Living in the district of Hamburg-Altstadt

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Temporary housing in Hamburg-Altstadt, what is living like here?


Living in the Hamburg-Altstadt district means you really feel the history of Hamburg. It's hard to believe that "normal" life is going on amongst the mix of historic half-timbered houses, offices, stores, and a myriad of cultural institutions, and yet it does! Mostly young people, families, business people, and long-term renters enjoy living on the historic Deichstraße that runs along the Nikolaifleet. A lucky few call the Reimerstwiete with its landscaped inner courtyards home. Other addresses such as the Kontorhausviertel, the Katharinenviertel, and the Altstädter Hof are very desirable as their central location cannot be beat.

Short profile Hamburg -Altstadt

  • Speicherstadt with museums, Hamburg Dungeon and model railway Miniatur Wunderland
  • Rathausmarkt
  • Main train station (Hauptbahnhof)
  • St. Nikolai Memorial and Museum
  • Mönckebergstraße
  • Alster Lake (Binnenalster)
  • tourism and international flair
  • many museums
  • unbeatable central location
  • countless shops to discover
  • near Alster lake and Harbour Boulevard
  • central, near public transport, many night buses leave from Rathausmarkt

Architecture & Temporary Apartments

The heart of downtown is the Rathausmarkt with its magnificent neo-Renaissance Rathaus, surrounded by department stores, shops, banks, offices and restaurants. Temporary apartments are also available in Hamburg-Altstadt, but they are rarer than in districts such as Eimsbüttel or Altona. Rents are also higher here due to the district's desirability.

Shopping spree in the Altstadt

Shopping in Hamburg-Altstadt is child’s play, especially in the pedestrian zone on Mönckebergstraße. This district has large fashion chains, department stores such as Karstadt, and boutiques. Thousands of shopaholics move daily through the pedestrian streets and shopping passages. These passages are forerunners to today’s shopping malls and were a logical invention in Hamburg’s rainy climate.

Culture and dining out in Hamburg-Altstadt

Cultural highlights include the Kunsthalle, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, the Deichtorhallen, the Bucerius Art Forum and especially the Speicherstadt (from here it's just a quick hop to the HafenCity, Hamburg's newest district with the Elbe Philharmonic). The scent of spices, tea, cocoa and coffee waft around the Neo-Gothic brick buildings of the Speicherstadt. Hamburg’s port is the world's largest trading center for green coffee. There are four unusual museums here: a spice museum, a museum dedicated to the history of the Speicherstadt, the Afghan Museum, and das Deutsche Zollmuseum dedicated to customs, a highly relevant topic in this port city. You are most likely to find restaurants, fast food chains and cafés on the shopping streets.

Recreation and leisure

Hamburg Altstadt is defined by water. Want to go kayaking on the Alster lake? Take a romantic boat tour on the canals through the Speicherstadt? Perhaps take a boat tour on the Elbe? In what city in the world can you do all these things right in the city center? Come relax, enjoy and stroll along the boulevard on the Elbe. Check out the Cap San Diego, the many other colorful boats and soak up the harbor atmosphere.

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