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Insider advice for your Hamburg vacation


jessi
Build your own bear 4 stars
“Build a bear” is definitely not only for children, even though you can create your own teddy bear. I went to the store with my seven years old niece and we both fell in love with the idea. You build your bear from scratch. You just get a cover of a bear. First you need to stuff it, so that it becomes alive. Then you start dressing it how you want. It even gets shoes. Once you are finished with everything, your bear even gets a birth certificate. So before you decide to buy one you should already think of a name.

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anja78
Welt Astra Tag - World Astra Day 5 stars
This weekend Hamburg celebrates the "World Astra Day". It is a free festival at Hamburg's harbor, which features the city's local beer "Astra" served cold and several music acts who mostly play rock music, and a great atmosphere. The festival takes place once a year in August and always attracts a large crowd of people who are in a mood to celebrate. It starts at 1pm in the afternoon and goes on until midnight. I always had a great time there.

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andromeda
Loitering lazily by the lake 4 stars
The Hamburg lake was a pretty sight. I didn’t have much time in the city and didn’t get to explore it much, but I liked Hamburg already. While walking by the lake, there were green lawns and ducks and geese and sail boats and people seemed just so relaxed. I found a small jetty and just idled about there in the afternoon sun and soaked up the easy Hamburg culture. The lake was really quite big; the cityscape was in the distance and all the water just made for so much peripheral greenery and open space.


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Sinbad the sailor
Hamburg - I like it 5 stars
I have been to Hamburg in two very special personal occasions – and the city always corresponded with its inviting “sea adventures” atmosphere.

Surely you can’t miss a visit to the harbor city and the Speicherstadt old storing buildings and canals – in the area shops really sell “message bottles”, so you can really post one in Hamburg!

The Rathaus and shop galleries around, the damns of the Alster River (a tributary of the Elba River)…all so very inviting to walk around…

The majestic statue of Bismarck, not far from “kinky” St. Pauli attractions…the ships to visit in the harbor – Hamburg has so much to offer!! I like it!


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johngreek
Any suggestions? 1 stars
Hi there to all cosmotourists!!
I am interested in visiting Germany some time and one of the places I would like to see is definetely Hamburg. When is the best time to get there? Any hotel recommendations?
Cuisine? Attractions?
Any responce will be very much appreciated!!
Thank you!


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anja78
O Cantinho do Antonio - Or is it Bei Heidi? Or Bei Renato? 4 stars
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The Bar is called O Cantinho do Antonio. I think. Or Bei Heidi. Or Bei Renato. At least there are signs outside proclaiming all of these names. Antonio is the owner I was told, Heidi his wife. And Renato his son. But wwhere you still get potato chips with your beer and can you can order Astra (a domestic Hamburg beer) as a draft beer. There's often socker on television, the service is good and people are friendly and prices are absolutely moderate. This is a place you can really be comfortable.

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anja78
colorful harbor celebrations 5 stars
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Once a year, in May, Hamburg celebrates the Hafengeburtstag (the birthday of the harbor), which is always great fun. This year the celebrations around the harbor will take place May 9 – May 12. It is a huge festival with a lot of music on several large and smaller stages, lots of food, a number of impressive ships to look at, and the mandatory fireworks. The festival attracts people from all around Hamburg and is always a blast no matter how old you are.

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anja78
English movies in Hamburg 4 stars
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For you international travelers coming to Hamburg, if you want to watch movies in English your best bet is to go to Grindel Cinema at Grindelberg 7A. The theatre, that used to screen mostly the original versions of the most popular movies, now shows a selection of more “independent” films in English each week, as well as some of the box-office ones. Another theatre that often has films in English is the smaller but charming Abaton on the University Campus, Allende Platz 3.

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Marijke
Cuba Libre 5 stars
The Havanna Bar is supposed to be the second oldest bar in Germany (don´t know if that´s actually true, but it doesn´t really matter). In keep with the name of the place they serve rum, cocktails and Caribbean music, which inevitably leads to a happy, relaxed atmosphere. It´s one of the most popular bars in Hamburg, it´s always packed on weekends, the audience is mixed and the combination of music, drinks, and interior makes everyone loosen up and be happy. The bar is on Fischmarkt and the usual procedure is getting drunk at the Havanna Bar and curing the munches at 5 in the morning with a fish sandwich.

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Marijke
100 years of company 5 stars
The name of this pub/restaurant is ANNO 1905 and I guess it says a lot about the quality of beer served in a pub when it lasts that long! The owners have done much to perserve the original atmosphere of this place, the interior makes you feel like you´ve travelled back in time, and the staff is old-fashioned friendly. Drinks are mostly beer and whine, the food is very German, solid quality and good value for your money. In summer there´s some outdoor seating, but there´s a rather large street right in front of it, so it´s not hugely scenic. Still, I like this place a lot! It´s on Holstenstr., the SBahn (Holstenstr.) is just 2 min away.

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Marijke
Ale, rugby, and fish´n´chips 4 stars
If you´re a fan of the English life style you´ll enjoy the Naked Turtle Pub. We go here occasionally to watch a game of rugby or cricket, and I find it a good alternative to the Irish pubs in downtown. It´s a standard basement pub with a solid English menu and real good fish´n´chips. Drinks is mostly English beer and cider, the pub is run by a Kiwi, and staff are always friendly. When we go to watch some cricket and I obviously don´t really know what´s going on (nobody outside the British empire really understands that game) I sometimes get provided with magazines and free drinks, which is my definition of caring for the customer! :-)

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Marijke
Kaffee Klatsch 5 stars
I like the coffee klatch café for 3 reasons: it´s cosy, it´s got great breakfast, and the prices are okay. It is located in the Karoviertel, a colorful part of town with great shopping (little boutiques, record shops etc.). You really want to go here for breakfast, you can just put it together from a large breakfast menu. You´ll pay around €3 to €7, depending on how much you want. If you want to hang around after breakfast try the lunch menu or a cake.
The interior is kinda scruffy, but it makes for a cosy atmosphere. Don´t hesitate asking the waiters for advise, they are always friendly and helpful. U3 Feldstrasse/ U2 Messehallen. Glashüttenstrasse.


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Marijke
Wanna eat frogs and snails? 4 stars
I don´t normally recommend expensive places, but if you should be a business man having to entertain a client, this is certainly a tasteful, yet comfortable place. The Elsass is a French restaurant about 100yrds from the Binnenalster, 5 min from the Four Seasons. The food is extremely good, French to the core, and unfortunately really pricy. Anything from onion soup to lamb chops. The lunch menu is cheaper (€7-12 mains). Any French restauarant is judged by its whine menu and this one can definitely score on that front. They have dozens of different whines and their recommendations are impeccable. Staff is friendly, no complaints.

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Marijke
Now THAT´S how you cook fish! 5 stars
This is a really nice little restaurant, unpretentious, friendly, and with a good view as well, hence the name: Elbblick. This is a family-run place and they go through lots of trouble to make you feel welcome. The waiter takes time to talk you through the menu and sometimes the chef well come to your table to recommend something. The atmosphere is sort of living room-like, and the food is good every single time you go there. The menu offers something for everyone, if you like fish you should definitely have some here, it´s extremely good and always fresh. Olbersweg. SBahn Königsstrasse

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Marijke
Dancing with the stars 3 stars
Reeperbahn being the hottest street in Hamburg, this is definitely one of the hottest places in town. The Mandarin Bar is literally the first stop on your night out on the sinful mile, the address is Reeperbahn 1. The Mandarin is actually a casino, but it wouldn´t be a good one if it didn´t include a club. It is one of the most popular ones in Hamburg and this is mirrored in the guest list. This club regularly plays host to high profile stars, anything from hip hop, soul to pop. Otherwise it´s mostly funk, hip hop and sometimes electro. Pretty stylish place, put some effort into your outfit if you wanna fit it. I find it a bit too much work and people here think they´re super-special for hanging out here.

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Marijke
student drinking 5 stars
The Pony Bar is mostly frequented by university students, and the reason for that is quite simple: it´s right on campus, next to the Abaton cinema. The Pony Bar serves cappuccino during the day and beer and long drinks at night. This is not a fancy place, but it´s actually great fun. The interior looks like the owners like to go shopping at the flea market: it´s a mixture of leather arm chairs and 70s kidney couch tables. The music is loungy and guests are young, open and happy the lectures are over. I can truly recommend this little place. Allende-Platz; SBahn Dammtor, UBahn either Schlump or Stephansplatz (both a 10 min walk).

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Marijke
Asian Food in Schanzenviertel 5 stars
Not just in Schanzenviertel (Schulterblatt/Schanzenstrasse), though. Bok is a family-run chain of Asian restaurants in Hamburg, you´ll spot them everywhere (including little to-go places). The food is delicious, I have never had a single bad meal here. Don´t arrive there starving, because the menu is so long you will need some time to take a pick. They have Chinese, Thai, Japanese (including sushi) and some Korean. The won ton soup is excellent, so is the lemon grass soup with chicken. Mains cost somewhere between €8 and €14, and it is really good value for your money. Staff are kind and attentive, no complaints. You might wanna call ahead and make reservations on weekend nights.

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Marijke
Grandma´s Pharmacy??? 4 stars
Omas Apotheke in the heart of Schanzenviertel is a well established institution. It´s sort of a mixture of restaurant and pub with homey interior and cosy lighting. The menu is very German (not typically northern though), schnitzel, soups, fried potatos etc. The food´s good quality and also quite alright value for your money, and the white beer is cold. Service was excellent every time I´ve been there, and the atmosphere is really welcoming. There´s no special program and generally no live music, but what you see is what you get and there´s no pretentiousness, no dress code or other unspoken rules that might get in the way of simply having a relaxed night out.

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Marijke
Shopping for clothes 5 stars
There are plenty of high street stores downtown, but nothing you couldn´t get in any other city in Europe. If you´re looking for original clothes, small lables or second hand wear you should go the the Karoviertel. These few streets are colorful and lively and full of little boutiques, record shops and cafés. Markstrasse has the largest selection, here you will find local designers with their own small shops, anything from fancy suits to racy underwear to punky jerseys and a whole shop dedicated to t-shirts and weird knick-knack. UBahn Feldstraße.

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Marijke
Labskaus 5 stars
Ask an out-of-towner and they either don´t know it or they will flinch and tell you to avoid it at all cost. Labskaus is a local dish and seems to be loved and understood only be the locals. Having its origin in overseas travel its main purpose is to feed you and not go off before you have a chance to digg in. It doesn´t look particularly good and smells slightly like dog food, but it´s actually delicious. Take salt meat and potatoes and mash it all up, add a pickled hering and some pickles and you have a pretty good idea of what the Frisians used to eat at sea. Don´t let people scare you out of it!

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