Germany’s second-largest city may have been founded as a trading hub on the estuary of the Elbe – but these days, Hamburg is more about beers than boats. Make no mistake, this city knows a thing or two about a good night out: it was recently voted in a Hostelworld survey as the world’s best city for nightlife. But whether you’re here for Hamburg’s banging bars and nightclubs, or for something a little more sedate, you’ll need a place to stay. And if you want to tread the Airbnb path, take a look through our list of Hamburg’s best rental properties.
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Hamburg's best Airbnbs
A houseboat in the harbour
The whole point of Airbnb is to stay somewhere a little different, and this certainly fits that mould. It's a houseboat, sure, but it's essentially an old ship that's been fitted with mod-con fixtures and fittings. Very cool, if you've ever wanted to stay on an actual boat.
Designer pad on the Falkenried
A very swanky minimalist apartment on Falkenried, this place is all about the design. It's a gorgeous-looking flat with clean lines, a design-led feel and some very mod cons. There's a cute little garden, too.
Awesome loft apartment in the heart of Hamburg
A gorgeous looking loft conversion with loads and loads of light. It's a design-led, open-plan self-contained apartment with a cracking little terrace, too.
Altona apartment with roof terrace
Great design plus loads of room (enough, even, for a table tennis table), a double bed on the mezzanine and a great location in the middle of Altona – this apartment's a beaut.
A massive loft apartment in The Schanzenviertel
This ever-so-trendy loft apartment is located in one of Hamburg's hippest neighbourhoods, with loads of great bars and restaurants close by. It sleeps four across two bedrooms (one on a very cool-looking mezzanine) but there's bucketloads of space.
Penthouse with two terraces
Yep, two terraces. If you can't be greedy when you're on holiday, when can you be? Plus you're two minutes from Lake Alster, the interior is very cool (with a great free-standing bath in one of the en suites, by the way) and there are arty bits and a little bit of bling.
Hamburg apartment with views
The big selling point of this lovely Airbnb duplex is the view over the roofs of Hamburg, best enjoyed from the comfort of its covered sofa on the rooftop terrace. There's a TV and music system up there too, just in case you fancy a party.
Two bedroom flat overlooking Lake Alster
Great views, right? Not many Hamburg Airbnbs have such a lovely vista but this one looks pretty nice inside, too. But the best thing? Given it sleeps four, it's really not bad value.
Renovated apartment in Ottensen
This three-bed apartment, located in a nineteenth-century building, was renovated in 2010 and is cosily decorated. The balcony offers a view out on to the Ottensen district of Hamburg, where you’ll find you’ll find lots of trendy shops, boutiques and bars.
Minimalist loft near the Alster Lake
The Alster is the glittering, picturesque centrepiece to Hamburg – and one that many locals want visible from their windows. Which is what you'll get with this large, slick, minimalist loft, whose large windows let plenty of sunshine in alongside the views of the lake.