Weekend Escapes – Is Hamburg the New Berlin?

Our amazing intern Jenni recently had a well deserved weekend away in Hamburg. While she was there we asked her to take a few snaps of her adventures and give us a full report back on this amazing city so we can start planning our own trip there! From the vintage shopping in Sternshanze to drinking gluhwein and wandering around the port I can’t wait to visit and see these places for myself

The city of Hamburg is many things. Beautiful, vibrant, exciting and inspiring are just a few things that spring to mind. For all of you who are looking for a fun get away, skip Berlin and head to Hamburg instead! Here are some of the many things you can get up to on a long weekend break.

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SHOPPING

Head to the Sternshanze, the more bohemian side to Hamburg (kind of like a mini Berlin) for an afternoon of shopping in some of the quirky independent and vintage shops. Hamburg’s Pick n Weight shop is full of fantastic vintage bargains from levis jeans to dresses from the 50’s – 90’s. Keeping in the retro style, you can pick up a selection of great old records in Championship Records before heading to Zoe 2 Sofabar for a well-deserved coffee (or cocktail!) and a chill. Once you’ve got your energy back, take a walk around the Schanze and take in all the amazing street art and graffiti.

PARTY

There’s no doubt about it, the Germans love a good party and Hamburg is renowned for its party loving strip, the Reeperbahn. Start in St Pauli at Christians bar which is a famous place where play boy bunnies used to hang out! You can always catch up on a spot of reading…old school play boy magazines of course! If cocktails are your thing, definitely head to Mowe (translates to seagull) for some more yummy cocktails and a great atmosphere! If you do anything whilst in Hamburg, head to the Reeperbahn for an all night party before heading to Fischmarkt at 6am for a beer, pastry and a last dance to some live jazz music.

EAT

Fruhstuck is my favourite meal of the day, especially in Germany! I had the most amazing breakfast whilst on my last visit to a little independent place called Kaffee Stark. Served in mismatched crockery, the portions are definitely a hangover cure and will set you up for a day of sightseeing! For a real German experience, Hofbrau an der Alster will certainly serve that! With the ladies dressed in traditional Dirndl and the gents in lederhosen, you can drink your body weight in beer and eat an entire farm worth of meat whilst listening to a live German band. If you are looking for something on the go, head to the Sternschanze for a filling falafel.

SIGHT SEE

Hamburg is a major port city and has some fantastic sights to see. A walk through the beautiful Hafen City along the port will blow the cobwebs away and also give you a great opportunity to take some touristy snaps for instagram! The Rauthaus (city town hall) is a magnificent gothic building and usually has a traditional German market in the square outside. Grab a cup of gluhwein and a currywurst and take a stroll around the square. The Planten un Blomen (Japanese Gardens) is a great location to take a walk and unwind. With a botanical Garden and tropical greenhouse, it is hard to believe you are in the centre of a city!