Hamburg is not just a regular party destination in Europe. Visitors come from all over the globe to experience a nightlife no other city and country could offer. In fact, it was named as the Best Night Out in the World ranking it higher than cities like Barcelona, Amsterdam, and London.

Like many other cities in Europe, Hamburg has also its own red-light and party hub located at St Pauli and Reeperbahn district where you can find plenty of stylish bars, iconic pubs, and trendy nightclubs.

Since music plays an important role in the exciting nightlife in Hamburg, numerous live music and jazz clubs have been established in Reeperbahn and Schanzenviertel areas, which goes down to jazz festivals such as the Elbjazz Festival and Überjazz Festival.

To give you a overview of what Hamburg’s nightlife has to offer, our team of experts have created this guide for a perfect nightlife experience. Enjoy!

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CULTURE AND DRINKING TRADITIONS

Apart from ranking 1st in the Best Night Out category, Hamburg is also home to 650 beer places alone, which means, this give the locals and tourists plenty of options of where to drink beer any time of the day. Brewery bars is also common in Hamburg. It’s an old-style beer cellar where the beer is brewed on the premises.

Variety of drinking places can be enjoyed in Hamburg, from elite cocktails bars, underground music bars, and café-bars.

DRESS CODE FOR HAMBURG’S NIGHTLIFE

Hamburg is definitely a great party destination, with almost 41,000 surveyed people attesting to that in a recent study conducted by Hostel World. With its variety of bars and nightclubs, ranging from posh to casual, it’d be best to know what are the best choice of outfit for a specific nightlife affair.

Take note that some nightclubs are very particular with footwear, meaning wear anything aside from sneakers. For safe outfits for both guys and girls, wear something hip and smart looking.

SAFETY TIP WHEN PARTING IN HAMBURG

Expect an all-night drinking and non-stop entertainment in Hamburg. Dubbed as “Gateway to the World” be aware that there are also non-residents partying in Hamburg every night, and that being mindful of your belongings is a must. There’s no need to worry about communicating with the residents because they will guide you along the way in case you needed help in locating some establishment. Remain alert at all times, and don’t be too vulnerable for bars billing more than what it should be.

For a hassle-free and practical way of roaming around the city, there’s the Hamburg Card which allows unlimited travel within the Greater Hamburg area including some major attractions as well, and it also comes loaded with discounts. Or if you prefer to travel to Hamburg in a group, there are also plenty of night tours to available at Getyourguide and Viator.

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Planning Your Hamburg Visit

Depending on the preference of the tourists, Hamburg has plenty to offer its guests from huge events like Elbjazz Festival every June and Reeperbahn Festival every September.

May and October mark their warm weather, meaning a huge number of tourists flock to the city, hotels are fully booked, and room rates are high. For those who wanted to visit in Christmas, several Christmas markets go up across the city starting from the end of November.

How many days to spend in Hamburg?

Being the second largest city in Germany, there is certainly lots of places to visit and things to do in Hamburg. There are almost 2,200 bridges in Hamburg which can be wandered in through joining tours, be it day or night tours.

Most of the time, first-time travelers prefer to spend wandering around even outside of the city, which will take them about 5 days. Most visited places include Lübeck, Helgoland, and Bremen. Unless guests would prefer experiencing the nightlife in Hamburg itself, 2-3 days would be enough.

Where to stay?

There are different types of travelers, the thrifty travelers, and those who travel for business. Hamburg has plenty of hotels to choose from, ranging from budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels.

Low-Range

  •       Pyjama Park St. Pauli
  •       Hadley’s Bed & Breakfast
  •       Hotel Village
  •       Basement Rotherbaum
  •    Arcade Hostel Hamburg

Mid-Range

  •       Ellena s FEWO am Uke The Hoxton
  •       Hotel Wedina an der Alster
  •       Novum Hotel Holstenwall Hamburg Neustadt
  •       Novum Hotel Graf Moltke Hamburg
  •       Boutique 020 Hamburg City

Luxury

  •       Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg
  •       Park Hyatt Hamburg
  •       Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
  •       Elysee Hotel Hamburg
  •       Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall

Good to know

Language
German
Currency
Euro
Timezone
UTC (+01:00)
Country Code
+49
Best time to visit
From May through July is the best time to visit Hamburg. The temperatures are mild and the crowds are minimal. The weather is ideal for drinking cafe or a cocktail outside. Plan your accommodations well in advance and be prepared to pay more at this time of the year!

*Note: We try to provide free information that is as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, if you are planning to travel it’s a good idea to double check specific dates and information to avoid surprises.