Travel with Children
Hamburg is a fairly child-friendly city, although options are limited when the weather closes in. Depending on the age of your child, harbour tours, festivals, football games and some of the museums are highlights, while the chance to get up high and look down on the city is something most kids enjoy.
Not all of Hamburg's museums are child-friendly, but many are. Some even seem designed to appeal to kids above all others.
Hamburg's very own chocolate museum is all about indulgence; design your own chocolate bar.
- Miniatur Wunderland
This near-perfect display of Hamburg in miniature is a favourite of kids and the young at heart.
- Internationales Maritimes Museum
Hamburg's maritime museum has many calling cards but the 26,000 model ships are the stuff of some kids' dreams.
- Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte
Model ships and working model trains take kids on a journey through Hamburg's history.
If all else fails, there's always the wax museum – more than 120 figures include some they'll recognise.
- Tierpark Hagenbeck
Hamburg's zoo is a little out of the centre but the kids will thank you for making the trek.
Tours & Entertainment
Not all tours work for kids but a handful do. Otherwise, there's football, a scary amusement park and row boats.
- Barclaycard Arena
Football-mad kids won't want to miss a Bundesliga match if there's one on.
- Hamburg Dungeon
If your child's over ten and not easily scared, try this amusement park.
- Beatles Tour
St Pauli's not for the innocent, but a Beatles Tour can be loads of fun for older kids.
- Harbour Tour
Take a boat tour and enjoy a whole new perspective on the city, hopping on and off.
- Segelschule Pieper
Rent a row boat or paddleboat if the weather's fine.
- HafenCity Riverbus
Hamburg's only amphibious bus tour…
Viewpoints & Architecture
Getting above it all for seemingly endless views appeals to many kids, as does architecture that seems to have sprung from a child's imagination.
- Mahnmal St-Nikolai
A prime contender for Hamburg's best views, reached via a glass elevator.
- St Michaelis Kirche
Getting the kids to church is easy when there are steeple views like this on offer.
- Altonaer Balkon
Some kids could stay here all day watching the ships come and go.
Eye-catching architectural showpiece that leave kids looking in wonder.
Is it a boat or a building? Let your kids decide then climb to the roof.
- Tanzende Türme
Reeperbahn isn't really for kid, but these dancing towers watch over the entrance.
Need to Know
- Transport Children under six travel free. The '9-Uhr-Tageskarte' (€6.40) is valid for nine hours for one adult and up to three children. A single-trip ticket for kids aged six to 14 is €1.20.
- Restaurants Most places are child-friendly, some have kids menus, and most have a limited number of high chairs.
- Supplies Nappies and baby food are widely available in supermarkets and pharmacies.