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Hamburg has more than 100 districts, but tourists tend to stick primarily to the Altstadt, Neustadt and St. Pauli areas. Detour into the western suburb of Blankenese to see how Hamburg’s elite live, then head to Karolinenviertel and Schanzenviertel to feel the contrast of these hipper hoods.

Hamburg Neighborhoods


Hamburg’s old city lures with beautiful buildings, café-filled squares, stately shopping streets and waterfront promenades along the Binnenalster lake.


The Neustadt stretches from the Jungfernstieg to Millerntor and Landungsbrucken to Nikolaifleet, just west of the Altstadt. Check out the Portuguese quarter, where shellfish vendors and seafood restaurants conjure Portugal more than Germany.

St. Pauli

St. Pauli is the city’s hippest neighborhood and home to a motley crew of musicians, media execs and student residents. The famed Reeperbahn street hosts Hamburg’s red light district.

Karolinenviertel and Schanzenviertel

Right next to each other to the north of St. Pauli, the Karo and Schanze, as Hamburgers call these hip ‘hoods, are full of interesting boutiques, trendy restaurants and old school vinyl record shops.


Europe’s largest construction site, Hafencity is an innercity district south of Altstadt along the Elbe River. It’s quickly emerging into Hamburg’s newest neighborhood, but the building won’t be complete for at least a decade.

St. Georg

Just northeast of the main train station, St. Georg is a thriving gay and alternative neighborhood that’s undergoing the usual gentrification popular with anti-suburb families.


This former fishing village west of the city center is now Hamburg’s most chichi address, with steeply climbing streets that almost call to mind the Mediterranean.


Art nouveau buildings line the streets of this university neighborhood where everything from shopping to eating tends to be deliciously eccentric and offbeat.

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