24 Hours in Hamburg: Becoming a real Hamburger

Let's have a look at one of the biggest in size and populated cities in Germany. Hamburg is known as "Venice of the North" for its famous canals and waterways and as the country's biggest port, it's a great place to be if you enjoy breathtaking architecture and freshly brewed beer. 

Hamburg city canal

Start your morning early by visiting Hamburg’s Famous Fish Market – Der Fischmarkt

Since Hamburg is well known as one of the biggest international ports in the world, it is obvious that they have the freshest and most delicious fish in Germany. It's a great idea to start off the day by stopping by the famous Fischmarkt. The city’s legendary fish market has done brisk business since 1703. Then as now, it’s an auditory onslaught dominated by boisterous market criers praising their wares and eliciting chuckles with bawdy banana jokes. Of course, there’s fish – smoked, fresh, pickled, whole, in pieces – but bargain hunters also lug off bags overflowing with fruit, vegetables, cheese and other bounty. There’s always many local musicians who loves to busk around and cover some of the most famous songs from 70’s. The market opens its doors at 5am but we would recommend visiting it at around 8am when the magic begins. 

Check Out Nikolaifleet – Hamburg’s Prettiest Canal

If you’re in Hamburg for one day and want to make the most of it, this is one of the canals that you should surely see. It is located only 30 minutes away from the fish market and brings a really romantic vibe. It is one of the oldest spots in the city and is definitely recommended to stop by for travelers who like to explore the extensive waters and breathtaking architecture indicative of Germany’s rich history.   

Hamburg canal sunset

Mahnmal St-Nikolai

St-Nikolai church was the world's tallest building from 1874 to 1876, and it remains Hamburg's second-tallest structure (after the TV tower). Mostly destroyed in WWII, it is now called Mahnmal St-Nikolai. You can take a glass lift up to 76.3m-high viewing platform inside the surviving spire for epic views of Hamburg's city center.

Mahnmal St-Nikolai Hamburg architecture

HafenCity- Elbphilharmonie

Your next stop should definitely be HafenCity. There are not many cities left with enough open space to give birth to an entirely new neighborhood in the heart of town. In Hamburg, you can witness this phenomenon taking shape on a wander around HafenCity, a long-derelict port area-turned showcase of postmodern architecture with the biggest eye-catcher being the Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Drop by the Kesselhaus for an overview of this massive project or join a free guided tour of the area. Also, check out the snazzy container light show installation inside the HafenCity Universität subway station. 

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg architecture

You should check out St. Pauli’s Reeperbahn 

Also known as Red Light District –if you are looking for a crazy night out in Hamburg this is the place to be. It is also a street where The Beatles first made it big. Revisit the iconic band's musical journey by wandering around the venues they played at as they first started out, such as Star-Club, Kaiserkeller, and Indra.  Spend the evening exploring through Hamburg's vibrant nightlife, where you'll be able to find anything from various clubs and bars to captivating drag shows.

St. Pauli's Red Light District Hamburg nightlife streets

End the evening with a St Pauli Nachtmarkt

After a pretty long and fulfilling day out in the city and night at the phenomenal Reeperbahn, you'll probably get hungry. Perfectly for you, St. Pauli’s Night Market opens its door for younger crowds that are looking for a late-night snack and older folks who simply enjoy drinking freshly brewed beer and chowing down on the city's famous fish on a bun during the weekends.

Fish on a bun Hamburg food

This is the perfect ending to a 24-hour day trip around Hamburg! Enjoy, Tschüss !!!

St. Pauli's Night Market Hamburg food