SIGHTS in Hamburg:
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.
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.
Oh to be a grocer's widow... as these lucky women had the honour of living in the Krameramtsstuben at the foot of St. Michaelis Church. The timbre-frame houses, which were built in the 17th century, mimic doll's houses. Today the houses are home to a bookshop, a gallery, a museum and a restaurant. Amazingly the houses remained untouched by the great fire in the 19th century as well as the bombs dropped in the wars. If St. Michaelis Church is the heart of Hamburg, the Krameramtsstuben are the soul.
SHOPPING in Hamburg:
At Mientus it's not about dining but dressing - only for men. These can find the whole range at the new Hamburg fashion store in the shopping street Neuer Wall: from suit, socks, studs to the coat and something suitable for underneath. The matching scent is also waiting for you in the shelves. The garments are spread over three floors. You find Dsquared, D&G or Martin Margiela in the basement, Moncler or Seven in the ground floor and Gucci, Dior and Prada in the first floor. If something doesn't fit, the in-house tailor will help you out. If you have any other meetings after your shopping spree at Mientus, the in-house driver will be happy to deliver your purchases to your front door the next day.
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.
Need advice? Kathrin Bruss has such a good eye for designer fashion that even the stars allow her to dress them. The Pet Shop Boys, Sheryl Crow, Thomas Gottschalk and Herbert Grönemeyer are just a handful of fashion-conscious stars, who have been convinced by Bruss' sense of style. The truly big names, however, are to be found on the labels: Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulenmester, Neil Barret, Chloé and many more are regulars at Petra Teufel. Clothing for people with taste and individual style.
STAY in Hamburg:
Not so long ago one could only rent rooms by the hour here. Star architect Jordan Mozer has created a hotel and its elegance is unbeatable. The rooms and suites are wonderful, however those more familiar with the hotel book an apartment measuring at least 135m². But deciding is not entirely straight forward: the Terrace Apartment boasts an exclusive 80m² terrace, while the Kitchen Apartment features a fully fitted, professional kitchen. Invite your friends in Hamburg and see their reaction! Even if you don't stay here you must visit one of the bars or the exquisite Gewölbe Restaurant. East-Apartment from Euro 150,- per night.
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.
EAT in Hamburg:
The name of the Seven Seas says it all. Breton turbot with cauliflower, chives and wild herb salad or scallops with pomelo salad and coriander vinaigrette: the seven seas are located on the plate and are served at the recommendation of Karlheinz Hauser, one of Hamburg's most renowned gastronomers. The former Adlon head chef has not only been awarded a Michelin star but also several 5-Star-Diamond-Awards and provides - apart from maritime, classically French cuisine - enough reasons for every gourmand to come onto the Süllberg: refined meat dishes like Bison filet prepared at low temperature, artichokes, tomatoes and potato pralines or a panorama view over the Elbe landscape. In the summer the gourmet terrace under the starry sky is open. If this still isn't enough you might be convinced by the tasteful ambience of the gourmet restaurant with earth and golden shades and exquisite dining culture or the courteous service in one of Hamburg's most elegant neighbourhood.
If you pay a visit, it's worth knowing that Alsterperle was once a toilet block. Yet the scent of yesteryear has long gone as Alsterperle is now a popular stop for day trippers, strollers and those just looking to chill out and relax. The view over the Alster is beautiful and the adjacent playground allows parents to sit in peace while the kids tire themselves out. On offer are plane fare and trendy drinks. Tip: if you can't find a place on the terrace when the weather is fine, you can spread out on the grass.
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.