One of the methods that many travellers use to prepare for their vacation is to read about the area. The following books are recommended for travellers planning a trip to Hamburg:

GUIDEBOOKS
Spaziergänge Hamburg
(Anna Brenken & Egbert Kossak), Ellert & Richter Verlag, 2000
Beatles Guide Hamburg
(Ulf Kruger & Astrid Kirchherr), Europa Verlag 2001
PastFinder Hamburg – City and Travel Guide
(Andrea Dimitriadis, Maik Kopleck & Sindith Küster), PastFinder Ltd, 2008
Hamburg von Unten – Entdeckungsreisen in die Stadt unter der Stadt
(Lou A. Probsthayn), L&H Verlag, 2004
Baedecker Hamburg
(Various), Baedecker, 1998
Wallpaper City Guide Hamburg
(Various), Phaidon, 2008
Hamburgs Attraktionen am Hafen
(Michael Zapf), Murmann Verlag, 2007

HIDDEN HAMBURG
Only in Hamburg: A Guide to Hidden Corners, Little-known Places and Unusual Objects
(Duncan J. D. Smith), Christian Brandstätter Verlag, 2010. This richly illustrated off-the-beaten-track guide to more than 80 fascinating and unusual sights will appeal to explorers and independent travellers
Stille Winkel in Hamburg
(Anna Brenken), Ellert & Richter, 2007
Hamburgs dunkle Welten. Der geheimnisvolle Untergrund der Hansestadt
(Ulrich Alexis Christiansen), Ch.Links Verlag, 2008
Hamburg Geheim – Die unbekannten Seiten der Stadt
(Lou A. Probsthayn), Boyens Buchverlag, 2008

ILLUSTRATED BOOKS
Eine Kulinarische Entdeckungsreise durch Hamburg und das Alte Land
(Katrin Lipka), Neuer Umschau Verlag, 2007
Speicherstadt und HafenCity
(Egbert Kossak), Ellert & Richter Verlag, 2004
Hamburg City Panoramas 360º
(Helga Neubauer, Thorsten Tiedeke & Wolfgang Vorbeck, New Zealand Visitor Publications, 2006

ARCHITECTURE AND MONUMENTS
Hamburg (Architecture & Design Guides)
(ed. By Christian Datz), teNeues, 2005
The Flak Towers in Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna 1940-1950
(Michael Foedrowitz), Schiffer Publishing, 2005
Boote unter Beton: Die Hamburger U-Boot-Bunker
(Jan Haitmann), Elbe-Spree-Verlag, 2007

HISTORY

‘Aryanisation’ in Hamburg – The Economic Exclusion of Jews and the Confiscation of their Property in Nazi Germany
(Frank Bajohr & George Wilkes), Berghahn Books, 2002
Paper and Iron – Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927
(Niall Ferguson), Cambridge University Press, 2002
The Emigrants – From Hamburg to the New World
(Gerhard Fuchs), Fuvhs Verlag, 2000
Travels in the North of Germany
(Thomas Hodgskin), Archibald Constable, 1820
Patriots and Paupers – Hamburg 1712-1830
(Mary Lindemann), Oxford University Press USA, 1990
Inferno – The Devastation of Hamburg 1943
(Keith Lowe), Viking, 2007
The End – Hamburg 1943
(H. E. Nossack), Chicago University Press, 2007

WEBSITES
www.hamburg-tourism.de
(Hamburg’s official tourism pages)
www.kulturkarte.de
(extensive culture listings with maps)
www.hamburgerunterwelten.de
(Hamburg Underworlds Association)
www.lostplaces.de
(unusual and little-known architectural locations in Germany)
www.spottedbylocals.com/hamburg
(useful and entertaining city Blog)
www.hvv.de
(Hamburg Public Transport)