Willkommen in Deutschland!
Welcome to Germany!
I love Hamburg! Big city with a lot of options.
Just some impressions:
Hamburg is always port and water. So THE maritime city!!!
Überseebrücke = Oversea Bridge with St. Michealis Church (informal: Michel) in the background.
The Außenalster is the "Outer" part of the river Alster which is more like a lake than river. Great place to recover, to dine, to relax and to sail.
The Binnenalster is the "Inner" part of the river Alster. Around you'll the best of the bests like Hapag-Lloyd Shipping Line Corporate Office or Four Seasons Hotel. At one end all the "high-class" shops invite you to spend your money there.
Reeperbahn is the most popular part of the amusement district St. Pauli. Davidswache is the best knows Police Station in Germany.
Große Freiheit is the place in old German Sailor Songs where sailors met girls while they were ashore. And there THE Beatles had their first performance before they became world stars. Today it's more or less place for adult's amusements and shows.
The Red Light District! Access only over 18 years and only for men. No access for women.
A great place to visit from
Kiel (1,5 hours by train)
Warnemünde (2,5 hours by train)
The next section is for BarbG, her group on EURODAM but as well all cruisers who like to visit Hamburg of course...
I want to make sure that you got home with the impression that Hamburg, Germany was one of the nices shore excursion you made.
As your time in Hamburg is limited and valueable please some more information to make your right decisions:
That's the Town Hall.
Just opposite (between the bus stops) you'll find the Hamburg Souvenir Shop - but you can do it later...
Under the tower you'll find the entrance.
All explainations are in English as well.
There are public tours but currently no tours are planned for May 22, 2009.
Although it was already 8 pm I had access to the lobby where you find changing exhibitions.
So I checked with the information desk: you have access to the interior court and the lobby even on days you they do not offer any public tours like the day I was there:
Watch the angle I took these pictures:
If you turn around 180° you'll just opposite of the Alsterarkaden...
If you walk under the Alsterarcaden until the end you find this place:
You see right is the stairways downwards to your lunch-restaurant "Friesenkeller".
And opposite is the River Cruise Terminal for the Alster River Cruises.
So far it is planned to place your group in this little extra room for some privacy:
On April 1, the new summer menu will be released. They promised to send me upon availability.
That's "Labskaus" - the Hamburg - National Dish.
I deeply regret that I did not take something else as I was sitting next to the way from/to the kitchen... There were so many other options which I should taken... Especially all "Bratkartoffeln"-dishes smelled so great...
As told: opposite the Alster River Cruises start:
If you turn around you see the Headquarter of Hapag-Lloyd - a well-known shipping company incl. cruise department...
Café Wien would be left of the building (8 minutes more walking).
... and opposite ALSTERHAUS Department Store where you can find a great souvenir department and for your purchases more than 50 EUR you can ask for Tax Free Shopping Check.
... and again: Friesenkeller and Town Hall are so close together that you can do it easily as option to shopping and Alster River Cruise.
Unfortunately that's "normal" in Hamburg - the overcasted weather...
In this corner of the Binnenalster you find the "exit" to the Außenalster where you are going with your canal cruises...
Boarding point for the Canal Cruises is currently here at this corner as currently there is a major construction site for the subway at the original pier.
Beside the canal cruises this would be the very best way to discover Hamburg.
Hope these information help you to feel more comfortable for the choices you made as tour guide through Hamburg...
N.B. Just for our Asian Cruise Friends...
Opposite of Central Station:
See the guestbook:
So after many days on the ships without Asian flavour you might be interested to see this restaurant...