Ideas: What to Do in Hamburg in Bad Weather Season

Hamburg: what to do in winter

Hamburg is a beautiful city with interesting history and great vibes. It is famous for it’s harbor and the amazing “Speicherstadt”. It is also famous for its weather. Hamburg is located directly on the river Elbe, close to the North Sea and Baltic Sea. It is often cold, rainy and windy. Especially in winter there is little sun and a lot of short, grey days. However, Hamburg is amazing at any time of the year, if you know how to use this time. What to do in Hamburg if the weather is bad? I have collected some nice ideas for you. They would be a great fit to those who live in Hamburg, or as inspiration for those who are visiting. 

1. Play a real-life escape game

Fluchtweg Hamburg
Image: Fluchtweg Hamburg

This type of entertainment has become extremely popular in the recent years. It started in Asia, of course and slowly spread to Europe. Germany was actually one of the last countries to adopt this type of entertainment, but  they gathered experience from others. And, thus, make the games more exciting.

There are more than 10 different escape rooms in Hamburg, so during a long winter you can really try all of them! Fluchtweg is one of the first live escape rooms that opened in Hamburg. They are located in the very center of St. Pauli and at the moment offer two amazing experiences to play: Hotel Old Vegas and Voyager 2076. I was lucky to play (and escape!) both of them, and I can say that it is a lot of fun! 

The concept is simple: you are locked in a room and you have one hour to find a key to get out or to find the access to the button that you need to push to save the planet. You need to search for things, open locks, solve riddles and find a lot of unexpected surprises. It is a great activity for a family or a group of friends, and you will really feel challenged and extremely happy when you escape.

Specially for the readers of my blog the Fluchtweg team offers a 10% discount, which is valid till 31.05.2017. Just use the code GLOBALMARY-10 when booking your experience. Exclusive spoiler: in 2017 the Fluchtweg team is preparing an amazing experience — something really special that no other escape room offers. I am so excited about that!

2. Visit museums

Maritim Museum
Image: BarnImages

Wait and read on, even if you are not into museums. And if you are, even better — Hamburg has so many amazing and unusual ones. 

The most interesting and famous one is probably the Miniatur Wunderland — an amazing world of miniatures, created with incredible  attention to details. I absolutely love to go to this place and bring my guests there, because there is so much to discover and to see. The creators have built whole cities, forests, train station, oceans and even an almost real airport, all in a small size. If you are visiting Hamburg, it is a must to see this place!

The Maritime Museum is another place you don’t want to miss when in Hamburg. The city has a tight connection to the sea and and a long history of international shipping. This museum is perfect to learn more about these things. It has been actively recommended to me by a lot of my readers, so this museum is really an interesting one.

If you love art, then make sure to check out the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe. There are a lot more amazing museums in Hamburg, like the Spicy’s Museum (Spicy`s Gewürzmuseum), Chocolate Museum or Prototype Museum, where you can have a look at some really cool cars of the past from private collections.

3. Learn more about the Universe at the Planetarium

Planetarium Hamburg, Stadtpark
Image: BarnImages

I don’t know about you, but my favourite documentaries are always about traveling or our Universe. I love learning more about starts, faraway planets and mysterious black holes. When I went to the planetarium in Hamburg for the first time, it was an amazing experience. I basically was half-lying in my chair and travelling through the open-space. I loved the experience and the things I learned.

What I also like about the planetarium is that sometimes you can just come there for a journey through the space accompanied with amazing music. You just come, enjoy and relax. Be sure to book your tickets in advance — these shows are so popular.

The planetarium is currently closed for renovation and is going to open in February 2017. Make sure to book your tickets already now on their website

4. Going for a movie

Going to the cinema is a classical bad weather activity! In Hamburg there are so many good ones. Since in Germany they love to translate all movies, if you want to see them in original languages, you gotta check it first. What you are looking for are the abbreviations “OV” (original version) or “OMU” (Original mit Untertiteln — original version with subtitles).

My favourite cinemas is Hamburg are Savoy and Zeise. The first one is the absolute best cinema in Hamburg — it is so comfortable! The Zeise is always showing interesting movies that you usually don’t find in other places.

5. For music lovers: musicals, concerts and opera

Image: BarnImages
Image: BarnImages

Hamburg is the German musical city! There are at least four different locations where you can see them. If you are a musical fan and don’t mind them being translated to German, you can enjoy new performances every season.

If you are more into classical music — the opera in Hamburg has amazing repertoire! You can treat yourself to a really fancy time and dress up to sit in the first row. If you just want to enjoy some music for an affordable price starting at 6 euros for rows in the back.

Hamburg has also a huge music scene when it comes to concerts! The website is amazing to check different classical, jazz, rock, pop and other concerts. You can also directly check locations, like Grosse Freiheit, Elbphilharmonie, Laeiszhalle and other. Sporthalle has sometimes great musicians and bands playing there, but the location itself is not so great, in my opinion.

6. Stay fit doing indoor sports

No, I am not going to be lame and suggest you to get a gym membership, so you could get your bikini body by summer. I couldn’t care less about that. What I am talking about is fun! There are different types of indoor sports and activities that you can try this winter.

1. Squash — I had never played squash before I moved to Hamburg. I didn’t even know I could! I thought the game was rather strange, because it includes a small room, a racket and a small hard ball. Holly Molly — how to play that? The game is not that hard, actually, and the more you play, the better you will get. Obviously!

Where to play? There are several nice places to play squash in Hamburg. I really like the Squash Point and the Kaifu Lodge. Sportwerk is another place that is highly praised by squash lovers, but I haven’t made it there yet to try it out. You can call them to reserve a court, and if you are a beginner and just want to try it out, you can always rent rackets and balls from them. Another amazing thing is that after a great game, you can go and relax your muscles in Sauna.

2. Jump House — I loved trampolines when I was a kid! What can be more fun than that? I think it’s a great fun for a family, or a group of friends. Check out the Jump House for more.

3. Swimming and going to sauna. Hamburg is pretty amazing for indoor and outdoor swimming in winter. The chain Baederland has a lot of swimming pools and saunas all around Hamburg. There are some amazing outdoor pools with warm water, really cool saunas and wellness offers. On their website you can locate the nearest pool to you, or choose one according to the offers they have. They have very flexible and transparent prices and to save some money, you can get a club card by them. 

4. Bowling — a perfect indoor activity! I love it, even though I totally suck in this game. What I like though is the atmosphere, junk food, beer and great company. You might want to check the Glide Bowling, Bowling World or any other place available in Hamburg.

5. Laser Tag — remember Barney Stinson from the series “How I met your mother”? He was an absolute laser tag profi. There are several places in Hamburg to try this game out ( e.g. Laserfun, Lasertag) — don’t forget to book in advance.

7. Go ice skating

I am telling you that as a person who was born and raised in Russia and spent every winter on the ice outside. Ice skating is awesome! And, actually, the more you move, the warmer you feel. The park Planten un Blomen has a nice ice arena if you feel like outdoors. Indoors is also possible — check out Volksbank Arena or Eisbahn Stellingen.

8. Learn new things and boost your language skills

If sport is not your thing, you can train your brain and skills! One winter I learned how to knit with the Youtube videos — I still think it’s great meditation. So, if you are into getting new skills or learning languages, winter is a great opportunity for that. Volkshochschule Hamburg (VHS Hamburg) offers a great range of courses to choose from. The classes are in German, but even  beginner’s level is mostly enough. If you want to improve your German or learn other languages, this place is also an option for it, because prices are rather low. The only thing to keep in mind is that the German class is very popular and you might get into a waiting list.

I hope you got some inspiration from my article. What are your favorite bad weather activity? Let me know in comments!

Make sure to also check my other Hamburg articles:

The Best Sights to See in Hamburg

Ideas For Day Trips From Hamburg

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I was born and grew up in Russia, studied in Sweden and now live in Hamburg, my most favorite city in Germany. I travel a lot and write about places I've been to. I share my best travel tips and experience about what it means to live a global life!


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