Hamburg, my heart city!
I‘ll write this travel tip only in short version, because I love this city tooo much and it would take pages if I wrote whole sentences ;-)
1st: Stay in the Hyatt! Yeah, it costs a small fortune, but the hotel is THE PLACE TO STAY: perfect situation, top service, beautiufl interieur, fantastic breakfast buffet ;-), nice spa and wellness.
2nd: If you don't have so much money ... youth hostel at the harbour! 200 steps away from the tube station "landungsbrücken", on a small hill with fab wiev over the busy harbour, over to the "Lion King Theatre". Cheap and great.
3rd: Shopping! Mönckebergstrasse down and back up again. From expensive stores over H&M to stylish boutiqes, you'll find it all.
4th: Eating out: "Brauhaus" just behind the Rathaus is great. Food yummy and hause-made beers. Nice location - you can sit in the wintergarden over the river (if you reserve a table before). Or "Kartoffelkeller" in the very small town (acutally only one street, but really cute), down near the harbour. Enjoy, very special - aaaand: all foods, including deserts, made out of potatoes ;-) If you like something special and classy: the Thai-restaurant downstairs in the 4seasons...
#5: Sightseeing: Mönckebergstrasse, an ice cream at the city lake, climp up the tower of the "Michel" church and be stunned by the view!, sit at the busy harbour and enjoy seeing the steam boats crossing, cross the Elbe thrugh the tunnel under water, get up very early on Saturday morning to walk over the "Fishmarket" with a fresh Muffin and a hot coffee in your hand, lay back and enjoy a Star-movie in the Planetarium (for rainy days especially) or stop at the Hyatt (after a loooong shopping tour) and buy a one day ticket for the wellness area... Oh, not to forget: a visit of St.Pauli in the night ;-)
6th: Theatre! There is so much to see for Musical and Theatre-lovers :-) Musicals Lion King and Tarzan are playing in the two big musical theatres. And you'll find many many small theatres and varietes all over the town. Don't miss this!
Hamburg Dungeon (tells the story of the Hamburg disasters) Well done - like his brother in London. And: pure fun! (Advice, be there early, because of long waiting times later)
MIWULA or Miniwunderland. The biggest model-train-landscape of Europe on 3 stories! Unbelievable and also for non-model-train freaks special too see. Different countries, sooo many small details - its unbelievable (did you find the UFO? or the dwarfs in their caves? and have you seen the cuple making love behind that tree? ;-)
(also: be there early!)
So, this are my fave places in this gorgeous city - I am sure, you will love every second there! Any questions, need help or advice? Write me a messag, it will be my pleasure to help you out!