.
- If you plan to do a lot of travelling and sightseeing within Hamburg, you may want to consider buying the Hamburg Card. The card can be purchased for a single person or group of up to five people for anywhere from 1 to 5 days. It offers several discounts to museums, restaurants, theaters, harbour cruises, city tours, musicals and more. We didn’t end up buying the Hamburg Group Card during our visit, but after looking back on the activities and amount of travel we did, it might have been slighter cheaper for us to get one rather than buying daily group transit tickets and admissions to certain sights.