25 things to do in Hamburg
Byen minder meget om Berlin med sine tunge grafitti, den har små Vesterbroske caféer (eller er det Vesterbro med Hamburgensiske caféer?). Der var øjeblikke, hvor jeg fik sådan en Roskilde Festival-vibe – øllene, lugten, de unge mennesker. Det er altså bare nogle steder af Hamborg, der har den essens, og det er ikke noget dårligt nødvendigvis, nok nærmere nostalgisk for det meste.
Men Hamborg, der blev ganske ødelagt under 2. Verdenskrig, har også den anden del – velhaversegmentet. Der er så mange dyre, dyre butikker, vi næsten ikke forstår det. Det er en handelsby, der tiltrækker mange forretningsfolk, så byen er ganske velhavende. Nybygget, meget, ja, men der er nu også meget gammel charme tilbage!
Jeg blev ret vild med byen, og denne lille smuttur, fredag efter arbejde hjem søndag aften, virkede kun som en appetizer. Især mad- og drinksfronten er altså ret heftig i Hamburg. Der er så meget, jeg stadig gerne vil spise.
^^^Coffe at Elbgold!
Even though we only had a couple of days in Hamburg I did do a lot of readings on the old city, a lot of guides and blogs. So everything on this list is either recommended and tested and tried by me OR I have seen it on so many city guides that I’ve decided to believe it, hah!
- SLEEP: We stayed at the HOSTEL SUPERBUDE in Sct. Pauli (a great neighborhood – it’s rated highly on Tripadvisor and the rooms start at 60 ? – a really great price for a designer hostel-meets-hotel
- SHOP: Go visit the vintage shop FUNC. (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße 9) which sells the coolest vintage furniture; old Eames chairs and beautiful signs
- SHOP: GO vintage shopping in SECONDELLA (Hohe Bleichen 5) – they have both old, vintage beauties but also rather new things like last years it-bag or shoes in pristine condition.
- SHOP: ROSSMANN is a giant Boots-meets-Danish-Matas and they sell everything from beauty stuff to health stuff as suggested by Acie
- SHOP: The area around GÄNSEMARKT is filled with exclusive shops, for example Chanel – the closest us Danes are to one I think.
- SHOP: If you’re fascinated with fish Christina tips on the old Fischauktionshalle – go pay a visit to the old fisherman and get the catch of the day!
- DRINK a cup of coffee and a eat a croissant at ELBGOLD (Lagerstraße 34c) – one of the best coffee shops in Hamburg similar in quality to Coffee Collective in Copenhagen. If the sun is shining find a seat outside and enjoy the industrial settings
- DRINK: A place we really regretted not knowing about was the bare LE LION (opposite Café de Paris, Rathausstrasse). We tried to go there after Die Bank, rang the doorbell (how cool is that?) but the well dressed waiter told us it was fully booked. You need a reservation. But if you have one you’re in for a treat! A real Don Draper experience!
- DRINK: Fritz-Kola is a must and you can find it at all the cool cafés or just in a kiosk – we brought a couple of bottles and some nuts to chill out in our hotel room, it tasted pretty similar to the American version but this just feels more hipster!
- EAT: If you are into some fine dining at a rather chic setting go to DIE BANK (near Secondella). It’s actually located in an old bank and the vaults are still there – on serves as a wine cellar, another as a place to hang your coat. The food is really good, the cheese cart smells like it’s effective – all in all a top eating choice.
- EAT: This is a must-eat if you are into cafés and a really solid breakfast. In old world jugendstyle CAFÉ DE PARIS (Rathausstrasse) serves the perfect French inspired breakfast – macarons, jus d’orange and croque monsieur. For a moment you forget that you are actually in Germany. BEAUTIFUL location.
- EAT: ELBWERK for brunch is great choice to cure any Hamburguese hangovers – fairly modern but great and easy eating.
- EAT: We really wanted to eat at DIE BULLEREI (Lagerstraße 34b), suggested by my father, but it was fully booked. But then on our last afternoon in Hamburg we went by just to see it and they could fit us in easily for a lunch – I am telling you, it was solo good and such a cool interior too.
- EAT: Currywurst is a German must and it’s a very cheap lunch too. They serve them in a lot of places and I am sure there is a difference in quality. BUT. It’s just sausage and a spicy ketchup. Eat it for the feel and not necessarily for the taste.
- EAT: OBERSTÜBCHEN as recommended by Camille is probably one of the coolest restaurant buildings in Hamburg – it’s an actual cabin, a cottage. But in spite of the peculiar look they serve really great food there.
- SIGHTSEEING BUS: Hop on a guided sightseeing bus, especially the route around The Alster is SO beautiful. Great big mansions fit for Strandvejen in Denmark or Venice Beach.
- SIGHTSEEING BOAT: If you’re more a sailor kinda gal you could also go for the sightseeing tour by boat – or even better, do both! The harbor is really beautiful and I have heard Hamburg is quite a stunner from the sea (they take off at Landungsbrücke in Sct. Pauli)
- VISIT: THE ELB TUNNEL – it’s supposed to be very beautiful and a very peaceful walk! It was built during the first world war to connect the harbor and the city, and it’s still in use. The trip starts near St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken from where you’ll take one of four elevators down 25 meters below surface – start the walk of 426 meters.
- VISIT: If you are looking for a festive night out including neon lights and naked ladies REEPERBAHN is the place – it kind of smells like a mix of old farts and Roskilde Festival, but on the right day that too has its charm.
- VISIT: The area SCHANSEN (Sternschanze/Schanzenviertel) is really cool, used to be very punk, but today it has really flourished and become very hip filled with cafes and cosy spots and during night time you sure can get a really good drink here!
- VISIT: MARKTSTRASSE if you are into 2nd hand buys this is your spot!
- VISIT: If you like botanical gardens you should visit Planten ind Blomen near Schulterblatt – beautiful scenery and a chance to let kids on the lose as suggested by Ann-Christine
- VISIT: If you’re in Hamburg during winter time they have a great big iceskating arena which Camille suggests to try
- VISIT: MINIATURE WONDERLAND if you’re in to model trains – it’s currently ranked as number one on things to do by Tripadvisor. It’s actually the world’s largest model train exhibition!
- VISIT: If you have the time jump off the sightseeing bus (we went by on the bus) at the WAREHOUSE DISTRICT – or better yet rent a bike! It’s such a cool area and really reminds you of the great harbor city Hamburg used to be, filled with old buildings that you could dream to live in. A real architectural treat.
^^^Macarons at Café de Paris
^^^Coolest industrial area around Die Bullerei
A few months back I was invited to Hamburg for the weekend. A real treat! They have a great food scene and a lot of history to experience and our to day trip was only an appetizer!
^^^Six people eating breakfast not able to decide on the menu!