Best Places To Visit In Hamburg In One Day

Things to know before visiting Hamburg, Germany

Looking for the best places to visit in Hamburg in one day?

If you can we suggest spending a number of days if not weeks in Germany. This country benefits from year-round popularity with tourists is due to some of its fantastic calendar attractions such as the German Markets & Octubafest.

Whether you plan backpacking around Germany or simply visiting the city of Hamburg for a weekend break there is plenty to see and do.

While in our opinion the best time to visit any location is personal preference our guide explaining the seasons and events in Hamburg should help you figure out the right time for you.

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We’ve been to Hamburg in both February and June, and on both occasions have benefited from it being relatively warm and dry (except for one day in February that it rained all day).

The majority of the attractions you’ll find on this one day in Hamburg itinerary are in walking distance. However, if you’re staying slightly outside of the city centre or don’t fancy walking between attractions then consider getting the bus or metro.

You can get a public transport day ticket for €8.00 that will cover you for both modes of transport all day, and plan your journeys online in advance.

If you’re looking at travelling from Hamburg Airport then follow this guide which will take you to St Pauli – and can easily be adapted depending on where you’re staying in the city.

Where you choose to stay in Hamburg depends on a number of factors. Of course, being that you’re only staying in Hamburg for one day you’re going to want to stay as close to the city centre as possible.

Where to Stay in Hamburg, Germany - Superbude St Pauli

This will ensure you minimise the amount of time travelling and maximise the time experiencing all of the incredible things Hamburg has to offer.

Best Places To Visit In Hamburg In One Day

Below is an extensive list of attractions in Hamburg. In an attempt to include as much of a variety as possible (suitable for budgets and interests) we’ve included more than you could possibly fit into one day.

However, to help you plan your day we’ve added the average time it takes to complete this experience. When planning your one day in Hamburg don’t forget to include travel time between experiences and allocate time for eating lunch and dinner.

Miniatur Wunderland

Approx time to spend at the attraction: 1.5 hours

Miniatur Wunderland is top of our list when it comes to things to see in Hamburg.

This unique attraction is definitely worth visiting, suitable for everyone with cheeky nude figurines for the adults, trains and an airport to keep everyone entertained, you really can’t go wrong.

Minatur wunderland - how to spend one day in Hamburg

It is a great place to go and spend the afternoon even if you only spend one day in Hamburg. This is a great place to keep children entertained and busy.

You are greeted at the top of the stairs by what looks to be a timetable on a screen, the screen displays the number of guests visited over the years from different destinations such as the UK, USA and more unknown as Saint Lucia and much more.

This was a nice feature to see to really realize the popularity of the Miniatur Wunderland and Hamburg itself.

I was surprised to see how detailed the exhibition was. Each and every figure is an individual, the detailing in making everything so lifelike. I really enjoyed seeing the places we had seen ourselves or knew to see the detail of the scenery and the buildings.

Miniatur Wunderland - how to spend one day in Hamburg

There is everything to entertain from a fully working airport with a departure and arrivals board along with taking off and landing. The attention to detail within each section is worth spending hours to find everything you can.

I love that there is something for all ages, fans of cars, planes and trains as well as the hidden nudes and cheeky scenes for the adults.

One of my favourite features of the exhibition was the change from daylight to nighttime and back again. The details of the lights changing slowly to create a sunset and sunrise.

Along with the change of days came the change within the exhibition, each car, building and street light also came on and off with the change. The attention to detail here was great to see and think it made it all the more exciting and real for me to see, especially if you visit Las Vegas in the change from daylight to sunset.

The only downside to the exhibition is the crowds. It can get a little tight and be prepared to leave a particular exhibition and come back to it when it is less busy.

As people like to take their time and see everything they can on the exhibit, it meant that there was quite a build-up in the first room but once past that initial room it tends to spread out more.

Chocoversum

Approx time to spend at the attraction: 1.5 hours

Chocoversum is a perfect place to head to even if you are only spending one day in Hamburg. You can head here in the afternoon after a hectic morning at the Miniatur Wunderland.

young woman stood with chocoversum sign - how to spend one day in Hamburg

Our tour started at 12.30. We arrived well before and got a chance to look around the store and bought a bottle of water.

There are many tours daily and even if you can’t book onto an English speaking tour you can get a guidebook. Tickets are available to book and purchased online or at the shop.

Chocoversum museum prices - how to spend one day in hamburg

When the tour begins you are given chocolate straight away, that to me is a great start. We walked into a room with a large fountain. The fountain is covered with protective plastic so unfortunately, I couldn’t just dunk my head underneath.

The tour takes you from the very beginning of where the cocoa beans are grown and what makes the best cocoa bean as well as their shipping methods.

Chocoversum - how to spend one day in Hamburg

I really enjoyed the hands-on learning of the tour. Our guide who was fun and really interacted with the group. The museum has plenty to see other than what is shown to you. Not a detail is left out and definitely made me feel like I left an expert.

In our opinion, the best part of the tour was when we got to make our own bar of chocolate. We were led into a room that had a beautiful smell of chocolate, although the whole museum smelt like that.

On both sides of the room was a wide selection of different toppings. They have everything from dried fruits, smarties and chocolates to gummy bears and sweets. We were able to pick 3 toppings to use on our bars. It’s hard to choose just three but we managed in the end.

We finished the tour and got out bars at the end to wrap up ourselves and take home to eat. Though Helen’s didn’t last very long.

Harbour Boat Tour

Approx time to spend at the attraction: 2 hours

We booked onto a boat tour, after the Chocoversum tour we got the bus down to the harbour. We made it just in time before the boat itself left. While the boat tour was in German you get a headset in which you can listen to audio in your language and play each stop.

The headset comes with a phone like a device and you can look at images as well as read s short synopsis of the attraction. The boat ride was a lovely way to spend the late afternoon/evening and was very relaxing.

Harbour Boat tour - how to spend one day in hamburg

The boat tour took you around the harbour to show you different attractions, buildings. If you don’t have much time left with your one day in Hamburg, this is a great way to bring it to a close and see the magnificent Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall from the river.

Street Art

Approx time to spend at the attraction: 2 – 3 hours depending on the number of sites you’d like to visit and you’re walking speed.

On another more recent trip to Hamburg, we went out on a street art tour. Hamburg is well known for its street art and so if that’s your thing or you find yourself with a morning or late afternoon spare in the city, following this arty guide around the city might be right for you.

If a self-guided tour isn’t your kind of thing you can also book onto a dedicated tour with a local tour guide and specialist in the subject. See below. 

Guided Tour of Hamburg Town Hall

Approx time to spend at the attraction: 1 hour

Hamburg Town Hall is open daily and continues to be in full political operation today. That said, you don’t need to be a politician to gain entry into this incredible neo-renaissance building.

Instead, you can marvel at the building and a selection of the 647 rooms inside yourself or head out on one of the wonderful free guided tours.

Just outside Hamburg Town Hall, you’ll find the Rathausmarkt. This area is incredibly popular with fairs, markets and concerts.

Elbphilharmonie

Approx time to spend at the attraction: 1.5 hours

Finish your tour of Hamburg in a day with a trip to the Elbphilharmonie, often nicknamed ‘Elphi’ opened in 2017 on the peninsula of the Elbe River in HafenCity.

This is the tallest building in Hamburg, and one of the largest and acoustically most advanced concert halls in the world.

Guided tours of the Elbphilharmonie are available in German, English, French, Spanish and can be booked online up to 12 weeks in advance. Tours are a set price of €15 per person.

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