Eliza Apperly is a writer and producer based in Berlin, Germany, who has bylines in The Guardian, The Atlantic and the BBC. She has written guides, listings and reviews for Time Out on Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and more.
The 11 best bars in Munich
If you’re headed to Munich, it’s highly likely that drinking beer is relatively high (at the top) of your list. And you won’t be disappointed: Munich is home to a whole load of seriously good places to drink. But let’s be clear, if you’re just here to drink beer, you should be taking a look at our other feature, ‘Where to drink beer in Munich’. Where you are right now, we’re talking about all sorts of bars. Swanky cocktail bars. Outdoor beer gardens. Cosy gastropubs serving up rows and rows of cloudy-looking cask ales. Munich’s drinking culture is second to none, and it tends to serve up some pretty tasty bar snacks too. Here are the best bars in Munich, for all types of drinkers. RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in Munich🚂 The best day trips from Munich🍴 The best restaurants in Munich🏨 The best hotels in Munich This article was updated by Paul Wheatley, a writer based in Munich. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.
The 10 best restaurants in Munich
Sure, your primary activity in Munich might be sampling German beer, but don’t forget about the food. If Münchners should be known for one thing, it’s not letting you go hungry. Not once. Trust us on this one: you’re going to want to leave your tightest trousers at home. But though the portion sizes are, quite frankly, ginormous, the food never skimps on flavour. You’ll find everything from fine dining to classic German fare (think sausages, dumplings and lots of pork), Mediterranean to Mexican, and of course, expect some seriously good beer pairings along the way. Here are our local writer’s favourite restaurants in Munich, right now. RECOMMENDED:🍺 The best places to drink beer in Munich🍷 The best bars in Munich📍 The best things to do in Munich🚂 The best day trips from Munich This article was produced by local writers Eliza Apperly and Paul Wheatley. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.
The 5 absolute best day trips from Munich
Munich is one of the epicentres of German culture, from fantastic beer and unforgettable weisswurst to shopping spots and bathing saunas. It’s a city that is buzzing with life, with beautiful medieval architecture and cracking museums and galleries, but one of its best features? How well connected it is. That’s right. If you’re making the trip to Munich, you’d be crazy to miss out on some of the nearby hotspots, where you can indulge in even more beer and even more sausages. Tiny, well-preserved cities are just a quick train ride away, or go a little further to find prime spots for skiing, hiking and biking. Whatever you’re after, here are the best day trips from Munich. RECOMMENDED:🇩🇪 The best places to visit in Germany📍 The best things to do in Munich🍺 The best places to drink beer in Munich🏺 The best museums in Munich🏛️ The most beautiful buildings in Munich Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts.
The 5 best day trips from Venice
Anyone who’s been to Venice can account for just how magical it is. Those winding streets, pizza stands and rows and rows of sand-coloured buildings will have you lost for hours, and you’ll want to go back again and again. But we will say this – on a smoking hot day in the middle of summer, with tourists everywhere you turn, that city can be a lot. So our best tip? Check out another brilliant city nearby to make the most of your trip, whether it’s for a few nights or just for the day. If you’re looking for beautiful architecture and serene lakes, hiking spots and Renaissance gardens, there’s something for you near Venice, and it’s probably only a train ride away. Here are the best day trips from Venice. RECOMMENDED:🇮🇹 The best places to visit in Italy🛶 The best things to do in Venice🍝 The best Venice restaurants🏘️ Where to stay in Venice🎭 The best attractions in Venice Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts.
Where to stay in Munich: your essential guide to the best areas
Ah Munich. The Bavarian beauty. One of Germany’s most happening cities, here you’ll find stellar museums, a blossoming gastronomic scene and – obviously – some of the world’s finest beer. And crucial to visiting Munich is where you decide to rest your bones – after all, you can’t enjoy everything this wonderful city has to offer if you’re dog tired! With all that in mind, we’ve compiled our essential guide on where to stay in Munich. While you can’t really go wrong with Munich’s neighbourhoods, each has its own charms. For instance, while you might want to head to Altstadt for its architectural grandiosity, Glockenbach is better renowned for LGBTQ+ friendliness. Combine this neighbourhood guide with our list of the best things to do in the Munich to construct the perfect getaway to the Village of a Million People. Well, 1.5 million now, but you get the point. RECOMMENDED: 🏃♂️ Full guide to the best things to do in Munich🏢 The best hotels in Munich🏡 The best Airbnbs in Munich📍 20 essential travel tips for every first-time Munich visitor
The 9 absolute best hotels in Munich
Forget Vienna. Forget Geneva. This city’s Italianate flair, mountain views and world-class art collections make it quite simply one of the most refined places you could imagine. In fact, many would argue Munich is far and away the most charming European city there is. And that’s no doubt thanks also to its phenomenal array of killer restaurants and things to do. So whether you’re in town for the opera, en route to the ski slopes or touring Munich’s mind-blowing museums and attractions, it’s no surprise there are plenty of superb places to spend the night. Choose serene design hotel Louis, the simple yet homey Laimer Hof or the historic splendour of the Bayerischer Hof, and rest assured you’ll be booking one of the best hotels in Munich. RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in Munich
The 9 best restaurants in Hamburg
Whisper it, but Hamburg might be Germany’s finest foodie destination. Actually, no, forget whispering, locate the nearest megaphone and scream it from the rooftops, because the food here deserves total celebration. Seafood lovers have a particular reason for excitement, as Germany’s largest port is famous for serving the best fish found in this part of the world. People have been eating well here for centuries, and many more centuries of gluttonous glory awaits. All that is well and fine, but what are the best restaurants in Hamburg? We’re glad you asked because we’ve done the hard yards (by which we mean “eaten loads of food”) and compiled the best of the best into handy selection, from local favourites to fine-dining fancies. All are worth devouring before you head out to a night on the tiles in this famous city. 📍 The best things to do in Hamburg🐟 The best restaurants in Hamburg🛏 The best hotels in Hamburg💡 Hamburg travel tips every first-time visitor needs to know
Where to stay in Hamburg
Ah, Hamburg. From the craziness of a night out in St Pauli to a sleepy afternoon browsing the world-class art galleries with mates, we never tire of spending time in Germany’s second largest city. Culture vultures can get their fix of Old Masters and the Elbphilharmonie, while barflies won’t suffer for lack of beer. Ultimately, this is just a city with loads of things to do. The neighbourhoods all have their distinct flavours and, understandably, attract slightly different crowds. Altstadt is the place to be if you love a high-end boutique, a good smattering of historic architecture and exhibitions galore. Alternately, caffeine-fiends in need of a cup of the good stuff should make a bee-line to Schanzenviertel. Or, if you’re in the market for a blow-out meal and lovely views of the river Elbe, try Blankenese for Michelin-starred dining at Hamburg’s top restaurants and the city’s poshest hotels. RECOMMENDED:⛴ The best things to do in Hamburg📍 The best attractions in Hamburg⏰ How to spend 48 hours in Hamburg✅ Travel tips every first time Hamburg visitor needs to know
The 5 best day trips from Hamburg
Should the brisk north winds leave you in the mood for a day trip out of town, you’re in luck. While big, proud Hamburg is no doubt the major North German metropolis brimming with attractions and things to do, there are several superb destinations just an hour or two from the city – not least its Hanseatic sisters of Bremen and Lübeck, and picture-perfect Lüneberg, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the country. For a dose of fresh air and forest, don’t miss the fairytale lake Schloss of Schwerin, or hire a bike and pedal through the apple, pear and cherry trees of the Altes Land, the North German answer to agri-tourism. RECOMMENDED: 📍 The best things to do in Hamburg🐟 The best restaurants in Hamburg🛏 The best hotels in Hamburg💡 Hamburg travel tips every first-time visitor needs to know
Hamburg travel tips every first time visitor needs to know
Welcome to Hamburg, a city brisk with sea air, brimming with Hanseatic pride and open to the world not only in terms of centuries of maritime trade, but also in its vivid mix of nationalities, identities and political inclinations – not to mention its dusk-to-dawn party stamina. Whether you’re in town for 48 hours, a week or indefinitely, here’s how to make the most of this exciting harbour city, from public transport tips to tucked-away architectural treasures. ⛴ The best things to do in Hamburg📍 The best attractions in Hamburg⏰ How to spend 48 hours in Hamburg
The 19 best things to do in Germany
Germany is a remarkable country. Few states around the world bring together history, culture and nature like this place, and few have been as influential. More than 30 years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall brought about Germany’s reunification, and a leading international player was reborn.What are the best things to do in Germany? We’re glad you asked because running through them is a real treasure. Every corner of the country provides something stunning, from architectural wonders in the north to sweeping forests in the south. You can’t go wrong with Germany. The food? That also happens to be delicious.
The 12 best hotels in Hamburg
From its world-class Elbphilharmonie concert hall and dazzlingly vast collections of Romantic art to the buzzing, characterful bars of the Reeperbahn, Hamburg is one of Germany’s most diverse and fascinating metropolises. And for when you need to kick back and take a breather? Well, Hamburg’s got plenty of options for that, too. The port city has accommodation to fit any need, featuring everything from luxurious waterfront hotels and swishly designed boutique estabs to highly functional (and still rather fancy) hostels. Read on for the 12 best hotels in Hamburg. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
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On Hamburg’s most historic street, the Deichstrasße, Kartoffelkeller is a cosy, unfussy place which makes a great choice for a simple, warming winter lunch. As the name suggests, it embraces all possible ways of cooking potato: soup, dumplings, pan-fried rösti or baked in foil with a choice of toppings, from mushroom sauce to smoked salmon with a honey, dill and mushroom dressing. There are also seasonal specials, including kale dishes in winter and tender white asparagus (Spargel) in spring. End things on a sweet note with the Rote Grütze for dessert. Time Out tip: Do take a wander down the Deichstraße and admire some of the oldest surviving buildings in Hamburg.
Sample Hamburg’s cinnamon-dusted answer to the croissant at award-winning bakery, Kleine Konditiorei. The Franzbrötchen at this classic Hamburg bakery are award-winning morsels of sugar and cinnamon deliciousness. Pair one with a coffee for a perfect early morning fix, and perhaps pick up some superb fresh breads while you’re there; the Karottenbrötchen (carrot bun) and Mehrkornbrötchen (wholegrain bun) come particularly recommended. Kleine Konditiorei has four branches, all in the Eimsbüttel district. Time Out tip: Taste too good to leave in Hamburg? German home baking brand Janolade does a ready-made Hamburger Franzbrötchen mix.
The restaurant at the Atlantic Kempinksi, Hamburg’s most famous luxury hotel, was first established to cater to first-class passengers setting off on transatlantic liners. Their in-house recipe dates back to the early 20th century, when top chef Franz Pfordte took over the hotel’s culinary helm, and its many famous fans include Rod Stewart, who declared it the best lobster soup in the world. Time Out tip: Fancy an aperitif? The Art Deco Atlantic Bar is one of Hamburg’s ultimate see-and-be-seen nightspots.
It’s all about the harbour views and hearty Fischbrötchen at this Elbe-side locale. If you don’t make it to the Sunday morning Fischmarkt, your next best bet for a classic fish sandwich is Brücke 10, a bright and nautical little locale neatly perched on the Elbe and specializing in all things fish. It’s a little pricier than your regular market stall, but worth it for the great harbour views and the sizeable, salty portions. Pair with an ice-cold Astra and sit outside if the sun’s out. Time Out tip: Hop on public Ferry #62 from the nearby Landungsbrücken for the best-priced tour around the harbour.
Imbiss bei Schorsch
For a classic Currywurst fix, Hamburgers swear by Imbiss bei Schorsch, a minute, cult locale in the St.Pauli district. Little more than a hole-in-the-wall, it makes up for its limited space (and almost non-existent seating) with big, sizzling spicy sausage flavours and its hearty in-house potato salad, which replaces the more common Currywurst accompaniment of chips. Time Out tip: Less sure about the spice? Then simply order yourself the Bratwurst (fried sausage).
Competition is strong, but many Hamburgers insist that Köz Urfa does simply the best Turkish food in town. The bustling and brightly-lit neighbourhood joint right by Hamburg-Altona station delivers huge portions and succulent flavours, with fast, friendly service. You can take your food to go, or sit down and settle into a vast Döner Teller (platter), complete with rice, salad, and veggies. There’s also a good run of vegetarian dishes. Time Out tip: Note that Köz Urfa does not serve alcohol.
Fritz im Pyjama
Fritz im Pyjama upgrades the hostel concept bigtime. Its “budget boutique” lodgings include single, double and triple rooms, each compact in size but seriously generous on light, comfort and classy design credentials—think smooth wooden floorboards and crisp white bed linens, offset by statement wallpaper. The hotel sits in the heart of the Sternschanze, once a hotbed of activism and dissent, now neighborhood of choice for stylish students, media professionals and many visitors to the city. Fritz does not have an in-house dining area, but there are breakfast options in the mini-bar and plenty of cafes and eateries nearby.
Hadley's Bed & Breakfast
Perfect for those seeking a low-key, tucked-away lodging, Hadley’s B&B offers single, double and triple rooms as well as a family Salon, all in a B&B that feels more like a stylish private apartment. Each room is light-filled and tastefully decorated with vintage lamps, interesting fabrics, great books and fresh flowers. Six have a mezzanine bed, allowing for a comfortable living or working area below. Note that all rooms share bathrooms. Breakfast is not included in the overnight price, but you can book in advance to have it brought to your room, or head to the elegant Hadley’s café downstairs, open from 10am. Hadley’s is a little distance from the harbor or St Pauli districts, but an easy walk to the cafes and bars of Sternschanze.
Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg
As its name suggests, the architectural ‘wow’ that is Gastwerk stands in a meticulously renovated 19th century gas plant in the Western Hamburg district of Altona. The city’s first design hotel, it boasts a vast, light-filled atrium–complete with water feature–and 141 rooms, lofts and suites, each combining raw industrial aesthetics with soft lighting, warm woods and luxurious linen and fabrics. The round-the-clock staff are particularly helpful and friendly, and the on-site Mangold restaurant and L. Bar–including a line-up of live sets–will serve you well in an otherwise slightly sleepier neighborhood. There’s also an in-house spa.
Hotel Louis C. Jacob
With a superb riverside location on the oh-so lovely and leafy Elbchaussee, the Louis C. Jacob combines classic Hanseatic hospitality with contemporary luxury. There’s no hip concept here, simply understated elegance, utmost comfort and outstanding dining in the hotel’s chandeliered, Michelin-starred Jacob Restaurant. The rooms—from superior doubles to the extravagant ballroom suite—are all spacious and light, with pristine beds, wooden flooring, natural stone bathrooms and either an Elbe or garden view. For extra cultural cache, book ahead for the Max Liebermann room, where the famous German modernist painter stayed and painted the hotel’s picturesque lime tree terrace. Part of the hotel’s exclusivity is its peaceful location beyond the city centre, but you’re only a 20-minute ride into town by bus, with car hire and limousine services also available.
SIDE Design Hotel Hamburg
SIDE enjoys a great central location near the Inner Alster lake, particularly convenient for the city’s upmarket shopping streets, and walking distance from both the Altstadt and HafenCity. Behind the hotel’s box-like facade lie 178 minimalist-chic bedrooms kitted out by Milanese designer Mattheo Thun, combining dark wood, soothing touches of blue and green and lots of crisp white bed linen. The hotel’s top line in facilities includes a pristine sauna and jacuzzi, decent-sized pool, spa treatments, a gym and nine conference rooms for business travelers. The eighth-floor sky lounge with adjoining roof terrace and great views is particularly suited for larger meetings and events while the [m]eatery (yep, that’s what it’s called) evening bar and restaurant is a carnivore’s wonderland.
A great choice for backpackers, the Hamburg branch of Generator Hostels is located near to the central station in a former recording studio where John, Paul, George and Ringo once famously played. As well as its music history credentials, it offers good twin, double, triple and quad rooms, mixed dormitories for up to eight, and a women-only dorm. Dorm beds start at 16 EUR per night. The design throughout Generator is hip and refreshing, with exposed brick walls, big floor-to-ceiling windows and works by local artists. There are plenty of additional comforts too, including a laundry service, rental bikes and the vibrant Helter Skelter bar that’s as popular with locals as it is with hostel guests.