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.
  • 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 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:

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


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:


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

  • VolleyWelcome: Register at  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:
  • 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:
  • 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: For more information on the project:
  • 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:

Last Updated: 19.04.2018

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