Being Germany’s second largest city, this place was always going to be on our list to visit. Hamburg is a huge cultural hub, and is home to 60 museums and over 100 music venues and clubs. Not only is it big on culture, it’s REALLY big on sport. In fact, Hamburg is a massive sporting city, with over 80% of all adults playing sport on a regular basis. It’s also just recently dropped out of being in the running to host the 2024 Olympic Games.
Hamburger SV (or HSV as it’s usually known) is arguably the biggest club in Hamburg. Their home ground is Volksparkstadion, holding 57,000. HSV’s football team is the ONLY team in Germany to have continuously played in the first division of the league for nearly 100 years!
Known as somewhat of a cult club in Germany, St Pauli grows more and more popular with crowds, and classes HSV as their local rivals. Their left wing views on political and cultural issues, and their affiliation with punk music and other sub cultures has added to the near sell out crowds for their home fixtures.
Hamburger SV, one of Hamburg’s main football teams, plays its home games at the Volksparkstadion, located 6 miles outside the main centre of the Hamburg. Despite their long list of domestic and European honours, the 6 time German champions have been starved of success this century with only one League Cup accolade to their name in 2003.
The Volksparkstadion is a 57,000 capacity arena which after plenty of renovation has been the home to Hamburger SV since 1953.
The Arena has hosted matches in 3 major International tournaments, Euro 1988 and World Cup games in 1978 and 2006
Kevin Keegan famously moved to Hamburg in 1977 helping them reach a European Cup Final in 1979, only being beaten by Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest.
Hamburg’s 2nd main team is the somewhat “Kult” club FC St Pauli. Playing their home games at the Millerntor Stadium in the heart of Hamburg’s Reeperbahn district.
Millerntor has standing space for almost 17,000 spectators one of the largest allocations of terracing in the whole Bundesliga.
St Pauli’s home since 1963
In recent years St Pauli have grown to a world renowned football club thanks to its Iconic club badge of the skull and cross bones which only recently the club won back the rights to officially use the logo on its merchandise. Other factors assisting in the rise of St Pauli is that the club is based in the centre of Hamburg making it a much more enjoyable match day experience than that of rivals Hamburger SV.