Go to the Reeperbahn, that old...
Go to the Reeperbahn, that old red light district. You will see all those old places where the Beatles played, the Kaiserkeller (now Grosse Freiheit 36, a strip club) and all the others. Visiting the harbour. No, nothing like that. It just reminded me of Liverpool, and made me think that when the Beatles came here, they must have though, these Germans, who we fought a war with like, they aint any different from us, eh john, and i bet john said, eh paul, what you talking about, they speak german, like, and i bet paul went, who you callin a puff, and john goes, you, and paul comes, com' on then, and george jumps in and goes, com ed lads, CALM DOWN, calm down, and they go, who you tellin to calm down, arrison, you dont go India for another six years or so!
Visit the tremendous Miniature Railway Land .
Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg...
Miniature wonderland Hamburg...
im Kultur & Gewerbespeicher / Speicherstadt
Kehrwieder 2 Block D, 20457 Hamburg
If you are interested in miniature railways and special effects, then the "Miniatur Wunderland" is a must for you.
I am going on to translate the hompage for you during the next weeks, I`ll promise.
In the summertime...
It is strange that there are no real must-go-restaurants or bar directly at the harbour. Even if it is that tourist attraction of Hamburg... Except this one: Strand Pauli is a cute little beach club next to the Landungsbrücken. You walk down right hand after leaving the bridge to the harbour after leaving the Underground station and walk all the way down. There is one kiosk "Hans" where you get really good "Currywurst" (sausage with curry ketchup - a popular German fast food, and also they have good "Fischbrötchen" - hamburgers with fish). But the beer or the sundowner you will find at that cozy place (if it is warm...). At the end of the walkway by the water you get up a ramp, turn left, and there are some wooden fences, the area does not look inviting, there is one pink little hut and there you'll find the entrance to the carribean looking place;-) I love the chill-out music there, you also get pizza and some snacks and you enjoy a nice view on the big ships crossing by. If you are lucky you'll get a beach chair.... or just sit down in the sand. ´
There are also some other beach clubs shortly before Fischmarkt but I just had a glimpse at them and did not like them. Too cool and too hip... I love the first and original one much better;-)
Here is the link for some impression:
Chic, inexpensive cafe near Speicherstadt
I was very pleased with my discovery of Casia, an elegant and reasonable cafe just across the Brooksbrücke with excellent views of the Zollkanal and the tall red warehouses on the island. A cappuccino and a bagel sandwich was 6 euros. Maybe in the tourist season the place is packed, but when I was there it seems like a hidden gem.
The town hall of Hamburg is a very pretty building, which is well worth a visit. If you walk to the sides of the building, you can enter the inner courtyard, which has a nice fountain. It is also possible to enter the building, but to be honest I never tried...
Troughout the year there are a lot of festivals and events going on in front of the town hall. Check the homepage of the city to see what's on while you're there. (http://international.hamburg.de/?ok=18338 in english)
I especially like the location of the town hall. It is in the middle of the two most popular shopping streets in the city center: the Mönckebergstrasse and the Jungfernstieg.