-Rent a bike and cycle around...
-Rent a bike and cycle around the Aussenalster or along the Alstertal eg. from Ohlsdorf to Poppenbüttel. It is very green with parcs and nice places for some picknick.
-Get to Altona and walk to the Museums-Hafen in Övelgönne. There are some old ships to view and the walk from Övelgönne to Teufelsbrück is very nice along the river. You can take the bus back from Teufelsbrück to Altona. On the way there are some cafe's where you can sit outside and have a coffee or an icecream.
-Visit Blankenese the part of the city where houses are build along the river on the hill. In former times the captains familys lived there.
-Make a bike tour im 'Alten Land' where the fruit plantages are.
Best time will be during fruit blossom in spring. You can take the ferry from Landungsbrücken to Finkenwerder and bike on the dike or between the fruit trees.
In the summer you can pass Cranz and Jork until to the Lühe. There is a ferry back to Schulau/Wedel the northern side of the river.
The picture shows part of the Speicherstadt (Warehouse District)
Lübeck - Travemünde, it is a...
Lübeck - Travemünde, it is a little town at the baltic sea north of Hamburg. At Travemünde you can take a ferry to Skandinavia. In the harbour you can buy fresh fish from little fishing boats. Also you can go to the beach,have a look at the nice old houses or play in the casino. There is a lot of life in summer at weekends, because many people from Hamburg go there.
Near Travemünde there is Timmendorf, a famous town for the rich. There you can see many very expensive houses. It is also great in summer.
Hamburg card or not?
On a recent trip. my girlfriend and i were debating buying Hamburg Cards. After a bit of a stroll on the first evening (we were staying near the Hauptbanhof Sud) we decided that it was not really necessary. If you are reasonably active and staying near the centre, virtually eveything is within walking distance.
Obviously, if you are staying in the suburbs, or have to go there a lot, the card would make sense.
Affordable Steak at Haupbahnhof Central Station
Blockhouses follows the American tradition of "casual themed dining chain" that will remind you maybe of Ruby Tuesdays, TGIF's, or (the now socially extinct?) York Steak House.
Though it's informal and cookie cutter in style and appearnace, what makes this restaurant special is the fact that it is one of the few places you can get a tender steak in Germany for less than the cost of an airline ticket.
The menu is safe, standard, American style steak-centered food and very filling. Best enjoyed with a beer or fruity cocktail. They also offer two daily lunch specials from 6,50-6,90 Euro each. At Blockhouse, you will be able to safely find an assortment of soup, salads, steaks, and burgers. Other American favorites would include barbecue ribs and grilled chicken breast. All steak entrees are served with an appetizer salad, and a side of baked potato with sour cream & garlic bread.
After all the steak offerings, my favorite picks are:
Appetizer: Rucola Tomato Salad or Carpaccio
Soup: French Onion
Sides: Brasserie Spinach, Musrooms in Cream Sauce, or Sauteed Vegetables
Salads: Salat Romana or Turkey Ceasar
Entrees: Salmon (Fjord Lachs) w/ lemon, finely spiced spinach& potato gratin, or New Zealand Lamb
Dessert: Hamburger Rote Grutze- a native Hamburg specialty of ultra light vanilla custard w/ rasberry sauce
View of Airbus from Blankenese
You can have a look of AIRBUS (factory?) from the beach of Blankenese. Its here the final finishing of any Airbus takes place. So next time if you are inside a flight and its a Airbus then you could remember this Blankanese trip! :)