You will find figures of a water carrier throughout the city of Hamburg.
There is a story to it that I would like to share with you and that explains where the famous Hamburg greeting Hummel, Hummel - Mors, Mors comes from!!:
The story goes back to the water carrier Johann Wilhelm Bentz who lived from 1787 to 1854. He was a pretty evil tempered man who lived in the same appartment that previously the charming soldier Daniel Christian Hummel had lived in. And this man had been very popular with the kids in the neighborhood.
Those neighborhood kids missed Hummel and in order to get the bad tempered water carrier angry they would shout: "Hummel, Hummel" in his direction. Well, with 30 liters on his shoulders he could not really do anything but shout "Mors, Mors" in their direction, which is Low German and means a**, a** ............
And that is how this Hanseatic "greeting" came about!
Seal Station in Friedrichskoog
80 km northwest of Hamburg is the little town of Friedrichskoog. This seaside resort is famous for its sandy beaches and for the "Heulerstation" (Seal Station). Here you can see seals growing up and a museum of them.
The HVV which is Hamburgs public transportation system is quite impressive. I think it is second only to London's. Using the buses, S and U-bahns, as well as the Regional trains you can reach almost anywhere you want to go in and around Hamburg.
A "Grossbereich" ticket can take you up to Ahrensburg, Prisdorf, Wedel etc. and if you purchasse one for the "Gesamtbereich" you can go even farther such as Lüneburg, Stade, Elmshorn and many other cities and towns in Niedersachsen and Schleswig-Holstein.
If you like staying out late and heading to the Reeperbahn there are night buses that will get you back home or to your hotel.
All in all excellent and compared to places like Tampa, Florida it is a dream come true.
Formal Italian Charm
Sleek and elegant "design hotel" ambiance with a pleasant maitre'd. Simple, but wonderful interior restoration of the old Altona gaswork factory where the restaurant resides. In summer take advantage of the weather and enjoy your lunch or dinner on the wooden terrace in front, shrubbed to give you a feeling of comfort and privacy For what the restaurant lacks in physical location it makes up with a competent staff and fine attention to detail in aesthetics and lovely food presentation.
The only instance where one would find dissatisfaction with the restaurant would be the 18 Euro chicken entree; somehow the chef completely missed the mark with this dish, and though the presentation was fantastic, & the vegatable accompaniment tasty enough, the 1/4-1/2 chicken that showed up on my guest's plate was dry as a newly bought kitchen towel ! Unfortunately I am compelled to admit that I've had tastier, juicier chicken for 2 Euros at corner Turkish diners strewn throughout Hamburg....and can only say that from a menu of complete hits at Da Caio, the roast chicken should be avoided at all costs. Beyond that, expect to have a quiet, elegant, and satisfying dining experience (!). On arrival you will be presented with a tiny dish of Italian crisp breads, first quality proscuitto, and a touch of the finest grade of olive oil while you peruse the menu. Our table took an assortment of appetizers, all succulent, all delicious. After we each settled on a fish, pasta, lamb, and chicken diish respectively and were all satisfied ---except for the chicken. Appetizers are from 9-14 Euro, and entrees from 15-22 Euro. The average meal was about 35 Euro with one glass of wine per person, and a shared bottle of mineral water for the table.
Early Start/Late Night, It's the Fischmarkt!!!
Unmissable experience this one, unique.
We went along at about 05.30am to be confronted by masses of people milling about a huge continental market with literally hundreds of stalls, selling all kinds of stuff, from fresh produce, to tacky souveniers, to clothes, and even some Fish.
Although mostly outside it's centred around a hall which i assume used to be the original Fish Market, in the hall food vendors do a roaring trade dishing out Fruhstuck(Breakfast) to a lively crowd, some still tanking gallons of beer from the previous nights partying.
There are stages at either end of this hall where bands/musicians belt out songs to the masses, who show their pleasure by dancing around like dafties, quality stuff.
Apparently its all finished by 10am, some old tradition for not letting the fish market get in the way of attending church. We had to head at about 8am to catch our flight home though.