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canal in Hamburg
One of things I like in Hamburg are the numerous canals all over the city. I like just to sit at the window of the S-Bahn and watching them passing by (pic 1)
It’s a huge water network and you can really enjoy it by a boat tour of course when usually the guide will point and explain some hidden spots and details. It was there when I first learnt that there are about 4500 bridges in Hamburg (yes, more than Venice…)
Many boat tours start from Jungfernstieg station at lake Binnenalster.
Although I support the local football team (St Pauli FC is a small one but full of pation and with a great merchandise especially if you are a rocker ) the district of St Pauli isn’t the best site for some visitors. It’s full of weird sex stores, night clubs, casino, peep shows, cheap restaurants, pubs etc It is similar to Pigalle in Paris.
We had walked many times through the day but during the night it feels kind of creepy and it’s not the best place especially if you are a woman traveling alone. Of course, most of the girls have fun here too but there are some parts that are men-only and girls getting in there are in real danger. So, AVOID Herbeststrasse and you’ll be ok. Hernetsytasse is a short street by the way, closed at both ends, and in case you don’t already know about it there are girls on the windows (like in Amsterdam).
After exiting the station you’ll notice a small fun park. Just walk along Reeperbahn and check the funny/weird sex shops (the area is Hamburg’s Red Light District), choose one of the numerous restaurants (great for budget travelers) or just drink a beer with the local rockers/punks. Don’t forget that the area is also full of theatre live venues etc Beatles gave their first concerts here at Grosse Freiheit 39.
Address: Hamburg – St.Pauli
Directions: Take Subway U-Bahn to St Pauli station and walk along Reeperbahn. Alternative stop with S-Bahn to Reeperbahn.
The port may be a nice spot if you want to check the huge port(the biggest in Germany and third in Europe by the way), the large ships, huge container terminals and the doggy area of St.Pauli. Apart from that it’s a place full of restaurants and souvenir shops but also the place where you can take a boat tour through the port of Hamburg. I was suggested the route #62 but as we didn’t have much time we preferred to walk around a bit and find a place to eat something.
We noticed many ships coming in from all over the world but I was surprised by some really huge yachts (some of them have helicopter landing area!), I guess they belong to some billionaires.
There are boat tours around the harbour, they last 1 hour and they cost 12 euros(there are also some that last 2 hours). Check the companies outside the subway station. Have in mind that the small boats can go closer to big vessels while the big boats cant even enter some canals.
Address: Hamburg - Landungsbruecken
Directions: Take Subway S1 or S3 to Landungsbruecken or Bus #112
boats at Binnenalster
Binnenalster is my favourite spot in Hamburg, a lake in the centre of Hamburg! It’s so relaxing when I go there and we just walk near the lake, you can walk around the lake. It’s nice in the night too to visit the area and have a drink. It’s perfect to sit there and just watch the calming water, the inhabitants of the lake which are the swans of course and the numerous small boats that do small tours.
There are many hotels (with great view over the lake) and restaurants around. I never visited Hamburg during winter but it must be nice too when the lake is frozen and the people go there for ice skating!
Binnen Alster(inner) is connecter with the Outer lake (which is much larger) through Kennedy and Lombard bridges.
The lake is just some meters away from Rathaus(townhall) if you want to visit both sites
Address: Jungfernstieg, Hamburg
Directions: Take S1, S3 or U1 to "Jungfernstieg". Binnenalster is opposite the station, north-east of Jungfernstieg and south-west of Lombardsbruecke.
Rathaus is the townhall of Hamburg as it houses the City Council. It’s only 15 minutes away from Hauptbahnhof but if you come from far like us you can use the subway.
It’s a nice neo-renaissance building that worth some pics with your camera because of its elegant facade. The Rathaus was built in 1886 as the old one had burnt down in 1842.
There are about 600 rooms (!) and although most of the rooms are used for official purposes you can visit some of them when there isn’t any festivity. There are guided tours (in german and english) 10.00-15.00(fri-sun till 13.00) and the entrance fee is 2 euros (only 1 with the hamburg card).
As we were there in the evening we couldnt get inside so we preferred to check the surrounded area,.The square in front of the Rathaus houses some restaurants (always busy, that’s a good sign) and the side streets are full of high class stores (dedicated to women), these stores are great for window shopping but very dangerous for your money. We preferred to take some pictures near the water where some nice swans were taking their bath.
Address: Hamburg - Rathausmarkt
Directions: City center of Hamburg. Take U3 line and stop at " Rathaus".
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