Ham­burg

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The city of Ham­burg is lo­cated in the north­ern part of Ger­many just on the Elbe River and near the Baltic sea. It’s eas­ily the coun­try’s largest port and com­mer­cial cen­tre, and one of the busiest and largest in Europe and the ninth largest in the world. Ham­burg is the next high­est pop­u­lated city af­ter Berlin. The peo­ple of Ham­burg have con­sis­tently main­tained its in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter­is­tic cul­ture.

The city has over time kept its cul­ture undi­luted and true to its self in these times of vast stan­dard­iza­tion. Ham­burg is home to ap­prox­i­mately 1.8 mil­lion peo­ple. The of­fi­cial name for Ham­burg is the Free and Hanseatic city of Ham­burg, in Ger­man, Freie und Hans­es­tadt Ham­burg.

If you find your­self with a bit of spare time on a busi­ness trip or are vis­it­ing Ham­burg on a va­ca­tion, check out some of these cool places around town.

POSH AND PROPER - THE CITY CEN­TER

Ham­burg has a very im­pres­sive ros­ter of high-street shops in the cen­ter of town and is re­garded as a bit of a shop­ping mecca in North­ern Europe. The city is quite wealthy and the se­lec­tion of shops in this area (plus the prices within) are re­flec­tive of this. Ham­burg’s elite classes are fans of dis­creet lux­ury and tend to fa­vor con­ser­va­tive and un­der­stated fash­ions, plac­ing high value on qual­ity.

SPEICHERSTADT

The Speicherstadt houses the world’s largest ware­house com­plex and is lo­cated in the port of Ham­burg within the Hafen City quar­ter. A city in it­self, the dis­trict ex­tends over 26 hectares and com­prises of 17 build­ing com­plexes, each seven to eight sto­ries high, with more than 300,000 square me­ters of stor­age area. These ware­houses have held high- value goods such as co­coa, cof­fee, tea, spices, mar­itime equip­ment and elec­tron­ics. The build­ings are lit­er­ally stand­ing on tim­ber pile foun­da­tions. Wa­ter­ways and bridges func­tioned as of­fices. It was built in 1883 five years be­fore Ham­burg re­ceived its port. Op­por­tu­ni­ties to see one of the world’s great­est landmarks should def­i­nitely not be over­looked.

JUNGFERNSTIEG

Start at the Jungfernstieg Ap­ple Store and walk away from the Al­ster (big lake) down Neuer Wall. This street has all your typ­i­cal high-street out­lets like Tif­fany, BVLGARI, Cartier, Gucci, Luis Vuit­ton and Her­mes. Turn right onto Post Bridge to find less ex­pen­sive op­tions like H&M, Zara, ESPRIT or Aber­crom­bie.

If the weather isn’t great, you can just pop into Al­ster­haus (right next to the Ap­ple store). This five-level de­part­ment store has all the fancy brands you could want in one place. If all that cash-splash­ing makes you thirsty, just take the escalators up to the top floor. There you’ll find “More Than Cham­pagne,” a 100-square-me­ter lounge fully stocked with high-end bub­bles and wine. Ooh la-la.

STADTPARK

Win­ter­hude is the per­fect area to get unique home dé­cor, gifts, or a one-of-a-kind fash­ion ac­ces­sory. The ar­chi­tec­ture of the grand old houses and build­ings are a feast for the eyes here, and the Stadtpark (mean­ing city-park) is also in the neigh­bor­hood. Ham­burg’s an­swer to Cen­tral Park, the Stadtpark is sim­ply gor­geous and great for a long walk or bike ride. In fair weather peo­ple sit on blan­kets by the lake here and grill or en­joy a bot­tle of wine.

In Stadtpark you’ll find a tall and old-look­ing build­ing that is ac­tu­ally a plan­e­tar­ium. For a few Euros you can take the el­e­va­tor up to the top and get an amaz­ing view of the city.

BLANKENESE TREPPENVIERTEL

This used to be a vil­lage in fact best known for fish­ing lo­cated on the West of Ham­burg just on the Elbe. It’s now a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for the wealthy and in­flu­en­tial cit­i­zens of Ham­burg. It’s made pop­u­lar for hav­ing one of the most beau­ti­ful hik­ing trails start­ing from the banks of the Eble River. It has a Mediter­ranean feel to it, with an al­most fairy tale like land­scape cas­cad­ing the houses that are closely knit to­gether in ad­di­tion to the wind­ing stairs that seem to go on for­ever. It’s sim­ply a great place to take a walk with a price­less view of the Elbe as it flows out of Ham­burg. It’s serene and your visit to Ham­burg would be in­com­plete with­out dis­cov­er­ing the Blankenese.

STERNSCHANZE

The Sternschanze is the “hip” dis­trict in Ham­burg and is a short walk from the Messe und Congress Cen­ter. This bor­ough of the city is a pop­u­lar haunt for artists and stu­dents and gen­er­ally cool peo­ple.

There is a healthy sup­ply of quirky shops, art stu­dios and small cafes here, plus res­tau­rants and bars to visit for a strong cof­fee or drink and maybe some shisha. Most bars and cafes have pic­nic-ta­ble style seat­ing out front where you can get cozy with your friends and neigh­bors and watch life pass by on the streets. On a warm evening this laid-back area is very pop­u­lar place to go and can get pretty crowded, so get there early to score a good ta­ble some­where.

Most es­tab­lish­ments have a re­ally long happy-hour, where cock­tails can be as cheap as half price. Try the lo­cal beer As­tra or ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite cock­tail called Hugo.

HATE HARRY RESTAU­RANT & KLEINES JA­COB

Start at Hate Harry (Beim Grü­nen Jäger

21, 20359 Ham­burg) for din­ner be­fore a walk down Shul­terblatt and around the rest of the area. Also check out De­sign & Art (Stern­strasse 83, 20357 Ham­burg) to get some amaz­ing and provoca­tive pho­to­graphic prints of the city.

This is one of the amaz­ing places in Ham­burg that you should cer­tainly visit if you love to ex­pe­ri­ence new tastes and are par­tial to great wines. The chef of the wine bar restau­rant, spe­cial­izes in giv­ing sim­ple dishes a mag­i­cal touch that makes them ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. The KleinesJa­cob wine bistro and bar also has a large col­lec­tion of wines from all of Ger­many and Aus­tria. The wine on the menu is changed ev­ery four months de­pend­ing on the re­gion the wine is im­ported from. Due to the prac­tice of chang­ing wine selections, pa­trons are given the op­por­tu­nity of tast­ing var­i­ous wines from dif­fer­ent re­gions at spe­cific times of the year. The warm dé­cor and cozy am­bi­ence makes it im­pos­si­ble to want to leave in a hurry. The staff is highly knowl­edge­able, be­ing young wine grow­ers and they are as ef­fi­cient as they are friendly. Over­all, the ex­pe­ri­ence is one you must not pass up if you are ever in Ham­burg.

RAIN­BOW DIS­TRICT - LANGE REIHE

This place is not ac­tu­ally called the Rain­bow dis­trict, I made that up. But, ev­ery big city has an area that is fa­vorite by mem­bers of the LGBT com­mu­nity and Ham­burg is no dif­fer­ent. I’m happy to re­port that just like in a lot of big cities, this area is su­per-vi­brant in Ham­burg and a lot of fun to go out in.

Lange Reihe is a street start­ing right next to the cen­tral train sta­tion (Haupt­bahn­hof). It prob­a­bly has the best and most di­verse con­cen­tra­tion of res­tau­rants in town, and is home to my new fa­vorite place called Hans im Gluck. This restau­rant has is packed all week, but you shouldn’t wait more than 15 min­utes for a ta­ble. The am­bi­ence is in­cred­i­ble, the ser­vice is friendly, the crowd is at­trac­tive and there’s a huge se­lec­tion of imag­i­na­tive Ham­burg­ers (no pun in­tended) for meat eaters and veg­e­tar­i­ans alike. Best part? It’s to­tally af­ford­able.

Ham­burg has a long and proud sea­far­ing his­tory. Lo­cal artist Re­belzer to­tally chan­nels this at­ti­tude into his awe­some art so visit his stu­dio at Hein-Hoyer-Straße 47. Also, drink­ing in the street is le­gal here, so if you want to save some money, just pop into a con­ve­nience store and grab a canned beer to drink as you stroll around.

The Al­ster ferry boats on the Jungfernstieg. The Jungfernstieg is an ur­ban prom­e­nade in Ham­burg, Ger­many. It is the city’s fore­most boule­vard.

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