Every year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Hamburg.
Below are the main dates for these festivities :
Organised three times a year, Hamburger DOM is the biggest fair in northern Germany, with many attractions, including fireworks displays, a Ferris wheel, and the ghost train.From 5 to 8 May : Hamburg Port Anniversary (Hafengeburtstag) (local)
The world's biggest port festival, founded in 1189. The event includes many cultural and historical celebrations on land and water.3 October : Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Ein-heit) (local)
On this holiday, the inhabitants of Hamburg commemorate, as elsewhere in the country, the reunification of Germany in 1990. It is the only common state holiday fixed by federal law—all other holidays are governed by regional law.25 December : Christmas (Wei-hnachtstag, na-tional)
Like the rest of Germany, Hamburg has several traditional Christmas markets during the Christmas season. The atmosphere is especially magical in the historic market at town hall square with, among other events, Santa's sleigh thrice-a-day flyby. Children will enjoy the fairy-tale boats, which sail on the Binnenalster, one of the city's two lakes.26 December : Boxing Day (Zweiter Wei-hnachtsfeiertag) (national)
In Hamburg, December 26 is an officially recognized Christian holiday.31 December : New Year's Eve (national)
The best place to ring in the new year is at the port of Hamburg, which is lit up by a giant fireworks display along the Elbe.
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Hamburg Airport (Flughafen Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel) is 8.5 kilometres north of the city centre.
Hamburg is fairly spread out but has an extensive and well organised public transport network composed of U-Bahn (underground), S-Bahn (suburban trains), buses, and water buses that run down the Elbe river.
Traffic is generally very fluid in Hamburg, but it is often difficult to park in the centre or the port—especially at Teufelsbrück. If you manage to find a parking space, it will cost you 1.50 EUR per hour and 12 EUR for the day. Traffic jams are common in the city centre: avoid peak periods (morning, late afternoon, and festival periods). The best solution is to park outside the city and use public transport.
Hamburg's self-service StadtRAD bicycle system and many bike paths make cycling an enjoyable way to explore the city. Bikes are free for the first 30 minutes and 0.08 EUR per minute after that, with a maximum fee of 12 EUR per day.
Four subway lines (U-Bahn) run from 4:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. U-Bahn, S-Bahn and buses run all night on weekends. A one-way ticket is 3.20 EUR.
Six ferry lines cross the Elbe. It's a nice ride: you can, for example, start at St. Pauli Landungsbrücken and reach the pontoons. Public transport tickets are valid on board. In high season, a ferry line also runs on Alster Lake.
The Hamburg CARD provides unlimited travel by bus, train, and public boat: 1 day 9.90 EUR; 2 days 18.90 EUR; 3 days 25.5 EUR; 4 days 33.90 EUR; 5 days 40.90 EUR. The card also gives discounts on some museums, restaurants, and guided tours.
Taxis are easy to hail in Hamburg and cost around 2 EUR per kilometre.
Once you arrive in Hamburg, don't hesitate to get in touch with tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.Hamburg Tourist Board
The tourist office has several branches in the city:
The head office is inside Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).
Another branch is located on the harbour at Landungsbrücken, between pontoons 4 and 5 (Sunday to Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.).
The third is at the airport in the Airport Plaza, between Terminals 1 and 2 (daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.).
Tel : +49 (0)40 300 51 701
The currency used in Germany is the euro (€).
1 USD = 0.81 EUR
1 EUR = 1.23 USD
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
No vaccination is required to enter Germany.AIR FRANCE VACCINATION CENTRE
For more information, contact the Air France Vaccination Centre:
Hamburg tap water is potable.
Most people visiting Germany do not require a visa and are allowed to stay in the country for 90 days, if they have a valid passport.
To find out if you need to apply for a visa, see this chart. Residents of countries marked with a « no » can enter Germany without a visa and stay for up to 90 days. If you need to apply for your visa or Germany before coming to Germany depends on your country of origin. Please check the exact conditions here. List price for visa is 60 EUR, with some exceptions.
For more information, visit the website of the Office of the German Federal Foreign Office : www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/
Good morning : Guten Tag
Good evening : Guten Abend
Good bye : Auf Wiedersehen
Yes : Ja
No : Nein
No, thank you : Nein, Danke
Thank you very much : Vielen Dank
I don't understand : Ich verstehe nicht
Could you repeat that ? : Können Sie bitte wiederholen ?
Please : Bitte
What time is it ? : Wie spät ist es ?
Excuse me : Entschuldigung
Airport : Der Flughafen
Train station : Der Bahnhof
Taxi : Das Taxi
Hotel : Das Hotel
Hospital : Das Krankenhaus
Bank : Die Bank
Telephone : Das Telefon
I am (...) : Ich bin (…)
I'm looking for (...) : Ich suche (…)
What is the price of (...) : Wie viel kostet es ?
Do you have (...) : Haben Sie (…) ?
Where can I find (...) : Wo kann ich (…) finden?
Where can I buy (...) : Wo kann ich (…) kaufen ?
I would like (...) : Ich hätte gerne
In Germany, as in France and Italy, when the service is good, tipping is welcome and recommended. Count between 5 to 10% of the bill in a restaurant or bar. Don't leave the tip on the table, but give it at checkout.