From a sunrise fishmarket party to hunting for the best schnitzel, currywurst, giant beers, flea markets and red light district dancing, Hamburg sure knows how to have fun.
We decided to go to Hamburg on a whim. After years of describing how I once fell in love with the city, Ben suggested we went back together to celebrate our anniversary.
In fact the photo above is pretty much all I had seen of Hamburg in my previous visits. Quirky fashion outlets, side by side with beautiful architecture, tree lined streets in the middle of a traditional yet cosmopolitan city. But that was enough to have me hooked.
Here's a run down of our 5 days in Hamburg, hopefully treating you to some tips n tricks along the way...
Eurowings need commending here. After every single delayed, cramped, understaffed ryanair flight, trying another airline was an easy choice. Eurowings were like a breath of fresh air. Although their luggage allowance is less than ryainair at only 8kg, no one took our hand luggage off us. We boarded on time, left promptly, staff were friendly and the journey was a complete breeze. They even have free wifi onboard and the table trays slid out (essential, if like me, you want to comfortably use your laptop on the go).
We visited over the August bank holiday weekend. The weather in the UK had been unseasonably hot (in the 30°s), so we were really looking forward to a cooler climate. The first day was hot and muggy, similar to the UK but the rest of our trip was a lot cooler. Jacket weather, drizzly but sunny breaks too. Ideal city break weather if you ask me. (Highs approx. 22°- lows 8°) One morning we watched the sunrise down by the docks. It was of course windy and cold then, but with a beautiful clear sunny morning.
After searching many reviews and travel guides, we planned every day to the fullest and truly packed the fun in during our trip. Here is a round up our top five things you just HAVE to do in Hamburg:
One of favourite things to do is hunt for a good place to eat. In Hamburg - you are spoilt for choice. In true Hamburg style we hunted for the best in Schnitzels, currywurst and fish sandwiches (yes they are a local delicacy!) Here are our top picks for places you must try:
- Save money and hassle by buying a HVV travel pass. Download the app for travel routes and easy travel around the centre. (We got a weekly Hamburg AB ticket and it was valid for most HVV S/Bhan or U/Bahn trains, buses & a ferry) *visit the site here to check which ticket you need
- Menus tend to be in German in Hamburg, so we downloaded the Google Translate App. The image converter helped us to browse the menu but also how to speak enough to chat to the locals!