What To Buy In Hamburg, Germany

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A major port city in northern Germany, Hamburg lies along the lovely Elbe River. Comprised of hundreds of pretty canals, green parkland, and eye-catching architecture, Hamburg is definitely on a meter that points toward alluring. Hamburg is a city rich in maritime tradition and when you browse for souvenirs you’ll notice plenty of the merchandise reflects this history. If you’re at a loss as to what to bring back from a trip to this beguiling destination, then scroll down to view this must-see list of the top items to buy when visiting lively Hamburg:

1. Ship in the bottle

Ship in a bottle Four-master1
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A true collectible piece and reflective of Hamburg’s seagoing history is the classic ship in the bottle. The ship in the bottle makes a great memento and adds an air of sophistication and refinement to any room in the house. You can find them in abundance in Hamburg as it is one of the top souvenirs in this city. So be on the lookout for these fanciful creations. Ship in the bottle comes in various sizes and budgets, so choose one that suits your taste and wallet. From affordable mass-produced items to handcrafted specialty models, Ship in the Bottle is a charming Hamburg purchase.

Captain's Cabin

Address: Bei den St. Pauli Landungsbrücken 3 20359 Hamburg, Germany

Hours: Monday-Sunday 10.00 am to 19.00 pm

Website: Captain’s Cabin

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2. Branded and designer goods

Galeria Kaufhof Hamburg
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Whether you’re a bargain hunter or an admirer of fine upscale fashion, Hamburg is paradise for shopaholics. In Hamburg’s city center the big designer labels compete over a slim area for the attention of an international clientele. Europa Passage, Jungfernstieg Mönckeberg, Galeria Kaufhof, and Spitalerstraße are just a few establishments that draw all shoppers that want to look good. So if you’re looking for a trendy Tommy Hilfiger autumn outfit or a breezy Marc Jacobs summer ensemble, check out the best branded and designer merchandise Hamburg has to offer.

Galeria Kaufhof

Address: Mönckebergstr. 3 20095 Hamburg, Germany

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10.00 am to 20.00 pm

Website: Galeria Kaufhof

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3. Miniature lighthouses

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....so sieht unser Laden aktuell von außen aus..... www.hamburgkontor.com

Posted by Hamburg Kontor on Saturday, March 19, 2016

Along with the timeless Ship in the Bottle, miniature lighthouses are also an undeniable go-to souvenir from seaside Hamburg. Delicate and attractive, Miniature Lighthouses are an evocative image of beauty and mystery, and it is a direct reminder of Hamburg’s rich seafaring culture and history. Whether you want one to brighten a particularly dreary shelf in your home or one to spruce up your boring garden, miniature lighthouses come in a variety of forms that offer a wide range of decorative uses.

Hamburg Kontor

Address: Bramfelder Chaussee 325, 22177 Hamburg, Germany

Hours: Monday-Friday 9.30 am to 18.30 pm, Saturday 10.00 am to 14.00 pm

Website: Hamburg Kontor

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4. Figurines and trinkets

Hamburg Hans Hummel 01 KMJ
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Not much room in your suitcase? Buy a pretty figurine or trinket to carry home. A Hummel figurine is ideal. Based on drawings by a German nun named Maria Innocentia Hummel, these delicate and handcrafted porcelain characters were introduced in 1935 and gained popularity at the end of World War II as US soldiers stationed in Germany sent them to loved ones as gifts. The original Hummel figure, depicting a water carrier wearing dark clothing and a top hat, can be found all over Hamburg. Here’s a hint — the more touristy the area, the more likely to find a shop selling Hummel figurines.

Captain's Cabin

Address: Bei.den St. Pauli Landungsbrücken 3 20359 Hamburg, Germany

Hours: Monday-Sunday 10.00 am to 19.00 pm

Website: Captain’s Cabin

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Hamburg Tour Guide

Asaf Leshem

Asaf Leshem

My name is Asaf and I am a professional tour guide. I hold a Ph.D. in Dark Tourism and interpretation of history. In Berlin I guide tours on such topics as the Cold War, the Third Reich, Berlin's Jewish Heritage, Berlin and Brandenburg's Prussian History, and more. I also guide in Potsdam, and I am certified to guide in the Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen. I am also an enthusiastic runner and cyclist. For repeating visitors, looking for unique experiences outside the city, I guide special cycling tours in Brandenburg's northern lake district, and in the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve.

Tours by Asaf

5. Marine-themed souvenirs

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Needless to say, maritime-themed souvenirs are in abundance in Hamburg. Sailor figurines and braided ropes are just a few of the nautical knickknacks that can be found just about anywhere in Hamburg. One place to nab some awesome mementos is The Art of Hamburg. This delightful shop offers whimsical seafaring items, such as underwear displaying an anchor in front and stamped “100% sailor yarn” on the back. There’s also colorful hand-dyed and printed triangular scarves with decorative oceanic touches. Sailor-themed duffel and shoulder bags, pillows, coffee mugs, and more are plentiful at The Art of Hamburg.

The Art of Hamburg

Address: Lange Reihe 48, 20099 Hamburg, Germany

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11.00 am to 19.00 pm

Website: The Art of Hamburg

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6. Pralines, macarons, chocolates

Sweet treats are widely available in Hamburg, but if you want to indulge your sweet tooth at a rare establishment then head to B.Sweet. Located in Hamburg’s energetic Ottensen district, this charming boutique boasts a unique blend of confectionery and lingerie. B.Sweet is equal parts sweet and seduction. There’s a delicious array of pralines, chocolates, and macarons, that are chosen from all over the world, and the high-quality lingerie is adorable, comprised of a delicate blend of laces and satins.


Address: Ottenser Hauptstraße 42, 22765 Hamburg, Germany

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11.00 am to 18.30 pm, Saturday 11.00 am to 15.00 pm

Website: B.Sweet

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7. Traditional tailored hats

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Situated In the heart of Hamburg’s main shopping district, Walther Eisenberg der Mützenmacher is a truly unique establishment that gives those who enter a glimpse of a wonderful bygone time. Founded in 1892, Walther Eisenberg der Mützenmacher is one of the oldest hat shops in the city. Showcasing 18 different types of classic handmade tailored hats, customers have a myriad of choices. The wares at Walther Eisenberg der Mützenmacher are even manufactured using original sewing machines from the 1920s! How’s that for carrying on a finely sewn tradition.

Walther Eisenberg der Mützenmacher

Address: Steinstraße 21, 20095 Hamburg, Germany

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 18:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 13:00 pm

Website: Walther Eisenberg der Mützenmacher

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8. Beer in seasonal flavors

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Braucht Ihr Nachschub? Dann haben wir hier das neue Kona Brewing Company Pineapple Pils für euch. Der Clou, das Bier wurde mit Ananaspüree und -Aroma verfeinert. #sommer und #hawaii lassen grüßen.

Posted by Craftbeer-Shop.com on Thursday, July 22, 2021

Hamburg would be a disappointment if you didn’t sample its sudsy delights. Surprisingly Germany lags when it comes to options on the craft beer scene, so Hamburg’s Ratsherrn Brewery opened The Craft Beer Store as a way to create a buzz. The Craft Beer Store boasts full taps and a growler filling station that adds to the welcoming atmosphere. Purchase the Ratsherrn multi pack of specialty beers called Hamburg Favorites, so you can sample a bit of everything. The pack includes a Ratsherrn lager, wheat beer, red beer, and pale ale. Ratsherrn’s Backyard Beach Summer Ale is also worth buying: it’s light, with a delicate taste of summer fruits and a hint of blood orange.

The Craft Beer Store

Address: Lagerstraße 30a, 20357 Hamburg, Germany

Hours: Monday-Friday 12.00 am to 20.00 pm, Saturday, 10.00 am to 20.00 pm

Website: The Craft Beer Store

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9. Souvenir mugs

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Sea Cloud in 330 ml Flasche

Posted by Buddel Bini Versand on Thursday, January 1, 2015

In Hamburg, Germans’ fondness for beer drinking will give you the option of purchasing a large glass mug, known as a mass, or a colorful beer stein. But both are heavy and can add undesirable extra weight to your luggage for the return home. An easily transportable item is the classic souvenir mug. Hamburg mugs are colorful and offer Hamburg’s coat of arms or images reflective of the port city’s deep-sea history. They fit easily in suitcases, and while sipping your morning coffee or afternoon tea back home they’re a great reminder of your Hamburg adventure.

Buddel Bini

Address: Barmbeker Str. 171 22299 Hamburg, Germany

Hours: Monday-Friday 10.00 am to 18.00 pm, Saturday 10.00 am to 14.00 pm

Website: Buddel Bini

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10. Streichcreme

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Posted by Alnatura on Thursday, July 22, 2021

Streichcreme is a sandwich spread found everywhere in Germany and it is absolutely addictive. Streichcreme is a creamy, purple-hued spread that’s made mainly of roasted beets, sunflower seeds, and horseradish. The horseradish in this traditional blend tends to overpower the rest of the ingredients. However, if the classic Streichcreme isn’t to your liking, there are other flavors, like Garden Herb and Mango Curry. Regardless of which you choose, you’ll definitely be hoarding Streichcremet in your luggage.

Alnatura Markt

Address: various locations, check website

Hours: Monday-Saturday 8.00 am to 20.00 pm

Website: Alnatura Markt

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Delightful purchases in Hamburg

Whether you’re searching for a handcrafted nautical trinket, a tailor-made hat, or flavorful and tempting sweet treats, Hamburg offers an incredible array of sought-after gift items. Not known as the German capital of sales and purchases for nothing, Hamburg boasts wonderful products that will certainly keep the adventures in this port city alive in your memory.

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