Strand Pauli is one of several beach clubs in Hamburg with a great view of the River Elbe. Near Landungsbrueken just 15 minutes from the Hauptbahnhof, Hamburg's central train station. Here you will find good music, German beer and food direct from the barbecue. Relax on comfortable beach furniture under palm trees with your toes in the sand, which is brought each summer from the North Sea coast.
This is a really cool restaurant in Hamburg that's really worth visiting just to see how the food is delivered to your table - it only opened a few months ago and is a good reason to venture over to the other side of the river. You have to order your food through a touchscreen at your table and then all your food is delivered to you spiralled rails, on a small tray with wheels! The food is good and there is plenty of it. We ordered tons of food because the portions looked so small in the pictures when we were ordering but don't be fooled by them.
Hamburg is our favourite winter city break; we've been there for crisp autumn weekends and for snowy weeks in January. Hamburg is a cosmopolitan city with plenty to entertain, whatever the weather. Wander through the Alter Elbtunnel (old Elbe tunnel) at 426 m long and marvel at the magnificent tiling; climb to the top of Michaeliskirche for an excellent view over the city; try ice skating in the old botanical gardens; take a boat trip around the huge port. There are streets of smart shops, as well as weekly fleamarkets and more museums and culture than you can fit into a weekend. On Sunday morning don't miss the Fish Market, from 7am in winter, a festive and crowded shopping experience; you can buy almost anything and enjoy beer, sausages and dancing for your breakfast. Later stroll around the two lakes; the Binnenalster and Aussenalster, and warm up with hot chocolate and Cointreau.
Imagine its 1966 and your in the heart
of the rocking reeperbahn ... Sweat, German beer, psychedelic rock and hotter than the sun - it had me from the moment I stepped through the door. Literally like stepping through a time warp, very loud live music and a real mixture of different types of people. You really feel like you're in Hamburg.
Reeperbahn - Hamburg
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The Alsterhouse at the Alster U station Jungfernstieg, Karstadt at Mönckebergstraße 16 a few minutes' walk from the main station (Hauptbanhof).
The Quarre shopping centre in Wandsbeck Wandsbeker Marktstrasse 103 U Station Wandsbek Markt, the shopping centre in Mundsburg U station Hamburger strasse.
Great park in the middle of Hamburg, a nice place for children and family. You can find beautiful gardens, a Japanese garden, mini golf, ice skating, roller skating and trampoline. From May to September there is music on the bandstand.
Edmund Siemers allee from Damtor U station
Gorch Falk Wall from Stephansplaz U station
The best Irish pub in Hamburg by a mile! Better service, an open fire, a great quiz night, fantastic food and plenty of live music. If you like chess or whisky tastings, there's something for you too!
The Irish Rover, Großneumarkt, Hamburg
Where Hamburg goes to the seaside: Northern Germany's biggest beach -- a seemingly endless beach which is over a mile wide in places. Try your hand at landyachting, windsurfing, kitesurfing, riding or simply walking on a beach. Or just sit in a traditional Strandkorb -- a 'beach basket' which is a combination windbreaker and armchair -- chill out and enjoy the view.
On the North Sea coast about 100 miles northwest of Hamburg.
If you like colour, passion, noise and friendly people try to get a ticket for a game at the Millerntor.
Age, race, sex and fashion sense matters not one bit. There are families, skinheads, anarchists, hippies, punks and office workers all there having an enjoyable time, win, lose or draw.
The vast quantities of beer consumed in the local bars pre-game only serves to make people more amicable. This is not a club to come to if you think going to a football match is all about you displaying your macho aggression.
A ticket for the terrace costs about 12 euros. As the Reeperbahn is just round the corner, why not pull yourself away from the strip clubs for a couple of hours, and let St Pauli fans show you a good time.
Millerntor Stadion, Budapester Str, U-Bahn stop St Pauli (line U3).
Alex is a great place to meet up with people for a drink or a snack. Sit outside for a great view over the Binnenalster on one side, or watch the shoppers go by on the other.
Alex, Alster Pavillion, Jungfernstieg 54. The nearest subway is Jungfernstieg.
Wacken Open Air is a massive rock and heavy metal festival set in the beautiful German countryside. Whilst the musical genre is not everyone's cup of tea, it boasts an extremely clean and hugely friendly atmosphere with every kind of metal, from folk metal to glam, and even the local village oompah band getting in on the action!
Cheaper, cleaner and with better food than any English festival I’ve been to.
Cool on a hot summer day or dry on a rainy day and loads of fun. Walk the 426m underneath the Elbe through the two narrow and tiled tunnels (or you can still drive through). The cars and people go up and down in lifts and the marine-related embossed tiles you see along the route are charming. Built in 1911, it was an engineering marvel in its time.
Lifts located in the domed structures next to the Landungsbrücken
Hamburg's Alster is not just the big lake in the middle of the city - it spreads all over the city via various canals. You can rent boats, bring some wine, bread, cheese, and see the city from the water.
I found a company - Bootshaus Silwar - that hires out canoes (note that I am not affiliated with them nor know if they are the best and cheapest or anything, but it should help a bit).
For those who can't cope without their home comforts or are just looking for somewhere to watch the match on a big screen and partake in the banter, Hamburg has a good number of Irish pubs (authentic and less so) dotted around the city.
Finnegans Wake is on Börsenbrücke, just behind the Rathaus (City Hall), and is everything you'd expect of a city centre expat establishment - fairly deep and cavernous, a decent enough set of draught beers and pub grub, and even a quiz on Sundays. (U-Bahn Rathaus, U-/S-Bahn Jungfernstieg)
The Shamrock on Feldstraße is one of the old stagers and always a comfortable place for a drink or two - wooden interiors, unashamedly smoky air and all. (U-Bahn Feldstraße)
And, of course, there are a couple of Irish pubs to be found along the Reeperbahn (most notably Thomas Read's), though you're better off darting down one of the side streets at the Große Freiheit end and finding yourself a seat at somewhere local, like Rosie's on Hamburger Berg, for an endless supply of bottled Becks and Astra and great music.
As mentioned elsewhere, the Schanzenviertel quarter is a fine old mixture of run-down buildings, punks, hippies, students, immigrants, and some of the best little bars and restaurants - almost anywhere is good for a drink or three, and try Olympisches Feuer on Schulterblatt for a plateful of souvlaki or gyros to fuel your engine before heading out for the night. (U-/S-Bahn Sternschanze)
Finnegans Wake: Börsenbrücke 4; tel: 040) 374 34 33; www.finnegans.com
The Shamrock: Feldstraße 40; tel: (040) 432 77 27 5; www.shamrockirishbar.com
Thomas Read's: 10a Norbistoru (along the Reeperbahn, in the same building as the Erotic Art Museum)
Rosie's Bar: Hamburger Berg 7
Olympisches Feuer: Schulterblatt 63; tel: (040) 435 597
Catch a ferry along the Elbe, the price of which is included in the price of a day ticket. A quick ride out from the Landungsbrücken to Övelgönne/Neumühlen or Teufelsbrück is not only a nice way to see the city from the water, but takes you straight to Hamburg's nicest beaches.
Public transport is run by HVV, whose website is excellent even if the English is a bit dodgy.
One last transport point: the 9 o'clock day ticket (valid from 9am until 6am the next day) is significantly cheaper than the standard day ticket if you don't need to travel during the morning rush hour.
Hamburg Public Transport: www.hvv.de
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