Another useful place in the main railway station is this branch of the newsagents chain of K Presse + Buch. Here you can get your postcards and stamps and the service is swift, friendly and English-speaking if required.
As well as postcards and stamps they also stock all sorts of bits and pieces including city guides and English-language reading material.
Another thing I loved about the main railway station (including the smoking bars) is the range of facilities available. As well as all the usual stuff such as left luggage lockers etc you'll also find the very useful and friendly Tourist Information Office on the concourse.
This is located just inside one of the main entrances fronting onto Kirchenallee and can provide accommodation services, ticket booking, public transport information and pretty much anything else a visitor could require.
The website is also excellent and worth a visit too.
Although it doesen't happen in heavily trafficked areas, or large shopping centers and promenades, it's quite normal for banks and restaurants in more residential areas of Hamburg to close for a midday break.
Banks usually close from about 1-2:30 pm and you won't be able to change travelers checks or make person-to-person account withdrawls, though there is still ATM access.
Many restaurants that are not located on main shopping drags or touristy areas close after lunch at approximately 3 pm, and open up again at about 5:30 pm. The general exception would be the German, Turkish, and Asian Imbiss (fast food) restaurants. Even in the quietest of neighborhoods, they stay open continually, and also offer take away if you don't feel like eating on premises.
Also note that restarant delivery services generally observe the same time frame for midday break as dining establishments, suspending service from about 2:30 -5:30 pm.
While in Hamburg, if possible, do as the Hamburgers do and have lunch between 11:30 and 2:30 to take advantage of all the fantastic discounted lunch menus. Afterwards if you don't want to shop on any of the main drags, then it's a great time for sightseeing. Otherwise simply try something quiet and relaxing, until the entire city moves back into full swing at 5pm...
Zitronen-jette is the local name for Henriette Johanne Marie Müller, ( born in 1841 in Dessau, and died july 8th, 1916 in Hamburg) . She was a funny person, selling lemons all day long : during the day at Grasbook (where the new cruise-terminal is today) and in the evening she was walking from one inn to the other, shouting "Zitroon, Zitroon" and selling lemons at a time, when they were not available everywhere.
She became insane and was taken to the hospital in 1994. Already in 1900 there was a first play created about her life and another, more popular operetta followed in 1920, after her death. Mostly the person of "ZitronenJette" is performed by a man, a funny part for popular actors like Henry Vahl.
People passing by the monument for Zitronen-Jette will mostly touch her finger, enlarge my picture, that finger is shining like brand-new...
The monument for Zitronenjette is in Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse, next to St.Michaeliskirche and Krameramtsstuben.
Hans Hummel was the last water-carrier in Hamburg at a time when only a few houses still did not have their own water-supplies back in the middle of the 19th century. Hans Hummel used to walk through Hamburg with his 2 heavy vats of water and the nasty children used to shout after him : Hummel Hummel....
...his answer was mostly just : Mors, Mors (@rse, @rse...)
HH is printed at all of the licence-plates of cars in Hamburg NOT for Hummel Hummel, BUT of course for "Hansestadt Hamburg"
For more than 150 years the water-carrier Hans Hummel became a symbol for hamburg and a few years ago some clever tourism-managers had the funny idea of creating 100 such "Hummels", designed by different artists. Not a bad idea and maybe a lot better than the cows, lions, bears etc. that other cities had.
All of them have the same sculpture, EXCEPT one that has a different hat - see my picture !
When there are lights controlling a junction, do make sure you only cross when they are on green for pedestrians. If you go on red, even if the road is clear, people will disapprove (and it may be an offence.....I'm not sure). Anyway, it's easier to wait until the correct time to cross.....but watch out for traffic being allowed to turn right across your path.
(one of) The tourist information is at St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (Port). This is where all the boats leave and this is the name of the U-Bahn Station as well.