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Near Hamburg Messe und Congress

The site of Hamburg Messe is located right at the heart of the city – between green spaces and shopping arcades, nightlife and trend districts.

We have put together some of the best ideas for you to unwind after a busy day at the fair:

Selected areas for going out

Grindel District
Hamburg’s university areas. With cafés, restaurants, shopping facilities and copy shops. Everything needed by students, or anyone else, for their daily activities.
Infos on Grindel Distict 

Karo District
This district around Karolinenstrasse has lots of cafés, bars and small boutiques with an alternative touch to them.

Schanze District
Hamburg’s absolute trend district, with a host of clubs, bars, breakfast cafés, boutiques and restaurants.


The world famous port district, around the notorious Reeperbahn. With any number of bars, theatres, strip joints and discotheques.


All around the port and the River Elbe

It is well worth taking a boat trip round the port, or a river trip around the “Fleets”, or through the Speicherstadt, a heritage warehouse district. With commentaries on some of the most important sights of the city.

It is also worth going to HafenCity, the new district built where once there were port facilities. That is also the site of the new Elbphilharmonie, a spectacular concert hall currently under construction and destined to be a new Hamburg landmark.

Another legendary location is Hamburg’s Fish Market, unmissable on a Sunday morning. Its stalls sell not only fish, but also fruit, flowers and frippery.

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Boat trips around the port

Fish Market



Eating and drinking

Selection of restaurants

Hamburg has so many options for eating and drinking out – award winning restaurants, stylish bars and cosy cafés. We have listed some of the classics, and some insider tips for you.


Restaurant Haerlin
Restaurant Haerlin is a multi-award winning restaurant in the 5-star luxury hotel “Vier Jahreszeiten" by the Inner Alster. Its light French cuisine and 1,400 wines are highly regarded by gourmets.
Restaurant Haerlin

Louis C. Jacob
The hotel’s kitchen and wine cellar are a connoisseur’s dream come true. Located directly by the Elbe.

Trend restaurants:

Copper House
With leading Chinese chefs displaying their talent in Live Cooking.

The restaurant by Tim Mälzer and Patrick Rüther is located between Hamburg Messe and the Schanze District.

Henssler und Henssler
Classic Japanese cuisine, combined with modern international influences, by Steffen Henssler. 

International restaurants:

A Turkish-Hanseatic restaurant in the Grindel District near the University. Founded more than 30 years ago.

Raw like Sushi
Classic and creative dishes made from raw fish. Restaurants in the Grindel district and Eppendorf.

Sala Thai
Well known for Thai cooking. There is one Sala Thai restaurant in the HafenCity, and another in the city centre.

Nature – the green city by the water

There are plenty of opportunities for relaxation all around the Hamburg Fair site. These are some of the best places to go to recharge your batteries:

“Planten un Blomen”
“Planten und Blomen” is an extensive landscaped park located right next to the Fair site. It features lakes and watercourses, and is full of indigenous and exotic plants.

Schanzenpark is another public park very close to the Fair site. This green space of the Schanze District is a popular meeting point. 


The famous lake at the heart of the city. In summer it is dotted with countless sailing boats, giving a postcard panorama with a backdrop of the city skyline. The parkland areas around Lake Alster are regarded by many as the most attractive places in the city.

The River Elbe is Hamburg’s artery of communication with the world. The waterfront scene at the city centre, at Landungsbrücken and Fish Market is dominated by the port industry and tourism, and a sandy beach starts 3000 metres further to the west.

Bars, pubs, nightlife

The first thing people think of in connection with nightlife in Hamburg is the Reeperbahn. In fact this Soho-like district offers a wide range of entertainment of all types. But Hamburg has far more to offer. Such as:

Bars – elegant & trendy:

20 up
This smart modern bar on the 20th floor of the Empire Riverside Hotel gives an incredible panorama view over the port of Hamburg.

East Bar&Lounge
East Hotel, a designer hotel near the Reeperbahn, is a good location for cocktails.

Bar Rossi
Classic cocktail bar with friendly service. A favourite location in the Schanze District.

Hamburg’s pub culture

Legendary music bar/pub. A favourite venue for indie and rap.

Herzblut St. Pauli 
Modern interior decoration, characteristic North German dishes, and parties at weekends.

A pub full of character and characters, located at Mittelweg. Since 1968 this has been a good place to meet stars and starlets. Mainly features rock music.

Our tip:

Beach Clubs
The beach clubs by the Elbe have been a new hot spot in the city in recent years. In good weather, they attract stylish people to take the sun in deckchairs.

Clubs – Hamburg’s dance floors

Angie’s Nightclub
A classic nightclub in the St. Pauli district. With live music from Thursday to Saturday. Soul, funk, pop and rock are featured here, by top-class musicians.

All the big names in the electro-scene are here at this club on the Reeperbahn. For lovers of electronic music.

Golden Pudel
A laid-back club in Hafenstrasse. This rather shabby-looking venue is a location for top electro and hip-hop artists. A centre of alternative Hanseatic culture with a nationwide reputation.

Große Freiheit 36
An event centre for big, big parties. And for concerts by national and international pop stars.

Uebel und Gefährlich
This “Evil and Dangerous” venue is located in the former air-raid shelter at Heiligengeistfeld. Its programme alternates between regular party events (techno, indie) and concerts by well-known bands.


A classic theatre with a long tradition and with Germany’s largest theatre auditorium.

Thalia Theater
Like the Schauspielhaus, this is one of Germany’s leading theatres.

Hamburg State Opera
The Hamburg State Opera puts on an extensive range of opera and ballet, with a tradition going back more than 300 years. Its current Director-General and principal conductor is the Australian Simone Young.

Miniature Wonderland
The world’s biggest model railway is on show in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt. The model includes not only the trains, but also complete landscapes. Lots of fun for railway fans of all ages.

Hamburg is the Musical capital of Germany. “Lion King” has been delighting audiences for years at the Musical-Theater in the container terminal. And the further musicals “Rocky” or "The phantom of the opera" guarantee world-class entertainment as well.

Germany’s best known popular theatre. With comedy entertainment in Low German.

Art galleries and museums

Contemporary art. Including the House of Photography with the F. C. Gundlach Collection.

Hamburger Kunsthalle
This art gallery houses collections from mediaeval to contemporary. Plus a changing programme of special exhibitions.

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe
This is a leading centre of arts, crafts and design. Its European, Middle East and Far East collections range from antiquity to the present day.

Hamburg Museum
Exhibitions here present the history of the city of Hamburg, from 800 AD to the present day. Including the port and shipping, culture and social history.


Hamburger Sportverein is one of the oldest clubs in German football. Even though the last time it won a really big trophy was some years ago, a visit to the state-of-the-art HSV stadium is a thrilling experience.

FC St. Pauli
This club is world renowned for its close links with the St. Pauli district, and for its extraordinary fan culture. The atmosphere at the Millerntor Stadium when St. Pauli is playing at home has to be seen and heard to be believed.

HSV handball
The HSV Hamburg team has been producing world class handball for some years now. It competes at top level in national and European competitions, playing its home fixtures in the Color Line Arena.

Freezers ice hockey
The Freezers produce top level ice hockey in the German Ice Hockey League. Friends of this fast-paced, spectacular game will enjoy going to one of the regular home fixtures at the Color Line Arena.


The city centre is a real shopping paradise, with countless arcades and shopping streets. And with so much to choose from – including luxury fashion, unusual and quirky products, and good common-sense Hanseatic quality. The range of products is just amazing.

The city’s main shopping street. This is where the big department stores are. Plus a range of specialist boutiques. Ranging from inexpensive to luxury lifestyle.

Hamburg’s most attractive promenade. With Lake Alster on one side and exclusive shops on the other. This is the location of “Alsterhaus”, a well-known and traditional department store.

Neuer Wall
A world-class shopping street with outlets for leading fashion products and prestigious brands, such as Gucci and Cartier. If you are looking for a really special gift, this is a good place to go.

Europa Passage
This is the city centre’s biggest shopping centre, located between the Inner Alster and Mönckebergstrasse. With 120 shops on five floors. Many well-known brands have their own outlets here.

Marktstraße / Karolinenviertel
Situated directly opposite the south entrance of Hamburg Messe is Marktstrasse, a street internationally famous for it's individual design. Several stores sell fashion, music, design and accessories, fitting everyones taste and budget.

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