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Freetime - what can be done?

You are in Hamburg and have some time left? Here you find some tips to explore Hamburg and the surrounding area.

In order to explore the surroundings in Finkenwerder and the Old Country, we offer our guests bicycles by our partner "Bicycle rental in William Castle" as available for rent at our hotel.

The cost is EUR 12.00 per day rental will be charged.

If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact the reception.


Discover the secret of finest chocolates and create your own bar of chocolate!

Chocoholics welcome! At CHOCOVERSUM you discover the secret of the world´s finest chocolates with all your senses. For 90-minutes we take you on a guided tour that leads from the cocoa tree to freshly wrapped chocolates. See historic machines live at work while having a taste at every produciotn step. Finally you even create your own bar of chocolate!

Meßberg 1, 20095 Hamburg, +49 (0)40 41 91 23 00, directly at U-station Meßberg

Opening hours
Monday to Sunday, also on holidays 10am to 6pm. The last guided tour starts around 4.30pm


Planten un Blomen

The center of the city is home to the Alte Wallanlagen, the old city ramparts, and the famous "Planten un Blomen" park. This wonderful green stretch of nature runs from St. Pauli to the Alster. Come see the largest Japanese garden in Europe and a botanical garden with a tropical greenhouse.

Miniatur Wunderland

The largest model railway exhibition in the world is also ready to be discovered in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt.

Hamburg city hall

The Hamburg Rathaus, or city hall, built in 1897 dominates the city center with its impressive architecture.


Between Deichtorhallen and Baumwall is the hundred-year-old Speicherstadt or warehouse district in Hamburg’s free port. It is the largest continuous warehouse complex in the world, an idyll you might be surprised to find in such a bustling global port.

All around the Alster

The 160 hectare lake in the heart of the city is a dream for sailors, rowers and paddlers and no deeper than 2.5 meters.

Hagenbeck’s Zoo

A total of 1,850 animals from 210 species live in Hagenbeck’s Zoo in large, open-air enclosures designed to be as close as possible to their natural habitats. It is well worth a visit for young and old.

The "Michel" – Hamburg‘s greatest landmark

The platform in the steeple of the famous St. Michaelis Church, known affectionately as the “Michel”, offers a fantastic view of Hamburg, the port and surrounding area from 132 m above the city – it is not to be missed!


For many locals and visitors, this boulevard is the heart of the city center and offers a great range of ways to pass some pleasant hours, on the banks of the Inner Alster, in the surrounding shops or taking in the interesting sights.


Sylt has everything a true beach holiday requires: sand and sun, oysters and parties. This "island getaway" so popular with Hamburg residents is just 220 km from the city and easy to reach by train, ship or plane.


The vibrant city of Stade offers thousands of years of history and is just 40 km downstream  from Hamburg, making it perfect for a day trip. Discover the historical town center with its old churches and the “leaning tower of Stade” while enjoying a panoramic view of the Elbe River.

Serengeti Park

About 100 km south of Hamburg you have the opportunity to take part in an exciting safari. Whether by your own car or the Serengeti-Bus; it offers fun and adventure for all ages.

Heide Park Resort

If you have enough of sightseeing and shopping, then just visit the Heide Park Resort in Soltau about 80 km south of Hamburg. You will feel the rush of adrenaline with many rides and roller coasters.


If you are looking to experience the flair of the Middle Ages, come see Lüneburg, a city built on a rich salt deposit. Winding, ancient alleys and houses, the historic Rathaus or town hall and “Stintmarkt” fish market along with a picturesque town center allow for a glimpse of the roots of North German culture and the history of the salt trade. Fans of the German soap “Rote Rosen” will enjoy visiting some of the original locations for the show or, with luck, even watch a bit of filming.


The city of Lübeck, also formerly a member of the Hanseatic League, is just around 60 km north of Hamburg. Come visit the Holstentor, an ancient city gate, Buddenbrooks House, and the home of delicious Niederegger Marzipan. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a monument to rich merchants of the past, a cultural center and a modern university city. The popular Travemünde Baltic Sea beach is just outside the city gates and offers cool refreshment on hot days.

North Sea and Baltic Sea Coasts

The area around Hamburg offers a wide range of options for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. Why not exchange it for the soothing sounds of the sea and the call of sea gulls? Whether in St. Peter-Ording or Timmendorfer Strand, you can reach the coast of either the North Sea or the Baltic Sea in between one to one and a half hours and relax in one of the famous roofed wicker beach chairs.


150 km away from the Hanseatic City of Hamburg is Germany’s only deep sea island: Helgoland. Don’t miss a spectacular view of its majestic cliffs rising out of the sea. You can reach Helgoland by catamaran or by plane.


The coastal city of Cuxhaven is on the Baltic Sea around 100 km north of Hamburg. Come watch the fish auctions early in the morning at the Seefischmarkt. Climb onto the “Alte Liebe” observation deck for an expansive view of the global shipping channel. Walking across the tidal flats in nearby Wattenmeer National Park is a must for any visit to Hamburg.

Altes Land

Take an S-bahn train or a ship to visit the fruit farmers in the “Old Land” or Altes Land,  the largest continuous fruit-growing region in Europe. Discover freshly picked fruits and thatched-roofed farm houses, museums, churches and magnificent gates, verdant, rolling dikes and picturesque towns like Buxtehude, Jork and Stade. Groups can hop aboard the Altländer Bimmelbahn and experience the Alte Land from a different perspective.

St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn – nightlife, strip clubs and the FC

All along the Reeperbahn, which got its name from the hundred-meter long ship ropes twisted together here in times past, are numerous bars and pubs, nightclubs, cafes, snack bars and diverse shops, but also live clubs in which the Beatles played back in the day. Enthusiasts of serious entertainment will find it well worth their while. The Operetta House, Schmidt’s Theater, and Café Keese with the "Quatsch Comedy Club" all offer a pleasant evening’s entertainment. The stadium of the legendary and unconventional St. Pauli Football Club is at the center of this vibrant district.

The Port of Hamburg

Around 13,000 ships call at the second largest port in Europe each year. From the cruise terminal to the historic Speicherstadt and Landungsbrücken to the modern container port – the air offers a hint of the freshness of the sea, freedom and far-away lands.