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    Hamburg: Great – the Free and Hanseatic City on the Elbe River

    Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, has a population of approximately 1.8 million, but still retains its “small-town” feel, its green character and a certain laid-back quality. As a port and a media and trading center, Hamburg has remarkable charisma, both economically and culturally – as evidenced by its penchant for bold architecture, chic shopping districts and ambitious cultural calendar.

    Musicals, plays and festivals, harbor boat trips and party nights on the Reeperbahn, the high street of the city’s red-light district, all draw some seven million visitors to the city on the Elbe each year. In 2017, Hamburg gained a new attraction when the spectacular Elbphilharmonie concert hall opened in the city’s new Hafencity district.

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    The landing stages look deceptively real here but are, in fact, part of the Hamburg theme world at the Miniatur Wunderland model railway exhibition

    Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg

    Kehrwieder 2
    20457 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel.: +49-40/300 68 00
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    Opening times: daily 0930-1800 (please check website for details)

    Miniatur Wunderland, which opened in 2001, is the biggest model railway exhibition in the world with nine themed sections covering almost 1500 square meters. More than 1.3 million visitors come every year to admire the richly detailed and humorously portrayed scenarios that make Miniatur Wunderland one of Germany’s best-loved attractions. Tip: To avoid long waiting times, especially at vacation time, it’s best to make online reservations in advance.

    Elbphilharmonie

    Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4
    20457 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel. +49-40/357 66 60
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    Plaza opens: daily 0900-0000

    The project on the western tip of Hamburg’s Hafencity district was highly controversial during its lengthy – and increasingly costly – construction, but since the magnificent concert hall opened in January 2017, enthusiasm has largely taken the place of opposition. In its very first year, the “Elphi” was already a veritable tourist magnet, making it all but impossible to acquire tickets for concerts in the Großer Saal, the spectacular large auditorium, at short notice. Happily, the Plaza, a public viewing platform between the brick-built base – a former dockland warehouse – and the new glass structure, is open to all comers and free of charge.

    The Port of Hamburg

    Hamburger Hafen
    Hamburg
    Germany
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    The harbor is alive with tooting, buzzing and twinkling lights, and teeming with activity round the clock. Take a harbor boat tour past the brand-new Elbphilharmonie concert hall, through the old Speicherstadt warehouse district and past the massive docks to gain an impression of this busy modern port, where millions of tons of goods are constantly on the move.  There are also museum ships tied up at the landing stages, which are open to visitors.

    Hamburg Kunsthalle

    Glockengießerwall

    20095 Hamburg
    
Germany

    Tel: +49-40/428 13 12 00
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    Opening times: Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun 1000-1800, Thur 1000-2100

    This distinguished art museum, located in downtown Hamburg, is housed in two adjacent buildings connected by an underground passage. The collection features European artworks from over 700 years, including paintings by Rembrandt, Klee and Caspar David Friedrich; changing visiting exhibitions are an additional highlight.

    Deichtorhallen

    Deichtorstraße 1-2

    20095 Hamburg
    
Germany

    Tel: +49-40/32 10 30
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    Opening times: Tue-Sun 1100-1800 (first Thurs of the month 1100-2100)

    The Deichtorhallen, consisting of the Hall of Contemporary Art, the House of Photography and the Falckenberg Collection (located in Harburg), form one of the biggest exhibition centers for modern art and photography in Europe. Exhibitions are staged here regularly, including the famous Triennial of Photography.

    The Alster

    Alster
    Hamburg
    Germany
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    On the famous Jungfernstieg, the downtown promenade on the banks of the Alster, visitors can sit in one of the waterfront cafés, walk around the smaller Inner Alster or watch the many sailboats on the larger Outer Alster. Numerous canals branch out into the fashionable districts around the lake, which was created long ago when the Alster River was ponded. Thanks to the many boat and stand-up-paddling rental services, sporty visitors can also catch a glimpse of the gardens of the gracious Alster villas.

    Reeperbahn

    Reeperbahn
    Hamburg
    Germany
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    The Reeperbahn only unfolds its magic at night: Once a notorious red-light district, the so-called “Kiez,” located between Millerntor and Nobistor, has evolved into a partly cliché-ridden, partly rough, alternative culture and entertainment district. Alongside the musical theaters and live music venues, small bars and basement clubs hosting live gigs are also still part of the scene. On summer weekends visitors crowd the main street of St. Pauli, but the side streets are often more interesting.

    Hamburg Fish Market

    Große Elbstraße 137
    22767 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Opening times: Sun 0500-0930 (Apr-Oct); Sun 0700-0930 (Nov-Mar)

    The fish market attracts a mix of Sunday morning early birds and revelers still on their feet after a long Saturday night. From 5 a.m., you can buy or bid for fish, food and flowers here. Live bands and brunch in the fish auction hall entertain early morning visitors until closing time at 9:30 a.m. It’s always crowded here in the summer, but early in the year and in the fall, the market occasionally has to be canceled due to storm surges and flooding.

    Hamburg City Hall

    Rathausmarkt 1

    20095 Hamburg
    
Germany

    Tel: +49-40/428 31 24 09
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    Opening times: Mon-Fri 0700-1900, Sat 1000-1800, Sun 1000-1700

    This magnificent sandstone building in center of town is the seat of Hamburg’s parliament and senate (city and state administration). The building was inaugurated in 1897 and offers almost daily guided tours. The square in front of the city hall, the Rathausmarkt, is the center of the city and picturesquely situated close to the Alsterfleet canals, the summer home of Hamburg’s resident population of swans. It’s a popular venue for open-air events and also the ideal starting point for a shopping tour of the stores on Mönckebergstraße, Spitalerstraße and Jungfernstieg.

    St. Michaelis Church

    Englische Planke 1
    
20459 Hamburg

    Germany

    Tel: +49-40/37 67 80
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    Opening times tower: daily 0900-2000

    This main church is the city’s traditional landmark and affectionately known to locals as “the Michel.” From the tower observation platform 106 meters up, the view over the city and harbor and to well beyond the city limits is quite magnificent – as is the stunning view of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Tip: Come at around 10 a.m. or 9 p.m. to hear the Tower Watchman play his trumpet for five minutes, sending the melody out to all four points of the compass – a unique sound experience.

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    Country overview

    Once mockingly referred to as the “land of schnitzels and leather pants,” Germany has acquired a much more modern image in recent decades. International visitors are attracted to the big cities, especially the capital, Berlin. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, in particular, the city with its many cultural and entertainment attractions has become a major tourist destination. But other German cities also know how to celebrate and enjoy life.

     

    Hamburg’s annual Hafengeburtstag port anniversary festival attracts around two million visitors every year, the Rhineland is famous for its carnivals, and Munich’s Oktoberfest is famous the world over.

    Germany also has a variety of natural landscapes: for example, from the Wadden Sea and lowland plains of the northwest, the lakelands in the northeast of the country, numerous low mountain ranges and heathlands, to the central highlands and Alpine regions.

    Geography

    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea, while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2962m (9718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit, which can also be climbed.

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    Population: 82,5 million (2016)

    Capital: Berlin.

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    Public holidays

    The public holidays for the January 2018 – December 2019 period are listed below.

    Note:

    * In catholic regions only
    ** Sachsen only
    *** only in Brandenburg, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thüringen

    2018

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2018
    Epiphany: 6 January 2018*
    Good Friday: 30 March 2018
    Easter Sunday: 1 April 2018
    Easter Monday: 2 April 2018
    Labour Day: 1 May 2018
    Ascension Day: 10 May 2018
    Whit Sunday: 20 May 2018
    Whit Monday: 21 May 2018
    Corpus Christi: 31 May 2018*
    Assumption: 15 August 2018*
    Day of German Unity: 3 October 2018
    Day of Reformation: 31 October 2018***
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2018*
    Repentance Day: 21 November 2018**
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2018

    2019

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2019
    Epiphany: 6 January 2019*
    Good Friday: 19 April 2019
    Easter Sunday: 21 April 2019
    Easter Monday: 22 April 2019
    Labour Day: 1 May 2019
    Ascension Day: 30 May 2019
    Whit Sunday: 9 June 2019
    Whit Monday: 10 June 2019
    Corpus Christi: 20 June 2019*
    Assumption: 15 August 2019*
    Day of German Unity: 3 October 2019
    Day of Reformation: 31 October 2019***
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2019*
    Repentance Day: 21 November 2019**
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2019

    All information subject to change.

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    Hamburg in the rain

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    There’s a persistent rumor that it rains practically all of the time in Hamburg. That is complete nonsense, of course! But who cares about rain statistics when you are visiting and it really does happen to be pouring down?! We bring you the best addresses for days with and without an umbrella.

    Miniatur Wunderland

    Kehrwieder 2
    20457 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel.: +49-40/300 68 00
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    Open: daily 9:30 – 18:00, often longer (please check the website)

    The world’s largest model railway is located in a former warehouse building in Hamburg’s historical warehouse district: A delightful, large-scale “hidden object activity picture” with nine exhibition sections, 15.4 kilometers of track, and a simulated day-and-night sequence roughly every 15 minutes. In their dollhouse world, some 263,000 XXS figures of thumbnail- to matchstick-size, experience many an adventure, including fires that are extinguished by miniature fire fighters who come rushing to the rescue. There’s even an airport with the magical name of Knuffingen Airport, where 42 jets arrive and depart throughout the day. Tip: Book online before you go to avoid a wait at the entrance.

    Flight simulator

    Your Cockpit
    Ericusspitze 2-4
    20457 Hamburg
    Germany
    +49-800/55 00 92 38
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    iPilot
    Langenhorner Chaussee 139
    22415 Hamburg
    Germany
    +49-89/414 14 1040
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    Flying in this Airbus A320 feels excitingly real, and you can do it even without years of pilot training. In this flight simulator, installed in a converted original cockpit, there are knobs to turn, monitors and flashing instruments. An experienced copilot always takes the second seat in the cockpit and begins by explaining the technical details, and also gives useful tips during the maneuvers. Then the amateur pilots pull up the Airbus A320 all by themselves – and generally at too steep an angle, so fortunately only virtually, while outside the windows, a deceptively real 3D projection simulates the outside world. There’s a choice of 24,000 airports, including some infamous ones with short runways. Hamburg even has two firms offering this particular form of entertainment: One is located in the city’s historical warehouse district, the Speicherstadt, and the other close to the airport. Both require advance bookings.

    Chocoversum by Hachez

    Meßberg 1
    20095 Hamburg
    Deutschland
    + 49-40/41 91 23 00
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    Open: daily 10:00 – 18:00, guided tours begin every 30 minutes. Please check the website for exact times

    Just a few steps away from the upmarket shopping miles in downtown Hamburg, this interactive chocolate museum opened its doors in 2011, although “chocolate show” would be a better description. Visitors are welcomed at the door by the sweet fragrance emanating from a giant chocolate fountain and encouraged to sample the wares. During the 90-minute activity tours, visitors learn all about how cocoa beans are grown and chocolate is produced and processed, and they get to see vintage machines in action. In the tasting kitchen, every sweet tooth on the tour makes their own bar of chocolate to take home from a selection of roughly 30 ingredients spanning pink pepper to cinnamon. If one bar is not enough, take a look around the Choco-Laden store, which sells chocolates, spiced chocolate bars and exotic creations, such as cocoa pesto.

    Harrys Hafenbasar

    Am Sandtorkai 60-62
    20457 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Open: Sat and Sun 10:00-15:00, longer on public holidays and during major events (Hafengeburtstag port anniversary celebrations, etc.).

    Likely the weirdest museum in Hamburg, Harrys Hafenbasar enjoys a spectacular location: After an eventful history spanning more than 60 years, the cabinet of curiosities brought together by the late seaman Harry Rosenberg (1925-2000) now resides here in a restored floating crane in the traditional ship harbor of Hamburg’s Hafencity district. The collection includes an array of arts and crafts, including voodoo figures, shrunken heads, statues and masks from around the world as well as a “silent zoo” populated by stuffed animals. Tip: The crane also houses a microhotel, the Hafencity Hideaway (hafenkranhamburg.de). From its 19-square-meter cabin, guests enjoy an exclusive view of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

    Hotel Atlantic

    An der Alster 72-79
    20099 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel.: +49-40/288 80
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    This grand hotel on the Binnenalster lake was opened in 1909 to provide appropriate accommodation for First Class passengers of the Hamburg-Amerika shipping line. Today, it is a listed building and has recently been lovingly restored to its former grandeur. If you are unwilling to splurge on a room at this venerable establishment of Hamburg hospitality, we can certainly recommend sampling its culinary delights: Relax in style on a leather sofa and order a pot of fragrant Earl Grey tea with scones and cucumber sandwiches. While you’re there, take a look at the carpet on the staircase and you will notice that Great Britain is missing from the world map at its center. Why? Because the carpet was one of the hotel’s original fixtures and fittings, and back in 1909, the Anglo-German naval race was on between the Deutsche Reich and the British. So here at least, the rival was put in its place (although literally not).

    Thai Oase karaoke bar

    Große Freiheit 38
    22767 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel.: +49-40/31 79 20 95
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    This little bar with its rather no-frills 1970s decor is located right across from the legendary Kaiserkeller club. But don’t be fooled by the apparent lack of glamour because that comes from the guests themselves. For the space of three minutes, everyone has the chance to demonstrate (what they consider to be) their most beautiful singing. Up to 200 visitors come here to party on weekends and the atmosphere is always fantastic.

    Waterkant VW bus tours

    Hongkongstraße 5
    20457 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel.: +49 40 30373437
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    Wanterkant’s five retro VW minibuses don’t just each have a name, they also have personalities of their own. Jolante, for instance, a T3 built in 1986, is reputedly a “real goer.” These character vehicles can take up to eight people on a variety of themed tours of Hamburg and the surrounding area lasting between two and six hours. Well worth trying is the Geheimtipp tour, on which even locals can discover something new, such as industrial monuments south of the Elbe, a honey factory and Hamburg’s very first urban farm.

    Kunsthalle Hamburg

    Glockengießerwall 5
    20095 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel.: +49 40-428131-200
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    Open: Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun 10:00 – 18:00, Thu 10:00 – 21:00

    The three buildings containing Hamburg’s largest art collection enjoy a top location between the Alster Lake and the city’s main train station, Hauptbahnhof. Like the collection, the architectural ensemble of red brick building, rotunda and cube also brings tradition and modernity together. As well as the over 700 works from eight centuries permanently on display here, the art museum also hosts first-rate special exhibitions. If an elegant atmosphere – and a fine view over the Binnenalster lake – sound inviting, you can always pay a visit to The Cube, the restaurant in the contemporary art section, Galerie der Gegenwart, (without visiting the museum).

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    Water art on the Elbe River

    The sand filtration plant on Kaltehofe island in the Elbe River (wasserkunst-hamburg.de) supplied the people of Hamburg with clean drinking water for some 100 years. The plant closed at the end of 1990, but 20 of its 22 basins have been preserved as an industrial monument. Now Villa Kaltehofe houses a museum documenting the history of the plant and Hamburg’s fountains, as well as a café. The greater part of the island is a nature reserve. A nature discovery path provides information about the flora and fauna. A visit is best combined with a cycle tour from S-Bahn train station Rothenburgsort to Dove-Elbe – alternatively, you could take the boat from Landungsbrücke 10 (Sundays only).

    Kaltehofe island in the Elbe River
    Kaltehofe-Hauptdeich 6-7
    20539 Hamburg
    Germany

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    Restaurants in Hamburg

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    Dining in true Hamburg style means eating fish, of course. But beyond that, the city offers an amazing selection of restaurants serving German and international cuisine, too.

    Many can be found in St. Pauli and down by the harbor, as well as in the Schanzenviertel, Ottensen and Eimsbüttel districts, which are home to many novel restaurants with eclectic menus.

    Haerlin

    Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14
    20354 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Luxurious

    Christoph Rüffer has been head chef at the venerable Vier Jahreszeiten hotel on the Binnenalster lake since 2002. His seasonal menus featuring inventively combined flavors and surprising textures have earned him two Michelin stars (2018). The hotel’s own elegant Art Déco Jahreszeiten-Grill restaurant and the Peruvian-Japanese Nikkei Nine are equally excellent.

    Marseille

    Große Elbstraße 164
    22767 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Luxurious

    Marseille is one of Hamburg’s partner cities, and this restaurant specializes in Mediterranean – and especially Provencal – fish dishes. The bouillabaisse, which comes in a number of variations – and accommodatingly also as a starter – definitely deserves a recommendation. The meat dishes are also excellent.

    Broscheks Restaurant

    Große Bleichen
    20354 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Centrally located at the Renaissance Hamburg Hotel, close to the main shopping streets and malls, Broscheks Restaurant serves North German dishes with a French twist.

    Neni

    Osakaallee 12
    20457 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Hamburg’s Hafencity holds a number of attractions, and this modern, informal restaurant is one of them. The menu includes typical Eastern Mediterranean dishes with the creative addition of North German elements.

    Bok

    Schulterblatt 3
    20357 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Budget

    The first Bok opened as a sushi snack bar in 1989, and today there are six branches in Hamburg. This one is located in the colorful Schanzenviertel neighborhood. Bok serves mostly Korean dishes, but sushi is also on the menu.

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    Hotels in Hamburg

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    Hamburg has an excellent selection of hotels, from blow-the-budget, five-star wonders to cosy, locally-owned pensions.

    You’ll also find an array of decent, affordable business hotels if you want something in between.

    Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

    Neuer Jungfernstieg 9 - 14
    20354 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Luxurious

    This opulent grand hotel occupies a prime downtown location beside the Alster lake. Its 156 rooms and suites underwent extensive refurbishment in 2015 to emerge elegantly resplendent. The hotel has three restaurants that cater to guests’ differing tastes: the Michelin-starred Haerlin restaurant, the grill restaurant and the Peruvian-Japanese Nikkei Nine.

    East

    Simon-von-Utrecht-Straße 31
    20359 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Luxurious

    This superior design hotel is located on a street running parallel to the Reeperbahn in the St. Pauli party district. The subdued colors of its luxurious interior contrast perfectly with the hurly-burly on the doorstep.

    The George

    Barcastraße 3
    22087 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    There’s a great view of the Alster lake and downtown Hamburg with the spires of Hamburg’s principal churches from every room and especially from the roof terrace of this smart design hotel in the St. Georg district, near the main train station, Hauptbahnhof, the Kunsthalle art museum and the Schauspielhaus theater.

    25 Hours Hotel Hafencity

    Überseeallee 5
    20457 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    This stylish design hotel close to the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in the Hafencity district has a fittingly maritime theme, so it doesn’t have “rooms” – it has cabins.

    Superbude Sankt Pauli

    Juliusstraße 1-7
    22769 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Budget

    The accommodation at this hostel-style, 89-room hotel is perfectly fine but not luxurious. The atmosphere is laid back, and the location in the Schanzenviertel district, ideal for extensive forays into Hamburg’s nightlife scene. There’s a second Superbude in St. Georg, close to Hauptbahnhof, the main train station.

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    Nightlife in Hamburg

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    St. Pauli nightlife is legendary. Home to many music clubs, bars and the red-light district, the area around the Reeperbahn really comes to life after dark,

    but there’s also plenty to keep visitors entertained at the end of the day in the Schanzenviertel, St. Georg and Ottensen neighborhoods.

    Clouds Heaven’s Nest

    Reeperbahn 1
    22761 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Their artful, curved silhouette earned the high-rise blocks at the eastern end of the Reeperbahn their name, the “dancing towers.” One of Hamburg’s most exclusive clubs occupies their all-glass, 360° roof terrace, from which you can see right across the Elbe River, down into the harbor and over to the Michel – officially St. Michael’s Church, one of the city’s main landmarks. The Clouds also has a restaurant and a bar

    Fabrik

    Barnerstraße 36
    22765 Hamburg
    Germany
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    A cultural centre hosting gigs and theatre in a converted machine parts factory.

    Frau Hedis Tanzcafé

    Bei den Sankt Pauli Landungsbrücken
    Brücke 10
    22767 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Frau Hedis Tanzcafé takes place on board a motor launch that gently plows the waves in Hamburg harbor. The boat ties up once an hour for guests to alight and board. In between, the music laid on by live performers or a DJ comes complete with a fine view of the harbor.

    Kaiserkeller

    Große Freiheit 36
    20359 Hamburg
    Germany
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    The Beatles played here regularly in the early 1960s and today this venue hosts major international bands.

    Übel & Gefährlich

    Feldstraße 66
    20359 Hamburg
    Germany
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    An institution on the Hamburg music scene, this club stages an eclectic program spanning almost everything from swing concerts to techno parties. But possibly the most exceptional thing about Übel & Gefährlich is its location on the top floor of the former flak tower on Heiligengeistfeld. Make sure to visit the roof terrace in summer for a fantastic view out over the city.

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    Calendar of events

    Hamburger Dom

    November 2018, March, June and November 2019
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    Venue: Heiligengeistfeld, just off the Reeperbahn, St Pauli

    With carousels, a big-wheel, booths and stalls, as well as hi-tech white-knuckle rides, Hamburger Dom is the largest fair in northern Germany with plenty on offer for all to enjoy. The fair comes to town for a full month three times a year.

    Haspa Marathon Hamburg

    28 April 2019
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    Venue: Along Elbe River and Alster Lake

    This popular race in Hamburg is well attended yearly by nearly a million spectators and a mass of participants, both professional and amateurs alike. Much of what makes this race such a draw each April or May is the largely flat and incredibly scenic course, running in part along the side of the Elbe River and the edge of Alster Lake.

    Hafengeburtstag Hamburg (Port anniversary)

    10 – 12 May 2019
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    Venue: Around Hamburg harbour

    This is the big annual celebration of Hamburg, its status as a free port since 1189 and its maritime tradition, all rolled into a kind of citywide birthday party. Centred around the harbour, this event has become the world’s largest port festival and is marked out on the water with the arrival of all manner of historic vessels; tall ships, frigates and steamboats come from as far afield as Spain and the USA to participate. This festival has been going strong for over 800 years and is still a favourite in the calendar with locals and visitors alike.

    Elbjazz

    May 31 and June 1, 2019
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    Venue: Hamburg harbor front

    Elbjazz is a two-day international show program of some 50 events featuring all styles of jazz and related genres staged at open-air and indoor venues against the backdrop of Hamburg harbor. Since 2017, the Elbphilharmonie has been one of the festival’s venues.

    Reeperbahn Festival

    September 2019
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    Venue: Cafés, bars and clubs in St Pauli.

    Hamburg’s most salacious area, once known commonly as ‘The Wicked Mile’, must be one of the few red-light districts in the world to host its own annual festival. Nevertheless, since its inception in 2005, this music festival has been going from strength to strength, using the profusion of cafés, bars and clubs in the area to showcase nearly 400 different up-and-coming new music acts. This event is proving so popular amongst locals and visitors (and industry insiders) that capacity has recently been increased to 30,000.

    New Year’s fireworks in Hamburg harbor

    December 31, 2018
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    Venue: Hamburg harbor front

    The New Year’s firework extravaganza on December 31 looks fantastic from the Landungsbrücken landing stages, but the heated cabin of a comfortable passenger ship is a far more pleasant place to enjoy the spectacle. One way or the other, the fireworks, accompanied by the hooting of the big ships’ horns, make an impressive start to the New Year.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code:+49

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Hamburg

    Key Areas

    Hamburg has excellent shopping opportunities not only downtown but also in almost all districts. The main ones in the city are on Jungfernstieg, in the Alsterarkaden shopping arcade, and on Mönckebergstraße and Spitaler Straße because that’s where the major department stores and the flagship stores of international brands can be found. The boutiques on Große Bleichen and Neuer Wall are the place to head for chic fashion labels, while the Sternschanze and Karolinenviertel neighborhoods tend to specialize in offbeat and vintage styles. On Ottenser Hauptstraße (Altona) and Osterstraße (Eimsbüttel), there are stores supplying daily needs and – for breaks in between – plenty of cafés and bars.

    Markets

    Farmers’ and organic markets selling regional produce and delicatessen products are held several times a week and in nearly all districts. Likely the most famous of all, however, is the Hamburg fish market (Große Elbstraße 137), which takes place every Sunday from 5:30 through 9:30 a.m. True to its name, it does sell fish, but other foods and flowers are also sold and auctioned off there.

    Shopping Center

    Hamburger Hof, Hanse-Viertel and Kaiser-Galerie along Große Bleichen are all luxury shopping malls featuring equally luxurious cafés and restaurants. The stores of a variety of high-end manufacturers have come together under one roof at Levantehaus, a former office building on Mönckebergstraße, while in the new Überseequartier neighborhood of Hafencity, there’s modern architecture to be found as well as a number of trendy fashion and home accessory stores.

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    Climate and best time to visit Hamburg

    Hamburg is an attractive tourist destination any time of year. May is a particularly popular month in the spring because that’s when the port of Hamburg celebrates birthday with the great Hafengeburtstag festival along the harbor waterfront. In the summer months, an extensive program of cultural and sports events draws the crowds, while in late summer and the fall, the city hosts several trade fairs and music festivals, including the Reeperbahn and Elbjazz Festivals. Winter is the season to make the most of Hamburg’s luxury shopping opportunities, and take in a concert – perhaps at the new Elbphilharmonie – or a play, for instance at the Schauspielhaus, Germany’s largest theater. Added to all of these, the city’s museums offer a wide selection of exhibitions all year round.

    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital is at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and they certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend much of their time outdoors. However, the spring and fall shoulder seasons also hold real attractions for those who want the promise of decent weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness “slow” periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when big trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary in Germany, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting, such as “guten Tag” (or “grüß Gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf Wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theater, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified, on public transportation and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German products as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being high in fat). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally has the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: Use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn over a long distance. Ideally, footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, make sure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe an umbrella, too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travelers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of consuming too much alcohol. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beers have ABV levels of as much as 6 or 7% and should therefore be treated with respect.

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    My Hamburg

    My personal tip for a romantic dinner in a very special atmosphere is the Cuneo on Davidstraße. It was the first Italian restaurant ever to open in Hamburg, and its location just off the Reeperbahn also makes the Cuneo the ideal starting point for a weekend tour of the local nightspots. A night out on the Reeperbahn is always something special because it has some of the city’s trendiest clubs and bars.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Hamburg has a peerless public transport system. Its underground (U-Bahn), trains (S-Bahn), buses, and ferry services are run by the Hamburg Transport Association (hvv.de). Tickets work across all forms of transport. Get a Hamburg Card, for one, three or five days and you’ll get discounts at key sights and on city tours.

    Taxis

    Cream-coloured cabs can easily be found throughout the city, either driving around or at taxi ranks marked by green posts. You can also call a car. Good services include Hansa Taxi (tel. +49-40-21 12 11) and Taxi Hamburg (tel. +40-40/66 66 66).

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