Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg Local Customs

  • Tent view from one of the canal bridges
    Tent view from one of the canal bridges
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  • Concert artists transported by boat to MainStage
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Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg Local Customs

  • Food and Drink

    Hamburg Local Customs

    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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  • Events

    Hamburg Local Customs

    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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  • Useful Information

    Hamburg Local Customs

    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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  • Fischmarkt

    Hamburg Local Customs

    Don't miss to visit the famous weekly market near the Landungsbruecken. Besides the fish-market-hall you can stroll through the market outside where merchants selling all kinds of products ranging from food to clothes to needless things.

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  • Museums

    Hamburg Local Customs

    "Dialog im Dunkeln" is a very special place in Hamburger Speicherstadt : You may experience there the daily life of blind people in a guided tour through a world of total darkness. You will eat your lunch in the dark, you will walk through a building you don't know etc. This is not an ordinary museum, because you have to reserve such a guided tour...

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  • Port (Hafen)

    Hamburg Local Customs

    Wandering around the port (Hafen) area I couldn't help but notice the major developments currently (Jan 2012) underway. This brought to mind a bar conversation in Dublin a few years ago when discussing Ireland's then economic problems. My optimistic drinking buddy pointed out the profusion of building work around the city and concluded - "Where...

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  • Red Light District

    Hamburg Local Customs

    Like Amsterdam, Hamburg has a red light district. The difference is it is much smaller and it explicitly forbids women and under age men to enter. For some, it is one of the main attraction of the place, for others a nuisance. If you want to stay away from it, stay away from Reeperbahn.

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  • Traffic

    Hamburg Local Customs

    German license plates are fun to read: the first letters are an abbreviation of the city or area, where the car comes from, the other letters and numbers are just to identify it. . HH is short for Hansestadt Hamburg, but you will also find some other rather common license plates in Hamburg: . HH = Hamburg PI = Pinneberg SE = Bad Segeberg ROW =...

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  • Language

    Hamburg Local Customs

    Ok, so I went to Hamburg without knowing I was going to Germany, the day before! I don't know if I was unlucky, but at 7am, I try to called home in Montréal, with a public phone. All the people that worked for the company didn't speak english or french. Only deutsh. I suggest you larn to speak a little before you go. Don't do what I did. I only...

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  • Greeting people in the Hamburg area

    You can say, "Moin moin", or just "Moin" to anyone in the Hamburg or its surrounding areas in the north of Germany at any time of the day, when greeting someone. Even though it actually means "good morning", it can be used at any time of the day in this area. Use it at night in Berlin or further south, however, and people are likely to look at you...

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