Hamburg - a weekend by the Alster river

Hamburg City

Hamburg means Hansa vibes, Astra beer, and St. Pauli. But it also means the HSV sports club, the harbor and sobering up at the fish market in the morning. In short, (nearly) everything men enjoy. But before reaching for that first Astra, it's worth taking a look at the city in the daylight. We've put together a perfect weekend in Hamburg for you.

 

A sightseeing tour with personality

From the airport, you can reach the city center in 20 minutes with the S-Bahn train or a taxi. We recommend a visit to the "Speicherstadt" (warehouse district) first. Just take the metro to the Baumwall station. From there, it's best to explore the rich history of the "Speicherstadt" on foot. If you love taking pictures, this is the place for you: Wherever you turn, there are breathtaking subjects waiting to be photographed. After visiting the warehouse district, it's worth it to stop by the harbor city, which borders the warehouse district on the east. In this newly constructed district, there are also many restaurants worth checking out for a lunchtime snack, including the bistro “Lieblingsplatz”.

Insider's tip: With a normal ticket for Hamburger's public transportation network (the ÖPNV), you can also use Hamburg's ferry lines. These comfortable little boats are a great way to take a mini-tour of the harbor, including a coffee counter and sausage stand on the inside deck. The best place to get on is the Landungsbrücken stop, which is only one stop away from the "Speicherstadt".

Speicherstadt_Hamburg

 

The nights in Hamburg are long...

Hamburg's nightlife has many enticing aspects, such as the trendy Schanzenviertel district or the legendary Reeperbahn in the St. Pauli district. For a good start to the night, stop by one of the many restaurants in the Schanzenviertel area, like “Jim Burritos”. Now it's time to open your first Astra of the night. The natives of Hamburg might seem gruff and rather direct to visitors from other countries. But we promise you: Despite their rough exteriors, they are truly open-hearted. As the night progresses, you should plan to at least walk along the (in)famous Reeperbahn, one of Hamburg's definitive landmarks. Of course there are the table-dance bars as you would expect, but there are also real Hamburg originals like the bar “Zum Silbersack”.

Reeperbahn sign in Hamburg, Germany

 

...and you'll always end up at the fish market

Just around the corner, the fish market - no less famous than the Reeperbahn - opens its doors at 5 AM. Roam through the stalls a bit, buy a souvenir or two and then head off to bed. You're sure to get a great night's sleep at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport. Besides wonderfully comfortable rooms, the hotel features a rooftop terrace with a spectacular view. When the weather is nice, you can see all the way to the harbor of Hamburg. After dancing the night away, the Radisson Super Breakfast will bring you back to your spirits. Thanks to free late check-out until 6 PM, there's nothing to keep you from taking your time to recover.

For men who love technology, Sunday is a great time to visit the headquarters of Lufthansa Technik. It's best to sign up for tours in advance. And when the tour is finished, you can get on your flight back home without having to travel far.

Fish Market_Hamburg

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