Hamburg – undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in Germany and according to the world’s largest travel guide publisher “LoneyPlanet” one of THE top travel destinations in 2018. The historic City Center and the new HafenCity with the Elbphilharmonie are leaving visitors stunned. There is one downside to the city: it is also considered one of the most expensive ones in Germany. But that should not stop you from going. Even if you are traveling on a budget, here are 5 simple ways how to save money in Hamburg:
- Free Walking Tours
Hamburg’s city history dates back more than 1200 years. You want to learn about the city but Hamburg Dungeon is too expensive and playful? Join one of the free walking tours starting right in the heart of the city in front of the city hall every day at 11 am. You will stroll through “little Venice”, the five main churches, the Kontor District as well as many other historic milestones. Please note that a donation to the guide at the end is appreciated.
Looking for free parties, exhibitions and lectures? Do not look further. This district in the “Innenstadt” is home to many young people and artists and has become a cultural hub for alternative projects. Once a forgotten part of the city, many renovations have changed the face of the district while maintaining its original charm.
- Picnic on the Alster shore
Yes, Hamburg offers a variety of exclusive bars and shops. Yes, they are expensive. The alternative way is to just pack your bag and sit at the marvelous shore of the River Elb or in the Stadtpark. Positive side effect besides saving money: You have more space for yourself and it is easier to avoid the buzz of a Café.
- Sights and Museums
Did you know, there are many sights and museums such as the Fishmarket, Speicherstadt or the St. Michael’s Church that you can visit totally free or at low cost.
- Free Audio Guide
Hamburg’s public transport provider HVV publishes a free Podcast downloadable for your Smartphone for the U3 (Hamburg’s oldest subway line) as well as for the S1 to Blankenese and S3 to Harburg. All you have to do is get on the train, sit back and listen to the Podcast as you pass by the most memorable parts of the city. Enjoy.