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.

 

Superbude St. Pauli

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Superbude St. Pauli - the best place to stay in Hamburg, Germany

Superbude St. Georg

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

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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Superbude St. Georg

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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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