Mexican Ball Game: Pok ta Pok
Pok ta Pok is the game the ancient Mayans played in the famous Ballcourt. It is a sportive game, where a ball has to be send through a ring in the wall, using only elbows and hips. It was a game connected with worshipping the gods. Scientists today are not sure, whether the winning team was sacrificed to the gods or the loosers after the game. The name comes from the noice the ball makes when the ball bounces against the wall.
We had the great oppotunity to watch this colorful game on Rathausmarkt in the center of Hamburg in Apil 2006.
Pleasant Shopping In The City's Center
Pleasant mall style shopping in the center of Hamburg's exclusive Neuestadt neighborhood, right next to the Alster Lake and Alster Pavillion on Jungfernstieg.
Operating Hours for Shopping Mall:
Mon-Weds, + Sat. 10am-8pm
Thurs + Fri 10am-10pm
Operating hours for Gastronomie:
Mon-Sat 9am-11pm A general sampling of shops to keep your eyes open for:
Sasch ( trendy Italian casual street fashion boutique, based in Florence)
Steiff Kids Fashion & More
Build A Bear
Das Keline Konigreich
SHOES & ACCESORIES---
Bianco (trend conscious shoes from Italian based shoe chain)
Street Super Shoes (discount shoes)
BOOKS, CRAFT & FINE STATONARY---
GIFTS & HOME LIFESTYLE---
WMF (fine kitchen and servingwear)
FOOD & GOURMET---
Reformhaus Bacher (organic health foods and bakery)
Tchibo ( pastry & fine coffee shop with it's own signature line of lifestyle products and gifts)
RESTAURANT & CAFE
Yin & Yang (Japanese)
Punto Medio (Mediterranean & Italian)
Cha Cha Postive Eating ( trendy Thai casual kitchen )
Ballyn Bakery (Bagels, cakes, pastries & soups)
From soup to nuts, from smoothies to falaffel, the underground food court is an attractive environment spanning a large area with tasty choices including Becks Sports Bar, Indian, Portuguese, Lebanese, Italian bistro, Chinese, German Regional offerings and others. Being that it's a shopping center in an upscale area, yet with a wide range of shops, the prices range from quite average to above average in price. Shops like Kipling and the WMF home store would be considered the pricer shops there, although there are certainly a few others.
If you want to see the...
If you want to see the vicinites you better buy a Niedersachsen or Schleswieg-Holstein pass. It's 40DM for 5 persons anywhere in that certain bundesland for the whole day. And the conductors are funny.
The lifeline of Hamburg, the city owes its existance to the river Elbe which is navigable still here, and for huge ships at that. Walking along the quays can keep you busy for a day as there is so much to look at, ships to visit and boat tours to make. The latter is particularly good if you want to learn more about the history of the harbour.
The St. Pauli jetties
The St. Pauli jetties
There are some cool ships down here that you can board and view as 'floating museums.' Along with the historical merits of the area, you'll also benefit by getting a feel for the reality that Hamburg is still a thriving port along the Elbe.