JULY-AUGUST: Duckstein Food and Music Festival
The annual 10 day, 3 city festival presented by Duckstein Beer corporation celebrating art,culture, and cuisine. The weekend features full days of music concerts from acclaimed local and national music acts, as well as other stages featuring performance artists, comedy, acrobats, and children's activities. Artisans and the city's most popular restaurants set up kiosks selling everything from gemstone jewelry, to exotic food from around the globe. There is also, of course, plenty of wine and sekt dealers present, and an abundance of Duckstein Beer.
Vintage Shopping on the Cheap!
For fashion lovers who LIVE for vintage clothes, Kleidermarkt is an age-old institution amongst Hamburg's young, flighty, and fashionable, and rarely fails to disappoint. If you're the type of person who takes your fashion inspiration not only (or not necessarily)from magazines, but from your own sense of fashion history and style, this is the vintage store for you. Kleidermarkt has clothing from eras ranging from the 1960's to present day, and is partcularly strong in dresses, and coats for both men and women. The shops are well organized, separated not only clothing catagory, but also by color. So you won't have to spend a lot of time searching for a mens printed summer shirt or a ladies short black dress.
Normal operating hours from 10am-7pm Mon to Friday. The strongest departments in kleidermarkt stores are for coats, women's skirts and dresses, women's hats, and men's shirts. It's the kind of store where you can watch a vintage tv show, get an idea for a dress or men's coat you'd like to have, then you could stop at any one of the Kleidermarkts around town and would have about a 70% chance of finding what inspired you.
***Kleidermarkt Locations with The Best Merchandise Selections****
Max Brauer Allee 174
(from Altona Bahnhof), Bus #20-S Rubenkamp, or #115- Alsterchausee, or #283-Lagenfelder Damm "Max-Brauer-Allee(mitte)"
Nuer Kamp 23
Bus #3-Rathaus or Bahn U3 to "Feldstrasse", directly across the street from the exit on the corner of Neuer Kamp & Sternstrasse
3. Kleidermarkt Grosseberstrasse
Altona Bahnhof, exit Grossebergstrasse to pedestrian shopping walkway, walk approx. 1 block down Grossebergstrasse, Kleidermarkt is on the left. Items start from 3 euro for vintage hats and shirts to about 50 euro for vintage for leather coats. On average you can go into Kleidermarkt with 15 euro and come out with something (or several things) that you really like.
a free Hafenrundfahrt with your Hamburg-Card
The public transportation-system of Hamburg includes also a few shipping-lines and that way all holders of a Hamburg-card or other day-tickets could save a lot of money, as they will not need to go on a regular Hafenrundfahrt) and still explore some interesting parts of Hamburger Hafen (port).
My favorite line was #62, leaving every 15 minutes at St.Pauli Landungsbruecken and taking you through the port along the river Elbe to Oevelgoenne and finally to Finkenwerder at the south-bank of the Elbe.
The total cruise to Finkenwerder takes about 35 minutes, and when you calculate a bit in advance, you could even make such a tour in the right moment, when big cruise-liners are sailing through the port of Hamburg, because these small ships will not change their itinerary...
besides #62 there is also #61 taking you from Landungsbruecken to Kohlbrandbruecke
#73 and #75 will take you through different parts of the industrial port
Otto Von Bismark
This massive statue was built in honour of Otto Von Bismark, who seems to ahve unified germany in the 19th Century. It was erected in the early 20th Century. He was apparently a very popular ruler, except among Catholics (as I found out from Aga) due to the Kulturkampf program.
The statue is still in good condition, though as with everything else these days, the lower reaches are adorned with grafitti.
St. Ansgar at Trostbrücke
This bridge dates back to the 9th century and is the oldest of Hamburg. It has been remodeled several times. Today's bridge was constructed in 1881 and features statues like the one of St Ansgar, archbishop of the city in 9th century.