12. TIME DIFFERENCE
Hamburg is one hour ahead of the UK, 6 hours behind New York and Singapore is 7 hours ahead of Hamburg.
11. WHEN TO VISIT
The summer months (June to August) are the warmest and the most popular season to visit Hamburg. You can expect long daylight hours and café and bar terraces to be busy along the Elbe River.
Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are chilly so you'll be wearing a coat or jacket most days. And by winter (December to February) you'll find it much colder and, therefore, the city is quieter. Hamburg is known for its damp weather in the winter so you'll need a warm and waterproof coat.
A really popular reason to visit is for the annual Long Night of Museums in May. More than 50 cultural locations in Hamburg open from 6pm to 2am. The ticket price is exceptional value as it includes public transport between the venues.
10. WHAT TO EAT
Starting with a sweet treat, Franzbrötchen literally means "the French roll" and is similar to a croissant. It's traditionally made with lots of sugar and cinnamon but you'll also find other varieties such as marzipan, raisin, chocolate, macadamia or pumpkin seeds.
Fischbrötchen is an impressive fish sandwich with salmon, pollock, mackerel, herring or North Sea shrimps. With the city having access to freshly caught local fish, it has made this a popular snack.
Finkenwerder Scholle is a traditional fish dish named after a district of Hamburg that was once a fishing village. Plaice (scholle) is baked or pan-fried with crispy bacon, parsley, onions and North Sea shrimps. It goes excellently with fried potatoes. Think of it as German fish and chips.
And even though it's from Berlin, you'll find currywurst is just as popular here as a fast food snack.
You can hail a taxi in the street or look for the taxi ranks where there's a green box to wait by. Most taxis are white cars with a yellow and black 'TAXI' light on the roof. Compared to US cab fares, taxis are expensive in Germany. Most taxis accept credit card payments.
8. PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Hamburg public transport (HVV) is the U-Bahn (underground), S-Bahn (tram), ferries and buses. A Hamburg Card gives unlimited travel and up to 50% discount at many museums, restaurants and shops too. You can buy a Hamburg Card from all ticket machines, via the HVV app, the online shop, from the bus driver and more.
One-day cards start from 6 am and are valid for 24 hours. An adult pass actually covers one adult and three children up to 14 years old. Or you can get a Group Pass for up to 5 people of any age.
There are no turnstiles at the train stations so you just have to ensure you have your ticket on you when travelling to show to a ticket inspector if asked.
Buses are available all day and night. You can get a "Nachtbus" (night bus) from Rathausmarkt near the town hall. The S-Bahn and U-Bahn services start around 5am and end 11pm-1am. Both run all night on the weekends.
Bus line 111 is a good sightseeing option as it runs from the Fish Market to HafenCity passing 16 notable attractions.
7. BOAT TRIPS