Hamburg, Germany is a big city with a marine culture and a lot of sightseeing.
Sometimes it’s not pretty easy go on vacation in a big city with a family and especially with a dog. You don’t want to let your dog at home or put your pet in an expensive animal hotel. When a trip is too much stress for an animal, you should better let him at home with a person, who is keeping an eye on it. Otherwise dogs and other pets are allowed in some hotels or apartments in Hamburg. If you take your dog with you, be sure that there are enough possibilities for your pet to take a walk. You should watch out for a park next to the hotel or apartment for you and your dog to walk.
Even when you get a hotel in city center of Hamburg, you will be able to find some lawn and a wonderful ambience in the Alsterpark. At the “Aussenalster” on the west side is the Alsterpark with a friendly and green lawn to walk around and let your dog have some fun. But you always have to leash your dog in the city and you have to put the dog excrement away. In some parks are little bag automats to put the dog excrement in the bags and then in the trash can. If the police see that your dog is not leashed or you haven’t picked up the excrement, you will have to pay a fine for it. That fine can be up to 100 Euros and if you haven’t leashed your dog, you will have to pay a surcharge between 25 and 75 Euros. This law is for all the parts of Hamburg and you don’t have to leash your dog, when you have a dog license. When you want to get sure, take some little plastic bags with you to put the dog excrement in it.
The Alsterpark is a fantastic place in the city centre to enjoy some little landscape and it is very nice for children too and of course parents and couples to make a romantic walk along the Alster.
If you are staying in the area of Altona, you can enjoy some nice hours in the 153-hectare Volkspark of Altona. It’s a great place for a family with kids and pets. The children can play Soccer, Volleyball, Badminton, Frisbee and Tennis for example. But you have to take your own balls and bats with you.
St. Pauli has a modern park called Antoni-Park with a small lawn. It is part of a project called “Park Fiction” and the Antoni-Park has about 1.500 m² with three palms on it. It’s a really funny park for walking at the Pinnasberg of St. Pauli. There are some small playgrounds for children, but not very much lawn for other games to play.
A very popular park is the Hamburger Stadtpark. You can enjoy a fantastic view over the sea or take a little walk along it. You can also take a little boat trip on the sea, which is quite fun for the kids. The dog should better stay on land or wear a small lifejacket!? A great possibility is to reach the park by bicycle. You can’t rend a bike there, so you should take your own bikes with you. Next to the sea of the Stadtpark is a swimming pool for everyone. This swimming pool is called “MidSommerland Harburg” and you can swim there for 1 ½ h, 3 h or a whole day. The price is depending between an adult and a kid and how long you would like to stay. The price for a kid is between 2,80 Euros and 4,10 Euros and for adults between 5,60 Euros and 8,20 Euros.
Pretty much fun for the family and kids is a picnic in one of the parks in Hamburg. After the picnic the kids could play some games or you can do a little family tour with the kids and pets.
Family-friendly places to visit in Hamburg
Very much fun and action are in the Hamburg Dungeon, which is in the Speicherstadt of Hamburg. This is a chamber of horror, but you will get to know some more historical information about Hamburg too. It is explaining for example the war, the fire of Hamburg and the pest in a spooky way. If you are afraid of haunted houses, you should better stay outside and wait. It can be very scary inside!
Very amazing is the Miniatur Wunderland of Hamburg, where you can watch small model railways in a fascinating ambience. You can find it in the Speicherstadt of Hamburg too.
Another exciting tour for a family could be a little boat trip with a bargain on the Alster or in the harbor of Hamburg. Some of the bargains are making some tours in the Speicherstadt too. The Speicherstadt looks like an old water street, which was used at that time to store goods like coffee and spices. Another great idea is a little sail boat trip, when the weather is fine and the sea is not too bumpy. A sail trip like this is not very cheap and very hard to get.
The kids and pets love animals, so a trip in a zoo would be a nice possibility for everyone of the family. You can visit for example the Tierpark Hagenbeck in the Lokstedter Grenzstrasse. Some interesting and wild animals are waiting for you and this lovely visit will be unforgettable.
The Hamburger Dom is a really fun event for the whole family. It is four times a year and this fun fair goes over four weeks until it ends. You can find some carousels for older and younger people and of course a lot of booths with something to drink and eat. This traditionally fun fair is on the Heiligengeistfeld in Hamburg. You can reach this event easily by subway, bus or taxi. If you are in the St. Pauli area of Hamburg, you can take a little walk to get there without any public transport.
Hamburg is a huge city, but it is family and animal friendly. So you don’t need to be scared of a big city when you take children or pets with you. There are always nice places for everyone.
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