SIGHTS in Hamburg:
The Koppel 66 celebrates its 30th birthday this year. It's especially the arts which is celebrated on the former factory site near the central station. The framework is provided by a closed engineering factory. Already back then metal was worked on here in the building which was erected in the style of historicism. Basically nothing has changed. But additionally there are materials like wood, pottery, silk, olive oil and leather which are processed and presented in the twelve publicly accessible workshops on four floors. The handmade shoes and ball pens made of rosewood can be found in the first floor. One floor above there are self-knitted scarves. If you want soap made of natural ingredients you have to go into the basement. By the way: only the respective artists know when the particular ateliers are opened. If you want to avoid closed doors you should stop by at the fairs which take place twice a year (spring and advent) and are free of charge. Also in the house: the forum of the artists' organisation Gedok and Café Koppel with vegetarian dishes and self-made cakes.
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.
STAY in Hamburg:
This hotel provides ideal accommodation for sensitive artistic souls, who may choose from one of four houses. The Yellow house features both turn-of-the-century and Biedermeier styles. The breakfast room and reception are located here. Guests in the Green house can enjoy a view of the Zen garden, clean lines and modern reduction. The rooms in the Red house go to show that even 80s style can be tastefully realised. The highlight, however, is the Blue house, in which every room is named after a writer. Writers such as Martin Walser, Catherine Millet, Sven Eric Bechtolf and Marjane Satrapi are among former guests. Double room from Euro 130,-.
Simply put Kempinski is one of the best addresses in the world, which is treasured by regular guests as well as the stars. Here both are equally discreetly catered for. A subtle sense of glitz and glamour drifts through the hotel, the rooms are elegant and stylishly furnished. Some even offer a heavenly view of the Outer Alster. Guests at Kempinski must find the time to take a seat in the foyer - watching what goes on there is often better than television. Double room from EUR 171.
Located in Schanzenviertel and just a stone's throw from Karo-Viertel is Fritzhotel and its 17 sought-after rooms. They may not be the most spectacularly furnished dwellings, yet you'll be exactly where the city thrives. Just around the corner you'll find bars, pubs, restaurants and shops. A multi-cultural scene, hospitality and the city centre on your doorstep - what more could you want? Double room from 90 Euros.
EAT in Hamburg:
For over 25 years now Matsumi has been serving the best that Japanese cuisine has to offer. The restaurant was originally opened for Japanese guests, quickly becoming a success by standing out from the many homogenous Asian competitors. Needless to say sushi is on the menu, while the hotplate sunk into the table is always popular. You'll be surprised how tasty sake can really be: at Matsumi you can try out 10 to 15 rice wines. The unrivalled highlight, however, is the blowfish. The chef belongs to a small group of cooks in Europe who have a licence to prepare the delicacy.
Built on the grounds of the big wholesaler meat market, this restaurant seats no fewer than 180 diners. And every single one of the seats is necessary as three days a week Tim Mälzer - the popular and admired TV chef himself - can be found in the kitchen, preparing the finest food to spoil his guests, who of course remembered to reserve in advance. Dishes include quail breast, poussin, Burrata and Calamaretti. The old brick house exudes charm, the cuisine is wonderful and the ambience is upmarket without being pompous.
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.
SHOPPING in Hamburg:
Unusual dishes call for unusual ingredients, but you can find them all at Oschätzchen. Around 180 spices, including 16 types of pepper, 30 fine oils, truffles, sauces, lentils and rice are lined up along the shelves, ready to be introduced and described by the friendly staff. Even customers who aren't big cooks will get their money's worth: Danish marzipan, New York City pralines, Viennese chocolate and French truffle butter. Simply put: a paradise for connoisseurs, gastronomes and those with a sweet tooth, passionate cooks and simple enthusiastic eaters.
They're still around: the good old record shops - the ones from 1977 that don't only sell music, but also myths in thin paper sleeves. The owners know precisely what the regulars are after, while they do their very best to find the right music for less frequent or first-time customers. Fair prices and often great offers are available here. What sets Michelle Records apart are the concerts which are held there every now and then - directly in the shop window!
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.