Useful Information, Hamburg
Favorite thing: Hamburg seems to have more rain and storms than Hannover. from the near North Sea come many strong winds and rain. The window of our living room is to the West. We have aview over Hamburg and we always see the weather coming. The clouds and the sunsets are very impressive.
Favorite thing: Well, we won't have a white Christmas this year (2004). Just recently I have read in a newspaper, that only one year out of ten brings a white christmas in Hamburg. Must be the oceanic climate. In 2005/2006 we had the longest winter, that I can remember with lots of snow and about 5 cold and dark months.
Favorite thing: Hamburg, one of the oldest German trading and commercial cities is host to 90 foreign consulates. The city also has one of the highest concentrations of Asian companies of any European metropolitan area. During the past 20 years Hamburg has also become a centre for medical and biotechnology companies.
Hamburg's weather has a real bad reputation: it is said that it seems to always rain in Hamburg!!
This is not true
Statistically it does not rain more in Hamburg than in any other city in Germany (which you can see in terms of liters per m²), BUT in Hamburg you do have more hours with slight rain, whereas in other German cities it rains less often, but with a highter intensity....
So, just be prepared and take an umbrella with you or any sort of rain gear and enjoy the city anyway... There are the most interesting museums and shopping malls and cafés there - so don't worry about rain or drizzle...
Here is the weather forecast for Hamburg
Favorite thing: The port of Hamburg, Europe’s second-largest port, dominates sea trade with eastern and northern Europe. While situated on the river Elbe some 120 kilometres inland from the open sea, the port can accommodate the world’s biggest container ships. As a container port, it ranks first in Europe and seventh in the world. Some 25 per cent of the port's turnover is derived from trade with Baltic countries.
For more information on Hamburg directly from thier tourism office see the following link:
It's a nice compliment to the information that you find here on VT.
Favorite thing: In the early 18th century lived a soldier in Hamburg who was very popular by the kids due to his interesting stories about the world. Everytime they saw him they called "Hummel, Hummel" in order to hear an interesting story. When the soldier died an embittered man named Johann Wilhelm Bentz (1787 -1854) moved into the soldier's flat. As the kids also greeted him with "Hummel, Hummel" he answered "Mors, Mors" which means something like "kiss my ass". However, it has become a popular greeting in Hamburg.
Favorite thing: For information on fleamarkets in and around Hamburg you might want to have a look in one of the local newspapers, or at the 'Troedler & Sammler' magazine. This journal has all the dates and locations of fleamarkets within Germany for each month. For Hamburg fleamarkets look at zipcode 2!
Power Pass is a great institution for people under the age of 30. It allows free access to an awful lot of sights, or at least gives discounts on many entrance fees, pubs, bars and discos. It's MUCH more worth it than Hamburg Card!!! Besides you may use every kind of public transportation there is for FREE, for the amount of days you have your Power Pass with you.
Fondest memory: The Pass costs you 6,70€ for the first day, you can buy up to seven days, day two to seven cost only 3€ each!
There are several links about Hamburg which I found very helpful, here they are:
general Informations with pictures
many good informations
Greatest Fun Fair of Hamburg
Page from the Zoo in Hamburg
HVV Bus/U-Bahn/S-Bahn+ferry scedules
German Railway Web site
Check Railway Connection
German Yourth Hostel Page
An Internet Cafe in Hamburg is located in the 'Lust for Life' shopping center, Moenkebergstr. 1,Tel: 32 8121
the picture below shows a graffiti on a housewall in St. Georg that says: Hamburg sprüht vor Leben (Hamburg spays for Life which means Hamburg is very alive) Btw. St Georg is a burning point of the city with lot of drug addicted people and a great scene of gays and lesbians.
Hamburg has a lot of museums and when you stay longer and it is a grey and rainy day you might want to visit the
Museum fuer Hamburgische Geschichte (Muesum of Hamburg's history),
Holstenwall 24, Tel: 35 04 23 60
Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum for Art and Craft), Steintorplatz 1 (between Hauptbahnhof and ZOB), Tel: 24 86 26 30
Museum fuer Voelkerkunde (before Christmas they have a very nice 'Market of the people/nations' there), Rothenbaumchaussee 64, Tel: 44 195 551
I already recommended the
Hot Spice Gewuerzmuseum, Am Sandtorkai 32, Tel: 36 79 89
Erotic Art Museum, Reperbahn, Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 69, Tel:317 47 57
Also interesting are the
Kunsthalle and the Gallerie der Gegenwart, Glockengießerwall, Tel: 24 86 26 12
The picture is made on the Cristopher Street Day in June 2000.
You can see more of the amazing costumes in my travelougue.
NO GENERAL THING ! But maybe important:
INTERNET CAFE's in Hamburg
The Escape Internet Cafe, Osterstr. 50, (Eimsbuettel), Telefon: 40 90 17 09, Mo-Sunday 12pm - 11pm , Site at www.mpn.de
Internet Cafe Fischersallee 78 (Ottensen), Telefon: 39 90 10 09, Mo-Sunday 2pm-11pm, SIte : www.icafe-funclub.de
Since I lived in Thailand for sometime, I am used to Thai massage (the real one!!). I am not sure of listing here. I thought this information will be useful for people like me who are obsessed with Thai massage.
Name: Thai Tempel Massage
Address: ABC-Str. 46 (in ABC Forum)
Tel: +49-40-350 187 87
This place is located a little bit far away from the city center, take S Bahn to Harburg Rathus from the city and when you come out of the station at Harburg Rathus, take bus no.141 towards Neugraben and then get down at Begfeldweg...walk along the foot path towards your left for 20 mts. you will find it on the right hand side.
Name: Thailandische Massagen
Address: Stader Strasse 100 (B 73) - 21075, Hamburg.
Tel: 040-76 75 49 93 and 77 45 74
Losing my wallet and U.S. passport! The ultimate nightmare but do not despair:
There are NO longer any emergency passport services for U.S. citizens in Hamburg.
It is helpful to have a copy of one's passport AND essential to file a report with the local Police station (the local police as very cordial and usually have decent English skills). Very important to have a copy of this police report along with the xerox copy of one's lost/stolen passport. Hang onto even when leaving the country. ****The police will give you the number of the lost property division so you can call them in the days and weeks after just in-case someone is kind enough to return your lost/stolen goods.****
The easiest, best way is to travel to Berlin and to be at the U.S. Consulate by 8:30 am sharp! (NO appointment is necessary) Monday thru Friday (EXCEPT on national holidays). The consulate is way off the tourist map and is completely different location than the U.S. Embassy. See my Berlin "tips" on a nearby hotel next door.
For about 90 Euros they will process an emergency passport. They even have a photo machine to take the pictures although it is safest to have these photos with you already since the machine might not function (it seemed to work only in the "German" language mode and not th"English" one!). By Noon I had my new passport which is only good for a year.
They also do passport services in Frankfurt BUT much more complicated because one needs to make an appointment as opposed to just walking into the agency.
The Deutche Post Bank offices serve as the local Western Union agents all across Germany. Money wired from America can be picked-up in any DPB location BUT you must have the money sent to the EXACT name on your passport. Even one letter off will cause a problem. You will need to fill-out a "Geldempfang" form ("to receive money") and look for the "Western Union" sign above a particular teller's window since not all clerks offer this service.