Unique experiences in Hamburg! On a sunny day there’s no better place to be than the shore of the Außenalster lake: swans and sailing boats and views of luxury villas across the water. While on a stormy day there’s nowhere more exciting than the port and its shipping piers, the Landungsbrücken: waves, tug boats and giant container ships. No other city in Germany can boast such growth in its visitor numbers. The only question is: when are you going to come?
On the Alster
A real Hamburger is one who goes sailing at lunchtime. Those with no sailing licence can also rent pedalos and rowing boats from the Segelschule Pieper and take to the waters of the
You’ve passed the real Hamburg test when you skip your Sunday lie-in and get up at dawn for a visit to the Fischmarkt. Here there are stalls selling fresh fish, seafood, fruit and foodie
treats – and the atmosphere is great.
Fish with remoulade sauce
It’s always really busy at the shipping piers. Buy an extra large fish roll at Bistro Brücke 10, then climb the few steps to the observation deck and watch the action from above.
Rendezvous with Shahrukh and Rani
Hagenbecks Tierpark is a zoo that is world famous for its herd of elephants. Visitors are welcome to feed them, but only with fruit and vegetables otherwise they will get too fat.
There’s a lot of debate about the HafenCity development, but one thing is certain: the view from the terrace of the Unileverhaus right on the water is superb. You can enjoy it with coffee and cake, or an ice cream.
On the Reeperbahn at 12.30pm
No visit to Hamburg is complete without a walk along the Reeperbahn. If you find the red light district a bit too scary on your own, you can book a historical ‘prostitute tour’. Extremely insightful and interesting.
Among the container giants
Only in Hamburg is there a tour like the Giganten tour: by bus to the free port and container docks. It’s incredible how high the metal boxes are stacked on the ships.
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