Weigh anchor and set sail on a holiday full of fun and adventure in the beautiful Hanseatic city on the River Elbe. There’s never a dull moment in Hamburg! There is so much here for families and lovers of city breaks to experience: marvel at super-sized ships, discover the city from the water on a boat ride around the harbour or take in a hit show such as The Lion King. Since Mai 2018, the new JUFA Hotel Hamburg HafenCity**** has opened its doors. The hotel is in a fantastic location and, as the most family-friendly city hotel in Germany, it offers families with children a whole host of benefits. It also makes an ideal base for guests wishing to embark on a voyage of discovery around the city of Hamburg.
The JUFA Hotel in Hamburg
The best attractions in the local area
Hamburg Fish Market (Altonaer Fischmarkt)
Why do 70,000 people come to the River Elbe in Hamburg every Sunday? It is not only because of the fresh fish. Since 1703 it has been possible to buy nearly anything from the stalls at the Hamburg fish market. Fish-filled bread rolls for breakfast, a basket overflowing with fruit and the cries of market stallholders are all part of the experience. The Hamburg fish market is a memorable experience during every trip to the city.
The largest model railway installation in the world can be visited in the historic Speicherstadt district of the city. It is only a 5 minute walk from the JUFA Hotel. 930 trains with almost 14,450 wagons, 228,000 trees, 215,000 figures and 13,000 metres of track have been lovingly and painstakingly made over 580,000 hours. Tip: Book tickets best before you arrive in Hamburg.
Internationales Maritime Museum Hamburg
In the middle of Hamburg’s historic warehouse district (Hamburger Speicherstadt) lies the International Maritime Museum – a must-visit for families with children! After a short walk from the JUFA Hotel Hamburg HafenCity guests will reach the impressive museum. Over 9 different levels, you can immerse yourself in 3,000 years of maritime history and modern research, and gain fascinating insights into human endeavours to conquer the forces of nature and the limits that have been faced.
Hamburg Harbour Tour
Adventurers beware: The JUFA Hotel HafenCity offers numerous possibilities to explore the city by boat. Whether Elbe or Alster, by day or by night – Hamburg on the water has its own magic! Whatever boat trip you choose, a harbor cruise is part of every family holiday in the Hanseatic city!
Regular trips around the harbour depart from the number 2 or number 6 jetties at St. Pauli or from the Überseebrücke.
Musical-Hits in Hamburg: The Lion King and more
Hamburg offers a varied and exciting musical program. Since 2001, the successful musical „The Lion King“ (in german) has been inspiring young and old – an unforgettable and magical experience, especially for families with children!
Tip: The hotel is directly connected to the jetties by bus line 111, from where you can catch the musical boat lines directly to the musical.
Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall
Are you on a city break in Hamburg? What do you think you might find inside an unusual and impressive glass building that has been built on top of the brick structure of a former cocoa warehouse? You will hear sounds produced by the most magnificent musicians in a space with the most extraordinary acoustics and architecture. Music lovers will be in their element at the Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall where there will be able to enjoy both classical masterpieces and new sounds.
Hamburg Town Hall (Rathaus)
The Hamburg Town Hall was built between 1886 and 1897. Its impressive architecture is an imposing feature in the centre of the city. This splendid sandstone building is the seat of the state senate and parliament. The town hall is open to visitors every day and there are guided tours every half an hour. Visitors can even listen to a tour in the local “Plattdeutsch” dialect!
There is so much to enjoy at the Zoo, including feeding the elephants and giraffes, watching the polar bears and walrus diving about, going on pony rides, stroking the goats and so much more. World famous panoramas, generous sized outdoor enclosures and 1,855 exotic animals are all part of the appeal of this well-established zoo. The zoo covers 19 hectares and includes one of the largest elephant herds in Europe, a modern orangutan house, a fairytale railway and, of course, the “Eismeer” enclosure with the only walrus in Germany.
From the JUFA Hotel Hamburg HafenCity you can reach the Hagenbeck Zoo quickly and easily by metro. The animal park Hagenbeck is a great experience for children and parents and is open all year round.
The later it gets, the greater the buzz! Hamburg’s Kiez district includes the Reeperbahn, the Große Freiheit music venue, the Hamburger Berg pub district and the popular meeting point, the Hans-Albers-Platz. It is no coincidence that during the 1960s the Beatles performed live in a club in one of the back streets off the Reeperbahn because even back then the St. Pauli district was one of the most famous entertainment centres in the world. During your tour around the city, stop off at the Ritze, one of the most famous pubs on the Reeperbahn.
St. Michael’s Church “Der Michel”
You will pass a range of impressive church bells as you climb up the steep steps of the tower of “Der Michel”. When you reach 106 metres, you will be rewarded with a fantastic view over Hamburg. Are you looking for a particularly romantic experience during your city break in Hamburg? During the evening, you can take the “Nachtmichel” lift. Your trip will be accompanied by classical background music as you enjoy the fabulous view over the whole of Hamburg.
The Baakenpark scores with its direct location to the JUFA Hotel Hamburg HafenCity****. For children, a large playground with climbing frame, trampoline and basketball hoop is available, ideal for playing and romping! The park as a place offers a place for relaxation, play and leisure. Here you can soak up the sun, sniff the harbor air and watch ships, fill up your own energy reserves – just let your mind wander and enjoy!
Further information: Baakenpark in the HafenCity Hamburg (including opening times)
The park scores with lush flowery carpets, a café and numerous recreational opportunities. For children, a large playground with climbing frame, trampoline and basketball hoop is available, ideal for playing and romping! Thanks to the skate area and the climbing route, even the big ones will not be bored. 60 fruit trees bear delicious fruits, whose picking is not only allowed, but even desired. Due to its proximity to the JUFA Hotel HafenCity ****, Lohsepark is a place for relaxation, play and leisure.
Further information: Lohsepark in the HafenCity Hamburg (including history)