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Top Attractions In Hamburg For Free

Germany is undoubtedly one of the best countries in Europe as it’s home to so many incredible cities that are perfect for a weekend break or a longer holiday.

Places such as Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich are all great places to visit, but today we wanted to share our love for Hamburg with you and recommend all the best things to do there.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your upcoming trip to Hamburg, we’ve got just the list for you!

Below, you’ll find our recommendations of the 10 best free attractions in Hamburg, as well as the top paid things to do in the city.

Free Attractions in Hamburg

Top Rated Hamburg Attractions


Hamburg Harbour

Hamburg Harbour is one of the largest shipping ports in the world and it has an estimated average annual cargo of 145 million tonnes!

While you probably won’t be too interested in knowing all the facts about the port, Hamburg Harbour is a lovely part of the city that’s ideal for an afternoon stroll.

During the evening, you will often see colourful light projections that are cast over numerous bridges and buildings...

Hop-on Hop-off Tour : combined City Tour by Bus and Boat

clock Duration: 1 day
  • It is both a land and water sightseeing of the beautiful landmarks of Hamburg
  • A ride in a modern open double-decker bus
  • An included foot walk through the amazing buildings of Hamburg
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St Michaeliskirche

St Michaeliskirche, or St Michael’s Church, is one of the most famous Baroque church in Germany.

It can fit more than 2,500 worshippers inside its grand interior at any one time and the 17th century church has an eerie, yet fascinating feel to it.

Inside the ancient crypt below the church, more than 2,425 people’s remains are buried; giving it an even more spooky and eerie atmosphere!

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Discover Hamburg Walking Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • It Is a discovery tour of the charming histories and rich maritime legacy of Hamburg
  • It is an included tales telling of Hamburg History from the peak of Hanseatic trade deals to the depth of WWII bombing
  • An exclusive...
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Concentration Camp Neuengamme

It’s fair to say that most places in Germany have some kind of legacy from World War II and Hamburg is no different.

The Concentration Camp Neuengamme was the largest concentration camp in North Germany at the time of the war and now serves as a memorial site for the hundreds of thousands of people who suffered there.

While it’s certainly not the most jovial free attraction in Hamburg, it is one that holds...

Hamburg Small Group Walking Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • It is a group walk with maximum number of 10 people/travellers
  • It is a walking tour that takes you to the most hidden corners of Hamburg
  • It is an included walk through the Radhus and the two memorial places (St. Michael's...
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Planten un Blomen

Planten un Blomen is effectively a botanic garden combined with a fairytale-like oasis full of the most remarkable flowers, plants and trees.

It’s without a doubt one of the most naturally beautiful areas in Hamburg and it’s a place that absolutely cannot be missed during your trip.

Spend some time wandering around the Japanese garden, the sensual rose garden and the tropical greenhouse.

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Hamburg Reeperbahn Guided Pub Crawl

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • It is a visit to the city's coolest entertainment nightspots
  • A night crawl having the liveliest of times in Hamburg especially the GroBe Freiheit
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For younger travellers or those travelling without children, you definitely need to add the infamous Reeperbahn to your list of free things to do in Hamburg.

Reeperbahn is the most famous street in Hamburg for all the wrong reasons. It’s home to the notorious red-light district, as well as an abundance of nightclubs and entertainment centres.

While of course you will have to pay for drinks inside the bars, just simply...

St. Pauli and the Port of Hamburg Tour

clock Duration: 2 hours 30 m
  • A take back in time at St. Pauli
  • An exploration of the famous red - light district around Reeperbahn Street
  • It is an interesting sightseeing of some famous landmarks like Beatles-Parz and Hans-Albers-Platz
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Gängeviertel Quarter

Dating back to the 19th century, the Gängeviertel Quarter, or “Alleyway Quarter”, was a district in Hamburg where the local workers lived in timber houses in labyrinthine alleys and streets.

Today, this area in Hamburg serves as a lively corner of the city that’s renowned for its non-profit organisations of parties, concerts, music performances and art exhibits.

While it might be a slightly off...

Hamburg Card

clock Duration: 1 to 5 days
  • It is a City card that gives easy access to top sightseeing spots
  • It is a card that allows discounts on public transportation and local experiences and restaurants
  • It allows visitors to sightsee Hamburg and also have their...
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Alter Elbe Tunnel

The Elbe Tunnel is a 426m long underground pedestrian and vehicle tunnel in the city centre of Hamburg.

Often cited as a “technical sensation”, the tunnel sits 24m below the ground and connects central Hamburg with the docks and shipyards near the harbour.

While it might seem strange to include an underground tunnel in this list of free attractions in Hamburg, it’s actually one of the most unusual and unique...

Hamburg Hop-on Hop-off Tour - Red Double Decker

clock Duration: 1 day
  • It is the most suitable way to see Hamburg City
  • It is an exclusive sit and see " of the vibrant and historic city of Hamburg
  • It is a well-designed itinerary of about 29 stops which include the St. Pauli Fish Market, Red Light...
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Hamburg Fischmarkt

Originating all the way back in 1703, the Hamburg Fish Market is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in the city for both locals and tourists.

Beginning at 5am on a Sunday morning, the Fischmarkt comes to life with hundreds of sellers and bargain hunters all trying to get the best deal.

It’s an absolutely remarkable sight to witness and of course you don’t have to be in the mood to purchase anything to enjoy the...

Saver Ticket Hamburg Dungeon

clock Duration: 1 hour 30 mi
  • It is an attraction that unites different dramaturgical performances
  • Hamburg Dungeon brings together several special effects, amazing phases, stages, rides and scenes
  • It is an included underground ride through a dungeon
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Alsterarkaden, or Alster Arcades as it’s known in English, is a beautiful and historic Venetian-style arcade that sits along the waterfront in Hamburg.

It’s one of the most picturesque shopping streets in Germany, if not in the whole of Europe and it’s the perfect place to spend a couple of hours mooching around the many shops and restaurants.

The Venetian architecture of Alsterarkaden alone is enough to draw...

Discover Lubeck in a day (Day trip from Hamburg)

clock Duration: 7 hours
  • It is a train trip from Hamburg that lasts for 45 minutes
  • It is the discovering of a quaint town called Lubeck
  • It is a day wander through the World Heritage's historic landmarks and hidden gems
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HafenCity is arguably most famously known for surrounding the Speicherstadt in the centre of Hamburg; AKA, the largest warehouse district in the world, as well as many other notable buildings and attractions.

It’s also home to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg concert hall and almost every single building in HafenCity is donned in stunning red brick and quintessentially 19th attire.

You’ll also find the Spice...

Private Small-Group Hamburg City Tour with a Luxury Vehicle

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • It is a 4 hours city ride in a private luxury vehicle
  • It is a private tour of Hamburg with comfort of up to 4 people in a car
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Hamburg

There are many things you can do for free in Hamburg like booking free entry into some Hamburg museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.