Parks

There are lots of beautiful parks in Hamburg:

  • Stadtpark (U3 Saarlandstraße station or U3 Borgweg station): always open, barbecues are allowed in BBQ zones. You can swim in the Stadtparksee.
  • Planten un Blomen (U1 Stephansplatz station, S Dammtor station): open October to March from 7 am – 8 pm, from May to September from 7 am – 11 pm. The botanical gardens, the tropical conservatory, children’s playgrounds and the skate park are free. There are free water light concerts from 11 pm (from September at 9 pm). The mini-golf course in the summer and ice rink in the winter are subject to a Charge.
  • Alsterwiesen (M15 or 109 bus, Alsterchaussee bus stop): Barbecues are allowed; in summer you can rent rowing boats and pedalos.
  • Elbstrand (112 bus or the 62 ferry to Övelgönne station): Small beach beside the port, open all year round.
  • Wilhelmsburger Inselpark (S Bahn station Wilhelmsburg): Open all year round. Several playgrounds and ponds, a free skate park and a high ropes course (payment required).
  • Altonaer Volkspark (M3 bus to Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld or M2 bus to Rugenbarg Nord): Hamburg’s largest public park, right beside the Volksparkstadium and Schnackenburgallee.
Museums
  • Archäologisches Museum Hamburg (Museumsplatz 2, S Bahn stop Harburg Rathaus): Hamburg Archaeology Museum. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Free entry for refugees.
  • Zoologisches Museum (Martin-Luther-King-Platz 3, bus 4 or 5 Grindelhof stop): open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am – 5 pm and free for all visitors.
  • Hamburger Kunsthalle (Glockengießerwall, U/S Hauptbahnhof station): The Hamburger Kunsthalle offers free English-language tours for inhabitants of Erstaufnahmeeinrichtungen (initial reception facilities, EA). The tours take place on: Tuesday at 11 am, Thursday at 4 pm and Sunday at 4 pm. Registration by an accompanying person (such as a voluntary helper) to besucherbuero@hamburger-kunsthalle.de is required.

There are also several other museums, which you can pay to visit:

  • Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (U/S Bahn station Hauptbahnhof)
  • Miniaturwunderland Speicherstadt (U3 Baumwall station)
  • Museum für Arbeit (U/S Barmbek station)
  • Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte (112 bus Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte station)
  • Bucerius Kunst Forum (U3 Rathaus station)
  • Deichtorhallen (U Steinstraße station).
Going out

There are many bars at the Sternschanze (U/S Sternschanze station). Between the S Reeperbahn and U3 St. Pauli stations there is also the Kiez.

This is a traditional red light district, but it also contains many clubs for partying (for a fee).

Swimming pools

There are public swimming pools in Hamburg. They are generally used by both men and women together. However, there are also women-only swimming and sauna times.

  • Bäderland Inselpark (Kurt-Emmerich-Platz 12, Wilhelmsburg S Bahn station):
    Monday to Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm, Friday 8.30 am – 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm
  • Bäderland St. Pauli (Budapester Straße 29, U3 St. Pauli stop):
    Tuesday to Thursday 2 pm – 6 pm, Friday 8.30 am – 6 pm, Saturday 2 pm – 6 pm,
    women and girls swimming: Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
  • Holthusenbad (Goernestraße 21, U Kellinghusenstraße station):
    between May and August: Monday to Sunday 9 am – 10 pm, from September to April: Monday to Sunday 9 am – 11 pm, women’s sauna: Monday and Wednesday
  • Alster-Schwimmhalle (Ifflandstraße 21, U3 Lübecker Straße stop):
    Monday to Friday 6.30 am – 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 10 pm, women’s sauna: Sunday

More information on the 26 public swimming pools: www.baederland.de

Prices:
Swimming for 1.5 hours, approx. €6 for adults / €3 for children.
Sauna tickets approx. €16.

Libraries

In the libraries you can use books , CDs , DVDs and eBooks for free and borrow up to three books. For this you must have an employee of the library issue you a customer card. With this you can also use the Wi-Fi in all Hamburg libraries.

5 media can be borrowed with a day ticket. This costs €3. An annual ticket for adults costs between €15 and €45; an annual ticket for children costs between €5 and €8.

Plenty of information about the locations, prices, opening hours and events is available here: www.buecherhallen.de

Sport

There are more than 800 sports clubs in Hamburg. They allow you to take part in individual or team sports. At www.willkommen-im-sport.de there is an overview of the sports on offer for refugees. Special offers for refugees include:

  • VolleyWelcome: Register at Hamburg@VolleyWelcome.de  to find a volleyball team near you.
  • Refugees@ETV – ETV-Hamburg: ETV, in Eimsbüttel, offers every refugee the opportunity to do sport for free.
    Options for adults: Karate, fencing, table tennis, swimming, football, basketball, handball, volleyball, floorball, fitness & health, zumba.
    Options for children: Ball games, fencing, table tennis, ballet, judo, parent-child gymnastics and baby gymnastics.
    For more information: www.etv-hamburg.de
  • Willkommen im Sport : is a central platform for all the sports options for refugees offered by sports clubs in Hamburg. There are plenty of options for everyone, from young children to seniors. More information: www.willkommen-im-sport.de
  • Kids in die Clubs: The programme funds a sport’s club membership for children and young people from low-income families. Some 170 sports clubs take part in this campaign. A list with contact information for the clubs is available here: www.hamburger-sportjugend.de/vereinsliste. For more information on the project: www.hamburger-sportjugend.de/kids-in-die-clubs-mitgliedschaften
  • Hamburg kostenlos: Plenty of tips for activities that are fun and interesting related to the topics: experience Hamburg, exercise and sports, culture and education. More information: www.hamburg.de/kostenlos

Last Updated: 19.04.2018

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