Within this article I will give you some tips and impressions from our Hamburg trip in June 2020. Arriving in Hamburg, we went directly to the “Schanzenviertel”. There, I really got the feeling of coming to the second “Friedrichshain” or “Kreuzberg” in Berlin. Such a hip district, very urban, stylish, everywhere graffiti on the walls and crazy people. We strolled around the shops and the small restaurants in the area. Of course we directly enjoyed our first “Alster”. Of course NOT the lake, the BEER 😉 A typical Hamburg drink that shouldn´t be missed.
We spent the weekend in the 3-star superior hotel “Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus” at the Wilhelmsburger Inselpark. The hotel combines natural ecological materials with the latest technology and thus offers a healthy and cozy atmosphere without sacrificing any comfort. You are looking for a hotel in calm and nature, but near the city center? Then I can warmly recommend the Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus. The hotel rooms are named after native trees and bushes and the hotel is completely ecological and sustainable.
Our hotel room was named “Faulbaum” and was completely made of wood. We slept like babies in the comfortable beds! Our breakfast the next morning was also great and the staff was very friendly and helpful with tips about what to check out when being in Hamburg. We really enjoyed our stay at the Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus.
Since the hotel is directly at the Wilhelmsburger Inselpark, we could directly walk from there to the beer garden @zum_anleger_hamburg and the cafe @willi_villa_hamburg. In this idyllic paradise in the middle of Hamburg you can get delicious food and drinks to go or eat on site. In the beer garden we had delicious burgers, drank good beers and enjoyed the warm sun. There is also the possibility to paddle back and forth between both restaurants with a canoe or SUP which you can rent at both sites.
On Sunday we made a wonderful harbour tour with Hamburg Tourism. It was quite windy in Hamburg that day, so typical Hamburg weather I guess. We had a lot of fun and checked out the coolest spots in Hamburg from the water. Our tour guide, what was even more kind of an animator, told us funny stories about the city and also gave us some insider tips. We went by boat through the harbour, past container ships, the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, Speicherstadt and Hafencity. It was also exciting to learn more about the hustle and bustle in the harbour and the logistics. In any case we had a wonderful time on the water, as boating is exactly my thing. An absolute must do here in Hamburg.
After that, we went to St. Pauli to StrandPauli, a little beach bar and restaurant at the port of Hamburg, were it was time for us to soak up the sun, put our feet in the sand and enjoy our togetherness. What could be better?
In the evening, we had some delicious food in the Portuguese quarter directly at the Landungsbrücken before we enjoyed the sunset at the harbour. In the Portuguese Quarter right at the harbour there is one Portuguese Tapas Restaurant right next to another. Of course we had some delicious tapas in one of the restaurants and got that special summer feeling, almost like being in Portugal.
The day after we drove to the North Sea to the Timmendorfer Strand. Finally, as a Bavarian, I also made it to Germany´s sea for the very first time. There we enjoyed the last hours of our weekend trip to the fullest. Despite the current conditions of the new rules during the pandemic, we had a wonderful weekend all in all and would love to come back to Hamburg very soon!
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