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About Hamburg

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany. With a population of 1.7 million, it is the eighth largest city in the European Union. Hamburg is renowned for its rich musical history; it is home to the impressive Elbphilharmonie and Laeisz concert halls. A haven for newcomer artists, it paved the way for musical bands, including The Beatles.

Cheap flights to Hamburg are now available for a limited period of time; prepare to be entertained by the cultural depth within the city. Hamburg is home of Hamburg Airport (HAM), which is located a short 25-minute drive from the city centre. Hamburg Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including KLM, Swiss International Air Lines, Lufthansa and Air France. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 12 hours and 55 minutes.

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Why visit Hamburg

hamburg shopping neuer wall


Neuer Wall is one of the finest and most exclusive shopping streets in Europe. It stretches for 1200m through the city and boasts some of the most exclusive and luxurious brands.

franzbrotchenn hamburg dessert pastry


To truly experience Hamburg, you have to experience their original cuisine. Dishes like Bohnen und Speck and dessert pastry, franzbrötchenn, tells the stories of the city’s rich history.

hamburg music festival


The city is renowned for its festivals and regular events. From the Dockville music and art festival to the Filmfest Hamburg, you are swooned with uplifting Hamburg culture.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Germany
Currency Euro
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.071 EUR
Language German
Hub Airport Hamburg Airport (HAM)
Airline Lufthansa
Time Zone GMT+1
Travel Adaptor Type F

Best time to visit Hamburg

Winters in Hamburg can be quite cold. To be able to get the best of the city, you should visit in the summer months – between May and October. Hamburg celebrates many festivals during this time. The Full Moon Festival in July is an absolute treat for people who are obsessed with the moon.

Weather & Climate in Hamburg

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -1°C 5°C 1°C 4°C 8°C 11°C 13°C 13°C 10°C 6°C 3°C -1°C
High °C 4°C 5°C 8°C 13°C 18°C 20°C 23°C 23°C 18°C 13°C 8°C 4°C
Rainfall (mm) 68 50 68 43 57 79 77 80 67 67 69 69

Hamburg ranked 16th in the world for livability in 2015. The city offers amazing cultural encounters including several theatres, namely, The English Theatre – the oldest professional English language theatre in Germany.

The architecture of the city entices the senses as you are given a visual history lesson of Hamburg. From the town hall to the ocean liner shaped Chilhaus, Hamburg boasts the most beautiful aesthetic. Explore the city’s canals, an interesting fact to know is that Hamburg has more canals than Amsterdam and Venice combined.

Home to the Fischmarkt, the city’s legendary fish market is the place to encounter the locals in their environment. With a lively spirit, you are treated to wails of market criers and avid bargain hunters looking for fruits and vegetables that can be bought in abundance.

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South African Passport holders do require a Schengen Visa for Hamburg and Germany. There are a few requirements that is needed when applying for a Schengen Visa. You need a permanent passport (not older than 10 years) – valid for at least 3 months from your date of return from your trip. Make sure that it has 2 blank pages for visa and entry stamps.

The South African Honorary Consulate to Germany is in Hamburg.

Address: Deutsche Afrika Linien, Pailmaille 45, 22767

Phone: (+49-40) 380160

Fax No: (+49-40) 38016699

There are no real or fatal health risks in Hamburg. The only things to be alert of are minor ailments including sunburn, stomach problems and foot blisters. The tap water in the city is drinkable.

Although the city of Hamburg is considered to be fairly safe for tourists, travelling abroad to any country requires you to take precaution.

There are suspicious areas to be mindful of when navigating through the city. The red-light districts, the Hauptbahnhof and Reeperbahn. Steindamm and Hansaplatz in St Georg are particularly dicey, throughout the day and night. It is great to know that there is a strong constant police presence in these areas.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Hamburg
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 140.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 49.00
Cappucino (regular) R 23.00 R 22.00 R 38.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 31.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 39.00 R 40.00 R 84.00

Being the second largest city in Germany, Hamburg offers an overload of accommodation options. From hostels to hotels visitors can choose which setting suites their needs best. Altona is situated west of Hamburg, it is a richly varied neighbourhood with the prettiest architecture.

You are able to navigate around the city with ease using either public or private transport. Try the underground trains, busses and ferries and get a first-hand account of the first world advancements of the cosmopolitan city.

The city is bicycle friendly, creating an intimate encounter of Hamburg’s scenic routes. A Stadtrad bike can be borrowed. Simply pay a small fee at one of over 150 stations and you will receive a bike - you’re ready to explore.

There are eight popular walking routes which can be done by foot. Art museums, historic warehouses and the green banks can all be seen by walking through the city.

Main attractions in Hamburg

Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wunderland



Planten un Blomen

Planten un Blomen

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