We travelled into Hamburg for an action packed four day visit and fell in love. Hamburg is one of the most affluent cities in Europe offering residents and visitors a beautiful way of life. Hamburg is located on the southern point of the Jutland Peninsula, directly between Continental Europe to its south and Scandinavia to its north, located on the River Elbe Hamburg boasts a picturesque working Port.
Being positioned next to the water means Hamburg experiences regular rain fall and truly seasonal temperatures, during our trip the skies were blue with the occasional cloud overhead, perfect autumn days.
1. Shopping: We spent a leisurely Saturday morning down in the super trendy area of Schanzenviertel between the slaughterhouse, Schanzenpark and Schulterblatt. We joined the hip young crowds for a spot of shopping at the weekly Flea Market, crowds of creative and alternative folk meet for brunch in the host of bars and cafés in the area. I found a little friend hiding under one of the market vendors tables and just had to share! I’m not sure what type of dog he is but his hair was very soft and he looked like a noble lion relaxing as the World passed him by. The market was lively with a host of independent stalls and boutiques with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
2. Music: As well as experiencing the incredible new musical talent at Hamburg’s famous Reeperbahn festival (more on our new favourite bands to follow!) we spent some time listening to old vinyl in Groove City. Groove City is located in the multi-cultural area of Karoviertel alongside a whole bunch of fashion boutiques and ‘scene’ shops. We watched afro-tastic global bass rap phenomenon Skip + Die perform in-store and listened to some Jazz from Thailand. Groove City is a place for real vinyl junkies specialising in funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, Latin, Afro, Reggae & Electro. Hamburg is very proud of their independent record stores, with good reason.
3. Art: Hamburg’s music and art scene are inseparble. During the Reeperbahn Festival the galleries and exhibitions spaces join in the festival to celebrate local and international creative talent. New and well-known galleries and bars as well as a museum, a comic shop and a football stadium, all located in the `Kiez´district offer a diverse programme with installations, readings, photography, illustrations and concerts this year. We romped around the Die Schlumper Gallery and studio space next to the Flea market marvelling at the paintings, illustrations and installations and meeting some of the artists.
4. History: We gathered on top of the indestructible World War II Bunker to look out over beautiful Hamburg. Originally constructed to protect Hamburg’s civilians during War time. Rumour has it that the Hamburg Authorities once tried to blow up the Bunker but were unsuccessful due to it’s sheer density and brutally solid construction. The Bunker now plays host to a nightclub, shops and boutiques and also offers an incredible panoramic view of the cityscape.
5. Food: We ate out everyday during our trip and had the pleasure of sampling some of Hamburg’s greatest bistro’s. I love Jolies Restaurant which prides itself on the regular Swing Sunday Brunch, we ate homemade soup & fresh gnocchi at Jolie’s on Saturday night to the sound of jazz and swing. On sunday morning we sat and ate brunch looking out over the port at Kaisers Restaurant which was a real delight. Kaisers boast the best tarte Flambee in town, which is a traditional style, thin based pizza type dish that is served with a variety of toppings.
The people of Hamburg made us feel so welcome, they have a great sense of humour and were so happy and full of love. If you get chance you really must visit!
‘We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.’ -Hilaire Belloc
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