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Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

Moin Moin,

I'm going with some friends to Hamburg for a stag weekend and am excited to visit this big city. None of us have ever been before. I've read up on English Forum's sister site Toytown and various other Fora for tips and insights.

Specifically, I'm interested in learning about anything in your experience which made the place special. All the usual tourist boxes have been ticked - St Michaelis, Rathaus, Reeperbahn, Docklands tour - but perhaps there are cool underground bars / clubs / music venues, charming shopping areas or 'real' Hamburg traditions which ought not be missed.

With only a weekend to enjoy ourselves, I don't really want to be going to SchickiMicki clubs or dull restaurants. Has anyone been to the Hamburg DOM funfair?

Failing this, there's a TT drinks night we may pile into and show 'em how us EFers party...

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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

OK, that wasn't very helpful.

It just so happens that I stumbled across a series of books "Only in..." - and there's a Hamburg edition that might interest you, if you can get down to Orell Füssli before the weekend.

Hamburg's a great city. Have fun!
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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

If you're into clubbing, visit the Golden Cut. Make sure you are properly dressed up though - they have a strict door policy.
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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

Werner says: Zwick St. Pauli
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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

St Pauli - Rostock tickets booked

Thanks too for the clubbing recommendation but not sure about 'dressing up'; the clubs I enjoy tend not to be too fussed by clothes.

Oo-er, that came out wrong...
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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

http://www.the-dungeons.de/hamburg/en/index.htm

If time and weather permits, take the NOB from Hamburg-Altona to Westerland-Sylt, using the Schleswig-Holstein ticket ( for a party of 2 or more ).

http://www.nah.sh/nah-sh/fahrkarten/alle-fakten/

http://www.westerland.de/





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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

Something wild and unusual: a daytrip to the island Helgoland - take the Halunder Jet from Hamburg (3 hours catamaran one way, start at 9:00). Very small, very strange, very lost island 60 km off the shore in the north sea.
Last week, there were still seals on the beaches, the young ones are not ready to go off to sea yet. Tax free. And the catamaran way along the Elbe is nice too. The only down side: it is 6 hours catamaran in one day all together... so I always stay overnight on Helgoland. Very strange place. Some people hate it, but it's special.

If the weather is all right, rent a canoe on the Alster and paddle up the canals and back down the Alster.
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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

Thank you! Interesting ideas :-)
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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

Hamburg is a lovely place: highly recommended!

Here are a few links for anyone considering a trip there, beyond the usual tourist haunts:

On Mönkebergstrasse - a large retail street similar to Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse - there's a fab Hamburg Cafe called Cafe Rösterei, serving excellent food and drink. Perfect for a bit of old world charm after grabbing bargains galore in the stores.

The Schanzenviertel is a lively, hip neighbourhood with many bars, restaurants and street life similar to Zurich's Langstrasse. Big up to the bar / cafe Oma's Apotheke as a place to chill day or night. Loads of restaurants in the area and all were great, especially for fish.



The St. Pauli district is next door and also great for er, night time entertainment. The Reeperbahn and surrounding side streets are famous though tedious; if you've not seen a red light district before it'll be of passing interest. If you're looking for stunning models in skimpy kit hawking their wares you'd best bring lots of money if you want some private time. Personally, I'd rather not.



If you get the chance, go to see St. Pauli play football. They boast more female supporters than any other club and had a very familial, dedicated fanbase. Great fun, decent footie and lovely to drink fresh beer at a game. On a terrace.



The Hamburg DOM is a triannual massive funfair in the heart of the St. Pauli district. You can happily spend many hours on the rides, drinking beers, eating fish specialities and getting a sugar rush with all the candy stands. Highly recommended for all ages.



Der Clochard on the Reeperbahn is a dingy, smokey, sticky drinking hole, with appalling toilets, skanky terrace and superb atmosphere with friendly tough guys. Perfect antidote to the sleazy neighbouring businesses.

The Dollhouse on Grosse Freiheit has a South American doorman called Alex who'll sell excellent cocaine for €50, if you ask nicely. According to my mate. (Hey, the street is called the 'Big Freedom'...)

Personally, paying young women to dance for you seems a bit daft when you're as ridunculously cool as our group were, so we moved to the quiet end of the street where we found several hip bars and restaurants. The Grünspan club is genuinely funky and urbane for concerts amidst the tat. The Fischbratküche St.Pauli is a lovely bar full of chatty locals. As ever, speaking German helps but people fall over themselves to speak in even broken English. All were very proud of their city.

On the same street - Paul-Roosen-Str. - and of particular merit is the bar 3Freunde: excellent, cosy atmosphere and very friendly staff. Lots of locals, no tourists, and a superb cocktail menu. We returned several times as it made us feel at home. Smokers bar but well ventilated.



On the next block was a delightful Italian restaurant called Rocco. I found it by stopping a lady on a bicycle and asking her where she could recommend and it's credit to the people of Hamburg that she was as friendly and as helpful as could be - as were all the people we met. She even said she'd cook for us in her nearby appartment but she was on her way out!

Excellent service - as everywhere - and great food. A cool local tip.





And finally, on a Sunday morning at 05:30 head down to the Fischmarket. Clubbers mixing it up with shoppers and tourists. It's mental.



Right, time means no more tips for now, but feel free to leave suggestions of your own for others
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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

... so you had a good time?
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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

...and for justice the Fischladen Colonnaden (104) is a great tip for an early bottle of Asti followed by imaginative fish dishes in an intimate, cosy backroom. Highly commended!



Or if a steak cooked to perfection is more your thing, directly opposite is a fisherman's restaurant with an old timer feel. Very comfortable and discrete service.

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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

I notice that no-one has mentioned the world's largest and absolute super model railway. I haven't been yet, I know of it, my son has been and tells me that it is really amazing.
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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

the railway museum is ace! but you need to be there
a) early b) with a lot of time reday to spend waiting.

if you have time go n see the "beach" of Hamburg in Övelgönne/Ottensen. you can jump on the line boat leaving Landungsbrücken and hop-off at Strandperle. its a very nice hut, having deck chairs to chill in and watch the big boats passing by while you have a beer and a nice sausage. you can also walk there from Altona(er Balkon).

Yes... once youre in Hamburg you should have a go over the Reeperbahn/Kiez but i hate it. i always felt its a notch of violence in the air among those heavy drunk people in theses small walkways between the strip clubs. watch out for the bar "Ritze". its the a bar with a personality. interieur and guests is 100% Hamburg-St.Pauli.

if you can (but saison is nearly over) watch a St.Pauli game! small stadium with fun crowd. for relaxing i advise the Blanten und Blomen. its a nice park to walk through or have picknick or something. same for Binnen- or Aussenalster.

for nice restaurants and a bit of boutique shopping try Eppendorfer Weg. i love the Gorilla Grill! its a bit off the beaten track like Schanze (which i love too) and Mönckebergstrasse/Jungfernstieg. also good for shopping, bars and cafes is Karolinenviertel starting close to Schulterblatt towards Marktstrasse. ah, and the fleamarket there is also nice.

for clubbing i rec Baalsaal, Ego, the bunker/uebel und gefaehrlich/Molotov, Grünspan, Kaiserkeller. indie or electro tunes is on.

with the rest what people said here it should keep you busy a week or more.
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Re: Hamburg Tips and Insights, please

I have been reading through this thread, and I am impressed. As you know if you know me, I am a big fan of Germany, so I really appreciate the tips.

Helgoland looks like my kind of place - solitary and surrounded by water. And Hamburg looks amazing from the pics and the description! Thanks to all.

In my imminent trip to the country I had planned to go to other places, but this is duly noted for the next trip.
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