10 of the best things to do in Hamburg

10 of the best things to do in Hamburg

John spent six days in Hamburg hosted by the Hotel Louis C. Jacob, the Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg and The Empire Riverside Hotel with flights provided by Hamburg Airport Authority. John is a photographer and journalist living in Paris and Venice. After his stay he wrote the article „10 of the best things to do in Hamburg“, which was just published by The Guardian. The opener is: The recent opening of the stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall put the port city in the spotlight, but there is a host of other attractions, plus great cocktails, design hotels and totally delicious fish sandwiches.

Gastwerk Hotel

Hamburg has a great choice of stylish design hotels and hip hostels. The immense Gastwerk, in a 120-year-old red-brick former gasworks in Bahrenfeld, western Hamburg, falls between the two, with a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere, minimalist loft-style rooms and stark industrial decor of steel girders. The comfy leather sofas, cosy bar and Moroccan-inspired spa add warmth. Ten minutes’ drive from the centre, it is right by a bus stop and a few minutes’ walk from Bahrenfeld station. This innovative hotel group also offers other fashionable alternatives around town, such as Superbude in St Pauli and 25hours in HafenCity.
• Doubles from €103 room-only, Bei Alten Gaswerk 3, +49 40 890620, gastwerk.com

Miniatur Wunderland

Housing the world’s largest model railway, this is Hamburg’s biggest eccentric surprise, and packed to bursting every day. The place seduces everyone, with kids staring open-mouthed at fire engines and steam trains whizzing past, teenagers snapping selfies against a backdrop of Las Vegas casinos or the Swiss Alps, while adults studiously examine Rome’s Colosseum or St Peter’s Basilica. The biggest crowds gather round a replica of Hamburg airport, where every few minutes a model Lufthansa plane glides along the runway, miraculously taking off. Don’t expect a quick visit – the exhibits are spread over several rooms with 10 miles of track and some 260,000 human figurines. Book online to avoid the lengthy queues, and afterwards explore the surrounding Speicherstadt, a maze of towering 19th-century warehouses and narrow canals that was once the heart of Hamburg’s port and is now a Unesco world heritage site.
• Adults €13, children €6.50, miniatur-wunderland.com

Altes Madchen brewhouse

Hamburg, like many places, is in the grip of a craft beer revolution, and the first address to check out should be this sprawling brewhouse. Cosy in winter with a log fire, it has a loud and noisy beer garden in summer that adjoins the vast steel vats of the brewery. The in-house brewer, Ratsherrn, has half a dozen ales on tap, from pilsner and a hoppy pale ale to malty rotbier and seasonal brews. And the helpful beer sommeliers have assembled a menu of more than 60 craft beers from across the world. Bread comes straight from a wood-fired oven, while the comfort food menu ranges from a tasty bowl of goulash to organic hamburgers and veggie burgers.
• Lagerstrasse 28b, +49 40 800 77750, open every day noon-2am, en.altes-maedchen.com

© The Guardian / John Brunton – the entire articel on The Guardian / travel


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