A Travel Guide To Hamburg

Hamburg review

What To Eat, See & Do In Hamburg

Germany is fast becoming one of my most visited European destinations. I’d actually been to Hamburg for the fist time a couple of years ago during the summer but this time I was ready to explore much more of the city and experience Hamburg in winter as something different. My friend Chloe and I decided on the trip at the start of January and after finding flights that suited us perfectly for only £35, we quickly booked our three day city break for the 13th to the 15th February.

Where We Stayed

Superbude Hotel Hostel Review

Best hostel in Hamburg

Superbude Nautical Hotel Room
Superbude Hostel Hotel En Suite
 

Superbude Hamburg hotel room wall map

Superbude Hamburg

Bed and breakfast at Superbude Hostel Hamburg

Breakfast at Superbude Hamburg

Superbude

The super cool hotel/hostel Supebude kindly put us up for our two night stay in Hamburg. Located in St Pauli, it’s only a stone’s throw away from a large selection of coffee shops, bars and restaurants, in the super quirky hipster area of Sternschanze. We actually spent a lot of time around the local area and found several great places to eat and drink.

Superbude, labels itself a hostel and hotel, however right away I have to say it isn’t like any hostel I’ve ever stayed in before, as whilst being affordable it is definitely a lot more stylish than most accommodation that falls into the ‘hostel’ bracket.

You know when you walk into Supebude that you’re in a cool spot and all the staff are really friendly. To the right of the reception there’s a cool chill out area with a couple of refrigerators that serve as a self service bar and behind that is the area where breakfast is served. Breakfast was included and we were both pleased with the selection of food on offer. Of course being in Germany it’s the usual continental style breakfast selection but there was plenty to choose from and we left feeling satisfied each morning.

We were also pleased with our room. Whilst being simple it provided everything we needed for our two nights stay. I’m happy as long as my bed is comfy, the shower is hot and overall everything is clean. I’m happy to say that it ticked all the boxes. Chloe and I both had good sleeps and agreed that we’d happily stay at Superbude again.

 

What We Ate

Bullerei Hamburg

bullerei we do not have wifi, talk to each other sign

Bullerei Hamburg Review

Elbgold Hamburg

Vegan Pie Cake and Coffee at Elbgold Hamburg
Cafe Piya Hamburg Review

Eating Our Way Around Hamburg

It’s probably easier to compile a list of things we didn’t eat on this trip than the things that we did. In fact, I can go as far as to say that we didn’t stop eating for the entire three days. This was much to the delight of Chloe who is vegan and has mentioned how she often struggles finding food options when she’s away. We quickly noticed lots of vegan options close by to where we were staying, in Sternschanze. We managed to get our hands on everything from vegan cherry pie, to vegan donna kebab! Even I was in my element with it all and all the food we tried was so, so good!

A few favourites included:

Bullerei – A popular restaurant where we went for lunch on our first day. I had the salmon risotto which I thoroughly enjoyed. They didn’t have any vegan dishes but they made one of the dishes dairy free for Chloe on request.
ElbGold – A cute coffee shop serving great cakes and pastries and even better coffee. We had a vegan apple slice & a vegan cherry pie with coffee. It was all very good.
Cafe Piya – A restaurant on Schanzenstraße where we went for dinner one evening. We both went for the vegan burger and it was really good. The wine was good too.

We also had vegan Currywurst at a fast food place round the corner from our hotel. I unfortunately forgot to take note of the name of the place but it was either on or close by to Schanzenstraße.

 

Samio wine in Cafe Piya Hamburg

Vegan burger at Cafe Piya Hamburg

Salad in Hamburg

Vegan Currywurst Hamburg

What We Saw

Hamburg city guide

Hamburg

Hamburg frozen lake

Heinrich Hertz Turm Hamburg

Being Tourists

Aside from eating out…A LOT…We also managed to fit in quite a bit of sight seeing too. Although this was my second time in Hamburg, I ended up discovering a whole other side to the city that I hadn’t previously. I learnt that Hamburg is a creatively vibrant and artistic city. On first appearances you don’t see it’s quirks and unique flare but take a walk around an area like Sternschanze and you’ll see unique graffiti on every building. Whilst looking edgy I have to say that it still felt safe whilst wondering around these parts and overall there was a really chilled and pleasant vibe to the city, especially in the area mentioned. It had been Chloe’s first time in Hamburg and the second day into our trip she was already saying how she wanted to come back.

On our first day we took a two hour bike ride around the city on one of the StadtRAD rental bikes. Whilst it was absolutely freezing that day, I couldn’t have thought of a better way for us to explore the city. There are bike lanes on every single side walk, so there’s no need to worry about biking on the road. The hop on, hop off bikes are such an easy way to get around and when you’re done you can just hook them back up at one of the many bike docks around the city.

We also went on a boat tour and a bus tour during our trip but I have to say that the bikes were still my favourite mode of transport and a great way to see everything too. We also did a great deal of walking, which is so easy to do when you’re in a place like Hamburg which is very relaxed compared to other more crowded cities. There’s also a great deal of greenery in Hamburg with parks dotted throughout the city.

One tourist attraction I would recommend is the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in the HafenCity quarter. It’s free to go up and from the viewing deck you’re able to take in the views of Hamburg. Also, if you’re into architecture the building itself is pretty stunning and it cost a pretty penny too, which definitely shows. Even the inside of the Elbphilharmonie impressive, and I’d say it’s worth stopping by if you get the chance.

 

Hamburg bus tour

Chloe in Hamburg

StadtRAD Hamburg City bike

Squatters Graffiti House Hamburg St Pauli

I wonder if Heaven got a ghetto Hamburg Graffiti St Pauli

Hamburg graffiti

Hamburg building wall art

Hamburg Street Art

The Low Down

When we visited: February 2017
Weather: Average minus two degrees – Cold and crisp with blue sky.
How long we stayed: Monday to Wednesday – Two nights
Where we stayed: St Pauli
Accommodation: Superbude Hotel Hostel
Food To Try: Vegan Currywurst (if you can find the takeout we went to on Schanzenstraße), otherwise just look out for Currywurst in general.
Suggestions: Layer up if you’re visiting during the winter.
Recommendations: Go up the Elbphilharmonie, it’s free and you can see great views of Hamburg from up there!
Also, rent one of the StadtRAD bikes and cycle around Hamburg.
Would I go again: Yes!
Would I go again in February: Yes, however I’d love to go again in the summer too.

Chloe and I both loved our three days in Hamburg. I enjoyed myself the first time I visited but it’s the second time around that I really grew to love the city. We both liked the easy going vibe and Chloe has already said how much she is in love with Hamburg after our visit.

If you enjoy good food, street art and a city with a creative vibe, then Hamburg could be just the place for you and I certainly recommend the visit.

Samio x

 

*Our accommodation was kindly provided by Superbude along with thanks to Hamburg Tourism who organised it also provided our travel whilst in Hamburg.

Hamburg in February
Hamburg


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Our accommodation was kindly provided by Superbude along with thanks to Hamburg Tourism who also provided our travel whilst in Hamburg.

15 Comments

  1. February 21, 2017 / 3:00 am

    It looks like you had such a great time! Hamburg looks lovely. That photo with the ice is so stunning! I am going to Berlin in March and I am so freaking excited, as I’ve never been to Germany. I always love all the photos you take lady. You are definitely talented! 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Samio
      February 21, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      Ah thank you Emily. Ow I’d really like to go to Berlin too. It’s meant to be a great place to visit, I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time. I’ll have to check out your Berlin posts after your trip. =D

      Samio x

  2. February 21, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    I wish I was there. The accommodation looked very nice and your pictures did Hamburg justice. Looking forward to see more of your travel logs 🙂

    http://mossonyi.com/

    • Samio
      February 21, 2017 / 7:13 pm

      Thanks Onyi, it was a great fun. 🙂

      Samio x

  3. February 21, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    Although I live in Germany, I have not yet been to Hamburg but I have heard many great things about this city. Actually I have a friend who lives there. Maybe its time to pay her a visit!
    I love currywurst! And the burger looks tempting. The picture you took of the sign is perfection “We dont have wifi- talk to eachother- act like its 1995”
    Cookies, Chaos & C’est la Vie

    • Samio
      February 21, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      Yes I loved that sign! More places should encourage this. And I’d definitely recommend a trip to Hamburg, especially if you’re friend lives there, it’s the perfect excuse to take a trip. =D

      Samio x

  4. February 21, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I love Hamburg; I’ve only been once. It’s just a unique place and I’d like to visit again someday.

    ANOUK

    • Samio
      February 22, 2017 / 8:31 am

      Haha, it made me hungry writing this post too.

      Samio x

  5. February 22, 2017 / 1:45 am

    I went to Germany for the first time a few months ago and I loved it! Only Berlin tho and I can’t wait to return to other cities, I guess Hamburg is on top that list now! Love your pics, and that hostel looks amazing. Your pic in front of the street art is sooo super cute & happy, love it!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • Samio
      February 22, 2017 / 8:32 am

      Each time I’ve been to Germany I’ve loved it but I’m still yet to visit Berlin. Everyone says how good it is, so I know I need to go and yes I’d definitely recommend Hamburg if you get the chance to visit. 😀

      Samio x

  6. Annie
    February 28, 2017 / 8:17 am

    I am originally from Hamburg but live in the UK now, I must say though that I thoroughly miss my hometown.

    It’s the diversity, the choice of things to do and see, from concerts to art and festivals, and all the parks and of course the harbour and beaches, you just can’t be bored in Hamburg.

    Hamburg’s always been a bit of a sleeping beauty when it comes to tourism, but I guess the city is really marketing itself now, which is understandable, considering how much it has to offer.

    Glad you liked it anyway 😄

    If you plan to go to Berlin, I’d suggest to go for at least a week, as Berlin is vast and takes some time to explore.

    But enough about Berlin….yay! For Hamburg ⚓️

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