Strolling through the town and surrounding area of Hamburg, PA, it’s easy to remember the way things used to be. Nostalgic spots are spread throughout its streets and neighboring towns; it’s easy to spend a day or a weekend exploring the area! The Welcome Center at 335 State Street houses maps, town information, and local brochures including the historic self-guided walking tour of over 50 stops on through Hamburg’s nationally recognized historic district. Start there and let the journey begin!
Shopping in the downtown one can find many unique treasures and antiques. Hamburg’s downtown will be sure to bring back old memories starting with Miller’s Old Fashioned 5 & 10 store, in operation since 1922. Other shops include a novelty yarn shop, a nostalgic barber shop with an antique barber chair, an herbal shop, clothing shops, and places stocked with antiques and collectibles. For a truly local flair, one can find the Gallery of Hamburg, a community art gallery filled with works and handmade crafts from over 30 regional artists.
In the midst of shopping, it’s easy to find traditional Pennsylvania Dutch food in a town named after Hamburg, Germany. The Hamburg Diner sports a 50’s style theme, and sandwich and pizza places throughout town are ideal to grab a quick bite to eat. Deitsch Eck Restaurant, just a few miles from town, serves traditional PA Dutch fare. For dessert, wander into the Port Clinton Peanut Shop, an old time candy store, to find all the hard-to-find candies that were enjoyed years before, or pop in Dutch Maid’s nostalgic bakery on the edge of town. Inside town, enjoy Adams & Bright Drugstore which houses an old fashioned soda fountain serving up classic milkshakes, soda, coffee and ice cream.
For entertainment, Hamburg offers some historic choices in town as well as plenty of ways to enjoy the scenic outdoors. Visitors can catch a movie at the Hamburg Strand, a one-screen theatre that dates back to 1920. Opened in 2008, Hamburg also houses the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum that features vintage railroad cars, locomotives, photographs, and artifacts from the original Reading Railroad; the museum is currently open all day Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors can opt to jump on PA wine trail or the Hex Barn art tour that passes close by the Hamburg area. The outdoors near to the area are the perfect place for those who are seeking adventuring, or just wanting to relax in the midst of a country park. The Pinnacle, part of the Appalachian Trail, or the Reservoir are great places to hike and Kaercher Creek is the ideal picnic spot. Bird watching, canoeing or kayaking are just a few options when taking a trip to the Schuylkill River. The Hamburg area is surrounded by more than 12,000 acres of state forests and game lands, so it has something for everyone to enjoy!
For more information on a trip to Hamburg, PA, call the Our Town Foundation at (610) 562-3106.