Hamburg wasn’t excatly showing off weather wise when I visited the city this summer. Actually it rained the entire time but I really do think the city has a lot of potential, especially with just a tiny bit better weather conditions. Unlike Berlin that has a very casual, relaxed vibe and has a lot of versatility in terms of the people being in the city. I got the feeling that Hamburg is more business orientated and a bit more posh. This might not be true and some will surely disagree but then again, I was only there for 24 hours so really just got a first hand impression of the city. Anyway I think Hamburg is worth a visit so I collected a small initiary of what to do if you have little time on your hands.
Where to stay
Treat yourself with an exquisite visit to this beautiful hotel located on the canal. The rooms are lovely with a bed that makes you feel like you are the the princess in “The princess and the pea”. After on long day of walking in the city jump in the tub and use the products from Lanvin to make you soft and smell extra good for an evening out. Have a pre-dinner drink on the terrace over looking the canal. They also have a big breakfast buffet if you feel like “staying in”. The staff is friendly and very helpful.
Alter Wall 40, 20457 Hamburg (more here)
How to spend the day
If you want to get breakfast in town Mutterland is a great place to visit. It has a small café inside the shop that carries homemade delicacies and quality foods. Have a breakfast for two that gets served on a 3 plate stand.
Ernst-Merck-Straße 9, 20099 Hamburg (more here)
Nord Coast Coffee Roastery is located not far from Speicherstadt and is a great place to take a break and have a light lunch. They specialize in slow brew coffees and is very passionate about it. So if you are a coffee feinschemeckner this is your heaven. For lunch try one of their paninies and make sure to get a seating spot by the windows overlooking the canals.
Deichstraße 9, 20459 Hamburg (more here)
Dinner & Drinks
East Hotel in St. Pauli is located near the famous Reeperbahn, like the red light district in Amsterdam. I got this place recommended by my colleague. This place is really big with the restaurant located in the lower level. It has a very high ceiling and brick walls, all very beautiful. The vision of the bar and restaurant is to be ranked highly in the trendiest places in Hamburg. They have great chefs and you can get a little bit of everything and afterwards you can have drinks in the bar and go dancing in the club all night if you like to. I must say they have one of the biggest selections in drinks I have ever seen.
Simon-von-Utrecht-Straße 31, 20359 Hamburg (more here). Photo: designhotels.com
Things to do and see
Speicherstadt is an old warehouse district in the HafenCity quarter with canals running trough and was in 2015 awarded the status UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a walk here among the canals, old buildings and iron bridges.
Vorsetzen is on the tabour side close to Spiecherstadt. Walk here along the tabour side to get som great pictures on the staircase there, have a beer, ice cream or a coffee and do some people watching. When you get tired of that take a look around the habour and watch the big ships arriving in the habour.
Alsterfontäne to get some great photos of the fountain in the middle of the lake and the trains crossing on the bridge in the far behind. Take a little break on the lakeside before doing highend shopping along Jungfernstieg and the area to southwest of the lake. Not a highend shopper, go to Mönckebergstrasse and Spitalerstrasse instead on the right side of the lake.
St. Pauli is also an area worth heading to, although I did not get a chance to this time.
Please leave a comment if you have any good advice. I would love to know more about Hamburg!