Oh Hamburg where do I even begin. I honestly have to admit that going to Hamburg hasn’t always been on top of my travel bucket list due to it being in boring ol’ Germany. But after I saw pictures online and heard so many great things I decided that it was time for me to explore the city myself.
And boy what a good idea that was! I instantly fell in love with Hamburg. It’s such an incredibly beautiful and amazing city. Maybe it was the design of the buildings, or the fact that it is so close by the water. Maybe it was the food or the incredible sunset we experienced at the harbour. I just LOVE Hamburg.
Ok I gotta admit that the city was much better on the first day where we had lots and lots of sunshine – our second day was typical for Hamburg, rainy and awfully windy. Fun? Not so much! But I still loved going there and will definitely come back. Still need to see the Lion King musical there this year :P
When the mister and I travel we basically turn into marathon sightseers. We almost always managed to see everything in maximum 1 day just by aimlessly walking through the streets. This time was no exception! On our first day in Hamburg we walked through the Hafencity, saw the incredible Speicherstadt and even walked all the way back to the end of the harbour, oops! But let’s go into detail… Here’s what we did in Hamburg:
Strolling through the Hafencity // Luckily our hotel was located in this area so we naturally always had to be there. But no matter where you sleep when you’re in Hamburg, you should definitely check the Hafencity out. It’s a completely new city area that is currently being built. There are so many super cool new buildings and everything looks crazy cool. Also when strolling through the Hafencity you’ll see the Speicherstadt. This actually was one of the things I loved most – that’s why we also shot an outfit there, which you’ll see in the next couple of days :)
The harbour // When people told me that I have to do an harbour boat tour I wasn’t sure. I assumed it was just another very expensive tourist trap. We did it anyway and I honestly loved it! We booked the 1 hour boat tour to the international harbour and it was GREAT! I loved our guide, who passionately explained everything about the war ships actually being build there
(frightening I know) and the huge container ships. Would definitely recommend doing that! Also walking along the water and exploring the Landungsbrücken, the Elbstrand, the Elbphilharmonika and other parts like the building that looks like a luxury yacht and is actually a free viewing platform – don’t miss out on all this!
St. Pauli & the Reeperbahn // This was the only part about Hamburg that we didn’t really like. We found it rather shocking how there were really poor drug addicts sitting on the floor among masses of tourists, who even took pictures of them? Like what? I don’t know – I think the Reeperbahn definitely is something that you have to see when in Hamburg but, to me, it’s not worth more than a glance. There are so many more beautiful parts of the city don’t dwell on something that gets hyped up for no reason.
The city centre // The city centre, however, was really impressive! Even though the weather was awful we walked along the town hall and the arcades, the Neuer Wall (which I loved), the expensive shops and the Alster. There’s so much to see only in the centre of Hamburg you could easily spend one whole day there. And don’t forget to take a picture of everything you see – SO PRETTY!
Calling all foodies
One of the things I love about traveling is trying lots and lots of new restaurants and dishes. Hamburg is amazing for that! For example did I have my very first Franzbrötchen and it was heavenly. It’s a sweet pastry filled with sugar and cinnamon and tastes DELICIOUS! I got so many food tips, it was impossible to go to all of them but I decided to still share the recommendations with you guys:
We decided to have Valentines day dinner at Atelier F and really liked it. The interior is so lovely and definitely blogger/Instagram friendly. Oh and the food – YUM! I opted for the Caesar salad and sweet potato fries: heaven I tell you! For lunch we decided to eat at our hotel once and I can also really recommend that! Other than that we only bought snacks at the supermarket and had breakfast at the hotel – boring I know!
What does Hamburg cost?
Generally speaking I found Hamburg quite okay-ish in terms of the prices. Germany is pretty similar in prices than Austria so there was no major price shock for me. However, I still decided to show you a little bit of a cost report so you have an idea how much money you’d have to spend on travelling to Hamburg.
We flew with Eurowings from Vienna and paid around 40€ each including only hand luggage. I personally really liked the airline as it offers a great service for a rather cheap price.
We won 2 nights in the 25 Hours Hotel, but the price for that would have roughly been 300€ / 150€ each for room + breakfast. (read my hotel review here)
In order to be able to travel around town freely we decided to get the Hamburg Card for 2 days (10€ a day) and only pay for one additional ride to the airport on our last day (about 4€). So all in all we paid 25€ for transportation each for 2,5 days in Hamburg.
Almost all of the things we did in Hamburg were free. The only thing we had to pay for was the harbour boat tour for 20€ each.
Breakfast was included in our hotel rate. One day we had lunch at the hotel (fish and chips + iced tea) for 15€. On Valentinesday we went out to eat dinner at Atelier F for about 25€ each. Then we decided to treat ourselves to a Starbucks and also bought some water bottles and snacks in the supermarket for on the go.
= About 300 € per Person (2 nights and 2,5 days)
Have you ever been to Hamburg? And do you like these kind of travel diaries?