MOIN, MOIN AND WELCOME TO HAMBURG
Discover the city at its best with our exclusive City GuideMaritime charm, dynamic cosmopolitan atmosphere and hedonistic nightlife: Hamburg has a way of getting you to fall in love with the city - quickly and absolutely. Whether you marvel at the luxurious villas close to the Alster banks, enjoy a fascinating theater play, travel back in time while walking through the quaint Speicherstadt, indulge a delicious meal in a cool restaurant, please your inner shopper at the elegant Jungfernstieg or browse the Reeperbahn, Europe's biggest party district. Hamburg has something in store for everybody: from Musical-Addicts to World-Travelled-Gourmets, Archilovers or even Christmas-Fanatics.
No matter how your Hamburg travel plan will look like, we’ve got you covered for your adventure. With local tips and hidden gems that bring the character of Hamburg to life you will feel the city’s hanseatic spirit. Go and check out our exclusive Hamburg City Guide…
Hamburg means Hansa vibes, Astra beer, and St. Pauli.
But before reaching for that first Astra, it’s worth taking a look at the city in the daylight. We’ve put together a perfect weekend in Hamburg for you.
A sightseeing tour with personality
From the airport, you can reach the city center in 20 minutes with the S-Bahn train or a taxi. We recommend a visit to the “Speicherstadt” (warehouse district) first. Just take the metro to the Baumwall station. From there, it’s best to explore the rich history of the “Speicherstadt” on foot. If you love taking pictures, this is the place for you: Wherever you turn, there are breathtaking subjects waiting to be photographed. After visiting the warehouse district, it’s worth it to stop by the harbor city, which borders the warehouse district on the east. In this newly constructed district, there are also many restaurants worth checking out for a lunchtime snack, including the bistro “Lieblingsplatz”.
Insider’s tip: With a normal ticket for Hamburger’s public transportation network (the ÖPNV), you can also use Hamburg’s ferry lines. These comfortable little boats are a great way to take a mini-tour of the harbor, including a coffee counter and sausage stand on the inside deck. The best place to get on is the Landungsbrücken stop, which is only one stop away from the “Speicherstadt”.
The nights in Hamburg are long…
Hamburg’s nightlife has many enticing aspects, such as the trendy Schanzenviertel district or the legendary Reeperbahn in the St. Pauli district. For a good start to the night, stop by one of the many restaurants in the Schanzenviertel area, like “Jim Burritos”. Now it’s time to open your first Astra of the night. The natives of Hamburg might seem gruff and rather direct to visitors from other countries. But we promise you: Despite their rough exteriors, they are truly open-hearted. As the night progresses, you should plan to at least walk along the (in)famous Reeperbahn, one of Hamburg’s definitive landmarks. Of course there are the table-dance bars as you would expect, but there are also real Hamburg originals like the bar “Zum Silbersack”.
...and you’ll always end up at the fish market
Just around the corner, the fish market – no less famous than the Reeperbahn – opens its doors at 5 AM. Roam through the stalls a bit, buy a souvenir or two and then head off to bed. You’re sure to get a great night’s sleep at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport. Besides wonderfully comfortable rooms, the hotel features a rooftop terrace with a spectacular view. When the weather is nice, you can see all the way to the harbor of Hamburg. After dancing the night away, the Radisson Super Breakfast will bring you back to your spirits. Thanks to free late check-out until 6 PM, there’s nothing to keep you from taking your time to recover.
For men who love technology, Sunday is a great time to visit the headquarters of Lufthansa Technik. It’s best to sign up for tours in advance. And when the tour is finished, you can get on your flight back home without having to travel far.
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Although you might not associate it with jazz hands and harmonies, Germany is the world’s third-biggest market for musical theater.
Imported foreign shows and brand new German productions alike reliably pull in the crowds, so whether you’re looking for an old favorite or a new kid on the block, you’ll find no shortage of options on the stages of Hamburg.
Das Wunder von Bern
A new musical gripping theater fans in Hamburg, Das Wunder von Bern translates as The Miracle of Bern. Set against the backdrop of the 1954 World Cup soccer tournament, when Germany went down in history by defeating Hungary and becoming world champions, this musical tells the tale of a German family still contending with the aftermath of World War II. Based on a 2003 film of the same name, it movingly explores a little boy’s dreams of greatness, along with his relationship with his father.
The production has been meticulously designed to make full use of the newly constructed Stage Theater an der Elbe. Audience members can travel by boat shuttle across the Elbe from the St. Pauli Piers, enjoying a panoramic view of the city skyline. The climax of the musical is the World Cup final, which is thrillingly reenacted on a massive wall using heart-pounding lighting effects and choreography. Das Wunder von Bern is performed every night of the week except for Tuesdays.
The Lion King has been enchanting audiences in Hamburg since 2001, and now another musical based on a hit Disney film graces the city’s stages. Aladdin brings the 1992 animated favorite to life, complete with the film’s beloved songs and a few new tunes from Oscar winner Alan Menken, all performed in German. Expect no shortage of flashy costumes, spectacular dancing sequences, dazzling lighting effects and the light-hearted comedic edge characteristic of Disney. The talent behind this critically acclaimed show also includes fellow Oscar winner and lyricist Howard Ashman, and the local cast is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw.
Love Never Dies
If you’ve memorized the songs from The Phantom of the Opera and hunger for more, you’re in luck. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical sequel, Love Never Dies, or Liebe Stirbt Nie in German, continues the famous tale of tortured love and musical brilliance, originally inspired by Gaston Leroux’s Le Fantôme de l’Opéra. It takes place 10 years after the dramatic finale in the Paris Opera House, but contains many of the same beloved characters, including Christine, Raoul, Madame Giry and of course, the eponymous Phantom. The story begins when Christine receives an anonymous invitation to perform in the United States and travels across with her husband and child, only to discover that she has been lured once more by the Phantom, who hopes win her heart once and for all. Channeling all the romance and eerie beauty of the original, the German-language production arrives in Hamburg’s Operettenhaus on October 16 this year.
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Prepare yourself for a culinary adventure with this introductory guide to the fantastic and traditional foods of Hanseatic Hamburg.
But be warned, this will leave you hungry and wanting to travel. Stay at Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg in the heart of the city, just a stroll from unforgettable dining experiences.
It should not come as a surprise that the food selection in the Hamburg regions are strongly influenced by their involvement in the Hanseatic trading group and their central location by the sea. Naturally, the menu boasts fantastic fish served as soup, stew or cooked to perfection with some garnish on the side. Learn more about these delicious dishes and order like a local when you’re in Hamburg.
Everything goes in the Hamburger Aalsuppe
Naturally, you’d think that this is some kind of eel soup, and you are halfway right. You will most likely find some eel in your soup but the name does actually refer to the German word aal, which means ‘everything’. Whatever is available goes into this soup, which makes it a perfect leftover stew containing anything from ham to chicken as a protein base. First, you make the broth and then add the rest of the ingredients. You will often find dried fruits, different vegetables, vinegar, a wide range of herbs and sometimes dumplings on the side.
This traditional dish was popular among sailors on the large ships during the 18th century, as it was easy to make and would feed many people. Originally, it is made from onions, potato and salted beef as it was kept well on the ship without refrigeration. Today, the dish is a bit more sophisticated and the protein source is either cured, salted or corned beef. The chef will add beets, potatoes, bacon and herring, mix it together and put it through a mincing machine, steam it in pork fat and cook again with the broth from the meat or gherkins. As soon as the mashed potato is added, the dish is ready to be served. Although this might sound a bit strange, it tastes delicious!
The classic Kohl und Pinkel
This is one of the most popular and well-known dishes of the region and rightfully so. In the Northern parts of Germany, the dish is called Grünkohl und pinkel as they use kale instead of cabbage. The red pigments in the kale turns brown when cooked, and is more flavorful than regular cabbage. The Pinkelwurst is, as you may have guessed, part of the famous wurst or sausage family. This smoked sausage contains pork, oats, barley, suet, onions, salt, pepper, pork fat, bacon and spices. The flavor will differ as each sausage maker has his own way of making it and his own secret ingredient. That is why you’ll never grow tired of this traditional, yummy, meal.
The heavenly Hamburger Hummersuppe
Both soups and stews are an important part of the local cuisine and most of them contain some kind of fish. If you enjoy a multi-course meal, the soup is the first dish served. The most popular soup is the Hamburger Hummersuppe where the main ingredient is lobster, or hummer. The creamy soup is a taste explosion with a little whipped cream and garnished dill added to it. This is definitely a great way to start a three-or-more-course meal.
A delicious sweet treat that is very welcome after a meaty main course. This pudding is made from layering macaroons, raspberries, sponge cake and custard. The sweet flavor blends perfectly with the raw sweetness of the berries and the macaroons make for a great, crunchy texture.
The golden brew
Hamburg is known for its breweries and had the city had hundreds of them in the Middle Ages. One of the most popular breweries in the region is Holsten Brewery, who has been going strong since 1879. Their most popular brew is the Holsten Pilsner, which is paired perfectly with one of the tasty dishes described above. If you want to learn more about method and flavor we recommend taking their combined tours and seminars which allows you to see the brewery and taste a lot of great beer.
There is no doubt that a vacation in Hamburg equals food and lots of it. Make sure to try the local specialties to truly understand the essence of the food-culture in Northern Germany; you will not be disappointed!
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Hamburg: Known as the gateway to the world, the Venice of the North, and the free Hanseatic City.
Hamburg is a city of waterways. Bridges and boats aren’t the only way to cross them either: You can also go underground. One of the most well-known routes is the New Elbe Tunnel, which connects Hamburg to Schleswig-Holstein and the sea. But the Old Elbe Tunnel is much more interesting. This tunnel was built in 1911 to connect Hamburg’s city center with the harbor. The entrance to the tunnel is located next to the jetties. From here, an elevator takes you down to a depth of 24 meters. Incidentally, passenger vehicles also need to take the elevator to access the tunnel. But if you go on foot, you can get a much better look at the fascinating designs painted on the tiles along the tunnel walls, turning the 426-meter walk into a special experience. After you resurface, it’s time to head to St. Pauli or the warehouse district.
If underground structures appeal to you, keep walking from the warehouse district to the harbor city. There, you can visit the metro station HafenCity Universität. This is no ordinary train station: This is an experience for the senses. Its futuristic design and lighting transport visitors into another world. And on the weekends, a spectacular light and sound display is presented every hour on the hour. During this display, twelve light containers are illuminated on the station ceiling in a variety of colors – following the beat of music by Verdi and Bach. This is one time you’ll be glad to miss the train.
International vibes in Hamburg
After the performance, you can take the U4 metro line to the city center of Hamburg. More architectural highlights are in store for you here. One of these is the Chilehaus. Developed by Fritz Höger, this historic skyscraper was completed in 1924. The owner of the building was the richest man in Hamburg at the time, Henry B. Sloman. He made his fortune in Chile running a saltpeter factory and returned to Hamburg in 1898. With its sharply tapered rooftop facing east, the Chile house is vaguely reminiscent of a merchant ship.
Another architectural gem is located right on the Jungfernstieg boulevard: The Alster Arcades, with their Italian style, are evocative of a stroll across a piazza in Venice. The arcades were built in 1846. Today they make up one of the most beautiful shopping areas of the city, stretching from the Jungfernstieg to the Rathausmarkt square. Take a walk through the picturesque arches, then make yourself comfortable in one of the nearby cafés and enjoy the view of the Alster canal with its graceful swans.
From the Alster to the Elbe
Now from the city center it’s time to head west to the famous high-end district of Blankenese. On the way, it’s worth making a quick detour to St. Pauli. Here, in the middle of the Heiligengeistfeld (literally the ‘Field of the Holy Spirit’), you will see a building that may not seem beautiful in the classical sense of the word: an above-ground bunker. But it’s certainly eye-catching, there’s no doubt about that. It is one of the largest bunkers ever built anywhere in the world. This siege tower, built in 1942, was used in World War II as an anti-aircraft defense tower and to protect the people of Hamburg. During the Cold War, it was then reactivated. Nowadays, the bunker is home to the notorious Hamburg club “Übel & Gefährlich” (German for “Evil & Dangerous”), as well as several media companies and agencies.
The buildings in Blankenese, an upscale district of Hamburg, are of an entirely different nature. The grandest villas in the city are located here, which makes this Hamburg neighborhood a popular destination for exploring the city on foot. There are particularly nice footpaths and photographic opportunities in the so-called Treppenvirtel (German for “Stair District”). Nearly 5,000 steps lead all the way down to the Elbe riverside. By the river, a view of the Front Light lighthouse rounds off a picture-perfect scene. Maybe when you tour the area, you will catch a glimpse of some of the famous residents of Blankenese in addition to the beautiful late 19th-century villas.
An overnight stay with connections
Another place to encounter prominent guests is the Radisson Blu Hotel at the Hamburg Airport. From here it is just a few minutes to the terminal, which can take you anywhere in the world. This first-class hotel is just a 20-minute train ride from central Hamburg on the S-Bahn, and its location is just the beginning of its comforts. When the weather is favorable, you can look out from the impressive rooftop terrace all the way to the harbor of Hamburg; or if you would rather close your eyes for a while, the health club awaits you with a sauna, steam room and relaxation area.
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Work & Play
Work & Play
Sometimes called the ‘gateway to the world,’ Hamburg sees its fair share of international business traffic.
But there’s more to the city than factories and banking – check out these highlights to spice up your next corporate stay.Germany’s second largest city is a major European business travel hub. Hamburg is known as a dynamic centre of banking, industry and media, and it’s frequented by a diverse professional crowd. Whether you’re in town for a week or just a single day, be sure to fit a few of the city’s highlights into your hectic itinerary.
Pick up an HVV travel card
Even by high European standards, Hamburg’s public transport system is exceptional. With six S-bahn lines and four U-bahn lines in operation – mostly above ground – this efficient network serves central Hamburg between 05:00 and 01:00 daily throughout the week. During weekends, the service runs 24 hours. The S1 suburban line serves Hamburg Airport, with trains departing for the city centre every 10 minutes. With these efficient connections, guests of our Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport can reach central Hamburg in just thirty minutes.
Get your coffee fix in the warehouse district
Hamburg’s trendy warehouse district, the Speicherstadt, is a series of Gothic buildings dating back to the late 1800s. Stop by the Speicherstadt Kaffeerösterei coffeehouse to try their legendary German breakfast, or just pick up a foamy cappuccino to sip as you stroll through the picturesque streets. Known for roasting its own beans, this is a favourite local haunt. Sacks of coffee beans strewn around the shop floor – an homage to the city’s historical significance as a centre of Northern European trade – giving this modern hangout a deliberately rustic vibe.
Channel your inner artist at the Deichtorhallen
Whether you’ve got an hour or an afternoon to spare, take the U-bahn to Steinstrasse where you’ll find the Kunstmeile Hamburg (Hamburg’s Art Mile). The Deichtorhallen is a landmark open glass and steel building built in 1913, and at 4000 square metres, it’s one of Europe’s largest contemporary art museums. This striking architectural display is a fitting home for the avant garde exhibits you’ll find inside. Be sure to visit the House of Photography and Hall of Contemporary Art.
Enjoy a nightcap at Dualbar
After a long day of meetings, head to Schanzenstrasse, just a five minute walk from the Sternschanze S-bahn station. Once a neighbourhood in disrepair, Schanzenviertel is now a hotspot for all things quirky and alternative, with streets full of distinctive cafes and bars. Dualbar is one of the best, a funky lounge with a winning cocktail list and a surprisingly excellent array of whiskeys – perfect for a sophisticated drink on your own or with colleagues.
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It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas presents. Especially if you’re in Hamburg.
As the year winds down, this harbor city becomes a delight for all ages with its magical Christmas lights. Not to mention the aroma of roasted almonds and special Christmas stories. Don’t miss our tipps for Hamburg’s various Christmas markets
Just a few feet from Rathausplatz square, you will find a cozy, inviting Christmas market where the stands are decorated with sayings by Enlightenment writer Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. To complete the scene, choirs perform songs on a stage where readings, concerts and even religious services are also hosted. Watch the children riding the merry-go-round, marvel at the Christmas tree decked out with LED lights, or wind through the wooden kiosks on a shopping expedition and buy a few handmade presents to take home. When you need a break, you can warm up with mulled wine or the classic Feuerzangenbowle punch. They have practically become standard fare at German Christmas markets. Decorations on a Parisian Christmas market
This market, probably the most famous in Hamburg, has it all. Everything from homemade gifts to pottery, cookies and a weekly parade await you. When you visit, be prepared to return home with your stomach full and your wallet empty. At the market you will find bakers from Aachen and Nuremberg selling their gingerbread, the famous “Lebkuchen.” Dealers from across the country will also be selling their local handicrafts. The stands are organized into several alleys based on themes, making it easier to find your way. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, maybe it’s time to pay a visit to the snack alley. Handicraft enthusiasts will find ideal inspiration for gifts in the handicraft alley. If you are visiting with children, it’s worth taking a turn down the toy alley. Here, traditional toys such as mangers, wooden soldiers or Russian nesting dolls will make the little ones jump for joy. Make sure not to miss the flying Santa Claus, who tells his Christmas stories from a different stand every night.
Beautifully decorated Christmas trees and a fairytale atmosphere are the hallmarks of this Christmas market. Adorned with wintery trees and lights, the market creates an aura of magic which instantly transports you away from everyday life and into a Christmas wonderland. Formerly called “Traditions in the Winter Forest,” this market offers a vast array of shopping opportunities along the central streets of the city. But don’t venture too deep into the forests of the Winterwald – a big bad wolf might be waiting for you.
Just seven minutes away from our Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg, you can find this Christmas Market, open from November until January 6. Situated next to the upscale shopping streets of the Hansa district, this market is one of a kind with its white lights and white pagodas. If you still need to find the perfect Christmas gifts for your loved ones, this is the right place to be. From here it’s just a quick walk to the Apple store and the Alster arcades, where you will find almost everything. From Godiva chocolate to Tumi leather products or Arka tea. On New Year’s Eve, there is a special fireworks display and a party that goes on until 2 in the morning.
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg
Soaring over the city skyline, the hotel's accommodation in Hamburg strikes the perfect balance between urban convenience and quiet comfort. Feel at home in one of 556 rooms and suites with High-speed, wireless Internet access. The Filini Bar & Restaurant offers delicious cuisine, and a fitness center and Botanical Spa are the perfect place to unwind. Plan successful meetings in one of 15 conference rooms. © 2016 The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. All rights reserved.
RADISSON BLU HOTEL, HAMBURG AIRPORT
Within walking distance of Terminals 1 and 2, this airport hotel in Hamburg is as convenient as it is stylish. Each of our 266 rooms and suites is a cozy home away from home, complete with soundproof windows and High-speed, wireless Internet. You can dine on site at Filini Restaurant, and utilize the PACE Fitness Center to maintain your workout regimen. For impressive events in an ideal location, we feature 15 handsome meeting rooms. © 2016 The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. All rights reserved.