Sometimes called the ‘gateway to the world,’ Hamburg sees its fair share of international business traffic. But there’s more to the city than factories and banking – check out these highlights to spice up your next corporate stay. 

Germany’s second largest city is a major European business travel hub. Hamburg is known as a dynamic centre of banking, industry and media, and it’s frequented by a diverse professional crowd. Whether you’re in town for a week or just a single day, be sure to fit a few of the city’s highlights into your hectic itinerary.

Pick up an HVV travel card

Even by high European standards, Hamburg’s public transport system is exceptional. With six S-bahn lines and four U-bahn lines in operation – mostly above ground – this efficient network serves central Hamburg between 05:00 and 01:00 daily throughout the week. During weekends, the service runs 24 hours. The S1 suburban line serves Hamburg Airport, with trains departing for the city centre every 10 minutes. With these efficient connections, guests of our Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport can reach central Hamburg in just thirty minutes.

Get your coffee fix in the warehouse district

Hamburg’s trendy warehouse district, the Speicherstadt, is a series of Gothic buildings dating back to the late 1800s. Stop by the Speicherstadt Kaffeerösterei coffeehouse to try their legendary German breakfast, or just pick up a foamy cappuccino to sip as you stroll through the picturesque streets. Known for roasting its own beans, this is a favourite local haunt. Sacks of coffee beans strewn around the shop floor – an homage to the city’s historical significance as a centre of Northern European trade – giving this modern hangout a deliberately rustic vibe. 

Channel your inner artist at the Deichtorhallen

Whether you’ve got an hour or an afternoon to spare, take the U-bahn to Steinstrasse where you’ll find the Kunstmeile Hamburg (Hamburg’s Art Mile). The Deichtorhallen is a landmark open glass and steel building built in 1913, and at 4000 square metres, it’s one of Europe’s largest contemporary art museums. This striking architectural display is a fitting home for the avant garde exhibits you’ll find inside. Be sure to visit the House of Photography and Hall of Contemporary Art.

Enjoy a nightcap at Dualbar

After a long day of meetings, head to Schanzenstrasse, just a five minute walk from the Sternschanze S-bahn station. Once a neighbourhood in disrepair, Schanzenviertel is now a hotspot for all things quirky and alternative, with streets full of distinctive cafes and bars. Dualbar is one of the best, a funky lounge with a winning cocktail list and a surprisingly excellent array of whiskeys – perfect for a sophisticated drink on your own or with colleagues.