EAT in Hamburg:
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.
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.
Das Seepferdchen is the high-end interpretation of a rustic harbour shack. The restaurant features a modern design which utilises traditional materials. The lobster tank bar and boat lounge provide the perfect venue for maritime merriment. The restaurant, which is located directly in the harbour, is one of the most beautiful locations in the whole of Hamburg. Whether you are a fan of octopus, scallops, Calamaretti, coalfish, gilthead seabream or turbot, you'll find your favourite seafood here. A wonderful ambience combined with top-draw cuisine come at a price. Yet an evening at Seepferdchen is worth every penny. Our recommendation: the Seepferdchen Platte for two.
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,-.
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.
25 Hours Hotel
Designer furniture, textured wallpaper and retro-chic. The hotel is the perfect base for urban nomads, who feel at home surrounded by a striking and bold ambience. The rooms are available in the sizes M, L, XL and Studio. Families should opt for the XL-Family category. Should you feel lonely then make yourself comfortable on the leather sofa in the hotel's living room, where you'll almost certainly find friendly conversation. The same goes for the roof terrace in the summer. Double room from Euro 95,-.
SIGHTS in Hamburg:
To catch the Fischmarkt on a Sunday you have to get up early - something that is easier said than done given Hamburg's lively nightlife. Those who make it can reward themselves with a fresh crab roll before venturing into the free-for-all. Yet Fischmarkt doesn't solely revolve around fish. Since 1703 practically everything has been sold: flowers, fruit and vegetables, liquorice, eels and souvenirs. Just a few years ago you could even find livestock on offer. The true highlight is the banter that the salesmen and women employ in an earthy Hamburg fashion to tempt the passers-by into making a purchase. Breakfast is available for early birds, tourists and hungry revellers from the previous night in the great hall, which is filled with the sound of a questionable music accompaniment.
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.
This view will cost you nothing? bar a few calories - there's no lift to take you up the 136 steps. Via a wooden flight of steps one can reach the observation platform of one of Hamburg's most unusual office buildings. An astounding EUR 30 million was invested in its construction, but the architect team Bothe Richter Teherani ably implemented its plan. The aesthetics of the building are beaten only by the phenomenal view of the harbour.
SHOPPING in Hamburg:
Ethel Vaughn is an illustrious name - that's also what fashion designer Katrin Weber must have thought and therefore used the name of her boyfriend's granny for her fashion label. The granny is a Brit and also the style of the native-born Dusseldorf designer could come downright from the isle. Her urban street style is sometimes sexy, sometimes sporty, at other times simply casual - but always cool. In the small store right between the Millerntor-Stadion and the Reeperbahn in Hamburg's district St. Pauli you'll find sweatshirts with batwing sleeves, tracksuit-styled jeans or hand-bleached shorts with a domestos look. Each piece is characterised by a casual cut and trained craftsmanship. Apart from housing the sales area for the pieces from the latest collection you'll also find the designer's atelier here - where each peace can be crafted in small quantities. And what about the fact that you can also buy the British workmen's boots by Dr. Martens? It's like chalk and cheese!
Here a range of tastes is catered for - Lilit not only offers shoppers the latest in fashion trends, but also covers all eras. Whether you follow the fashion choices of Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe, an item of desire is sure to be found by any woman. Old meets new, classic meets unique. There's even a range for men, yet it is somewhat modest in comparison. The shop also features simple and casual yet elegant fashion from Italian and French designers. Lilit is run by father and daughter, which perhaps explains the variety on offer.
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.