The classy life-style, the wide-ranging cuisines, the charming
culture, all makes Hamburg a pleasant city to visit. People from
all over the world travel to Hamburg every year to be a part of
When to Visit
An intellectual city, Hamburg has a cultural tradition that goes
back to the middle Ages. World-famous composers, such as Handel
and Mahler, have left their marks on Hanseatic cultural history.
Gustav Gründgens made theatrical history here with his legendary
production of "Faust" and the Beatles made their debut
at the Star Club.
The city celebrates its rich heritage almost all around the year,
though wintertime is much appropriate for travelers to make a trip
to this enchanting city.
While entering Germany from outside the EU, the following limitations
apply: (1) 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250
grams of tobacco; (2) 2 liters of still table wine; (3) 1 liter
of spirits over 22% volume or 2 liters of spirits under 22% volume
(fortified and sparkling wines) or 2 more liters of table wine;
(4) 50 grams of perfume and 250 milliliters of toilet water; (5)
500 grams of roasted coffee or 200 grams of instant coffee; (6)
other goods to the value of EUR175.
Banks are generally open weekdays from 8:30 or 9 to 3 or 4 (5 or
6 on Thursday), sometimes with a lunch break of about an hour at
smaller branches. Banks at airports and main train stations open
as early as 6:30 AM and close as late as 10:30 PM.
Hamburg has an impressive collection of restaurants and cafes. Being
a busy international seaport, local tastes have expanded and developed
to include a wide range of foods. Cuisine ranges from Italian pasta
to the American steakhouse and Japanese sushi, Fish, freshly caught,
is a must-try delicacy, with dishes such as Aalsuppe (eel soup)
and Labskaus (stew made with meat, potatoes and herring) being especially
Hamburg people are party animals and the city has a buzzing and
upscale bar scene, with many spots that feature live music or DJs
and dancing. A nightlife institution still going strong is the fashionable
but cozy Bar Hamburg. Others include Bereuther, Christiansen's and
Most prices you see on items already have Germany's 16% value-added
tax (VAT) included. When traveling to a non-EU country, you are
entitled to a refund of the VAT you pay (multiply the price of an
item by.138 to find out how much VAT is embedded in the price).
Some goods, such as books and antiquities, carry a 7% VAT as a percentage
of the purchase price. An item must cost at least EUR25 to qualify
for a VAT refund.
Hamburg Tipping Advice
In restaurants, round the bill up to the nearest DEM as there will
generally already be a 10 percent service charge included. Hotels
tend to add a service charge to their bills.