10 Beautiful Spots in Cappadocia that are Instagram Worthy

10 Beautiful Spots in Cappadocia that are Instagram Worthy

“Can you tell me the EXACT location of this photo?”

Yup, that’s the most frequently asked question when people see my Cappadocia pictures. In fact, this question comes to me so often that I decided the easiest thing to do would be to just write a post about my favorite Instagram spots of Cappadocia. Also, the fact that I’m still obsessing over this place helps.

Yup, it’s my fourth blog post about this gorgeous destination in Turkey. You can’t really blame me for still being fixated, just look at the photos! Yes, Cappadocia in Turkey is perhaps the most magical place that I have ever seen.

Anyway, if you’re a new here and have not been following me on social media, I must confess that my visit to Cappadocia got me a lot of attention on Instagram. Suddenly I had a lot of new followers and they wanted to see more pictures of Cappadocia. Some of them even booked their tickets and are in touch with me about booking a hot air balloon ride, hotel and what not.

If you’re heading to Cappadocia as well [you should], and want to know some of the best photography spots, then you’re going to probably bookmark this post. This part of Turkey is really pretty and there are definitely way more than ten beautiful spots in Cappadocia. It was very difficult just to choose 10 spots, but here you go.

Cappadocia’s Most Beautiful Spots –

01 | Sunset Point in Red Valley, Near Ortahisar

If red valley wasn’t red enough, things get a little crazy as the sunsets. There are no typical fairy chimneys here but you will get to witness a sight so epic that it will spoil your future sunset experiences. Don’t just leave this spot after the sunset; it gets even better after it because it gets a little empty.

Red valley’s sunset point overlooks the entire valley and you can find your own spot up on the rocks. It is is near Ortahisar and is famous – but you can’t really reach here on public transport. Get yourself a rental car or hire a taxi to reach here.

This spot is so pretty that I saw three newly wedded couples that were here for their wedding shoot.

Here are a few other pictures of this same spot that I found on Instagram.

Here’s how awesome it looks when it snows!

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BTW: If you’re near Red Valley, then don’t miss the nearby Pink Valley. I missed, but you shouldn’t. I want you to check THIS picture out.

Here is one last picture before I talk about the next spot.

02 | Sultan Cave Suites

As much as I hate putting a hotel’s balcony so high on my list, I have to admit Sultan Cave Suites deserves this mention because it’s too darn gorgeous. This spot became one of the most popular locations in Cappadocia after Instagram superstars – DoYouTravel and Gypsy_lust did a photo shoot here.

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If it wasn’t for my friend Eva (who is an amazing photographer), I was not going to make an effort to wake up at 4 am and walk to Sultan Cave Suites for a few sunrise photos. I had to gather a lot of courage for these pictures because I’m very shy when it comes to posing. Oh, you must know that I did not stay in this hotel and neither do I know if it is a good place to stay, but it sure is pretty. Due to the extreme popularity, I think they now only allow guests to this spot for photos. Here is an epic sunrise shot with balloons all around. This was at Sultan Caves Suites. That is my friend Eva and me. Here are some of our best photos:

Here’s Izmir – the real Sultan of Sultan cave suites. He’s the resident cutie of this place.

03 | Sunset Point in Göreme

Holy shit, this is Planet Tatooine!

Yep, that’s exactly what I said when I reached the famous sunset point in Göreme. I sat next to the edge and stared at the distant caves that were carved inside the fairy chimneys. It felt that at any moment, little Anakin Skywalker was going to appear out of nowhere before he became a Jedi.

As much as this looks like Tatooine, I hate to tell you that Star Wars was not shot here. Some say that George Lucas wanted Göreme as the shooting location but it was never approved because of fairy chimneys (they look like penises). But hey, this could all be a made up story but who cares when it looks as pretty as this.

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04 | Fairy Chimneys in Zemi Valley or Love Valley

Yes we all know that they look like penises, but a polite way to refer to them is “fairy chimneys” or “peri bacalari” in Turkish.

It took Mother Nature around a million years to carve out these fairy chimneys and they are all over Cappadocia. I saw them for the first time when I went for a hot air balloon ride with Turkiye Balloons and our balloon kind of flew very close to these giant mushrooms. [You can read about my Hot Air Balloon ride experience here].

There is not just one place where you can see these Fairy Chimneys because they are all over Goreme. If you’re looking at some of the best places to photograph the Fairy Chimneys, I’d recommend you go to is Zemi Valley, which is smaller than the bigger and more popular Bagli Dere Love Valley. In fact, the locals say that even a part of Zemi valey is also called Love Valley.

Zemi valley is very close to Goreme open-air museum and Bagli Dere is 6-ish KMs away. By the way, I have been told that Love Vallay has been named so because of the abundance of penis shaped formations.

06 | Uchisar Castle [or Uçhisar Castle]

If Cappadocia’s landscape couldn’t get weirder, Uchisar Castle is the cherry on the icing. This castle is on the highest point in Uchisar and overlooks the nearby towns. Uchisar castle looks like the aliens hurriedly created it and did not pay attention to the symmetry.

The entrance fee to Uchisar castle is 5 TL and it is easy to explore everything inside this castle in less than 30 minutes. The best part according to me is the view from the top, which is obviously better around the sunset.

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07 | Museum Hotel, Uchisar

How can I not put this spot on this list when the pool from the view looks like THAT. I’d love to go back to Cappadocia, just to take an early morning dip in this swimming pool. Museum Hotel, Uchisar is a boutique hotel where the room prices generally shoot up to $300 per night. This hotel is perfect for those who are looking for the ultimate luxury experience in Cappadocia. This hotel was built out of thousand-year-old cave houses.

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08 | Üçgüzeller or Three Sister Rocks Panorama Point near Ürgüp

Three Sister Rocks in Ürgüp is actually a free place to visit that’s along the road. There is a panorama viewpoint here, which is free to visit. There are three giant rocks that are cone shaped with smaller rocks on each tip. This spot is also called Peri Bacalari and there are a few stories associated with these three rocks.

Some say that these rocks can be imagined as a family – mother, father and a child. Others say that there is a legend that is associated with a father trying to marry off his three daughters, who later turned to rocks. Here’s a picture from Mesut from New Goreme tours, who was our tour guide and took us to this place along with many other places in Cappadocia.

Here are a few more that I found on Instagram.

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09 | Kale Konak Hotel, Uchisar

Kale Konak Hotel in Uchisar is not as popular on social media as many other hotels are, but it doesn’t mean it is not better. This hotel has Uchisar castle on one side and lower level scenery the other, resulting in stunning views. I stayed in two different hotels while I was in Cappadocia and Kale Konak absolutely took my breath away.

I had a cave suite to myself while I was here, and it was more like a cave house because it had two bedrooms, one toilet, one sitting room, two levels of private terraces and what not. I had the luxury of watching the sunrise [and sunset] in my own private terrace.

The sunrise here looks amazing because in the distance you can see the lone Mt. Erciyes and on the other side there is the strange Uchisar castle. Here’s a picture that will tell you how close Uchisar castle is from here.

10 | Soganli Valley

One of the first places that I visited in Cappadocia was Soganli Valley, which has abandoned churches and monasteries inside caves. There are little pigeon windows that are carved on these caves as well, that adds to the mystery.

Even though the structures here were really interesting, I was surprised to see that there was no one around except for our group. Yes, Sognali valley is indeed gorgeous but I loved learning about its history as well. Some of the cave churches date back to the 9th centaury and you can even see some intricate paintings inside them. Sadly, some of these frescos were damaged.

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Swimming pool with a view of hot air balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey
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Day Trip to Dala Village near Yangon, Myanmar

Day Trip to Dala Village near Yangon, Myanmar

A small fishing village in Myanmar, Dala is a perfect spot for a day trip from Yangon. A trip to Dala village gave us a quick snapshot of life in a small Burmese village. A visit to Dala village is perfect for those who want to take a quick look at simple Burmese village life and need a change of scenery from Myanmar’s touristy spots.

Inside Dala Village near Yangon, Myanmar

Inside Dala Village near Yangon, Myanmar

Where is Dala Village

Dalla or Dala is a small village across the river from Yangon. There are many things to do in Yangon and a day trip to Dallah village from the main city was a lovely experience.

How to reach Dala Village from Yangon

A building near Pansodan Pier, Yangon for Dala ferry terminal, Yangon

A building near Pansodan Pier, Yangon for Dala ferry terminal, Yangon

This village is a 10-minute ferry ride away from Pansodan Pier in downtown Yangon. Pansodan Pier is very close to downtown Yangon and Sule Pagoda. You can easily reach this pier by walking by using Google maps or by just asking the locals to point you in the right direction.

Like most of the things in Myanmar, the cost of this ferry is different for locals and international tourists. When we reached Pansodan Pier, things were a little confusing. Being the only tourists there, we were spotted by a government officer who pointed us to the ticket window for tourists that had no queue. We paid USD 4 per person for a return ticket.

Ferry from Yangon to Dala village

A visit to Dala village is surely interesting but the ferry ride is literally as interesting as the village itself.

Dala ferry ride from Yangon to Dala Village

Dala ferry ride from Yangon to Dala Village

The ferry irself was like a mini floating market and had a lot of interesting sights. Many locals brought their bicycles on board and some of them got their little shops too. In this brief ferry ride, we saw many people (mostly women) selling different things – clothes, cigarettes, combs, mirrors, bird eggs, fresh fruit and so much more.

One the decks of Dala ferry (or Dallah ferry as some call it), we also saw plastic chairs for rent. Just like Yangon’s tea shops, these plastic chairs were tiny and in reality are for children. These are the same chairs that my father used to rent for my birthday party when I was a little girl. The seats on the upper deck are for free.

Our Day Trip to Dala Village

A trip to Dala gave us a quick snapshot of life in a small Burmese village. We saw fish markets, bamboo houses, teashops, and many farm animals that wandered about freely. The common mode of transport appeared to be tricycles but we avoided them at the Dala village pier since we had read about a few scams.

A roadside food stall in Dala village, Myanmar

A roadside food stall in Dala village, Myanmar

Right next to the pier where the boat dropped us, we enjoyed a nice lunch at a roadside shop. This place had a few local men inside who were chatting and drinking beer. The menu was in Burmese and one of the staff members spoke English. We ordered a random thing on the menu and crossed our fingers.

Our meal in Dala Village, Myanmar

Our delicious meal in Dala Village, Myanmar

Our meal ended up being very interesting because it was a simple noodle soup with loads of veggies and tiny bird eggs. It was not as spicy as normal Burmese food. I don’t remember the exact cost but our meal was even cheaper than our ferry ticket, so around $1 – $2 in total.

Suggested: Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Yangon

After our meal, we explored this village on foot and visited a lovely monastery and golden pagoda. The monastery was very close to the pier and was interesting to explore.

A monastery in Dala Village, Myanmar

A monastery in Dala Village, Myanmar

There were no people around and we walked from one section to another and ended up reaching an elderly Monk’s room by mistake.

Inside a monastery in Dala Village, Myanmar

Inside a monastery in Dala Village, Myanmar

We didn’t mean to intrude and were about to leave but he gestured us to stay. He was sitting on his chair by the window and did not look in the best of health. His room had many framed pictures of his younger self. We pointed at the pictures and at him and he nodded, letting us know that those were indeed his.

Dala village's Monastery, Myanmar

Dala village’s Monastery, Myanmar

We eventually left his side and went out of this monastery to explore the rest of this village. After walking straight for a few more minutes, we reached another big pagoda. Soon a bunch of Burmese schoolboys surrounded us for a picture.

San with a group of Burmese boys in Dala Village

San with a group of Burmese boys in Dala Village

After spending a few hours in this village, I tried to look for a toilet here but couldn’t find one. As a blessing in disguise, a helpful tricycle pusher took us to his hut so that I could relieve myself.

San enjoying his tricycle ride in Dala Village, Myanmar

San enjoying his tricycle ride in Dala Village, Myanmar

He proudly showed us around his lovely hit and made us meet his family. We eventually ended up exploring a Dala green village on his tricycle. He did not speak English but a word here and there and gestures helped us hold a conversation.

Our visit to Dala Village was definitely short but is an experience we will remember for life.

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Dala Village Scam

There are many reports of tourists getting scammed while trying to go to Dala village from Yangon. In some cases, locals have tried to sell a day trip package to Dala village, which is 10 times the actual cost of visiting, eating and exploring.

In other cases, some tricycle pushers have scammed international visitors at the pier. Most of them will quote 5 times the actual cost to show people around. A few of them also pretended their tricycle stopped working because of their customer and demand an exorbitant payment.

One lady posted on Lonely planet forum about being guilt tripped by their tour guide into buying sacks of rice for poor villagers.

Don’t let these incidents discourage you from visiting Dala village. It is easy to avoid these scams when you do this trip on your own and don’t buy a package. Be firm and don’t say yes for a tricycle ride as soon as you arrive in this village. It is easy to explore this village on foot because it is small. San and I were not scammed and had a lovely experience with a tricycle pusher who showed us around and did not even ask for money. We had to literally force him to take money from us.

Final Thoughts about Dala Village

Sunset from Pansodan pier bridge, Yangon

Sunset from Pansodan pier bridge, Yangon

You can make a day trip to this village or cover it in just a few hours. You can come back in time to catch the sunset at Pansodan Pier. In my experience, the best view is from the pedestrian bridge that goes over the road.

If you’re heading to Myanmar, can check iVisa for info about how to get your eVisa, requirements, info and more details.

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Delicious Burmese food - in Dala village, Myanmar - a day trip from Yangon.
A Buddha statue under a tree inside a monastery in Dala Village near Yangon, Myanmar
Dala village - Day trip from Yangon, Myanmar. A small fishing village, a visit to Dala village will give you a quick look at how life is in a small Burmese village.
Amsterdam Travel Tips – 15 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting

Amsterdam Travel Tips – 15 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting

Amsterdam travel tips to make your trip a little more affordable.

How can anyone not like Amsterdam? There are pretty canals, narrow houses, cute bridges, plenty of bicycles, flowers everywhere and an extremely liberal culture. It’s the city that’s gateway to Europe for many 20 and 30 something travelers who start their Euro trips here.

Yes, Amsterdam is absolutely gorgeous and you will not be able to stop yourself from clicking hundreds of photos while you’re there. But it’s not Amsterdam’s beauty that WOWs me, it is the fact that literally every kind of traveler will find something fun to do here is what makes it special. Wether you’re traveling to Amsterdam alone or with your family, you will surely enjoy your time here.

Amsterdam is breathtaking - Amsterdam travel tips

Amsterdam is breathtaking – Amsterdam travel tips

I visited Amsterdam for the first time back in 2014 but one visit was not enough. I visited this glorious city just a few days back and I can’t stop thinking about it. In fact, I’d love to visit it again in autumn and then again during the winter months.

If you’re visiting Europe anytime soon, please do yourself a favor and include Amsterdam in your itinerary. However, keep in mind that Amsterdam can end up being super expensive if you don’t research enough. Based on my experience, I want to share my top travel tips for Amsterdam with you so that you can save some money while you’re there. Wether you’re visiting Amsterdam for the first time or the third time, some of these tips are sure to help you while you’re there.

Amsterdam Travel Tips

01 | Avoid Weekends and Visit during the week = Cheaper Rooms

Amsterdam is one of the most visited destinations of Europe and over 7 million international travelers visit Amsterdam in a year. Many Europeans who live in nearby cities frequently visit Amsterdam over a long weekend. This happens even more during summer months.

Believe it or not, but a dorm bed that costs $20 during the week, can be as high as $70 or $80 during the weekend. If you plan well in advance and research, you can save some serious money by just making sure you visit Amsterdam on any of the weekdays. Moreover, you will save a lot of time when you don’t have to stand in long queues and can ultimately explore more.

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02 | Get yourself an I Amsterdam Card

Apart from your accommodation costs, where do you think you will spend most of your money while you’re in Amsterdam? I’m sure you’re thinking internal local transport, boat ride, museum entry, food, etc. Well, good news – you can save money on this by getting yourself an I Amsterdam city card.

I Amsterdam City Card - Amsterdam Travel tips

I Amsterdam City Card – Amsterdam Travel tips

Based on your duration of stay, you can get yourself a card that is valid for 1 to 4 days. A 24-hour card is for 57 euros and a 4-day card is for 87 euros. This card includes a free entry to Amsterdam’s many museums, unlimited use of public transport (trams, buses and metros), free canal cruise, and discounts in many restaurants. For information about how to order this card, visit the Amsterdam tourism board website.

I Amsterdam card is a blessing and I wish I had it back in 2014 when I first visited this city. The best part is that, the transport parts and museum parts of this cards get activated separately. The museums part is automatically activated when you visit a museum the first time, and stays active till the duration of your card. The public transport part is automatically activated the first time you use a tram, bus or metro in Amsterdam. This way, you don’t have to get a card for the full duration of your trip and can just plan your trip in such a way that you check out all the museums in a day or two, overlap one day with transport and include museums which you can’t reach by walking and extend the card longer.

 

03 | Coffeeshops in Amsterdam are not exactly Cafes

A coffee shop in Amsterdam is not your typical café but means something else entirely. I feel it is my duty to educate you so that you don’t get a shock when you visit a coffeeshop in Amsterdam just to drink coffee.

I’m sure you know by know that Amsterdam is one of those few places on earth where you can legally buy and consume marijuana for personal consumption. This happens not on the streets but in coffeeshops where you can see several kinds of weed, hash, etc., being sold per gram or in pre rolled joints. Check point 8 for Amsterdam tips for stoners, more information about coffee shops and safety while experimenting / buying drugs in Amsterdam.

 

04 | No Photography in the Red Light District

Yes, prostitution is legal in Amsterdam and the red light district comes alive as soon as the evening sets in. If you walk around the red light district at night, you will see prostitutes through pretty much every glass window in this area.

If you’re visiting Amsterdam’s Red Light District just to look around, please don’t photograph the sex workers that you see through the windows. Just because they’re sex workers, doesn’t mean you can disrespect them. Not only clicking these photographs is rude but you can get your camera snatched by the cops or pay a hefty fine. Believe it or not, I saw many people who were trying to photograph the prostitutes and were caught by the cops.

 

05 | Don’t Get in the way of cyclists

One of the first things that you will notice about Amsterdam is its bicycle dominated roads. The city is full of them and the locals love traveling on them. After all, Amsterdam has been declared as the most bicycle friendly city in the world.

Amsterdam is the most bicycle-friendly city - Amsterdam Travel Tips

Amsterdam is the most bicycle-friendly city – Amsterdam Travel Tips

However, much to annoyance of the locals, many tourists don’t notice the bike lanes and walk on them. A bike obviously doesn’t move like a car, and it is not easy to stop it instantly within seconds. Please be mindful of bike lanes and stay off them to avoid getting injured.

Here’s something that will make you laugh: there are many who think Dutch bicycles don’t have breaks. It is because when you look at them, you won’t see the hand breaks. In reality, they don’t have traditional hand breaks that are on handles but have pedal breaks.

 

06 | It can rain anytime in Amsterdam, so be prepared

Not just London, but it can rain anytime in Amsterdam too. Prepare yourself mentally and physically to handle the rain. If you want to be comfortable, don’t forget to carry your rain gear, especially shoes. Carry gumboots or flip flops, or any other rainproof shoes so that your socks don’t get soggy.

Amsterdam Travel tips - weather in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Travel tips – weather in Amsterdam

If you forget to carry your rain poncho, don’t worry because you will find cheap rain ponchos being sold for 1 – 5 euros in several stores.

 

07 | Carry a bottle and drink tap water

The Netherlands is one such country where the quality of tap water is regulated and is totally safe to drink it. A water bottle can cost around 2 euros and you can save some money by filling your bottle with tap water. Why waste money on bottled water when you can safely drink tap water?

If you think bottled water is cleaner, let me tell you – it depends on how it is stored and transported. These bottles are made with plastic and if they’re kept in the sun by mistake for a long duration, the water is no longer safe.

Before you proceed, here’s a 10 second long video with a 360 degree view of Amsterdam.

08 | Amsterdam tips for Stoners – Don’t buy drugs on the road

Ok, so you have heard Amsterdam has an open-minded drug use policy and you are visiting this city just to party. I understand, but please don’t buy drugs on the road. Believe it or not, there are cops everywhere and you can get caught. Why buy on the road when you can legally buy and smoke weed (and hash) in coffeeshops? In Bulldog (Amsterdam’s most famous coffeeshop), a gram of weed or hash is sold for around 10 – 12 euros. You can also buy 4 pre rolled splifs for around 16 euros.

As of 2008, you can no longer buy magic mushrooms in Amsterdam but can buy truffles in head shops (or smart shops). Truffles are just like magic mushrooms, except they grow under the earth. There is a herbal version of many things, including MDMA. Just because it is herbal, doesn’t mean it doesn’t cause any damage to your body. Please research well in advance before you decide to experiment here.

09 | Park your car outside Amsterdam

Parking in Amsterdam is expensive and can be as high as 10 euro per hour. If you’re reaching Amsterdam by driving, then you need to park your car outside to save money.

On the highway that leads to Amsterdam, watch out for “P+R” signs because this is where you need to park your car. Parking in P+R spots is usually 1 euro per hour and from here you can easily take public transport to the centre of the city.

10 | Don’t Get Stuck at the Centre. Get out and explore

Amsterdam is more than just coffeeshops, red light district and the center. Many tourists just get stuck in the center and miss the surrounding neighborhoods.

Jordaan, Amsterdam - travel tips for Amsterdam

Jordaan, Amsterdam – travel tips for Amsterdam

Go visit Jordaan, Noord or Oost – you will be surprised to see how few tourists visit these places. You can easily reach here by hopping on trams, buses and metros where you can use your I Amsterdam city card. Click here for more information about Amsterdam’s neighborhoods.

11 | You will probably get lost

Prepare to get lost because in the beginning, most of the canals in Amsterdam will look similar and you will think you’re walking in circles. Some streets are so narrow that it is very easy to miss a turn. Moreover, if you rent a bike, the traffic can be confusing because there are trams, buses, cars and pedestrians on the road.

I am not sure about you but I really enjoy getting lost in new places. However, it is not so much fun when you get lost right before you need to catch a train (or bus in my case) to get out of Amsterdam. Download an offline version of Amsterdam’s map on Google maps or Maps me, so that you can be aware of where you are.

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12 | Respect the locals and their city

Just because Amsterdam’s city council is open-minded and has legalized many things like marijuana consumption, prostitution, etc., it doesn’t mean that you can take advantage of this. Be a responsible traveler and don’t do more than you can handle.

Don’t get excessively high in public places and please don’t create a scene. Prostitutes are not porn stars, don’t photograph them and share their pictures on social media. Just remember to treat Amsterdam exactly how you would want the visitors to treat YOUR hometown.

13 | Carry your photo ID

No, you don’t just need a photo ID if you’re visiting a coffeeshop or a bar, but even the cops can stop you on the road and ask for an ID. We were told this happens specifically when people look intoxicated or have “red eyes”.

You may just be sleepy but perhaps you look stoned, it is better to keep your ID with you all the time. If you’re worried about losing your passport, then just keep your driver’s license that shows your picture.

14 | Amsterdam has pickpockets, beware

Just like most touristy places, Amsterdam also has pickpockets. Moreover, some of the areas tend to get highly crowded and you may not even notice when someone picks your pockets.

Keep your valuables in your hotel room or hostel locker and carry only the essentials.

15 | Where to stay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of those places where you need to book a room in advance to avoid shockingly high costs. Believe it or not, my husband once paid 20 euros for just two hours in a hostel, which is usually a nightly cost in hostels all over Europe.

Amsterdam Travel Tips - hotels in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Travel Tips – hotels in Amsterdam

If you’re looking for a budget hotel, try Vivaldi guesthouse near the Heineken experience. I stayed here in 2014 and I enjoyed this place. You can also try the famous Flying Pig Downtown hostel. This same chain has two more – Flying Pig Uptown Hostel and Flying Pig Beach hostel. If you don’t have any budget restrictions, then try NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, which is in Dam square – the center of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam at night - Amsterdam travel tips
Amsterdam is so pretty - Amsterdam Travel tips
Amsterdam is so pretty - Amsterdam Travel tips

So, are you ready to visit Amsterdam and fall in love with it? If so, let me know how it goes, I’d love to hear abut your experience. If you know anyone that’s heading to this beautiful city, then please share this post about Amsterdam travel tips with them. I’m sure it will help them tremendously and will save their travel costs.

Disclaimer: we collaborated with I Amsterdam for a part of our trip. However, all opinions expressed in this articles are definitely our own.

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Superbude – the best place to stay in Hamburg, Germany

Superbude – the best place to stay in Hamburg, Germany

A few days back, San and I spent a few days in Hamburg to celebrate my birthday. It turned out to be one of the most interesting cities that we have seen in Europe and our trip was made even more special because of our unique rooms. We stayed in two places while we were in Hamburg – Superbude St Pauli and Superbude St Georg.

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you must have noticed that we hardly ever post about hotels or hostels. We’re making an exception to post about Superbude hostel and hotel chain because our experience was like no other. Apart from being awesome, they also offer some of the most affordable private rooms in Hamburg.

So what exactly is Superbude all about? In short, it is a hostel, hotel and lounge with décor that is fun, industrial and has a bit of color. We have stayed in many hostels all over the world and most of them are surely interesting, but Superbude has got to be the coolest hostel that we have ever seen.

Superbude St Georg Hamburg, Germany

Superbude St Georg Hamburg, Germany

No, it not only a place for young travelers but we met many families that were staying in private rooms here. In fact, I cannot think of any kind of traveler that would not enjoy staying in a place like this.

 

Location

The area outside Superbude St. Pauli, Hamburg

The area outside Superbude St. Pauli, Hamburg

Superbude St Pauli

Superbude St Pauli is in Hamburg’s trendiest neighborhood. St. Pauli is artsy, hip and has Hamburg’s best street art. The streets are dotted with cute cafes with tables that are lined up on the sidewalk. St. Pauli is where the Beatles spent most of their time and the “Beatles mania” hit this place first before the rest of the world.

The location is awesome if you want to explore Hamburg on foot or public transport.   Whether you take a bus or train (U-Bahn), you will not need to walk for more than 3 minutes. Moreover, Superbude St. Pauli is right next to Hamburg’s famous Red Light District – Reeperbahn and Hamburg’s famous nightlife spot – Schanzenviertel.

Superbude St. Georg

Superbude St. Georg is near Hamburg’s Berliner Tor train station, which is a direct airport line. This hostel is also close to the city center and if you walk for 10 minutes, you will reach it. The city center has pretty much all the major historical Hamburg attractions and points of interest.

Superbude St. Georg is also close to Hamburg’s artificial lake Außenalster where you can spend an evening watching the sunset next to the swansThis area also has a few LGBT centric clubs and bars. Personally, I like the St. Pauli area better than St. Georg but I will leave it for you to decide.

Our Private Room at Superbude Hotel in Hamburg

Our private room in Superbude St. Pauli, Hamburg

Our private room in Superbude St. Pauli, Hamburg

Our rooms in Superbude St. Pauli and Superbude St. Georg were slightly different. They were both furnished in a bizarre fashion and yet were comfortable. The design was unique with things like flip-flop for magazine holder, plungers for coat hangers and newspaper cuttings about Hamburg as wallpaper.

Our private room in Superbude St. Georg, Hamburg

Our private room in Superbude St. Georg, Hamburg

It was good to see a USB charging socket near the bed, a feature that surely many other travelers will appreciate. Our bed was soft and the pillow made us feel as if we were sleeping on a cloud.

The private bathrooms had everything we needed – rain shower, hair dryer, towels, toiletries, etc. Our toilet in Superbude St. Georg had a funny singing fish that we had a lot of fun playing with. Both the bathrooms had a “Moin” soap, which is a typical way Hamburgers greet each other.

Our spacious bathroom in Superbude St. Georg, Hamburg

Our spacious bathroom in Superbude St. Georg, Hamburg

 

Amazing Buffet Breakfast at Superbude Hotel in Hamburg

My second helping of Breakfast at Superbude, Hamburg

My second helping of Breakfast at Superbude, Hamburg

German breakfasts are awesome and our breakfast at Superbude St Pauli and St Georg was out of the world. We had a variety of fresh fruits, juices, muesli, yogurt, typical German breakfast buns, sauces, cold meat, freshly cut veggies, herbs, salad dressings and coffees.

Muesli bowl with yoghurt, fried bananas, nuts, maple syrup, honey and more

Muesli bowl with yoghurt, fried bananas, nuts, maple syrup, honey and more

As a result, we made our own muesli meal with yoghurt and honey, followed by salad, sandwich, juices and coffee. The highlight of the breakfast was waffles because we could make our own! Yes, we often spent more than an hour eating and enjoying our breakfast

 

Other Amenities in at Superbude Hostel in Hamburg

Travelers often need Internet and one of the best things about Superbude was the availability of workstations in each lounge. We could also print our stuff for free, which really helped us when we had to print our Hamburg card.

Free to use computers and printer at Superbude St. Pauli, Hamburg

Free to use computers and printer at Superbude St. Pauli, Hamburg

I was happy to see a free water refilling station in the kitchen area along with bits of lemon, orange and mandarin slices that we could put in our water jars.

Both the hostels feature a “take what you fancy fridge”, and an honesty bar which runs on the principle of trustworthiness. As the name suggests, you can take what you want and add it to your bill.

Superbude St. Pauli also features an Astra Rockstar suite, which is the perfect place for 4 – 6 friends to stay. This suite has everything to make a party trip epic – dance floor, massive projector TV, guitar, PlayStation, speakers, stripping pole, 6 beds and what not! We did not stay in the rockstar suite, because we were just two. However, we got an opportunity to check it out when we landed on the wrong floor. We would love to go back to Hamburg to celebrate a special occasion and to stay in this room.

The main lobby of Superbude St. Pauli, Hamburg

The main lobby of Superbude St. Pauli, Hamburg

Above all of this, the service standards in both the Superbude hotels are exceptional. The staff was always extremely friendly and spoke good English. On many occasions, they helped us with directions and local transport suggestions.

Final Thoughts About Superbude, Hamburg

Rooms in Hamburg are not cheap but Superbude is one of the most affordable places to stay in the city. It is definitely loved by people who stay here and for this reason is very highly rated on TripAdvisor.

 

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20 Fun Things to do in Hamburg, Germany

20 Fun Things to do in Hamburg, Germany

This guide about things to do in Hamburg has been written in collaboration with Come to Hamburg. Our visit to Hamburg was sponsored by them but all suggestions mentioned in this post are ours.  

Have you ever made an “instant connection” with a place and left a piece of your heart there? We left ours back in Hamburg because it’s lovely.

We spent a few days in Hamburg in June to celebrate my birthday and absolutely fell in love with this city. This city has more canals than Amsterdam and Venice combined, and yet it doesn’t receive as many visitors and gets slightly ignored.

Hamburg at night - things to do in Hamburg, Germany

Doesn’t Hamburg look insanely gorgeous?

There are many fun things to do in Hamburg that can keep you busy for a week. The weather in Hamburg can be unpredictable and it can rain anytime, so we have included a few Hamburg attractions that you en enjoy even when it rains. If you’re visiting Hamburg with your family, you will find a lot of things to do in Hamburg with kids on this list.

Things to do in Hamburg:

1 | Walk Around the Harbor and See Some Magnificent “Museum Ships”

Hamburg Harbor - things to do in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg Harbor – things to do in Hamburg, Germany

You can’t visit Hamburg and skip the Harbor because it’s hard to miss. Even if this is not on your list, you will end up doing this if you explore Hamburg by foot.

Hamburg has the second largest seaport in Europe and more than NINE MILLION containers are handled here in a year. Even if you don’t care about the numbers, you will surely enjoy walking along the harbor and checking out the sights.

You can expect to see Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego – Hamburg’s magnificent historical ships that are permanently moored here by the harbor. Both the ships are now turned into museum ships.

2 | Check Out Nikolaifleet – Hamburg’s Prettiest Canal

While Hamburg is gorgeous and has a lot more to offer than Amsterdam, the canals are not everywhere. You need to get to certain parts of the city to see the canals. If you’re in Hamburg for one day and want to make the most of it, this is one of the canals that you should surely see.

Nikolaifleet - Hamburg’s Prettiest Canal

Nikolaifleet – Hamburg’s Prettiest Canal

Nikolaifleet in Hamburg is one of the oldest spots of the city. We reached here just by chance while we were exploring Hamburg by foot and didn’t want to leave. To give you the exact location, this is very close to Hambur’s miniature wonderland.

 

3 | Explore St Pauli and Look at the Street Art

St. Pauli is Hamburg’s coolest neighborhood and it is so for a reason. Literally every single wall or door is covered with colorful artwork here. The streets are lined with little artsy stores and quirky cafes where you can spend an entire day.

A colorful street side skate park in St Pauli, Hamburg

A colorful street side skate park in St Pauli, Hamburg

Yes, art is the first thing that will hit you when you enter St Pauli but this neighborhood has a lot of history. You can see it in the architecture, old houses and churches. You can check this for booking a walking tour of St. Pauli that costs €12.

If you want to make the most out of your Hamburg trip, then I highly recommend you stay in St. Pauli. We stayed in Superbude Hotel and Hostels, which is the most loved place to stay in Hamburg. I’m not just saying this because I stayed here, but you can read the reviews on TripAdvisor and decide for yourself.

They have dorm beds and amazing private rooms. If you’re visiting with friends, then you can book their Rockstar suite. Everything here is fantastic, especially the breakfast.

4 | Make your own Chocolate the Chocolate Factory – Chocoversum Chocolate Museum

The purpose of our visit to Hamburg was to celebrate my birthday and visiting Hamburg’s Chocoversum Chocolate Museum was the highlight of that day. I’m a chocoholic but my husband is not. Seriously, he is the only one in the world who doesn’t like chocolates, but even he had a lot of fun here.

Delicious Hachez chocolate at - Chocoversum Chocolate Museum, Hamburg, Germany

Delicious Hachez chocolate at – Chocoversum Chocolate Museum, Hamburg, Germany

We entered the world of smiles as soon as we stepped inside this place. A gentle chocolate aroma acted like a drug and made me a sudden burst of happiness for no reason. It felt like Christmas inside!

Chocoversum Chocolate Museum has English and German tours that are around 90 minutes long. We opted for the English tour and were lucky to have the funniest guy in the building – Haldor as our tour guide.

The tour was around 90 minutes long and was full of laughter, interesting facts about chocolate, a bit of history and tasting the chocolate. We got to taste chocolate many times throughout the tour and we even got to make our own!

Making chocolates in the chocolate factory - Chocoversum Chocolate Museum, Hamburg, Germany

Making chocolates in the chocolate factory – Chocoversum Chocolate Museum, Hamburg, Germany

They gave us the ingredients and asked us to be creative. I picked dark chocolate as my base and added caramel and hazelnut. San also picked dark chocolate and added pretty much every ingredient he found – even salt and chili.

Hamburg weather can be strange and it can rain just about anytime. Chocoversum Chocolate Museum and chocolate factory is one of the best places to see in Hamburg when it’s raining.

Suggested: 11 things about Hamburg that make it Interesting AF

5 | See Reeperbahn – Hamburg’s Red Light District

Do you know which city in Europe has the biggest red light district? No it’s not Amsterdam, it’s Hamburg. I did not know this as well.

Reeperbahn – Hamburg’s Red Light District

Reeperbahn – Hamburg’s Red Light District

Hamburg red light district is in and around Reeperbahn, which is the name of a street near St. Pauli. This street is also called “the sinful mile” and is full of brothels, sex shops, sex shows and similar things.

It’s not like Amsterdam where girls actually stand on the windows. In fact, you probably won’t see any sex workers but only massive posters. Strangely, there is a little side street that says, “women are not allowed”. I was standing somewhere, minding my own business and suddenly a man, who was probably an employee asked me to move away and said this bar is only for men.

Why should you visit this area? Well, it’s an experience just walking on the streets and getting drunk on the road here. To make things easier for yourself, you can book a walking tour of Reeperbahn for €12.

6 | Go Check Out Elbtunnel – an Underground River Tunnel

This is the longest river tunnel in the world and it flows under Hamburg’s river Elb. You can access the entry point from the harbor and reach the other side. When you enter, you can walk from one side to another in less than 10 minutes and explore the area on the other side of the harbor.

San and I inside Elbtunnel - things to do in Hamburg, Germany

San and I inside Elbtunnel – things to do in Hamburg, Germany

Of course the view from the other side of the harbor is marvelous but as per me, the tunnel looks gorgeous from inside. You can also go inside with your bicycle.

 

7 | Admire Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland (The Miniatur Wunderland)

Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland is a place that brings the inner child out in everyone. The detailing here is like no other and everything looks very real. There are cities, countries, massive landscapes, and more!

Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland (The Miniatur Wunderland)

Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland (The Miniatur Wunderland) – the details here are mindblowing

Actually these are mini models of a few selected geographical areas and every effort is taken to ensure the model is a pure replica of the original in every detail.

There is a tiny version of literally everything – houses, cities, roads, volcanoes, stations, airports, festivals, beaches, swimming pools and little people. There are buttons that you can press to play around and move the trains, make people dance and move other things around.

Our favorite was a festival set up with a massive sound system, campervans, food stalls, dixie toilets and many people. After every few minutes, the light patterns change to show the miniature world in nighttime and then daytime. Miniature wonderland also has the most elaborate train model in the world. For more information about Miniatur Wunderland, check this.

 

8 | Climb on Rickmer Rickmers – Hamburg’s beloved sailing ship

Rickmer Rickmers is Hamburg’s famous floating landmark and you will definitely see it when you visit the port. Guess what, you can now climb on the top of this ship and check out the view.

Rickmer Rickmers on Hamburg Harbor - Museum Ship
Climb on top of Rickmer Rickmers Ship on Hamburg Harbor - things to do in Hamburg, Germany
The view from the top of Rickmer Rickmers Ship on Hamburg Harbor - things to do in Hamburg, Germany

You can’t and should not try this alone. However, you can try this with Schnurstracks Kletterparks Adventure Company where their experienced instructors guide you. You can climb and be 35 meters above the water level and enjoy a panoramic view of Hamburg. This costs € 30 and can only be done on Saturdays.

9 | Enjoy Shopping in Hamburg at the Best Vintage Shop – Pick N Weight

I hate shopping in Europe because most of the clothes look the same as per the latest trends. Living in Europe, I really miss shopping in India’s flea markets where you can find one-of-a-kind handmade things.

Hamburg is the FIRST place in Europe where I had the desire to shop. It has many artsy shops where you can buy unique things. Out of all the stores, we found a gem of a place where they sell beautifully preserved vintage things.

PickNWeight vintage store in hamburg
PickNWeight vintage store hamburg
PickNWeight vintage store St Pauli hamburg

One rainy afternoon in Hamburg, San and I found this cute shop Pick n Weight where they sell premium vintage clothes, shoes and hats by weight. This store was very close to our room at Superbude St Pauli, so we went back here everyday. I don’t think you will ever be able to guess what we bought here.

You can find vintage rock and roll tee shirts, 60s, 70s and 80s wardrobe, kimonos, hats, boots and so much more. San and I bought Kimonos – not sure where we will wear them but I love them.

Before you ask, no I’m not getting paid by them to promote their store on my blog.

10 | Watch Sunset with Swans Next to Alster Lake

Alster Lake is an artificial lake that’s formed by Alster river. In fact, there are two of them, one is inner lake and the other is outer Alster Lake. As the evening approaches, the local students bring their beer and sit on the benches next to the lake.

Sunset By Alster Lake With Swans, Hamburg, Germany

Sunset By Alster Lake With Swans, Hamburg, Germany

We visited this lake twice but the best was when we saw the sunset here next to the swans. Hamburg is gorgeous but it is an amazing experience seeing how everything lights up as the sky darkens. The skyline looks beautiful and you can see the famous TV tower in the distance.

If you’re visiting Hamburg in the summer months, keep in mind that the sunset can be as late as 11 pm.

 

11 | Visit Hamburg’s Famous Fish Market – Der Fischmarkt

Der Fischmarkt - Hamburg Fish Market

Der Fischmarkt – Hamburg Fish Market by Uformat [CC0 Public] via Pixabay

Every Sunday morning from 7 am to 9:30 am, the fish vendors in Hamburg set up one of Germany’s oldest markets – der Fischmarkt. It’s a place where the locals and visitors come together, not only to buy fish but also to enjoy the atmosphere. There is food, live music and an atmosphere like no other. A visit to Hamburg’s fish market actually one of the most popular things to do in Hamburg.

 

12 | Go to Sternschanze for a Taste of Nightlife in Hamburg

If nightlife at Reeperbahn is too sleazy for you, you should check out the scene at Sternschanze. This street is my favorite part of Hamburg and is dotted with the most amazing bars, cafes and restaurants. You can book a pub crawl tour to experience nightlife in Hamburg that costs € 12.

Sternschanze - things to do in Hamburg, Germany

Sternschanze – things to do in Hamburg, Germany

My personal recommendation is to eat fish at Fischimbiss schabi or Schabi’s Fischimbiss as it’s popularly called. This restaurant has an outdoor sitting area where you can enjoy your meal. This restaurant is not exactly on Sternschanze street but us near it. For location and more information about this restaurant, you can visit this page.

Calamari at Fischimbiss schabi Hamburg, Germany

Calamari at Fischimbiss schabi Hamburg, Germany

There is a supermarket that is right opposite Fischimbiss schabi, where you can buy beer. You can walk around; drink your beer while you decide which bar to go to. Our personal recommendation is Kulturhaus 73.

 

13 | Visit St. Michael’s Church and Enjoy a View from the Top

Along with Hamburg Rathaus and Rickmer Rickmers, St. Michael’s Church is also one of the most famous landmarks of Hamburg. This church has a tower that is 132 meters high and is visible from many parts of Hamburg.

View from the observation deck of St. Michael’s Church, Hamburg, Germany

View from the observation deck of St. Michael’s Church, Hamburg, Germany – photo by Alexander Zerning

There is an observation deck on this tower where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Hamburg. While the tower actually is 132 meters high, the observation deck is at the height of 106 meters above river Elbe.

You can either go up by steps or by a lift – the choice is yours. Hamburg has many interesting churches, but let’s face it – you can’t visit all. If you want to visit one, then let St. Michael’s Church be the one.

 

14 | Go visit the world’s Largest Warehouse – Speicherstadt

One of the most popular photos of Hamburg is of Speicherstadt. This area is the reason why Hamburg is called the city of warehouses. This is the first spot in Hamburg that was awarded the status of UNESCO world heritage site.

Speicherstadt in Hamburg - warehouse district - canals and red buildings

Speicherstadt in Hamburg – warehouse district – canals and red buildings

Most of the buildings were built here between 1880 and 1920 and stand on oak poles. The architecture is definitely stunning, even on a rainy day in Hamburg. Speicherstadt is a part of HafenCity and you can combine this with a visit to Miniature Wonderland, which is also in the same area.

 

15 | Rent a Bicycle and Explore Hamburg like a Local

If you like to blend in with the locals, then you should rent a bicycle and explore Hamburg on your own. Like most of the German cities, Hamburg’s roads are bicycle friendly.

Rend a bicycle and explore Hamburg like a local - things to do in Hamburg, Germany

Rend a bicycle and explore Hamburg like a local – things to do in Hamburg, Germany

There are many places to see in Hamburg and you can cover most of them in just a day or two on a bicycle. The weather in Hamburg can be unpredectible, so carry a rain poncho if you’re planning on explore Hamburg on a bike. You can check this for renting a bicycle in Hamburg. For a guided bicycle tour, you can get more information here.

16 | Visit Hamburg Rathaus – One of the Biggest Hamburg Attractions

Rathaus is a German word that means “town hall” and Hamburg Rathaus is an impressive building in the center of the town. The construction of this building took 44 years and there were seven architects that were involved in the project.

Hamburg Rathaus - town hall - things to do in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg Rathaus – town hall – things to do in Hamburg, Germany

Don’t just admire this from outside but take a few minutes to go inside also. The main lobby is a public area and is often used for exhibitions. There was an art exhibition inside the Rathaus when we visited it in June 2017.

 

17 | Get Adventurous at Schnurstracks Kletterpark Hamburg-Sachsenwald – Climbing Park

There is a climbing park in Hamburg where you can try a lot of adventurous activities. This park has five climbing routes in the lap of nature. You can also experience a free fall from the height of 13 meters if you dare.

Schnurstracks Kletterpark Hamburg-Sachsenwald – Climbing Park in Hamburg, Germany

Schnurstracks Kletterpark Hamburg-Sachsenwald – Climbing Park in Hamburg, Germany

Not just adventure, but you can also enjoy a picnic lunch and relax in the area around the tipi. This park is just 30 minutes form the Hamburg center and is directly on the route of S-Bahn (S-21). You can check this for reviews and more info about this place. Or, you can visit their official website.

18 | Take a FREE Walking Tour of HafenCity

HafenCity is on Elbe River Island and this part of Hamburg has some seriously old buildings along with some new ones. You can do a guided tour of this area that is free, but you have to book in advance here.

Hafencity - things to do in Hamburg, Germany

Hafencity – things to do in Hamburg, Germany

This is one of those things I suggest you do if you’re in Hamburg for a short time. Please note, that some of the places to visit in Hamburg that I have suggested in this article (Miniature Wonderland, Speicherstadt, etc) are a part of HafenCity. For your benefit, I have put these attractions in separate points so that you don’t miss them.

 

19 | Be a Child at Hamburg Dungeon

Hamburg Dungeon is right under the Miniature Wonderland (Miniatur Wunderland). It is an interactive journey through Hamburg’s history in a way that makes it scary as well as funny at the same time.

Hamburg Dungeon - things to do in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg Dungeon – things to do in Hamburg, Germany

It has a virtual boat ride, special effects, battle scenes and a lot of things that will give you a history lesson about Hamburg that you will remember for life. If you book in advance, a ticket costs around € 20.

 

20 | Go for a Boat Tour and Experience Hamburg Sightseeing from Water

Boat tour - things to do in Hamburg, Germany

Boat tour – things to do in Hamburg, Germany

If you want to check out Hamburg’s attractions from a different perspective, you can opt for a boat tour. Almost all the tours will take you through Hamburg’s many canals as well as Alster Lake and Speicherstadt Lake.

There are many kinds of tours and some can be for as long as three hours, but I recommend you check out either a historical canal tour or a night cruise. Literally all the boat tours will take you around Speicherstadt and cost around € 10 – € 25.

 

Where to stay in Hamburg – our suggested Hotels in Hamburg

While we were in Hamburg, we stayed in two hotels: Superbude St. Pauli and Superbude St. Georg. We’re so impressed with these two hostels cum hotels that we have written a separate blog post about our stay here.

Superbude St. Pauli and Superbude St. George both have private rooms as well as dorm beds. Our rooms in both the places were cozy with contemporary décor. The beds in both the rooms were super comfortable and made us feel like we were sleeping on a cloud.

Our private room in Superbude St. Pauli, Hamburg

Our private room in Superbude St. Pauli, Hamburg

I was happy to see a hairdryer and a lot of toiletries in the bathroom. The room had a lot of interesting knick-knacks that made us laugh. There was a singing fish in our toilet that made us laugh.

St. Pauli is our favorite neighborhood in Hamburg you can experience the best of Hamburg’s nightlife in the areas around. St. Georg is near Hamburg’s Außenalster Lake and has a lot of historical attractions nearby.

Superbude St Georg Hamburg, Germany

Superbude St Georg Hamburg, Germany

The breakfast in both the places was insanely good. We could make our own waffles, salads, sandwiches, juices, coffees, muesli and more. You won’t believe but we actually spent 90 minutes every morning at the breakfast table and ate a lot.

Anyway, here are the booking details (yep, hotels in Hamburg are expensive but these two are one of the most affordable ones):

Superbude St. Pauli

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11 Things About Hamburg That Make It Interesting as F**k

11 Things About Hamburg That Make It Interesting as F**k

Hamburg was on my wish list for a long time, mainly because of the name. If you love Hamburgers (like I do), then I’m sure you’ll understand my sentiment here.

A little research told me that this city is painfully pretty and has a lot to offer (apart from just Hamburgers). That’s all the information I needed before I told San that we’re going to Hamburg to celebrate my birthday.

Now that I have officially moved to Germany and have traveled around, I can confidently say that Hamburg is unlike the rest of the country. It’s vibrant, colorful, interesting, livable.. and the party scene is awesome.

There are so many things to do in Hamburg that we hardly spent any time in our quirky private room in Superbude Hostel. Before I publish my travel guide for this city, I feel it’s important for you to know the things that make Hamburg so interesting for me. Here are 11 interesting things you should know about Hamburg:

Interesting Things about Hamburg –

01 | Hamburg is absolutely GORGEOUS

Hamburg at night looks even better

Just a random spot in Hamburg – gorgeous like other random spots

How can a city not be pretty when it has so many canals, lakes, old architecture and harbor? To make things even better, this city is very green and has many parks. The side streets and old houses are painfully adorable. The city has so much history and you will get a sense of it as you walk around the streets.

Suggested: 20 Amazing Things to do in Hamburg for every kind of traveler

02 | Hamburgers and Hamburg

"Ich bin ein Hamburger" - it means I am a Hamburger - Hamburg, Germany

“Ich bin ein Hamburger” – it means I am a Hamburger – Hamburg, Germany

The people of Hamburg are actually called Hamburgers. How awesome is that! I’d love to live in Hamburg just so that I can be a Hamburger. It sounds way cooler than being a Londoner, or a New Yorker or a Delhi-ite. The only thing that comes close to being as cool as this is living in Frankfurt and being a Frankfurter.

 

03 | Moin Moin!

"Moin" in Hamburg

“Moin” in Hamburg

Say “Moin” when you’re in Hamburg instead of “Hello” because the Hamburgers “Moin” each other when they meet. It’s simple and means more than just a simple hello. It literally means, “Have a good day”.

 

04 | Hamburg’s Art Scene is Cool AF

Germany has no shortage of artists, especially on the streets but Hamburg is the icing on the cake. Hamburg has some of the most interesting street art that I have seen in Germany.

A typical sight in St Pauli, Hamburg

A typical sight in St Pauli, Hamburg

The graffiti in Hamburg is more than just street art; it’s also about retelling stories about Hamburg’s pirate legends, political and community protests, urban art movements and so much more.

Apart from graffiti, Hamburg has plenty of interesting stores where you can buy random (but unique) things to put in your room. The city’s art scene gives it it’s unique character that’s lovable.

05 | Biggest Red Light District in Europe

No, it’s not Amsterdam but it’s Hamburg that has the biggest Red Light District in Europe. The city’s red light district is on a street called Reeperbahn, which is sleazy as fuck.

Dollhouse and other clubs in Reeperbahn - Hamburg's Red Light area

Dollhouse and other clubs in Reeperbahn – Hamburg’s Red Light area

In German, this street is also called “die sündigste Meile”, which means the most sinful mile. Honestly, the red light district is bigger than just this street because there are many side streets. This entire area is full of brothels, strip clubs, sex shops, and many bars.

 

06 | You can party here on a Sunday morning at the fish market

Hamburg’s red light district is massive but it’s not the only thing that attracts visitors. One of the biggest visitor attractions in Hamburg is its fish market (or Der Fischmarkt in German) and it occurs on every Sunday morning from 7 to 9:30 am.

Der Fischmarkt - Hamburg Fish Market

Der Fischmarkt – Hamburg Fish Market by Uformat [CC0 Public] via Pixabay

Der Fischmarkt is not your typical fish market but it’s a place where the locals and visitors get a little drunk and buy not just fish but also a variety of fruit. The atmosphere is lively and unlike any other fish market in the world. Perhaps this is where they go after their Saturday night party finishes!

07 | Hamburg’s Buses Have Mini Libraries!

Book lovers will absolutely love traveling in Hamburg’s buses because many of them have bookshelves. To make things better, these buses are very cute and comfy.

The buses in Hamburg have bookshelves full of books

The buses in Hamburg have bookshelves full of books

These mini libraries are on Hamburg’s VHH buses and run on the principle of honesty. If you can’t finish the book, then you can just borrow it when your ride ends and return it back to Stilbruch. It’s the second-hand department store that provides books in these buses.

08 | Hamburg has MORE bridges than Amsterdam or Venice COMBINED

Bridges and canals in Hamburg, Germany-001

Bridges and canals in Hamburg, Germany-001

Talking about Europe’s canal cities, Hamburg seldom ever tops the list. It’s usually either Venice or Amsterdam that get all the attention but I was shocked to discover that Hamburg has over 2300 bridges. That’s more bridges than Amsterdam or Venice combined!

09 | Largest Warehouse District in the World

Speicherstadt - Warehouse district in Hamburg, Germany

Speicherstadt – Warehouse district in Hamburg, Germany

Believe it or not, Hamburg has the largest warehouse district in the world. Here the buildings stand on oak legs and are used as warehouses.

This warehouse area is Speicherstadt and was built in the 1800s as a “free zone” to transfer commodities without paying a custom fee. This warehouse district is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well!

 

10 | The Beatles Kinda Started Their Career Here

You may not know this but I’m a huge fan of the Beatles. I wish I was born in the Beatles’ era and attended their shows. A very big reason why this city was on my wish list the Beatles pretty much began their career in Hamburg.

The Beatles regularly performed in many clubs and bars in Reeperbahn and St. Pauli. This is where the place where the famous “Beatle haircut” originated.

John Lennon once said, “I might have been born in Liverpool – but I grew up in Hamburg”.

 

11 | Hamburg is so Hipster that..

Hamburg is so hipster that literally everyone has a man bun (and a beard). Seriously, the city is full of hipsters and you can’t outhipster a Hamburger.

Fake Beard in a store in Hamburg, Germany

Beard here, beard there, beard everywhere in Hamburg, Germany

On a serious note, don’t let my (attempted) joke about man buns and beards confuse you. Being hipster is not about wearing a particular style of clothes but is a way of life.

 

BONUS: Hamburg’s Beer – Astra Beer

Hamburg's Astra beer

Hamburg’s Astra beer

Hamburg’s local brew is Astra beer and I couldn’t get enough of it. This beer is also called the heart of Hamburg and can be found literally in every single bar. Astra beer posters are one of a kind and I wanted to take them home.

The glass bottles of Astra beer are very cute and kind of remind me of Goa’s King’s beer. Each bottle cap has a little heart that stands for love, life, and parties.

 

Friends around the world – please don’t skip Hamburg when you visit Europe. Start your Euro trip from Germany and let Hamburg be one of your first destinations in Europe.

Have you visited Hamburg already and have a few points to add? Let us know in the comments.

BTW: Our trip to Hamburg was sponsored by Come to Hamburg. All opinions expressed in this article are definitely our own.

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