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1. Posted by Smiley (Budding Member 27 posts) 10y

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Hi all,

im going to be in Hamburg for a few days & wondering if someone can recommend good restaurants (want to avoid touristy ones), nice bars, clubs and also give me a list of hamburg main tourist attractions.

thanks

Aileen

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

This is a map of the fast trains in and around Hamburg:
http://www.hvv.de/pdf/schnellbahn-regio-plan.pdf

Hamburg is a very big city, the third biggest after Berlin and Munich. I've been there only once, but I know that there are areas with millionaeres as well as very poor parts of the town. So you can spent a lot of money as well as live cheaply, it all depends on you.

Here is the official site of the town in English:
http://international.hamburg.de/index.do?ok=18338

A commercial site, they make money out of tickets and beds booked through them, but are very useful:
http://www.hamburg-tourism.de

What to do in Hamburg:

In the day you can do a sightseeing cruise on the Alster (one to three hours, from 10 EUR per person, perfect on a nice, sunny day) or go to a theatre or musical in Hamburg.

Here is a little map of the harbour of Hamburg, including the ferry lines.
http://www.hvv.de/pdf/hafenfaehren-plan.pdf

You can see the "Theater Im Hafen" in this map, easily reached by ferry number 73 from the S-Bahn station Landungsbrucken or the nearby U-Bahn station Landungsbrucken.

I went to see the musical "The Lion King" in the Theater Im Hafen, and it was FANTASTIC! Maybe you know the Disney movie of the same name. Well, in the theatre they play the movie - with puppets! It is great, the singing is out of this world and the way these big gigantic puppets (life-sized elephants and rinos) move is something you won't forget your lifetime. If you can afford it, buy a ticket. Prices start around 30 EUR, but the cheap tickets sell very fast. If you want to go, buy your ticket online - soon:
http://www.stage-entertainment.de/4436.htm or
by telephone from Germany: 0 18 05 44 44.

Going to Hamburg without going to see a show is like going to Las Vegas without gambling once.

For the night: Most importantly Hamburg is famous for the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli. It used to be the quarters where seamen got off their ships and went to look for girls. To this day the Reeperbahn is the place you go to if you want to have fun. Nightlife is big there, sex, drugs and alcohol are plentyful as well as good music and dancing. Simply walking up and down the street will cost you nothing and can be fun. Entry into the clubs it is not cheap, though. Most clubs charge an entry fee of 10 Euros or more and then ask you to spent more on either drinks or girls. You can easily loose 1000 EUR there, if you aren't careful.

Another nice sight is the "Miniatur Wunderland".
http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/
http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/data/cms/en/100/
It is the largest H0 model railroad layout in the world, located in an old warehouse that has been filled to the roof with a miniature version of the world. You can walk through Germany, the USA, and soon through Scandinavia.

Nearby Hamburg is the North Sea and the "Wattenmeer". The North Sea is very flat, so when the flood leaves (the sea rises and falls with the moon), it leaves very large stretches of the seaground out in the open. It is very strange walking on what will be covered by the North Sea in six hours. There is a Nationalpark north of Hamburg, offering guided tours. (It is strongly recommended that you take guided tours, going alone is very dangerous. You can drown by the returning water.)

You need to contact these people for English tours:
Dr. I. Austen Tel.: 04856 / 416 Fax: 04856 / 90 41 61
G. Marienfeld Tel.: 04832 / 1353 Fax: 04832 / 1353
(Telephone and Fax numbers are from Germany.) Prices will be around 10 Euros for a 2 hour tour.

Hope I helped.

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 10y

Hi Aileen,

to add to t_maia's list, I would recommend you to leave the Reeperbahn if you intend to check out some less touristy bars and clubs. Hamburger Berg Street (goes off Reeperbahn) is close by and there you're guaranteed a fun time with lots of local students . Most of the bars on the street don't have a cover charge and often a dancefloor. Nice places for example are Roschinsky, Nachtlager or Ex-Sparr but just walk down the street and you'll see that that there lots of more places around. With the clubs, it would be helpful to know what music you're into, so I could give you some more specific advice.

Another cool thing to do is going to the "Fischmarkt" (fish market) on a sunday morning between 5 am and 9 am. I know it's very early, but you could always go straight after clubbing (the fish burgers there are great after a big night out ;)).
It takes place down at the harbour and is a very traditional happening for Hamburg! Merchants get together selling their goods, mainly food, but you can also get plants and other neat stuff and it's always fun watching the busy hustle and bustle.

One of my favourite museums is the Spice Museum in Hamburg's storehouse city. It's apparently the only one in the world and I found it really interesting to discover what many meals contain of. Speaking of food you wanted to know what restaurants are good to go to,I would say there are a few really nice places around "Schanzenviertel" which you'll find around "Schulterblatt" street (close to Sternschanze S-Bahn station). The area is rated as one of the "hippest" in Hamburg and you can also spend a whole afternoon there checking out caf├ęs and shops.

Hope this helps!

Steff