Speicherstadt – Hamburg has a trading history because of its port. It used to be the tea, herb and coffee port of the world. A walk through Speicherstadt, a collection of warehouses built between 1883 and 1927 on a couple of islands in the river bed of the Elbe, is highly recommended. This storage area is part of the former part of the harbour and has been added to the World Heritage List since July 2015 by UNESCO. There is a nice Kaffeerösterei in the building near the Joop van den Ende Academy. Definitely walk by. It has atmosphere and very photogenic. There is so much more…

One of the most visited places in Speicherstadt is Wunderland. Here, you can admire Germany, Switzerland and Italy in miniature. We are nota big fan of model trains, but it was impressive to see. A little further on, near the banks of the River Elbe, lies the eye-catcher of the harbour area (HafenCity): the Elbphilharmonie. This concert hall is currently Hamburg’s new cultural landmark. The building is the perfect combination of traditional and modern. You can book a nice architecture tour and the 360° panoramic view from the publicly accessible Plaza, is beautiful and definitely worth a visit.

If you are in the harbour after all, a boat trip should not be missed (these tours depart behind the Elbphilharmonie). You get to know the city from another side and you will soon find out why Hamburg is called the city of bridges…

For the food lovers (and sports enthusiasts)

Herr Max has the most delicious cakes, pastries, coffee and tea. Whatever time it is (time for breakfast, coffee, lunch or a snack), it is ALWAYS time for Herr Max. The cakes and sweet pies at Harbour Cake in St. Pauli seem to be even more delicious. We didn’t have time to check it out now (but we definitely will…) Also, chocolate lovers, listen up! The chocolate museum Chocoversum is a must go.

Fancy having a nice lunch or dinner? We visited café Paris, the hotspot of this moment, according to locals. But also Heimat Kitchen + Bar in HafenCity and Barefood in the shopping area are worth a visit. And for a nice dinner you can also join Neni or Burgerlich.

Okay: we love to eat, but this must be combined with some activities. Hamburg has many beautiful and clean parks. This is a perfect opportunity to take a tour in the Dutch way; by riding a bike. For example, go ride a bike along the fish market to the river Elbe or across the beautiful parks of Hamburg, such as the Alter Botanischer Garten, Stadtpark or Alster lakes.

Shop till you drop

With its many shopping streets and shopping malls, Hamburg has the largest range of shops in northern Germany. Mönckebergstrasse and the car-free Spitalerstrasse feature the large retail chains and department stores such as Zara, H&M, Mango and the Karstadt department store. But also the original mymuesli. Here, you can compose your own muesli and you can taste everything! Besides all the big chains, there are also nice boutiques and trendy shops. A very succesful shopping day and already having huge cravings for food?

City in development

Hamburg really is a city in development…. and it continues to grow. The biggest project is Oberhafen, which is developing into the trendiest and most creative area of Hamburg. In another part of the port is another special project going on. On one bank, only commercial buildings can be built, on the other one only offices. And there is also a part where working, living and school are developed within a certain area. As a result, there are fewer transport movements and therefore less cars. The picture below is an example of a combined building where working, living and school come together.

New hamburg

Curious about the new part of Hamburg? Take a look at the emerging trendy districts Sternschanze and Karolinenviertel. In these districts, it is cozy, atmospheric and you’ll find many unique shops. In the street Schulterblatt (where you can find Herr Max) in the district Sternschanze, we have had a really good time; definitely a must! In the main street of the Karolinenviertel, you will especially find shops of creative young startups.

Good night

And when it is time to go to sleep anyway… Choose HENRI Hotel. A lovely hotel all in retro style, with a lovely breakfast included.