We woke bright and early to catch a train from Berlin to Hamburg. We drifted in and out of sleep, waking to watch the scenery change as we approached the new city.
Upon arrival it was refreshing to notice the differences between Hamburg and Berlin, despite them being so close geographically. It is a wealthy place with some immaculate areas, working ports with fresh fish restaurants- which of course means water, and lots of it. Not something which you see much of in Berlin, a landlocked city. We stayed in Hafencity, an old port area in a hotel which completely embraces the fisherman, Docker vibe of the area. You can read more about that here.
The plan was to rent bikes and cycle round, but we didn’t call ahead and so instead we were presented with an electric ‘tuc-tuc’ styled bike which zooms at speeds of up to 45mph! It was absolutely hilarious! Passers-by peered into the cart, expecting to see some cute babies but instead found me and got a shock when they saw how fast it went. We were laughing and wobbling all the way, with a few narrowly avoided capsizing incidents!
I am lucky to have friends from Hamburg who gave me a stack of tips and ideas for our trip. Being armed with this knowledge meant that we didn’t need to waste any time looking for things to do, we had it all ready and got to see so much. So, I wanted to pass on these gems and share the wealth with you in this guide to Hamburg
Areas to visit:
- Schanzenviertel- A vibrant district full of cool bars, shops and good places to eat. It’s a little like Kreuzberg in Berlin,
- Gängeviertel – A little area filled with artist’s residencies, galleries, bright graffiti and sculptures. The pictures above where taken there.
Places to eat and drink:
- Bullerei– I read about this on so many Hamburg travel guides and blogs, then my friend confirmed its greatness and we booked a table. The food is delicious, I loved the gin menu and the décor is really funky. Also it is in Sternschanze, which I mention above.
- Fischmarkt– Have a fresh fish-roll for breakfast, the hard-core party goers call here for breakfast on the way home from clubs.
- Elbgold – Now you know I don’t drink coffee but Nick does, and wow, he was raving about this coffee
- Deichtorhallen – The gallery pictures in this post were taken here. We saw some interesting contemporary art here and loved the building
- Planten & Blomen – Hire a bike and explore this beautiful park
- Strandperle– In the worlds of the local’s ‘It’s a real Hamburg institution’. A patch of beach where you can sit with a glass of wine or beer and watch the ships coming and going out of the harbour. You can go by bus, but you can also hop onto a ferry from Landungsbrücken to get there. It takes around 15-20 minutes, and the ferry is even part of public transport (in case you gate a Day Travel card).
If you find yourself in Berlin and would like to see more of Germany, then I would recommend visiting Hamburg by train, it’s a wonderful journey and it only takes an hour and forty-five minutes. Have you already been? If so I would love to read your tips in the comment section below.
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