Getting around Germany's biggest port city is a breeze from our Holiday Inn® Hamburg hotels. Hamburg's web of canals, high-spirited fish market and neon-lit Reeperbahn boulevard whisk you straight back to an age of nautical legends.
Explore the so-called “Venice of the North” from the comfort of our Hamburg hotels. Soak up Hamburg's maritime flavor cruising along the canals of the 19th-century Speicherstadt, past redbrick warehouses that once stored coffee and spices. The grand neo-Renaissance City Hall marks the old town; free walking tours begin here at 11am daily. Slightly west, the baroque tower of St. Michaelis—Der Michel to locals—has long guided sailors. Our hotels in Hamburg are close to the flagship International Maritime Museum, where tales of pirates and navigators are cleverly brought to life. The Kunsthalle museum runs the artistic gamut from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary works by David Hockney.
On Sunday, rise early at our Hamburg hotels to visit the Altona fish market, complete with live music and Marktschreier (market criers). Stroll beneath the elegantly frescoed Alsterarkaden arcades by the canalside. Lobster, herring, oysters and spicy eel soup bring a taste of the North Sea to central Hamburg restaurants. For good-value curry or a curbside sausage, try the buzzy Schanzenviertel neighborhood. The Elbemeile draws a dressier crowd, serving fusion cuisine in industrial-chic surrounds. Nothing says wild Hamburg like the Reeperbahn in St Pauli, crammed with cafes and cellar clubs. Shaped like a vinyl disk, the plaza known as Beatles-Platz pays tribute to the fab four, who earned their musical chops here in the early 1960s.
Stay in our Holiday Inn Hamburg hotels in winter for glittering Christmas markets and New Year's Eve fireworks. You'll find free festivals year-round, from Hamburg Harbor's birthday bash in May to the mammoth Alstervergnügen street fair in September.