SIGHTS in Hamburg:
The weekend is here, the night is young, what better place to start than Große Freiheit - the street that will take you on an adventure, where an endless sea of clubs and bars await revellers and tourists alike. But what awaits them in the early hours of the morning? Complete freedom. In the ?Kiez' there's absolutely everything: strip clubs, techno clubs, sausage stands, student pubs, sex shops, an operetta house, wax stars and real girls to suit every taste. Legendary status has been achieved by the table dancing bar Dollhouse and the Safari Club, which is now Hamburg's last remaining club with a live stage show. Note: the notorious Herbertstraße is only open to men. Respect this rule to avoid trouble.
Alster round trip
A fun journey down the Alster on a mini steamboat will show you a unique view of Hamburg. All aboard as you float along the river through the green metropolis, under the city's countless bridges, past the church spires, Jugendstil villas and parks. If you ask us, a trip on the Alster is compulsory. Where you voyage is entirely up to you. An Alster Cruise is the flexible variant. This starts at Jungfernstieg and concludes at Winterhuder Fährhaus, offering more opportunities to hop on and off along the way. The Fleet trip is a hit with the tourists - it begins on the Inner Alster and makes its way through the old warehouse district. The canal trip offers passengers plenty of greenery, while the Dämmertörn is the perfect way to start a romantic evening. Drinks and sausages are available on board. Mmmmm!
Old Elbe Tunnel
Whether you are in love or just in love with Hamburg after dark: when morning breaks everyone is drawn to the Old Elbe Tunnel. Those who manage to cover the 426.50 metres below the Elbe to the other side of the river can enjoy what is arguably the most beautiful sunset the city has to offer. The whole city was overcome with pride when the technical wonder was opened in 1911. Nowadays the tunnel plays the role of a lovingly maintained area of nostalgia. Visitors must take a lift down to the tiled tunnel, which greets them with an imposing atmosphere. And it's precisely this that has drawn in film and TV crews, giving the tunnel a cult status. If you want the tunnel all to yourself, you can even rent it as an event venue.
EAT in Hamburg:
Those in search of passion need look no further, promises chef Thorsten Gillert. And he is true to his word. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Bude 1 and watch it transform into the trendy Artisan in the evening. Artisan offers diners set menus from four to seven courses, while the appropriate wine accompaniment comes recommended by professionals. The menus change daily leaving guests an element of surprise, providing they remember to reserve. Even star chef Tim Mälzer is impressed, openly acknowledging Thorsten Gillert as the city's most creative chef.
If you're not lucky enough to have a grandmother in Vienna, then you don't know what culinary treats you've been missing out on. Bistrot Vienna is the ideal substitute. Begin with potato soup with porcini mushrooms, followed by a Wienerschnitzel or prime boiled beef and round the meal off with sweet cheese dumplings served on a bed of stewed plums. With the tables lined up so close to one another there's no room for secrets. Nevertheless this makes room for 25 guests, although they may have to be patient as no reservations are taken. All in all a seat at Vienna's table is certainly worthwhile, especially for those after a good hearty meal. It has been said that the service at Vienna sometimes suffers due to a laid back atmosphere. Nevertheless it remains a restaurant that serves up a great culinary experience.
Enjoy a taste Portuguese of life with fish, wine and sweets! The Portuguese quarter winds around the harbour - more precisely around Dietmar-Koel-Straße. If you're an enthusiastic eater, then it's certainly worth a visit. Galego is one of the most popular restaurants in the quarter, both with tourists and locals. Reserve a table in advance to ensure you can enjoy truly wonderful fresh fish. If you forget to do so, then try Sagres just a few doors down the road at number 53.
STAY in Hamburg:
Clear lines, straight design and comfortable functionality. Traditional screens, tatami mats and filtered lighting - the Japanese way of relaxation for body and soul. Fewer knickknacks means a better sense of wellbeing, hence the 42 discreetly and stylishly furnished rooms. The hotel is situated near the Outer Alster providing guests with an ideal jogging route. Double room from EUR 122.
A young team of architects retained the exterior of the turn-of-the-century city villa, yet completely renovated the interior creating Hamburg's hippest hotel in the process. During its construction glass, stone and wood were the materials of choice, while at the heart of the building is the Mazza restaurant, which serves Syrian cuisine. On the topic of food, you might have the luck of enjoying your coffee at the long breakfast table in the company of a particularly beautiful guest - young models are often booked in at the hotel for their beauty sleep. Double room from EUR 99.
Even among the most stylish hotels in Hamburg the 5-star SIDE Hotel stands all alone. Actually it's located on Gänsemarkt. Designer Matteo Thun from Milan created the hotel and the rooms in a purist and surprisingly colourful fashion, and each of the pieces of furniture is a masterpiece in its own right. The 24-metre-high atrium, brought to life by lighting by Robert Wilson, is a highlight for fans of architecture. One night in a double room from Euro 500.
SHOPPING in Hamburg:
Herr von Eden
Among the new collection of Bent A. Jensen one can find suits from a period spanning eight centuries. And they all have one thing in common: style! Herr von Eden designs unusual suits for both male and female clients, which are quite possibly the coolest suits around. Here nothing looks as if it has come straight from the rail, yet all of the suits are ready-made. Upon purchase the suits are adjusted to perfection for the customer. Jan Delay, a prominent customer, is certainly a fan of the masterpieces. And even the most sceptical of shoppers would admit that these suits look damn cool.
Three labels under one roof: Goldmarie, Tazuma and Sugercube welcome street wear fetishists to a laid-back get-together. Decoy does street wear like no other. The owners have a good eye for selecting the best pieces from the latest collections and the customers are forever grateful. In turn, they bring their own style to Decoy in the search of that something extra to complete the look. The collections for the St. Pauli players and the Natural Born Golfers are great.
600m² full of small fashion labels! Freddy Mouchawrab's shop houses the creations of predominantly young German designers, but still has space for international fashion. The designers rent their own space from Freddy, who in turn receives nothing from their turnover. Currently on show are collections from IO-Berlin, Garment, Party Adel and Volker Lang. Looking for authentic fashion from Hamburg? Then this is the place for you. The designers are often in the shop giving customers the chance to meet them in person.