There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Hamburg each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year - (Neujahrstag - national) March or April: Good Friday (Karfreitag - national event) March or April: Easter Monday (Ostermontag - national holiday) May 1: Labour Day (Tag der Arbeit - national holiday)
On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!May 5-8: Hamburg Port Anniversary (Hafengeburtstag - local)
The world's biggest port festival, paying tribute to the city's emblem founded in 1189. The event includes many cultural and historical celebrations on land and water.October 3: 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.December 25: Christmas (Weihnachtstag, national)
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.December 26: Boxing Day (Zweiter Weihnachtsfeiertag – national)
In Hamburg, December 26 is an officially recognized Christian holiday.December 31: 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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|February||-2/28||4/39||41/1.6||Not the best period to go|
|March||0/32||7/44||56/2.2||Not the best period to go|
|April||3/37||12/53||51/2.0||Not the best period to go|
|May||7/44||17/62||57/2.2||Not the best period to go|
|June||10/50||20/68||74/2.9||Good period to go|
|July||12/53||21/70||74/2.9||Good period to go|
|August||12/53||22/72||70/2.7||Good period to go|
|September||9/48||18/64||70/2.7||Good period to go|
|October||6/43||13/55||63/2.5||Not the best period to go|
|November||3/37||8/46||71/2.8||Not the best period to go|
|December||-1/30||4/39||72/2.8||Not the best period to go|
The Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel airport is 8.5 kilometres (5 miles) north of the city centre.
The Hamburg Helmut-Schmidt International Airport is located 8.5 kilometres (5 miles) 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 EUR 2.50, limited to 1 hour. In limitless parking lots, price varies from EUR 2.50 to EUR 4.50 per hour. 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 EUR 0.10 per minute after that, with a maximum fee of EUR 15 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 EUR 3.30.
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 EUR 10.50; 2 days EUR 19.90; 3 days EUR 25.90; 4 days EUR 34.50; 5 days EUR 41.90. The card also offers discounts on some museums, restaurants, and guided tours.
Taxis are easy to hail in Hamburg and cost around EUR 2 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
Offers sightseeing recommendations, tourist information and brochures.
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 11:00 p.m.)
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Hamburg counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.
It is not necessary to apply for a visa for stays in Germany of less than three months. The Foreign Office (Ausländeramt) will issue you a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) on presentation of supporting resources, a certificate of residence (Wohnungsbescheinigung), and a valid ID.
To travel serenely in Hamburg and Germany, follow the travel advice of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/conseils-par-pays/allemagne
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/
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Here are a few basic German phrases that will make your stay in Hamburg a little easier:
In Germany, leaving a tip is recommended and always appreciated. An appropriate tip in this case is anywhere between 5 and 10% of the bill at restaurants or bars. Do not leave the tip on the table, but give it at checkout.