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The Hamburg-Neustadt and Hamburg-Altstadt districts

Apartments in Hamburg's Altstadt and Neustadt with a view of the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall - City-Wohnen Hamburg

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Hamburg's Altstadt and Neustadt are not purely residential areas. With a little luck, you can find a temporary furnished apartment here. Then you’ll definitely be at the center of everything Hamburg has to offer! The very popular Portuguese quarter has a lot of cafés and restaurants serving up delicious food and drinks. There is window-shopping galore along Mönckebergstraße, Spitaler Straße or Neuer Wall. You have your choice of museums to visit in this downtown location, but you can also reach businesses and government offices quickly. Nothing is far away. What else could one ask for?  The neighborhood is especially popular due to its many different bodies of water such as the harbor, the network of canals, and the lovely ponds in Planten un Blomen park. Apartments are very popular in this lively area, so rental prices are generally high.

Short profile Hamburg-Neustadt and Hamburg-Altstadt

  • unbeatable central location
  • countless shops to discover
  • near Alster lake and Harbour Boulevard
  • popular living quarters: Portuguese quarter, Großneumarkt and around the Admiralitätsstraße
  • Speicherstadt with museums, Hamburg Dungeon and model railway Miniatur Wunderland
  • Rathausmarkt
  • tourism and international flair
  • Museumsinsel with many museums
  • the Wallanlagen (Planten un Blomen) with playgrounds, fountains, inline / ice rink
  • Botanical Garden
  • History Museum (Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte)
  • the “Michel” (Michaeliskirche)
  • many restaurants and cafés
  • central, near public transport, many night buses leave from Rathausmarkt
  • very little parking except in paid lots and garages


All work and no play? No way!

It is hard to believe that "normal" apartments are to be found among the offices, shops and museums in this neighborhood. Here they are, though: young people, families, business travelers and long-time residents. They enjoy life in the Portuguese quarter, in the historic Deichstraße near Nikolaifleet, on Reimerstwiete with its green courtyard idylls, in the Kontorhausviertel and Katharinenviertel and in the brick buildings of the Altstädter Hof. It doesn’t get any more Hamburg than this!


The heart of downtown is the Rathausmarkt with its magnificent neo-Renaissance Rathaus,  surrounded by department stores, shops, banks, offices and restaurants. Popular residential areas in the midst of a busy bar scene are located around the Großneumarkt. It is fun to live in the Portuguese quarter, around the Ditmar-Koel-Straße with beautiful old buildings, numerous restaurants and unique shops. There are also historical Wilhelminian buildings and modern buildings around the Michel.

The Colonnaden are located between Jungfernstieg and Esplanade. This landmark building group with arcades is in neo-renaissance style. Shops offering fine goods and restaurants line the street. It is a beautiful place with historic flair.

Shopping spree

Hamburg has haute couture, large fashion chains, the Alsterhaus and Karstadt department stores, 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. Does your taste tend to more alternative shops? Head over to the Portuguese quarter.

Culture and dining out

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. Many art galleries are located on Stadthausbrücke.

The shopping streets are dotted with restaurants and fast food places. Many Portuguese restaurants are - where else - in the Portuguese quarter.

Recreation and leisure

Hamburg is a city of 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.

If you need some time in the park, green spaces abound in the Wallanlagen: a huge park that is like a green belt around downtown Hamburg. There are botanical gardens, an ice skating rink, fountains, and a number of wonderful playgrounds.


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