Hamburg, my pearl

myAustrian fans out and about: Verena spent a weekend in Hamburg – and today she report on what you should be absolutely sure not to miss on your first visit to Germany’s second city! Do you have any insider tips for us? Let us in on them in your comments!

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Fish buns, St. Pauli, sailors’ caps, musicals, seagulls and the Beatles go together with Hamburg like coffee and cake.

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What do the Beatles have to do with Hamburg?

The band made their first appearances in the ‘60s at the Indra bar, laying the foundations for their international music career. One more reason to love this city!
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in Hamburg, it’s the word “Moin”. This greeting works any time of day and night, and will bring a smile to any Hamburg face. Even if, as a tourist, you might not quite understand when you’re supposed to use the word, here’s a quick tip: it just always works. At any time of day, and whatever condition you’re in. 😉
The Hansestadt has a huge amount to offer, and is also perfectly suited to a quick weekend break. But what does Hamburg have that Berlin and Munich, don’t?

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Vast quantities of water, at the very heart of the city! Something like 10,000 ships dock at Hamburg Port every year. And although it’s always very windy and a bit colder than other cities, a visit to the port is an absolute must!

For breakfast, try a Franzbrötchen!

This pastry, made from brioche dough filled with cinnamon and sugar, tastes just heavenly. OK, many of you may be thinking “That’s just a cinnamon bun.” Well, possibly. But trust me – when you order a Franzbrötchen for breakfast in Hamburg, it tastes very, very different.

Model railways – just for nerds?

You’ve got to be joking! You could spend all day at Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland, and never stop staring in amazement. Digitally-controlled trains, aircraft, entire cities and other attractions have been lovingly recreated here on 1:87 scale. And if you take a closer look, you’ll see some funny scenes…

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Partying in the red light district

Schanze, or maybe the Reeperbahn? Both! If you like things slightly more cultish, you should definitely take a look in at the trendy Schanze district. It’s full of boutiques and bars, falling over themselves trying to grab your attention. On the Reeperbahn, on the other hand, you’ll find a more international crowd. One quick shandy couldn’t hurt, surely?

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And what do you on a slightly hung-over Sunday morning?

Go to the fish market, eat a fish bun and while away the rest of the day listening to live music.

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So what are you waiting for? Next weekend’s the perfect time for a Hamburg adventure!

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