Hamburg is probably one of the most famous German cities – famous for it’s harbor, the specific dialect (if you’re familiar with German), the football club and city district St. Pauli, the strong popular culture and much more. In May I visited a friend there and want to show you the eight things you shouldn’t miss if you are on tight budget, a youngster, student or an open-minded world hipster visiting this city.
Im Mai habe ich Petra in Hamburg besucht und in nur drei Tagen vieles gesehen. Heute möchte euch eine Übersicht zeigen, welche Orte ich besucht habe und euch ebenfalls ans Herz legen kann – acht must-do’s in Hamburg für Studenten, Hipster und Leute ohne viel Geld. Dies mal nur auf Englisch.
1. Feel like a pirate at Port of Hamburg | Hafen
Not far from the North Sea the port on the river Elbe is the second largest port in Europe – after Rotterdam. Hanging out here you’ll be amazed by the large ships and containers. You’ll meet everybody from tourists, to fisherman to locals – this place is equally loved by everybody. Our highlight was the boat tour, which is also included in the public transportation ticket. We’ve seen the port both at sunrise and sunset – very advisable! There are also a bunch of restaurants – on land and on ships – but they are rather suitable for people with money.
2. Walk through the Old Elbe tunnel | Elbtunnel
An incredible thing you can do for free – Take a walk thought the 426m long subterranean tunnel through Elbe. For sporty ones: Walk the stairs down and up instead using one of the four elevators. Once on the other side you can enjoy the view on Elbe, but apart from that there’s not much to see.
3. Feel the history at Speicherstadt
The “warehouse district” – which is the literally translation of Speicherstadt – is the biggest warehouse district in the world and is located next to the port within the HafenCity quarter. It’s huge and normally full with creative agency staff. Ff you go on a holiday it’s quite empty and impressive (because scary) though. In older days coffee and tea were stored here. Today you’ll find some cool museums as the Miniatur Wunderland or Hamburg Dungeon, you can watch the construction of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall and take a walk on the bridges.
4. Buy some old crap at the Flea market | Flohmarkt
Actually there is not only one flea market. The one I’ve been to the both times in Hamburg is the Flohschanze. Here you can find everything from an old lamp, second hand clothes and toys from the 5o-ies as well as antique vases and hip shops with new clothing. Must-see if you’re into discovering some old everyday life.
5. Get to know the street art during Alternative Hamburg Tour
If you are interested in Street Art and some alternative culture, you should consider the Alternative Hamburg Tour. We had a very nice guide and a small group of nine people – all together we were my friends and three Italian guys. In the end of the two-hour-tour you can pay the guide whatever you wish, we all agreed on 5€ per person. Which is absolutely ok for such a lovely guide your age who takes her free time to show people around.
6. Enjoy the sunrise at the Fish market | Fischmarkt
The fish market has an incredible atmosphere – buy fish, souvenirs and vegetables in between tired just-woke-up elders and still drunk youngsters (opened from 5 to 10 am it’s often visited after spending a night out dancing).
We went there at five in the morning and I had an awesome fish sandwich – try that if you’re there! Alternatively you can buy a 10-pieces veggie-fruit basket for just 10€. But no need to spend money on things – the sunrise at the harbor (yes, also the fish market is here) will be incredible enough.
7. Breathe in Hamburg’s Mood
Take a look at the town hall, walk along the Alster (esp. Binnenalster) and take a selfie with the swans. Don’t miss out the hip city parts like Sternschanze (shopping, eating, going out) and St.Pauli (the red light district also called Reeperbahn or Kiez) – you’ll find the stunning Hamburg mood everywhere. Don’t know where to start? Grab a local at Couchsurfing, meetup or on the street and let them show you around.
8. Try Hamburg’s Food
Also the Mangold place looked nice, but we didn’t eat there: Ölmühle 30, 20357.
We also went to Monkey Deli, a vegan deli and café – one of our friends is now vegan and we wanted to have some coffee over there. The staff was not very friendly though – but see yourself. It looks really nice and the food sounds great.
If you’re into burgers but are a vegetarian check out Peacetanbul at Karolinenstr. 14. Here you’ll find all kind of creative burger names with unexpected ingredients, moderate prices and a good atmosphere. And loads of Turkish Tea!
My last recommendation is Zum Spätzle, that offers not Hamburg typical food but something from the south called “Spätzle” – it’s a kind of pasta and there are loads of different variants of that. Try it out at Wexstraße 31.
Is there some info you miss or do you want to add something? I’d be glad to hear your opinions about by short guide and exchange tips about traveling. So leave a comment and share! :)