Hamburg Travel Guide

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Hamburg Things to Do

  • Reeperbahn - St. Pauli

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    St. Pauli is a traditionally working-class district of Hamburg, near the harbor. It includes the red-light district around the Reeperbahn as well as numerous bars and music clubs. The Beatles lived and sang here when they were just getting started, before they became famous. Second and third photos: Family cycling in St. Pauli. Next review: Park...

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  • Town Hall - Rathaus

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The present Town Hall, the sixth in Hamburg's history, was inaugurated in 1897, and built because the previous one was burnt down in the Great Fire of 1842. During World War II, the Town Hall was heavily damaged by bombing, but reconstructed again in 1957. Today, it is home of the Mayor of Hamburg and the offices of the city and state...

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  • Port - Hafen

    Hamburg is an ancient port and this has been the secret of its success. The deep, wide waters of the Elbe have allowed the city a location that is unusually far inland. This makes it ideal for delivering good deep into the heart of the country, and has led the city to become the second busiest port in Europe (and one of the busiest in the...

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Hamburg Hotels

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Hamburg Restaurants

  • Essen und Trinken

    4 out of 5 stars

    (work in progress) I make no secret of my love of German food - which is fortunate given that it's my adopted culture! Germans do fabulous fast food, with numerous variations on a bread and sausage theme. The unlikely sounding currywurst is the national passion, and in fact some people are so obsessive about it that a currywurst museum has been...

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  • Alster Pavillon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Known currently as the "ALEX in Alsterpavillion", this restaurant located on Hamburg's Inner Alster Lake provides elegant panoramic views with a casually chic metropolitan ambiance. The menu is fresh (Tomato Soup with Basil Pesto Cream), continental (Beef Steaks, Traditional German Schnitzel & various potato appetizers), with a dash of exotic...

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  • Affordable Pan-Asian in West Hamburg

    In the German tradition of combining mixing Thai & Japanese dishes under one roof, Wedel's Ghia Pham restaurant takes it one step further by adding Vietnamese specialities to its' mix.With it's red red & gold lanterns and bamboo details, the atmosphere of the restaurant also takes some Asian temple influences into the decor. Service is pleasant,...

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Hamburg Nightlife

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  • St. Pauli and Reeperbahn

    Great Spot, nice people, no "St. Pauli Tour" without it!... Every Thursday "Galeria del Latino", best event weekdays in whole St. Pauli for people over 25! Every saturday "Noche Latina" nice Girls and Boys, mostly latin, everybody is dancing, not only on the floor! A little Spanish will help! Specially on Saturdays very very full, make shure not to...

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  • Gay Nightlife

    Fashionably casual, as one would dress in any upscale, urban bar in L.A., New York, London or Paris. Jeans are perfectly acceptable, though the the shoes, whether sneakers or sandals, dressy, tend to be of the trendier varieties that are considered "hot" and "of the moment".

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  • Irish Pubs

    Our weekend in Hamburg was great : particularly our visit to the Shamrock in the centre of town. The staff were friendly, the music and atmosphere brilliant. Over twenty years old, this is a nice original bar without the usual fake crap that adorns some of the more modern "theme" bars that have sprung up all over hamburg in the past years. Opens a...

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Hamburg Transportation

  • Public Transport

    The public transport company for Hamburg if HVV. For singular train usage, you must purchase your ticket before boarding at the orange vending machines you will find just before entering the train ramps. For buses, as of 2012 you must purchase your ticket on entering the front of the bus from your bus driver (no more Trust System fare purchases...

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  • Trains

    With one of Europe's most efficient and effective train services, Germany is highly accessible for travelling via train. Hamburg's main train station is its Hauptbahnhof, centrally located in the city. Services from Hamburg run to locations throughout Germany.

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  • Airport

    Hamburg has the oldest operational airport in the world, one that continues today to be a major transport hub. Germany's main airports are in Frankfurt and Berlin, but Hamburg handles plenty of international flights, although mostly budget and with European destinations. Lufthansa uses the airport as one of its minor hubs, flying to destinations...

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Hamburg Shopping

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  • Exchange Currency, Cash AMEX Traveler's...

    If you haven't done so at the airport & you need to exchange money while in town, REISE BANK has come in very handy at the beginning or end of trips ,as well as during day-long shopping marathons with friends vacationing from other countries. The money center is also convenient for folks staying for a longer time who are in need of Western Union...

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  • No Drugs @ German Drugstores, but...

    BUDIKOWSKY is Germany's leading drugstore chain in Hamburg and surrounding areas, featuring beauty, bath and household products, plus decorations. Although synthetic drugs of any kind are only allowed to be sold in pharmacies, dugstores like Budikowsky (nicknamed BUDNI) actually maintain a LARGE assortment of homeopathic medicines in pill, extract,...

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  • LARGE Sized Grocery Chain, International...

    As with most cities in Germany, Hamburg is a town that celebrates boutique shopping and supporting small establishments. This same tradition also applies to the way people generally shop for food, although with changing times American style "supermarkets" are becoming more present than ever. REWE is one such example of the standard German...

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Hamburg Local Customs

  • Food and Drink

    Typically, when people think of German cuisine, they normally think of cliché stand-bys like Wiener Schnitzel, Sauerkraut, and Sausages. But while those foods definitely play a very important part of the heritage and culinary landscape of Germany, it leaves too much room for oversight of dishes where German culture truly shines. One such example?...

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  • Useful Information

    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...

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  • Events

    Several times a year, Hamburg is shut down throughout various parts of the city to accommodate long distance sports events of international reknown. One such summer event is the annual VATTENFALL CYCLASSICS, a UCI World Cup competition, and Europe's largest bike race comprised of 18 of the most elite pro-cycling teams from around the world. The...

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Hamburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Dodgy Areas

    Use some kind of secure carrying device for your wallet, passport, cellphone, and keys. These are critical items and it will really put a damper on your trip if any of these are lost or stolen. I recommend some kind of safe carrying system, such as the Personal Secure Pocket:...

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  • Red Light District

    hey, lets be real whenever you enter an area of prostitution anyplace around the world,you will have to be extra carefull, always alongeside prostitution you will find drugs,thiefs ,muggers,so, if you feel this is not for you,then simply keep your pecker in your pants and allow mrs. smith and her four doughters to serve you, it is cheaper and...

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  • Drugs

    Hamburg is supposed to be a save city even with one of the highest criminal rates in Germany. This may be so high because of drug delicts. It is not well known that it used to be as easy as in Amsterdam to get drugs. But if you do nothing you would not do at home you should be absoltely safe. For Girls: Like in Scandinavia there is only a little...

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Hamburg Tourist Traps

  • Red Light District

    Okay, as everyone knows the Reeperbahn is the historically infamous red light district where in addition to the usual club, theatre, and restaurant venues, there are scores and scores of sex shops, strip bars, and brothels. Apparently, it's just always been that way, since the area is bordered by the Hamburg Harbour, and has been a hangout for...

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  • Musicals

    I booked ticket for The Phantom of the Opera before my trip, heard their cast were very good. Since the ticket so expensive, I tried mt best to dress up for the show using limited back-packed outfits. But then after the show start, it was in German!!! All along I thought it was in English! Luckily I know the story, otherwise I won't be able to...

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  • Hamburg Canal Tour ripoff

    Be sure to check that the Hamburg Canal trip translator machines are working or you will get a 2 hour tour in German with no offer of a refund on return and arrogant staff throughout. The company is ATS and has most of the boats on the dockside in central Hamburg. We went today (27 May 2014) and would recommend you avoid them. None of the...

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Hamburg What to Pack

  • Weather

    In summer you need all sorts of clothes. In 4 days we had very cold and nice warm. So we need pullover and shorts. Don´t forget your umbrella!!! You need warm clothes when you take a harbour cruise because it is very windy and the weather can change in more times an hour.

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  • Raincoat, umbrella

    In German we say "onion look" - many skins that you can peel off one after the other... I guess that says everything about weather here. It does not bother if it is summer or not - there are periods when it rains a lot - even hail might happen on cool summer days. My relatives from the States could not believe that when we had to move our BBQ...

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  • All sorts of clothes

    In summer you need all sorts of clothes. In 4 days we had very cold and nice warm. So we need pullover and shorts. Don´t forget your umbrella!!!You need warm clothes when you take a harbour cruise because it is very windy and the weather can change in more times an hour.

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Hamburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Hamburg

    Hamburg is the major city in the north of Germany but there are plenty of other interesting places to visit in this region. Try Bremen, Lubeck or Kiel which are all within easy reach by bus or train. Northern Germany has similar features to that of the Netherlands with its canals.

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  • Blankenese

    Blankenese is a small village in the outskirts of Hamburg and it is well known for lovely villas facing the river Elbe. Rich and wealthy people build their regular residence or summerhouses there. You may get to Blanenese easily by S1 and may walk downhill from the train-station to the river Elbe, where you will see the most beautiful villas along...

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  • Around St. Pauli and the port

    In the port of Hamburg you may see and visit one of the largest non-atomic-submarines in the world : the Soviet spy-submarine U-434 ! In times of the cold war it was impossible to even see such submarines from a big distance, nowadays they are sold to the former enemies... You will find this submarine at Versmannstrasse 23C Hafencity, Baakenhafen -...

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Hamburg Sports & Outdoors

  • Football (Soccer)

    The Imtech Arena is built on the site of the former Volksparkstadion, but with the pitch turned 90 degrees. It opened in year 2000 when Germany played Greece, and has a capacity of 57,000 spectators (reduced to 51,500 during international matches). The stadium hosted five matches of the 2006 World Cup, and the Europa League final in 2010 – and is...

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  • Canoeing/Boating

    Hamburg as a city is a city with maritime flair. There is the harbour, the Alsterlake, lots of canals throughout the city. The canals are great for canoeing and rowing. On Alsterlake you can rent a small sailing boat and have a day off... Look here for addresses: www.hamburg-magazin.de/fr_bootsverleih-kanuverleih.htm

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  • The Imtech Arena (the Volksparkstadion)

    The Imtech Arena is built on the site of the former Volksparkstadion, but with the pitch turned 90 degrees. It opened in year 2000 when Germany played Greece, and has a capacity of 57,000 spectators (reduced to 51,500 during international matches). The stadium hosted five matches of the 2006 World Cup, and the Europa League final in 2010 – and is...

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  • The Port

    Deep-water Elbe, port cranes, sea vessels, predictably, made an impression of Hamburg, as one of the largest ports of the world. The convenient quay along the river, crowds of tourists and picturesque views at architecture monuments and quarters of buildings framing them made an impression about Hamburg, as about tourist sight.

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  • Useful Information

    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)....

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  • Personal Memories and Impressions

    The best thing about Hamburg? How about when you go to stay with your old college teammates in Hamburg they have also called up the guys playing American football in Braunschweig as well. Two nights of good partying and catching up with people. By the way, catch a Hamburg Blue Devils game while your in Hamburg.

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