Hamburg, Germany
Elianne, 23
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What are the Hamburg spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The Speicherstadt with its new landmark, the Elbphilharmonie. While it was much discussed, I really love the outcome of the building and it is definitely worth paying the free observation deck a visit as you get a beautiful view of the harbour. Check out the many cafés, restaurants and boutiques that are located along and around the Eppendorfer Weg and rent a canoe or a pedal boat to discover the Alster and the many canals of the city.

Do’s and don’ts in Hamburg: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

DON'T pay the super high prices for a boat trip on the Elbe river but DO take the ferry from Landungsbrücken to Finkenwerder which is included in the daily pass for public transport.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

As usual with German cities, alcoholic beverages in Hamburg are fairly cheap. Generally, you pay around 3€ for a pint of beer, 4-5€ for a glass of wine and cocktails start at 7€. Entrance fees in clubs are usually around 10-15€. As I don't tend to go to clubs that often, I normally only spend around 20€ on a typical night out.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Fleetwood Mac, Stereolab, Phoenix, Warpaint, Drake, Kate Bush, Donald Glover, Slowdive, Talking Heads, Rhye.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Day: Eimsbüttel & Eppendorf // Night: Hamburg is fairly quiet by night, so the nightlife is mainly focused on St.Pauli and the Schanzenviertel.

What’s the one place in Hamburg you think is underrated?

Steindamm!

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Probably to dinner in the Hafencity to then walk through the Speicherstadt as it's so beautiful by night.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Hamburg?

Kleine Pause - a classic. But I prefer coming here in the week after 1 AM library sessions. The vibe is completely different without the party folks but I love it!

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Go to a beaaautiful café with old charm, drink a hot beverage, eat a pastry and observe the locals!

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

The Focacceria Apulia!

Tomorrow’s your last day in Hamburg. How do you spend it?

I'd start my day off with eating a Franzbrötchen, maybe two, then I'd call my friends to wander around Ottensen, have a picnic by the Altonaer Balkon for lunch, then go drink coffee at Café Paris and have Syrian food at L'Amira for dinner. Then we would have drinks in St.Pauli before we go to our favourite Karaoke Bar on the Reeperbahn.

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