Since I don’t want this blog to be engineering only, it is time to start blogging about other inspirational things in life. One of the things you can do that can be highly inspirational – depending on how you do it – is traveling and exploring other cities, countries and cultures. Getting out of your normal surroundings, seeing other people interact differently and seeing other solutions to known or unknown problems can get you thinking and gives you a broader view of the world. And because I’ve spent the last four days in Hamburg, it is time to give you my personal top 7±2 things to do in Hamburg. To begin with, Hamburg is a great city which has a lot to offer for every kind of person.
You might think that this sight is only interesting to engineers and men, but every non-engineer and every woman I’ve spoken to about this biggest model railway collection in the world also liked it very much. This is probably because it is, on the one hand, not only a model railway collection but also a model of basically the whole world we live in – including a functioning model airport – and on the other hand because it is done with so much love for detail.
This was my third time in Hamburg, but the first time I’ve taken one of the famous Olivia Jones Safari Kieztouren. Olivia Jones is Germany’s most famous drag queen and she and her fellow drag queens give you a very entertaining and highly politically incorrect tour of St. Pauli/Reeperbahn, which is also known as “the most sinful mile in Germany” (Deutschland’s sündigste Meile). Unfortunately the tour is only available in German, but if you have a German-speaking friend maybe she or he can translate it for you. Highly recommended, especially to start a night on the Reeperbahn. 🙂
3. Tourist bus tour
I’d recommend doing a bus tour in every city you visit. You always get a nice overview of the main sights and the history of the city. If you’re lucky you’ll also get a very entertaining guide (like we did this weekend) and it’s even better. Take the Roten Doppeldecker Bus tour (it’s in English and German) and buy the tickets for the boat ride (see next) on the bus.
4. Tourist boat tour
Hamburg without a boat tour is like fries without ketchup. Enough said? Take the big ships departing from bridges 4 and 5 as you will see more of the worth-seeing Hamburg harbour.
5. Fish market
Either you get up early or you party all night long on the Reeperbahn. Hamburg’s fish market (one of the most famous markets in Germany) is definitely worth a visit.
Not necessarily the nicest waiters in town, however the food is really good and is local. And the crooked building (8.7° inclination) is a sight by itself. Have a nice lunch here.
If you’re looking for a nice breakfast place, for souvenirs, for home decoration or for nice bars and small clubs, Schanzenviertel is the place to be.
8. Steak restaurants
Even though you might think that in a city like Hamburg one should eat fish, Hamburg has some really good steak restaurants. The Bullerei is a rather hip restaurant in the Schanzenviertel. The Butcher’s is a little bit more classy and cosy and not directly in the center of Hamburg. Both are highly recommendable.
How to get around?
The Hamburg Dungeon can be worth a visit if you’re in Hamburg with your family or a big group of people. Otherwise I wouldn’t recommend it. I have not yet visited the Panoptikum or the International Maritime Museum. Both are still on my list.