City trip and family holiday in Hamburg
The new JUFA Hotel in Hamburg’s HafenCity is Germany’s most family-friendly city hotel. The perfect starting point for families to really explore the port city of Hamburg and its numerous attractions.
The new JUFA Hotel in Hamburg
The new JUFA City Hotel in Hamburg opened at the beginning of May 2018. We were there and have already looked at it. Arriving from Austria is easy with the night train. At the entrance by train to Hamburg we already discover the JUFA Hotel. But we continue to the station for a few minutes. From there we take the likewise new subway U4 to the HafenCity. When we get off, we are right in front of the hotel. From the platform to the reception in the hotel we needed just 20 minutes. Since the night train arrived early in the morning, we can still enjoy breakfast in the JUFA hotel.
In the restaurant „Kombüse5“ the selection is really great and we find everything we need for a good start to the day. Since we are in Hamburg, there are of course fish and the really delicious Franzbrötchen. This is a Hamburg specialty, sweet big cinnamon rolls, mmhhh! So strengthened we first explore the hotel. Our room is already finished and we are surprised how generous it is designed. But the design is also great. The predominant colors are light blue and brown, which looks quite comfortable.
Above the bed is a large wallpaper attached. This is a world map with the seaports to see. That’s what our youngest loves. Later, we see that each room has the name of a seaport. In each room you can also read about the city and the harbor. A good idea! Our room has a large double bed, for the children is a bunk bed available. The bathroom and toilet are separate, as a family of four often comes in handy. The rest of the hotel must also be discovered. The lobby is also very spacious, also here we find on a wall the ship theme, with a map and the various ship routes – one can be found per floor in JUFA again.
Cozy, stylish lounge furniture invite you to stay. The children now want to watch the games room. We find the „Ravensburger Mini Harbor“, this is a room for younger children. Here is a small toy ship, on a shelf are many „Why, Why, Why“ books for reading out and reading on your own. On the wall is a memory to solve, a boat trip and rotating figures. Opposite is then the explorer port for the older children. Everything is also designed maritime here. At the lookout, it goes down a flight of stairs. The „Störtebecker“ – a small boat – is already anchored. Where is the treasure hidden? Maybe in the „climbing crates“ or do you have to climb up the „ropes“ first? You can still look up via periscopes and a rope garden invites you to balance. Outside is just a huge game ship. When it’s done in a week or two, it’ll be thirteen feet long and ten feet high.
If you want, you can rent bicycles in the JUFA Hotel, of course there are also children’s bikes and child seats. Buggy and stroller are also available. We have been to several JUFA hotels in Austria, in Hamburg they are all topped. Design and equipment are really well done, a real feel-good city hotel!
What can you do in Hamburg? Our destinations in the port city
Three days we are in the Hansestatdt on the way, but quickly realize that you would have to stay longer. On the first day we visit the new landmark of the city: the Elbphilharmonie. You can still get for free on the „Plaza“ the observation deck, which leads once around the building. With a really stylish escalator you are brought up and has a great view of the harbor, the landing bridges and the new district HafenCity. Not far then to the Landungsbrücken. Here we make a harbor cruise. With much Nordic humor, we learn about the port and the city and see oversized container and cruise ships, shipyards and docks. During a detour through the historic Speicherstadt, we see the buildings from a different perspective. Since our children do not want to scour one attraction after the other, we decide to walk into the Baakenpark. The park is just 5 minutes walk from the hotel and has a very nice new playground. Lots of sand and many climbing opportunities inspire our 8-year-old son. Around the Baakenpark, another new district will be built in the next few years. Back we go on the other side of the Elb arms, which flows here, and climb on the orange lookout tower. Completely free you have here again a good panoramic view of the HafenCity and a part of the harbor.
Freshly rested we want to go on the next morning on a journey into the past. In a „discovery tour for children“ in the Speicherstadtmuseum we learn exciting and very child-appropriate much about the history of Hamburg and all about the Speicherstadt. Definitely recommended for families!! With the ferry, which can be shared with the Hamburg Card, we sail to Neumühlen/Övelgönne to the Elbe beach. Of course, the trip by ferry is exciting for us landlubbers again. On the beach then a sandcastle is built and a little relaxed. Incidentally, we see again create a large container ship. Then we take the bus back to the city. For today is still the „Michel“ on the program. Of course we walk on the tower of the Michaelikirche, there are too many people at the elevator. But from the top you have, no matter which way you take, a great view over Hamburg.
Before we take the night train back home in the evening, we still have to go to the „Miniaturwunderland“. The world’s largest model railway system in the world now belongs to a visit to Hamburg simply. While I’m more fascinated by the details of different countries, the little one wants to follow all trains. The big one, on the other hand, can hardly get away from the airport. Everyone gets their money’s worth! Since we still want to see a little bit of the city of Hamburg, we then climb into the „Red Double Decker“ bus. On this city tour you can get on and off at 29 stations and get told by a guide also live knowledge and anecdotes. A nice exit point for families is the park „PlantenunBlomen“. Here you can expect a really great and large playground and a beautifully landscaped Japanese garden. Absolutely get out! After a short stroll through the city center we close our program through Hamburg, even if you could experience much more. For example, a musical visit, the zoo, a trip to the world of the blind or a walk on the Reeperbahn or the fish market. No matter what you choose, Hamburg is definitely worth a visit and with the JUFA Hotel you have a great base as a family!
Tips & Information
The Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt is the largest model railway exhibition in the world. A fascinating highlight for young and old children. More information at:
Harbor tour Hamburg
The best way to experience the port of Hamburg from the water – during a harbor tour on the Elbe on barges and passenger ships. For over 95 years, barges Meyer takes passengers on tour. All information can be found here:
Stay overnight at the JUFA
Would you like to explore Hamburg with your children? Take this opportunity for a city trip to the port city! From the JUFA Hotel Hamburg HafenCity**** from the Hanseatic city can be comfortably hiked.