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Enjoy Hamburg on a Budget

Head to fun-loving Hamburg for a freewheeling city break on a budget. This vibrant city buzzes with life all year round. In summer, when the cafés throw open their terraces and the lakes are filled with pleasure boats, it’s transformed into an al fresco playground. Winter brings the warm scent of glühwein and the twinkling lights of the world-famous Christmas markets, which you can peruse, free of charge, to your heart’s content. Learn about Hamburg’s intriguing maritime past, and check out its flea markets and friendly food stalls that won’t break the bank.

Things to see in Hamburg

Take a bargain-city tour courtesy of the user-friendly hop-on hop-off bus, which will whisk you round all the main sights at your own pace. For a small outlay, opt for the harbor cruise for great views of Hamburg from the water. Time your trip to coincide with one of Hamburg’s famous street festivals such as the Alster fair, where locals get together to watch the fireworks over a friendly beer and bratwurst. For reduced admission to Hamburg’s top attractions, buy a Hamburg Card. Or check out the annual Long Night of Museums, when 1 ticket allows admission to over 50 museums and free travel between them. St Pauli’s famous fish market sounds like an unlikely place to find a free party, but thousands of revelers gather there in the early hours each Sunday morning to listen to live bands, interspersed with the sounds of traditional market criers.

Cheap hotels in Hamburg

Hotel accommodation in Hamburg comes in all shapes and sizes in this trading city that’s been welcoming travelers the world over for many centuries. Affordable hotels are in abundance, with plenty of scope for striking a deal, although if you’re visiting at peak times it’s recommended to book in advance. No-frills hostels are ideal for night owls who just want somewhere to recharge their gadgets, while cheap hotels in central Hamburg allow you to save on transportation costs. For something more homey, budget B&Bs in the city’s quieter residential neighborhoods offer value for money and a family ambiance.

Where to stay in Hamburg

For atmosphere, head to the historic St Pauli neighborhood, famed for its colorful nightlife and proximity to Hamburg’s iconic football stadium. You’ll find many of Hamburg’s best cheap hotels here, but if you’re a light sleeper you should look for properties on the quieter side streets. The area around the main train station is a good place to grab a last-minute hotel deal, with the advantage of public transportation on your doorstep. Stay in the Schanzenviertel district for a laid-back, bohemian vibe and plenty of friendly local restaurants and bars where you can eke out your budget on cheap eats.

How to get to Hamburg

A number of budget flights to Hamburg arrive and depart from the city’s main international airport, Hamburg Airport. The city center is easily accessible by public transportation in around 25 minutes. This proud maritime city is also well connected by ferry to the major North Sea ports, offering a cheap and relaxing alternative to flying for travelers with time to spare. Getting around the city is easy by bus, overground, or metro—buy a Hamburg Card when you arrive and take advantage of free travel within the Greater Hamburg area. Or hire a bike and join the city’s green-minded residents—Hamburg has won awards for its environmental programs.

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