Hamburg City Information

Money

The official currency in Germany is Euro. You can exchange money at most banks, post offices and airports (banks only exchange foreign notes). When you arrive, we recommend you to have some cash. However, major credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in central Hamburg as well. Most German goods and services include a value-added tax (VAT) of 16%.

Prices

Alcohol and Soft Drinks

Price for alcohol differs in pubs, bars, and clubs. It also depends on location of the venue. But generally, beer is cheaper than soft drinks. The range of prices for beer and spirits are as follows:

  • 0,5 l bottle of beer starts at 1,50 Eur
  • cocktails are offered for 4 Eur, however during happy hour cost 3,50 Eur
  • regular cappuccino can be found for 2,15 Eur
  • a 0,33 l bottle of Coke or Pepsi is available for 2 Eur
  • a bottle of water (0,33 l) can be purchased for 1,80 Eur
  • in bars and pubs a pint of beer costs 2 Eur / GBP 1,8 - 4 Eur / GBP 3,5
  • in clubs a pint of beer is from 2,9 Eur / GBP 2,6 to 4,10 Eur / GBP 3,70
  • a shot of vodka (usually 40ml or 50ml) is from 1 Eur for Ukrainian and from 3 Eur for imported vodka

Meal

In Hamburg, the cuisine is multicultural. It offers a big variety of different culture's cuisines which are modified to German's tastes. The restaurants and dining services are incredibly inexpensive compared to any other Western European capital or other German cities. Average prices for meal are for example:

  • breakfast or brunch (sometimes including coffee, tea, juice) varies from 4 Eur to 12 Eur
  • a quick pizza or kebab starts from 1,5 Eur
  • cheap lunch menu costs from 7 Eur to 10 Eur and is available from Monday to Friday.
  • three course meal for 2 persons in middle range restaurant is around 35 Eur
  • steaks are more expensive from 22 Eur to 37 Eur

Taxi

Taxis in Hamburg are comfortable, known to be safe, and a quite economic choice, compared to other European cities. They are easy to recognise and for reasonable price. Taxi drivers also generally speak English (at least to some extent).

  • the taximeter starts at €3 ...
  • ...the first 7 kilometres you are charged €2 per kilometre
  • ...for every further kilometres you pay €1.30

All Hamburg taxis tend to use the taximeter; fixed prices are rare.

Public Transport

There is also an opportunity to travel by bus, train (U-bahn, S-bahn), tram, trolley bus or ferry; if you wish to get to your final destination quickly. Another preferable way how to get around city is to take a bike.

Weather

Hamburg has a mild humid temperate climate with warm summers and no dry season. Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from -2°C to 24°C and is rarely below -8°C or above 29°C.

Time difference

Hamburg (and the whole Germany as well) is in Central European time zone, that is a time difference of +1 hour comparing to UK and due to daylight saving it is +2 hours.

Visa

EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

Embassies

British Embassy

Address: Joh.Berenberg,Glossler & Co HG Neuer Jungfernstieg 20 / Fehland Str 3 20354 Hamburg

Phone: (040) 4480.3236

US Embassy

Address:Alsterufer 27 20354 Hamburg

Phone: 0049 40 41171100

Office hours: Local Time Mon-Fri: 10:00-20:00

Public Holidays

  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • 6th January - Epiphany
  • 1st May - International Workers' Day
  • 8th August - Peace Festival
  • 15th August - Assumption Day
  • 3rd October - German Unity Day
  • 31st October - Reformation Day
  • 1st November - All Saint's Day
  • Wed before 23rd November - Day of Repentance and Prayer
  • 25th December - Christmas Day
  • 26th December - St Stephen's Day / Boxing Day

Language

German is the official and predominant spoken language in Germany. Recognised native minority languages in Germany are Danish, Sorbian, Romany. The most used immigrant languages are Turkish, Kurdish, Polish, the Balkan languages, and Russian. The majority of the Germans are able to speak English very well, due to the high multiculturalism in Hamburg and Germany.

Voltage

The voltage in Germany is 230 V with frequency of 50 Hz. The plug that is used in Germany is the same as in most of European countries. The travellers from The United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland or Denmark will have to use the appropriate adaptor.

Telephone

The international telephone code to Germany is 49.

Hamburg Travel Guide

Germany is a federation of 16 states. It is one of the most influential nations in European culture, and one of the world's main economic powers. In other words Germany means quality and hard work. What you may not know that well is its "fun side". There are loads of things to do when in Germany - cultural differences vary from region to region and you have a chance to discover the local diversity on your own

‘The gateway to the world’ might be a bold claim, but Germany’s second-largest city and biggest port has never been shy. Hamburg has engaged in business with the world ever since it joined the Hanseatic League trading bloc back in the Middle Ages, and this ‘harbourpolis’ is now the nation’s premier media hub and its wealthiest city.

Hamburg’s maritime spirit infuses the entire city; from architecture to menus to the cry of gulls, you always know you're near the water. The city has given rise to vibrant neighbourhoods awash with multicultural eateries, as well as the gloriously seedy Reeperbahn red-light district. Hamburg nurtured the early promise of the Beatles, and today its distinctive live- and electronic-music scene thrives in unique harbourside venues.

Its attractions are only matched by its inherent alluring spirit.

Come, Hamburg says, have a ball!

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