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Hamburg is an unsuspecting party city and one that is often overlooked by tourists heading to Germany. It’s the second-largest city in Germany — next to Berlin — and is home to its fair share of debauchery and quirky nightlife. That’s why Hamburg is a popular choice for hen’s looking to let off steam during that all-important last night of freedom.
What to Expect During a Hen Party in Hamburg
During your hen weekend in Hamburg, you can expect all the excitement and liveliness of Berlin, but with the tranquil charm of a river city. Look out for the picturesque bridges that connect the streets and take in the funky architecture that range from Romanesque spiral churches and modern, Art Nouveau office buildings. The North sea connects into the Elbe River which, in turn, runs throughout the city This makes for the perfect evening stroll during your hen party in Hamburg!
And, this city isn’t just for walking. You can enjoy some fantastic bike and car tours that’ll let you soak in the sites while putting your feet up. You’ve got to treat the bride-to-be, right? When you’ve finished exploring, there are lots of cute cafes and bars along the riverside that are just waiting for you to settle yourselves into. It’s the perfect place to raise a toast during your Hamburg hen weekend!
Hold up, Hamburg has a beach?! Yep! If you thought this city couldn’t get any better than ocean-loving hens will enjoy heading to the north bank of the River Elbe where you’ll find a beautiful sand beach and bustling beach bars. You’ll be next to the Baltic Sea and you can pitch some loungers in the sand as you gaze at the windsurfers that glide across the horizon. You can even get involved in some fantastic watersports including water skiing. You'll get two hours to really learn the ropes and feel the surf beneath your feet as you glide across the water. It's heavenly!
Outdoor Hen Party Activities in Hamburg
While you’re enjoying your hen party in Hamburg, there’s no doubt you’ll want to spend some time in the great outdoors. Luckily, there are tons of great activities that can be enjoyed in the fresh air. From paintballing to a high ropes adventure, wakeboarding to a thrilling hot rod city tour, there are loads of fantastic experiences to get your adrenaline pumping and to feel the wind in your hair.
Who can resist the combination of cocktails and friends? But instead of just drinking cocktails in your local bar, why not learn exactly what goes into making them so tasty? That way, you can learn a fun new skill while you get merry! Whether you’re winding down from a busy day of sightseeing or starting a big night out, cocktail making is bound to be one of the highlights of your hen party in Riga as a professional mixologist teaches you how to make the tastiest cocktails in Latvia! Are you ready to shake up a storm, ladies?
Hamburg is renowned for its thrilling nightlife and there tons of fantastic activities that will appeal to everybody in your hen party group. From traditional beer halls to classy cocktail bars, cheap and cheerful boozers to German techno clubs, you can trust us when we say, you won’t be disappointed when it comes to the nightlife here. And if you want to experience it in the most fun way, it’s time to hop on a bar crawl where you’ll visit several of the most popular watering holes in town. An English-speaking guide will show you around and dish our free drinks as well as hosting fun games.
Ladies, it’s time to unleash your naughty sides as you enjoy some serious eye candy in the form of male strippers! These gorgeous guys will make you all blush, giggle, laugh and scream for more as they slowly undress, teasing you with each piece of clothing until they’re in their birthday suits! Male strippers are hired for their personality as well as their looks so you can also expect some decent comedy. Some of you will even have the chance to get involved in some cheeky audience participation. Just imagine the bride-to-be’s face as she gets a lapdance from one of these hunks!
Journey along the iconic River Elbe, feeling like a celebrity on a river cruise. This beats the run of the mill ways to sightsee as you relax on deck and pass some of the city’s most famous sights and buildings. If you want to make your river cruise even more fun, you can add an unlimited drinks package so you can sip on as many glasses of prosecco, beer or soft drink as you like as you make your journey across the water. That’s plenty of drinks to toast the bride-to-be’s last weekend of freedom with. Cheers to that!
Why not start the day off with an escape room? You’ll need to get your thinking caps on, so this could just be the perfect activity to get everyone in the party mood! You’ll be solving puzzles and answering questions as you make your way around the room in order to escape. With the clock ticking, you haven’t got long to get out, so you’ll need to work as a team if you want to escape and enjoy the rest of your hen weekend in Hamburg! It’s trickier than it sounds as you’ll have to check every nook and cranny to find some of these codes and clues. You don’t have to be a genius to get out in time, just use common sense and listen to each other. You’ve got this!
Make sure that your weekend away gets your adrenaline pumping with an action-packed water sport where you’ll take on waves that’ll make your stomach flip. Hamburg might not be the first city you think of when it comes to water sports but it’s a great place to get wet and wild with the Baltic Sea and North Sea nearby as well as Lake Alster, River Elbe and Elbstrande beach. There’s a huge range of water sports to choose from such as wakeboarding and water skiing. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never tried anything like this before as you’ll get full tuition from a professional instructor.
For an adrenaline pumping activity, book a paintballing experience where you can choose between an indoor or outdoor session during your hen weekend in Hamburg. You’ll be split into two teams and the aim is to splatter as many people on the opposing team with paint as possible. You’ll be kitted out in safety gear and handed your paintball guns, loaded with plenty of paintballs for you to hire at the enemy. This is the perfect way to inject some friendly competition into your special day. You could even make the bride-to-be wear fancy dress to make her stand out like a sore thumb!
Tuck into some delicious German food and enjoy some chill time and a catch up with the girls, slowing down the pace from all the partying. If you want to learn more about this fascinating country, eating the local food is a fun way to start. You’ll tuck into a range of tasty and hearty local dishes such as Currywurst (curried sausage), Franzbrotchen (rolls), Rote Grutze (mixed berry dessert and custard), Fischbrotchen (herrings with onions and pickles in a roll) and Labskaus (corned beef with herring, beetroot and mashed potatoes). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You’re in for a treat, girls!
We know that prosecco is secretly a girl’s best friend, so you won’t want to miss out on the Hamburg prosecco bike during your hen weekend. You can combine your celebratory toast with a sightseeing tour as you peddle yourselves around this gorgeous city. The bike will be stocked up with 20 small bottles or cans of prosecco, so you and the girls can really relax as you take in the sights and spot some of Hamburg’s incredible landmarks. You’ll be combining prosecco, friends, sightseeing and good times. What’s not to love?
Ready to unleash your cheeky side? pole dancing in Hamburg is a fabulous hen do activity as it’s the chance for you and the girls to really let your hair down. This is not just a seductive exercise, pole dancing actually requires a lot of strength, so get prepared to tone those muscles as you shimmy up and down the pole. There will be an experienced instructor who’ll show you some killer moves and you’ll be in a totally private venue so there’ll be no need to feel shy! Perhaps you’ll take these moves with you to the dance floor later?
Casino is a very very formal place. A lovely setting and nice ambience. Unless you're 'suited and booted' it's not the place for you.
Plenty of booze consumed, goods locations
Food was awesome. Beer was awesome. Guide was awesome!
Ben was great. The cruise was a great laugh!
Some prominent celebrities, or politicians in this case, come from Hamburg. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, the equivalent of a Prime Minister, was born in Hamburg. She attained a doctorate in Quantum Chemistry before she went into working in politics after the Revolutions of 1989.
Internationally renowned models, Toni Garrn and Manon von Gerkan, were both born in Hamburg. Toni Garrn has walked for some high fashion brands such as Chanel and Dior in her career. She now resides in New York.
During your hen weekend in Hamburg, you’ve got to try some of the local delicacies. Hamburg is as much about culture as it is about delicious grub, so foodies rejoice because there are tons of great restaurants and cafes for you to sink your teeth into.
Four Delicacies You Must Try During Your Hamburg Hen Weekend
Labskaus - Not the prettiest of dishes, but totally traditional. Ingredients include corned beef, mashed potatoes, herring and egg. Not recommended on a hangover.
Aalsuppe - This eel soup dates back to 1788 in an old Hamburg cookbook. Once used as a way of getting rid of leftovers, it's now a delicious sweet and sour soup made with cured beef, fruit, dumplings and eel.
Franzbrötchen - This translates as 'French roll' and can be found in bakeries all over Hamburg. These gorgeously sweet delights are the perfect morning treat.
Fischbrötchen - This is a simple fish roll. Usually made with herrings, this is a great snack to keep you going before you embark on some Hamburg hen activities.
Looking to eat out in Hamburg? Here are our three top recommendations for your hen weekend in this glorious city.
If you really want to go fully traditional, then tuck into a delicious Bavarian feast at one of Hamburg’s popular restaurants. You’ll try Schmankerl platter with roast pork, pork and chicken, fried sausage, knuckle, crispy chicken fingers, poultry sausage, sauerkraut, potato dumplings, red cabbage, dark beer gravy and more! Phew, that’s a lot of grub! This is the perfect meal to line your stomach with during your hen night in Hamburg, so make sure to fill up.
Osterstraße 146, Hamburg, 20255
This next-level Lebanese restaurant is a must for foodies looking for a little sophistication during their Hamburg hen do. They provide mouth-watering seafood and meats along with some fabulous veggie dishes that any meat-lover would turn for. Whether you’re out for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can be sure to find a menu of tastebud-tantalising grub to wake up your senses.
Feldstraße 66, 20357 Hamburg, Germany
Karo Fisch Restaurant has a fish and chip shop vibe about it but don’t let that put you off. The seafood is phenomenal and you’ll probably end up ordering the whole menu, even if you can’t read most of it!
Hamburg nightlife is second to none. It’s considered to be one of the best places to party in Europe. Its clubs are diverse, unique and sometimes totally wacky. So, it’s no wonder you’ll want to give it a shot during you hen weekend in Hamburg. Let’s help the bride-to-be’s last night of freedom go off with a bang!
To make this occasion extra special, feel free to go all-out with hen party banners and fancy dress. This city is known for throwing a good party, so don't be shy! Alternatively, if you decide to stay in during your hen night out in Hamburg, you can check out some of our virtual experiences that really show how staying in is the new going out. There're really no escuse not to have an amazing time.
Pre-Booking Nightclub and Bar EntryWhen visiting a European city, we always recommend pre-booking your nightclub entrance in advance. This way you’ll avoid the queues and can give your hens an itinerary beforehand. Perfect for large groups who tend to disperse after a few drinks! It’ll also save you from carrying around lots of cash and you’ll often get your own VIP booth!
If you’re unsure of where to go and what to do, let us help you out with our top recommendations for your Hamburg hen night out. This wild and diverse city has so much to offer, you want to miss out on some of the best venues.
Spielbudenpl. 21-22, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
Fancy partying in a disused subway station? Well, located underground at Pauli Station, you can really get your rave on as you dance your way into the sweaty early hours. This club is situated in Hamburg’s Red Light District, so expect lots of debauchery and giggles as you toast to your special occasion under Hamburg’s sparkly party scene
Bartelsstrasse 30, 20357. Hamburg
Located in the Sternschanze, Hamburg’s trendy and alternative neighbourhood, you’ll find Goldfischglas, a quirky, totally hip bar that has its very own aquarium right in the middle of the club. Cocktails by day, dance floor by night, this is a great all-rounder that’s sure to give you girls an awesome hen party night to remember.
Unsure where to start during your Hamburg hen night? Why not book a beer hall crawl? A bit like a classic British pub crawl, but on a bigger scale. You’ll explore two popular beer halls and be led by an English-speaking guide. You’ll get to taste some local German ales and discover the history behind these impressive venues. Bottoms up!
The Best Time for a Hen Do in Hamburg
The best time to visit Hamburg weather-wise totally depends on how much you can handle the cold or heat! The coolest months are December through to February with the warmest months racking up in June through to August. Of course, with the warmer months comes a spike in prices and the cooler months offer off-peak prices.
With lots of national holidays and festivals going on throughout the year, you can guarantee there’ll always be something fun going on.
The Port Anniversary
The Port Anniversary happens in May and is the maritime event of the year, having taken place for more than 800 years. Get ready for hundreds of events along the Elbe River such as a parade, fireworks, live music, singalongs, shanty choirs, stalls and even a tugboat ballet.
Altonale Festival is in June to July and celebrates arts and culture with theatre performances, street art, live music, shows, flea markets and more. Each year has a different theme. What will it be during your hen do in Hamburg?
Reeperbahn Festival is a music festival held in Hamburg over a weekend in September. It combines live music and social initiatives. Expect over 600 events in almost 100 venues that really bring the city to life.
German Christmas markets
Across the winter months, there are some amazing German Christmas markets to satisfy your need to shop as well as enjoying delicious food and drink.
So, all year round there’s something going on for your group to get stuck into and enjoy. There is no bad time to have a hen do in Hamburg!
Getting Around During Your Hamburg Hen Do
With the Elbe River running through Hamburg, you can hop on a ferry or cruise and sail your way down the river, taking in the sights and making memories with your favourite people! Alternatively, the less glamorous ways to get around are by rail, bus, bike or walk!
Hamburg has the S-bahn and the U-bahn with six lines and four lines respectively. These overground and underground lines are the perfect way of getting where you need to be as quickly as possible. Or you can hop on one of the many buses and make your way on the roads. The buses in Hamburg have a shelf with books on for anyone to browse so you can do a spot of reading whilst you ride!
Another great way to get around is by bike. You can hire one of the public bikes dotted around the city and explore the city from the seat of your bike. And, of course, in the summer months, the best way to get around and not only enjoy the sunshine but discover hidden corners is by walking! Get your group together and head out on foot to your destination.
If you’d like to explore the city in style why not try out a Hot Rod City Tour. This 90-minute tour on hot rods will see you zipping around the city in no time! With all equipment provided all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the sights.
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