The Ultimate Hamburg Stag Do Guide 2018

Germany’s second largest city (but biggest stag do destination) is often cast into Berlin’s shadow – but luckily for you, that means Hamburg is less crowded and has more availability. With over 50 activities to choose from, dozens of accommodation options and beer for breakfast, lunch and dinner – we’ll see you there?

Hamburg – Germany's Most Popular Stag Do City

If you’re considering a stag do in Hamburg, we can infer three things about you. 1) You love beer, 2) You love beautiful women and 3) You love a massive night out. All of which mean that you are our sort of guy. Germany’s second largest city is home to its very own Red Light District, Reeperbahn, as well as hundreds of quirky German bars and clubs. In fact, Hostelworld.com recently deemed Hamburg the best place in the world for a night out, beating the likes of Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona. If you’re wondering which nightlife area would best suit your group, read on. Oh, and bear in mind that ordering a ‘pint’ won’t get you very far; generally you will be served a litre (1.75 pints) or half-litre (0.87 pints) so take it easy… sort of.

A view of Reeperbahn

St. Pauli (Reeperbahn)

If you’re after a more PG stag do, stop reading now. Often referred to as ‘Hamburg’s most sinful mile’, what goes on tour, must stay on tour, when hitting St. Pauli. Home to Hamburg’s answer to The Red Light District (Reeperbahn), St. Pauli is a district of the city draws stag dos in their masses, for obvious reasons. The main thoroughfare is made up of the ‘Red Light’ strip, much like Amsterdam’s, with its sex shops, erotic shows and red-lit windows. Other adjoining off-shoot streets play host to cabaret theatres, bars with live music and trendy restaurants. It’s also the spot where The Beatles famously started their career, back in 1960, so watch out for tribute bands springing up in every bar. Luckily for you, everything is within 930m of each other (trust us, we measured it and everything), meaning you won’t have to waste your time trying to arrange a taxi in your finest butchered GCSE German. FC St. Pauli play just around the corner in their home games at Millerntorstadion, so, as you can imagine, this area gets pretty rowdy on match days – and the atmosphere is like nothing you’ll have ever experienced before.

Le Fonque bar, in Sternschanze

Sternschanze

With a totally different vibe to St. Pauli, Sternschanze has a much more laid-back, hipster and refined atmosphere. Popular with more sophisticated stag groups, who still like their fair share of booze, live music and attractive women, but don’t fancy quite such an unruly night, Sternschanze is a bohemian lad pad. Through the day, Sternschanze has plenty of cool restaurants and bars whose menus have seriously good food on offer (to soak up some of that beer). Come nightfall, the district seamlessly transforms into a late night bar-heavy paradise, with neon lights and flaming drinks luring you in off the streets. This area draws more of a mixed crowd, including tourists, locals and Erasmus students alike, all absorbing the culture and getting drunk together.

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Top 10 Stag Friendly Hamburg Pubs & Clubs 2018

With the more chilled out Sternschanze area to its name, as well as the world-renowned red lights of the Reeperbahn, there's something for all tastes in Hamburg. Here are our top 10 recommended stag do-friendly bars in the city.

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Hofbräuhaus Hamburg

Image of big open hall room with arched windows and pillars and wooden tables and benches with hanging lanterns

The Hofbrauhaus group, which translates to 'Royal Brewery', started in sixteenth century Munich – and it's a tradition that is continued today. Essentially, it's one huge space where everyone drinks, eats and dances on the tables, all to a backdrop of live Oompah bands. There are two Hofbrauhauses in Hamburg, but the one we’d recommend the most is on the Esplanade – which was the first beer hall outside of Bavaria to open its doors. Serving freshly tapped Hofbrau beer from the original brewery in Munich, in an authentic German setting, you won’t get a more traditional setting than this – apart from being a p*ss up, it’s semi-cultural too. Despite its size, Hofbrauhaus can get really packed, especially on the weekends, which adds to its rowdy, beer-swilling vibe – make sure to get yourselves reserved tables before you head out.


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Absinth Bar

Close up image of a wooden table with shot glasses on small metal trays with a metal stirrer on top with a cube of sugar

We’ve all got that one mate who drinks the others under the table – and this bar will put him to the test. Illegal in many countries, Absinth is the Devil’s spirit. Literally. It’s either naturally green or colourless and is truly as potent as they come, sending you from totally sober to drunken legend in a few shots. If you’ve never been brave enough to try absinth, there’s no better time than on your stag do in Hamburg – and this Absinth Bar is the ultimate venue to lose your absinth virginity. The ambiance of the bar is minimalist, dark and moody, with a bright green glow (no, that’s not just the absinth skewing your vision). They’ve got a huge range of different absinths on the menu for you to try, all well-presented, some even flaming – but they’ll all end with you in the same state... on your back at half seven. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


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Moondoo

Reeperbahn 136, 20359

https://www.moondoo.de/

Image of a dj box and palm trees and different light fittings on the ceiling with orange and blue neon

‘Strictly no rules, just great tunes’ is a life mantra we’re happy to get on board with. Located on the Reeperbahn, you can experience a whole new genre of nightlife in Moondoo, which bills itself as Hamburg’s ‘fluid, wild and free nightclub’. The narrow, two-floored and half-timbered 19th century building could be mistaken from a scene on the latest Harry Potter set, except with less broomsticks and wizards, are more shots and rowdy clubbers. Inspired by cool, fabled 70s/80s New York nightclubs like The Roxy, Save The Robots, Dancetaria, and The Paradise Garage, this place does House, Funk and Electro like it’s never been done before. The widespread draw of Moondoo creates a pumped-up kaleidoscope of different walks of life, all letting their hair down to some huge tunes. Don’t mind if we Moon-doo…


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Le Fonque

Juliusstraße 33, 22769

http://fonque.de/

Image of a bar with the dj set up in the corner in a room with red lighting

Why not try something a bit different, as you step back to the bygone era of proper vinyl in the effortlessly cool Le Fonque. Behind its mysterious black and red façade, this small and intimate joint has low leather seating and a suggestive shimmer under its neon-red lighting. This popular hangout for lively locals is super laid-back and hosts nightly DJs playing the very best in funk and soul to packed dancefloors. You’ll be pleased to hear that unlike surrounding bars, the drinks prices in Le Fonque are very pocked friendly, leaving extra cash in those stag do funds. When partying here, you’ve also got a whole range of eateries around the corner for those inevitable late-night munchies.


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Clockers

Paul-Roosen-Straße 27, 22767

http://clockers.hamburg/de/home/

Imsge of a bottle of clockers gin on a bar

Notoriously difficult to find, Clockers is widely regarded as one of Hamburg’s best kept secrets and an absolute must on any slightly more sophisticated stag do. Look out for the discrete doorbell and buzz your way in, like some sort of exclusive 1920s speakeasy rocketed into modern day life. Once you’re in, it’s almost like a treehouse with moss-lined walls, neatly piled wood and fairy lights lining branches hanging from the ceiling. The expertly trained staff will be waiting on hand to recommend something which suits every individual palette, whether you’re after something safe that you know and love, or want to try something a bit new on your stag do. It’s even got its own house-distilled Clockers Gin, which you can enjoy in the main bar or in the library-esque upper-floor that’s all woody tones, soft lighting and Chesterfield seating. Plus, as you’re just a five minute walk from Reeperbahn, you can have a few drinks in this mystical Narnia-esque world before heading out to get your red light fix.


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The Chug Club

Image of a table lined with different coloured cocktrails with cocktail umbrellas and pipettes

This bar pretty much represents everything about stag dos in Hamburg. Chug, chug, chug. Just off Reeperbahn, The Chug Club doesn’t look anything from the outside, but step in for an experience you won’t forget. This temple to spirits (yes, the alcoholic kind) knows the perfect alchemy to concocting high-end drinks. However, these are not just your usual kind of drinks. The simple concept of this complex bar, is to fill small glasses (chugs) with your favourite flavours, each with their own potency, starting at high and ending in lethal. An average five chug tray is going to cost you around €20, so it’s not the cheapest in the area but it’s certainly worth it. It won’t take many chugs before you’re on your knees, trust us.


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GAGA

Spielbudenpl. 21/22, 20359

https://www.ga-ga.de/

Image of a dark room filled with people and hanging lights

Located within St. Pauli, GAGA spans multiple areas, is open ‘til 6am and knows how to have a good time. As soon as you walk in off the street, you’ll be transported to a booze soaked wonderland which you’ll never want to leave. This edgy warehouse-esque venue knows how to host a proper club night with lively bar staff concocting awesome drinks, people dressed in quirky costumes whipping the crowd up into a frenzy and playing some of the biggest and most popular chart topping tunes. GAGA has extremely popular club nights most weekends, including ‘Deja-Vu House Classic’ which combines the biggest hits of 25 years of electronic music and ‘80s Lovers’ which does exactly as it says on the tin.


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Lehmitz

Image of the outside of the bar with wooden table and benches and big umbrellas

Since opening its doors back in 1945, the Reeperbahn nightlife scene has been revolutionised by Lehmitz. The truly unique ambiance attracts people from all different walks of life, and unites all visitors encouraging them to get up and dance on their chairs and tables, swilling pints as they go in a Bier Keller style p*ss up. What you’ll find cool about this bar is its 40 metre long U-shaped counter that doubles as a stage for live performances; it really gets everyone involved and encourages interaction from the roaring crowds.


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Dollhouse Hamburg

Große Freiheit 11, 22767

http://www.dollhouse.de/

Image of a woman wearing doing the splits on a motorbike wearing fishnet tights and black heels

With its own currency (Dollhouse dollars), Dollhouse is a Hamburg institution. The neon-lit Dollhouse sign will pull you off (steady on) the Reeperbahn and into the illustrious wonderland that’s been entertaining stag parties since opening its doors in 1997. The dark interiors give an illustrious ambiance and having yourself a table dance from one of the dolls will cost you around €30. With sultry pole dancers showcasing their best moves right in front of your eyes and scantily dressed shot girls keeping you topped up through the night, Dollhouse is a recipe for stag do success. There’s also a drinks list as long as your arm, with every spirit you could possibly imagine and then a few more to boot.


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Zum Silbersack

Close up image of the outside of the bar covered in street signs

Probably the cheapest bar on the Reeperbahn, Zum Silbersack welcomes your stag do with open arms. It’s been around since 1949 and has become a bit of a cult within Hamburg, as it continually delivers cheap drinks and German power ballads in equal measures. We’ll be honest, the floors are a bit sticky, the air is vaguely smoky and the no-frills staff aren’t going to serve you cocktails with origami adornments, but, it’s the most authentic and real stag do boozer you could possibly come across – with think you’ll love it. Like time stood still, Zum Silbersack is like a 1950s German tavern on the inside, with wooden furnishings and vintage check curtains, but that’s all part of its charm. This corner building has multi-coloured tiles and graffiti murals on the exterior walls – you can’t miss it – and knowing you’ll get more bang for your buck, so to speak, you’ll be washing down trebles with pints of Astra until you can’t see. Prost!


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Top 10 Hamburg Stag Do Activities

With everything from beer hall entry and brewery tours, to shooting packages and strippers on-board your own boat, there's plenty to keep you occupied in Hamburg.

The back of an empty beer bike in a street1. Beer Bike

Even if you’re not known for being a multitasker, we reckon you could handle sightseeing, pedalling and drinking at the same time. Put yourselves to the test (and be glad you didn’t skip leg day) with this awesome beer bike ride through the centre of Hamburg, with 20 litres of beer to polish off whilst you’re at it.

People sat on benches outside a beerhall2. Hofbrauhaus Meal & Beer

Get yourselves reserved tables in one of Hamburg’s biggest beer halls, Hofbrauhaus. With live Oompah bands and traditional German entertainment, as well as all the stein-swilling and table top dancing you can pack into one room, a night down in your local will never be the same again. Lederhosen optional, but highly encouraged.

Men pouring beer from a wooden barrel with people looking on in the background3. Ratsherrn Brewery Tour

Hamburg is known for its beer and breweries – and you can get a closer look at both of these on your stag do with a guided tour around Ratcherrn Brewery Tour. You’ll also get three beers each, to kick start your day in Hamburg. You didn’t think we’d just bombard you with information and not let you sample the good stuff, did you?

Four hands toasting with full beer steins4. Sightbeering Tour

You haven’t come all the way to Hamburg for a stag do just to sightsee, so why not sightbeer instead? This tour includes a lovely guide, a few rounds of beers and a walking tour around the likes of Reeperbahn and Hanbuyrg Rathaus. Culture? Tick. Beer? Tick.

A vandalised car in front of a graffiti wall5. Vehicle Vandalising - 1 Car

Fancy smashing up a car without getting arrested? Your luck is in. We’ll provide you with all the vandalising equipment you could possibly need (we’ve got sledgehammers, mallets, the lot) and a car that you can let your anger out on. Note: pretend it’s your ex’s new car and you’ll have it battered in seconds.

The back of a man driving a hot rod in the streets6. Hot Rod Tour

Don’t settle for travelling around the city in a bog-standard taxi or bus when you could look like an absolute hero in a Hot Rod. You and all of the lads can get behind the wheels of a fleet of Hot Rods and fly through the city centre in your own fleet.

People playing on an outdoor pitch in inflatable zorbs7. Bubble Football - 1 hour

It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming… If you have grown up having a kick about with your mates, it’s time to crank things up a notch on your stag do. This football-dodgems-zorbing hybrid is just what the doctor ordered.

People stood outside the exterior of the St Pauli stadium during the day8. St Pauli Football Stadium Tour

Get behind the scenes of Hamburg’s famous FC St. Pauli, the massive rivals of Hamburger HSV. With a cult following, this team are huge in Hamburg and get the highest attendance for any second division team. Their home ground, Millerntorstadion, is just around the corner from the Reeperbahn, making the atmosphere after a match day in St. Pauli a rowdy stag do heaven.

A man aiming a gun at some targets9. Shooting

With more relaxed gun laws than back in the UK, Hamburg is an excellent place to get a bit of target practice. You’ll get 25 shots from two lethal handguns with this one – the name’s Bond, James Bond.

A naked woman with her legs in front of her and wearing a white sailor hat10. Strip Boat

Crystal blue shimmering waters, gallons of drinks and gorgeous semi-naked women all add up to making this one a stag do to remember. Add a 15 minute striptease in there and you’ll never want to leave Hamburg. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Top 10 Stag Do Hotels in Hamburg

Our Hamburg stag do accommodation is safe, secure and central – leaving you to concern yourselves with the more important things on this trip, like where that next round of steins is coming from.

The exterior A&O Hostel Hamburg Hauptbahnhof1. A&O Hostel Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
2 Star Rating

A short taxi ride from Reeperbahn

This classy, fully refurbished warehouse is located in the ideal spot to explore the sights of Hamburg, as well as that infamous nightlife scene of the Reeperbahn.

Glass exterior and sign of Arcotel Onyx during the day2. Arcotel Onyx
4 Star Rating

Set in St. Pauli, home to Reeperbahn

The high quality rooms in Arcotel Onyx have comfy beds, flat screen TVs, iPhone docking stations and minibars included, making it a stag do paradise.

Exterior of Novotel Hamburg at night3. Novotel Hamburg
4 Star Rating

50 yards from Lubecker Strabe Underground Station

Bright and airy rooms give a real holiday feel, and the minibars are just a bonus. There’s even a fitness centre and an in-house Hamman and sauna if you fancy sweating some of that booze out.

A spacious double room with a white bed and long sofa running along the wall4. Cityhotel Monopol
3 Star Rating

Located on the Reeperbahn

Just a three minute walk from St. Pauli Underground Station and a minute from Reeperbahn, this is the ultimate lad pad. Due to its enviable location, you’ll be able to stumble home from experiencing Hamburg’s Red Life District and get a good night’s kip.

The exterior of Novum Hotel Eleazar City Centre under a clear blue sky5. Novum Hotel Eleazar City Centre
3 Star Rating

Two minute walk to Hamburg Central Station

All rooms in this centrally located, 3-star hotel have complimentary WiFi access, flat screen TVs and soundproofed rooms (we’re not judging) and it’s also extremely close to Hamburg Kunsthalle Gallery for your culture fix.

The exterior sign of the St Joseph Hotel6. St Joseph Hotel
3 Star Rating

In the heart of St. Pauli

Position yourselves in the thick of one of the busiest nightlife strips in the city when staying here. With 40 classic rooms available and a delicious breakfast for all guests – this is a great option for stag dos.

Tables and chairs in the restaurant at Generator Hamburg, with bright colours and stencils on the walls in the background7. Generator Hamburg
No Star Rating

Just minutes from Central Station

Once a recording studio used by the iconic Beatles, you’ll be staying in a piece of Hamburg history when crashing here. With sleek dorms and private rooms, you’ll have plenty of room to spread out in the Generator.

Exterior of the Meininger Hotel Hamburg City Centre during the day8. Meininger Hotel Hamburg City Centre
No Star Rating

Close to Altona Railway Station

Classier than many of the surrounding hotels, Meininger has plush rooms, an on-site bar and a games room – making this the ultimate lad pad.

room9. A&O Hostel Hamburg City
No Star Rating

Just a couple of minutes taxi ride from Reeperbahn strip

Offering a wide range of rooms, a spacious lobby area and a central location, A&O Hostel is a great spot for a stag do. It’s even got a billiards table for chilling out between all that boozing.

The exterior of Arcotel Rubin Hamburg10. Arcotel Rubin Hamburg
4 Star Rating

Located in St. Georg District

Arcotel Rubin Hamburg is just 550 yards from Central Station, making this an easily accessible spot to dump your bags and get on with your stag do shenanigans.

Tick the Cultural Box on Your Hamburg Stag Do

With one of the biggest miniature railways in the world, the oldest fun fair on Earth and more breweries than you can shake a stick at - you don't have to travel far in Hamburg to soak up that local culture.

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Hamburg's Beaches

Hamburg's Beaches

We’re guessing beaches weren’t the first thing you thought of when you discussed having a stag do in Hamburg, but you’d be surprised with the wealth of options for sun, sea and sand lovers out there. Among the many fantastic beachy areas of Hamburg, is Strand Pauli. This urban beach is the epitome of cool, with a laid-back day vibe and a hive of bars and clubs by night. There are even lively beach clubs with dancefloors and top DJs – Ibiza, eat your heart out. See here if you want to find out a little more about Hamburg’s glorious beaches.

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Speicherstadt (The Warehouse District)

20457 Hamburg, Germany

Speicherstadt (The Warehouse District)

Adjacent to the harbour (more about that later), the warehouse district stands proudly just above the waterline. These neo-gothic buildings were once used to store goods such as spices and coffee, and have been renovated in recent years to keep their distinctive, Amsterdam-like style. You can take a tour of the area and sample Hamburg’s own Holsten Pilsiner whilst you’re at it, in the hugely popular local eateries that have sprung up all around this edgy district.

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Groeninger

Willy-Brandt-Straße 47, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Groeninger

This is one of the oldest breweries in Hamburg, meaning that you’ll sample a slice of history whilst drinking beer – there are no cons to this plan, right? Groeninger brews its own beer, Groninger Pils (with water directly sourced from the famous Luneburg Heath), which you can then tap and drink from old oak barrels for a truly authentic experience. You can also get yourselves some hearty homemade dishes or some speciality small plates whilst you’re there, soaking up that beer in the very best way possible.

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Miniatur Wunderland

Kehrwieder 2-4/Block D, 20457, Hamburg, Germany

Miniatur Wunderland

If you’re a bit of an eccentric nerd at heart and remember painting little Warhammer characters before taking them into ‘battle’, or if you just need something cool and cultural to do whilst you’re working off a hangover, you’ll appreciate a trip to Miniatur Wunderland. One of the largest of its kind in the world, this railway is seriously impressive, consisting of miniature versions of Harz, the fictitious city of Knuffingen, the Alps and Austria, Hamburg, America, Scandinavia, Switzerland, a replica of the Hamburg Airport and Italy. It’s constantly being added to, and by 2020, the exhibit is expected to have reached its final construction phase, including at least a total of ten new sections in a model area of over 2,300 m2. We recommend checking it out when it’s all lit up at night, too.

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Visit a Bierhaus

Visit a Bierhaus

We know we’ve mentioned it before, but there’s nothing like the atmosphere of a bierhaus in its home country – think, a UK Bier Keller but more traditional, authentic and, in most cases, cheaper. Hamburg’s extensive choice of cosy Kneipen (that’s German for ‘pubs’ FYI) will leave you with hundreds of options, but our favourite bierhauses on the scene have to be Block Bräu, Altes Mädchen, Schumachers Biergarten (with its extensive beer garden), and, of course, the ultimate Hofbrauhaus. If you want to know a little bit more about Hamburg’s beloved beer culture, have a read of this.

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Port and Harbour of Hamburg

Port of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Port and Harbour of Hamburg

Germany’s largest port is widely considered the ‘Gateway to the World’, covering an area of 73.99 km². Basically, it’s massive and impressive. If you’re not satisfied with just looking around the harbour, you can even climb on-board a Russian submarine and experience the harbour from below the waterline. We reckon that’ll go down well, don’t you? It even plays host to Hamburg Port Festival, the city’s biggest annual event. Taking place in May, this festival attracts over a million visitors each year and celebrates the birthday of the harbour – with fireworks and beer… ‘Tis the German way, after all.

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Hamburger Dom (Funfair)

Heiligengeistfeld, 20359 Hamburg, Germany

Hamburger Dom (Funfair)

Established in 1329, Hamburger Dom is one of Europe’s oldest funfairs. If you love your rollercoasters and your big wheels, you can’t miss it; it’s even home to the world’s largest portable rollercoaster, Olympic Looping. However, if you prefer your feet firmly on the ground, there are plenty of street vendors serving awesome German food and most importantly, steins of beer. Taking place in late March, late July and late November, if you’re celebrating in your stag do in Hamburg on these dates, we’d 100% recommend checking it out.

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Fischmarkt (Fish Market)

Große Elbstraße 2a, 22767 Hamburg, Germany

Fischmarkt (Fish Market)

You might be thinking “eh, they’re sending us to a fish market on a stag do, are they crackers?”. The answer is no, we’re not crackers and you’ll thank us later for recommending this one. Every Sunday since 1703, the River Elbe attracts over 70,000 people looking for a good old fashioned knees up. The fish market-turned-street festival has live music, street vendors and beer stalls as far as the eye can see. As it’s by the harbour, the seafood stalls are super popular, where you can get your hands on everything from premium lobster to a fish finger sandwich (there’s always one).

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Alstervergnugen

Alster Lake, 20148 Hamburg, Germany

Alstervergnugen

Catch some of the Alstervergnugen action on your stag do, with a visit to Lake Alster. This annual summer festival sees the lake spring to life with sports including wakeboarding, water-skiing, rowing and sailing. Meanwhile, 500 national and international artists, acrobats and athletes showcase their stuff on dry land, providing entertainment from 10am until midnight. It’s a good spot to people watch with an ice cold beer (read: recover from the night before) and the fireworks display afterwards is pretty cool, too.

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Reeperbahn

St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany

Reeperbahn

You don’t need us to recommend the Reeperbahn – the reputation which precedes it is absolutely accurate. Widely regarded as ‘Hamburg’s most sinful mile’, the Reeperbahn is Hamburg’s answer to Amsterdam’s Red Light District. The strip itself is 930 metres exactly and is filled to capacity with back-to-back sex shops, erotic shows and red-lit windows. It’s where The Beatles famously kick started their career back in the 60s and is also just around the corner from FC St. Pauli’s home ground, Millerntorstadion. As it’s listed on our Top 10 Cultural Attractions, that means that you can go home and claim to the missus that you went to those erotic bars and strip clubs for ‘cultural reasons’. You’re welcome.

Getting to Hamburg

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Hamburg Airport (or Flughafen Hamburg if you can recall your GSCE German) is the fifth busiest airport in Germany, dealing with over 17 million passengers annually. Located just over five miles north of the city centre, this bustling airport serves as a base for airlines including EasyJet, FlyBe and BMI Regional. Offering flights to and from more than 130 destinations worldwide – including long-hauls like Dubai and Newark – the airport is one of the main reasons that Hamburg is so popular, as it’s just so accessible. A taxi from the airport to the city centre, where most accommodation options can be found, will take around 15 minutes depending on traffic and could cost between €20-30, so we could recommend getting your transfers sorted before you go.

AirportDurationAirline
Birmingham Airport BHX2h 10mFlyBe
Bristol Airport BRS1h 40mBMI Regional
Edinburgh Airport EDI1hr 50mEasyJet
Gatwick London Airport LGW1hr 35mEasyJet
Manchester Airport MAN1hr 45mEasyJet

Getting Around Hamburg

HVV (Hamburg’s Transport Association) is your stag do best mate. No matter what form of transport you choose to take, it’ll ensure that you get from A – B in one piece and for a pretty decent price – having buses, ferries and trains to its name, all accessible by a single ticket. Alternatively, there are bikes, taxis and your own pins to get you about. In other words, sorting out transport for the lads on your Hamburg stag do will be a piece of cake.

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Bus

Public buses cover the entire city, with bus stops clearly signposted and route maps at each stop so that you can get your bearings. A single fare will cost you around €3.30, an all-day ticket around €7.70 and a group ticket can cost as little as €12. The three different types of bus that you need to be aware of are the MetroBus, the SchnellBus and the NachtBus. Firstly, the MetroBus has four different lines on the rapid transit U-Bahn system and 91 stations across the city. The SchnellBuses cover around 10 different routes, with the one you’ll be using mostly being the Express between the Hauptbahnhof and Rathausmarkt (lines 35 and 37) and the Nachtbus which covers the main routes once the other buses have closed down for the night.

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Ferry

Hamburg is fortunate to have the extremely useful HVV ferry system operating throughout the city centre. Operating every 15 minutes between 5.30am and 11.15pm, these ferries are used by locals and tourists alike. Using this ferry is a much cheaper alternative to the tourist-oriented harbour ferries and tickets are the same as for the buses, which can be purchased from vending machines at most stops.

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Taxi

Hamburg has strict laws when it comes to taxi services, ensuring that people only travel with professional companies. These approved taxis can be spotted due to their ivory colour and ‘taxi’ sign on the roof – and can be found in their masses at the airport and all main train stations in Hamburg. Taxis generally operate fixed, metred fares, making it easy to work out how much each journey is going to cost before you make it. We offer transfers from the airport and our stag do activities can come with transfers and guides who will collect you from your accommodation – taking the hassle out of getting around.

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Walk

Despite being an extremely big city, the Hamburg hotspots – including Town Hall building, St. Petri medieval church and Hafen City - are notoriously easy to get around by foot. Hamburg’s main tourist attractions, bars and nightclubs are all pretty much all within walking distance of the central accommodation that you’ll be staying in. If you want to take in a bit of the local culture and scout out your new favourite bars at the same time, there are several walking tours available for free.

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Bike

If you’re feeling up to it after a night on the steins, hiring a bike is a great way to get around Hamburg and sweat out some of that booze whilst you’re at it. Luckily for you, the city is pretty flat and has easily accessible stretches of cycle path, meaning that your ride will be completely hassle free, and the best part is that it’s super cheap. Probably the most pocked friendly form of transport after walking, the StadtRAD Hamburg bikes are free for the first half an hour and then €0.08 per minute or €12 per day. There are 120 service points around the city, meaning that if you’re savvy enough, you can ride for free all day long.

Average Prices in Hamburg

Pretty cheap compared to its German counterparts like Berlin and Munich, here are some estimates of the average prices you’re going to be forking out once you’re there

Average Price of a Lap Dance

€25 (£22)Average Price of a Lap Dance

Average Price of a Pint

€2.50 (£2.21)Average Price of a Pint

Average Price of a Kebab

€4 (£3.50)Average Price of a Kebab

Average Price of a Nightclub Entry

€11 (£9.70)Average Price of a Nightclub Entry

Hamburg Weather

Like much of mainland Europe, Hamburg experiences real highs and lows in temperature, as well as rainfall. The summer months can be scorching, making that beer taste even better, but the cold months are an excuse to get in those bars and get working on your booze jacket (it’s a tough job but somebody has to do it).

November 2018

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Hamburg Novembers see temperatures dip below double figures. Brr. Luckily, some of the Christmas markets will have already started, so you can stock up on that warming mulled wine.

JAN

Weather icon for January3°C

FEB

Weather icon for February4°C

MAR

Weather icon for March7°C

APR

Weather icon for April12°C

MAY

Weather icon for May17°C

JUN

Weather icon for June20°C

JUL

Weather icon for July21°C

AUG

Weather icon for August22°C

SEP

Weather icon for September18°C

OCT

Weather icon for October13°C

NOV

Weather icon for November8°C

DEC

Weather icon for December4°C

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*We take pride in our work and all of the information in the guide was correct at the time of publication - 23/07/2018. Probably.

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