Sustainable Hamburg: Think green. Enjoy Hamburg.

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Think green. Enjoy Hamburg.

What is one of the main components of a city break in close touch with nature? Well, nature itself. Today, metropolitan regions are increasingly taking steps to ensure that nature and natural resources are used in a responsible manner. In Hamburg, a fresh breeze can also be felt when it comes to sustainability, as the city’s ecosystem of fair fashion, regional and seasonal cuisine, as well as sustainable mobility and upcycling projects continues to grow and thrive. Using the ICE, you can travel to Hamburg in a climate-friendly way, and thanks to Hamburg’s extensive and eco-friendly public transport network, including port ferries and the StadtRAD bike rental system, even families don’t need a car to get around. In fact, Hamburg's local public transport system is entirely CO2 neutral.

Quite aptly, Hamburg Tourismus has launched the digital HamburgCARD Green, which can be easily downloaded to your smartphone. Thus, you can enjoy unlimited mobility throughout your stay, with free travel by underground, suburban rail, buses and port ferries – in addition to countless opportunities to explore the real Hamburg. Plus, the card offers discounts at numerous sustainable attractions across Hamburg.

For example, from the Steinstrasse bus stop in the old town, lovers of regional cuisine can walk over to the Hobenköök – a market hall with Hamburg delicacies and an adjacent restaurant. Even sustainable overnight stays are easy in Hamburg: the Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus at Inselpark Wilhelmsburg, for instance, offers a holistic holiday experience amidst a forest atmosphere. And all those who would like to spend the night in a super central location will find sustainable accommodation at the Scandic Hamburg Emporio.

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5 x retail shopping beyond the high street

All my friends Kreativkaufhaus

Sustainable concept store on Schanzenstrasse, featuring a wide range of eco labels under one roof.


Lockengelöt/ Mediaserver

Upcycling store on Marktstrasse, offering a great range of creative furnishings and accessories.


Mr & Mrs Green

Ethical fashion labels in one place on Marktstrasse.



Package-free supermarket, with branches in Ottensen and St Pauli.


Glore Hamburg (Altona / Karolinenviertel)

Sustainable concept store, with branches in Altona and the Karolinenviertel.

5 x sustainable restaurants & cafés

In guter Gesellschaft (Karoviertel)
In guter Gesellschaft/ Mediaserver

At Hamburg's very first zero waste café, you can enjoy your afternoon tea with an eco-friendly edge.

100/200 kitchen (Rothenburgsort)

A somewhat different fine dining experience: the team of 100/200 embraces the nose-to-tail concept, according to which nothing goes to waste.


Wolfsjunge (Uhlenhorst)
Wolfsjunge/ Mediaserver

This recent winner of a green Michelin star has a focus on original home-made cuisine. Only certified organic ingredients sourced from regional producers are used here.


Aendré (Hoheluft)
Aendre/ Mediaserver

Hamburg's very first conscious café, with an excellent choice of vegan delights. The café’s sunny terrace is a perfect place for an eco-friendly start to your day.

Hobenköök (city centre)

Low German for “harbour kitchen”, this is a culinary hotspot at the interface of the old town and the HafenCity. A perfect mix of market hall, restaurant and catering, with a focus on regional and seasonal food.

5 x Sustainable hotels in Hamburg

PIERDREI Hotel (HafenCity)

The hotel’s 212 rooms from small to extra-large, the outdoor stage, childcare services, the terraced roof and the campsite at a lofty height ensure a unique mix of hospitality and entertainment.


25hours Hotel Hamburg HafenCity
25hours Hotel Hamburg HafenCity/ Mediaserver

Urban, quirky interior design with an authentic port flair. The 170 original “guest berths” bear the marks of 25 (real or fictitious) sailors. The respective logbook in each room provides the full story.


Scandic Hotel Hamburg Emporio (city centre)
Scandic Hotel Hamburg/ Mediaserver

Unique combination of Nordic design, sustainability and functionality. The hotel’s interior design is shaped by the element of water, creating a direct link to the locality.


Lindner Park Hotel Hagenbeck (Stellingen)

This 4-star hotel is a zoo-themed hotel that exudes the exploratory spirit of the 19th century. Each of the rooms retells the story of the discovery of a particular species.


Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus (Wilhelmsburg)

Situated on the Elbe island of Wilhelmsburg, this 3-star superior hotel lures guests with a modern, eco-friendly design and a holistic concept.


Focus on green tourism: A perfect day in sustainable Hamburg

Hamburg is not only one of Europe’s most exciting city destinations, but also one of the greenest. As well as being home to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, renowned international museums and countless other places of interest, Hamburg is one of the most natural and greenest cities in the world: in fact, 34 percent of the municipal area are covered by parks, wooded lands, water and nature reserves. And arriving in Hamburg is just as green: from all major cities in Germany, Hamburg can be reached in just a few hours using the ICE train – with no flights involved and a minimum carbon footprint.

Off to a good start

You can start your perfect eco-friendly day in Hamburg with a visit to a farmers’ market – such as the beautiful Isemarkt in the district of Eppendorf. Here you can browse through fruit, veg, flowers and other fresh produce from the Hamburg region. For sustainable retail shopping, you can head over to the Schanzenviertel, the Karolinenviertel, Ottensen or St Pauli, where innovative shops and stores such as Bidges & Sons and “All my friends” offer a great range of sustainable, fair-trade and upcycling fashion items – many of these handmade and created by local designers. When it comes to sustainable neighbourhoods, the HafenCity, Hamburg’s innovative urban development project at the port, is of course also worth mentioning. Here, the “Osaka 9” pavilion provides unique insights into the HafenCity’s sustainability concept. All year round, ample green spaces such as the Stadtpark in Winterhude and the “Planten un Blomen” park in the old town are popular destinations for Hamburg’s locals, providing rest and relaxation in the middle of the city.

From coffee breaks to dinner nights

Fancy an eco-friendly coffee break? Hamburg is home to many cafés that take ethics to another level, e.g. with fair-trade coffee and coffee from local roasteries such as Elbgold and Burg. Traditional cafés such as “BioKonditorei Eichel” and “Kleine Konditorei” in Eimsbüttel, “Café unter den Linden” in the Schanzenviertel and the family-owned regional chain “Eis Schmidt” are but a few examples reflecting the gradual shift towards sustainability. Likewise, there are more and more restaurants with a focus on organic food and regional products. When it comes to vegetarian and organic cuisine, “Tassajara” in Eppendorf is a real pioneer. “Wehmann's Bistro” on the Elbchaussee and the HACO restaurant in St Pauli are further proof of the growing environmental and health awareness in Hamburg’s gastronomic scene. Meanwhile, the “Hobenköök” near the port is celebrated by the foodie community for its delicious Northern German creations – and for its attached market hall with fresh groceries from the region. And if you prefer a more modest dinner experience, why not pop over to “Schmitt Foxy Food” in the Schanzenviertel, where you can indulge in organic quality bratwurst and currywurst.

Low-impact overnight stays

Your eventful day in Hamburg is coming to a close and you head back to your eco-friendly hotel. For all nature lovers, the “Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus” is definitely worth trying: ever since its opening as part of the 2013 International Building Exhibition, this innovative project on the Elbe island of Wilhelmsburg has been attracting a lot of attention. Built from timber and other natural materials, the 3-star hotel also includes a restaurant with a strong focus on sustainability. Low-impact accommodation and high environmental standards are also provided e.g. by the Scandic Hamburg Emporio in the city centre, offering guests an eco-friendly environment with natural wooden floors. Hotels bearing the “Certified Green Hotel” label, such as Privathotel Lindtner in Heimfeld, excel at ensuring sustainability by meeting strict criteria including eco-friendly energy and water supplies, sensible waste disposal, a sustainable food concept, and much more.

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