Hamburg: Where to go and what to try
Hamburg: Where to go and what to try. Hamburg – a city that for most people in Europe associated with the sea and the port, and has never been popular with tourists. But in vain – because this is the richest city in Germany offers a rare beauty. A port status, and hundreds of thousands of immigrants from around the world make it a truly international and very hospitable.
If you arrive in Hamburg is likely to explore the city for you to begin with the central station – a huge building of the early twentieth century. It is the busiest place in town, beloved by locals for being there even on Sunday you can buy food at the supermarket on the second floor. And also a paradise for all kinds of fast food.
If you are indifferent to the hamburgers and Samos, the exit towards Mönkebergstraße, and go on this shopping street up towards the town hall. The most interesting part of the urban landscape here – it passersby and numerous street musicians. The food here is worth buying just on Christmas Eve, when half of the street occupied by tents, selling Christmas sweets and punch.
Twenty minute walk from the central square of the town hall. After admiring the architecture of the early twentieth century with intricate copper roof and Hanseatic coat of arms, turn left onto Rathausstrasse, to the cafe “Paris” – one of the oldest and best cafes in the city. If you are this day we have not had breakfast, but now – it’s time. But in any case, do not give up croissants and seasonal slice of cake that is baked according to traditional recipes – with revenёm summer with plums in the autumn, with a lemon and chocolate – always.
If you just want to bask in the sun, very sparingly, or just want the ice cream – always go on Alster Lake (immediately next to the town hall), and buy an ice cream stall in the most popular throughout the city. On a clear day before it is sure to be all – but do not be afraid, it moves very quickly. One scoop of ice cream will cost just 1 euro.
If you go to the town hall square and turn left in the direction of the Elbe (it is enough to walk along the canal from the Alster), then very soon you will come to the embankment of the main river of Northern Germany and see the actual port. Unlike people in many other port cities who do not like to look at the cranes and container ships, the port of Hamburg your love. A huge number of bars, restaurants and luxury apartments built with a view of its winches, and in any souvenir stall certainly can buy a card with the port cranes at sunset.
In the port area, if you wish, you can spend the whole day, you can go to the other side of the river at a pedestrian tunnel (another attractions of the century), to turn back to port, and look at the bustling waterfront. You can buy a tent sandwich with herring and onions, and eat it sitting on the waterfront. Rather, buy a sandwich will be your first contact with Otto von Bismarck – historical figure, which is associated with the Hamburg particularly warm relations – so that the port can buy a sandwich with “Bismarck herring” – and wash it down with water of the same name. However, the most delicious sandwich garnish – a young herring mates – soft as butter, and extremely tender.
Since you were in the port quarter, be sure to check out the Speicherstadt (Warehouse City) – the monument of the old Hanse, built in the late 19th century on the site of the port slums, have recently made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best thing to do in this quarter – a walk and take pictures, going from the bridge to the bridge. If you are unlucky enough to catch the sun in Hamburg, go in the quarter after sunset – with electric illumination brick houses and their reflections in the canals look more unusual. But whatever the weather, you’re not logged in Speicherstadt, be sure to go to the most fashionable coffee house Hamburg – Kaffeerösterei (fryer), on the first line, Kerwider. First, you go astray down thick smell of coffee, which for many years are fried in huge vats behind the bar, then stun the hum of voices under huge vaulted ceiling – but as a result you get a cup of fresh espresso for a couple of euros, exactly the sort of coffee that you yourself you are taking.
If you want something more substantial than a sandwich or a cup of coffee, go deep into the port quarter, on the Portuguese street (real name – Ditmar-Kölstraße, but around town it is known exactly how the Portuguese), all built up a restaurant serving Portuguese cuisine. She smelled warm thoroughly grilled fish, and a warm day you could hardly find a free table in the street.
For beer and German cuisine is a little deeper in the quarter – and in the street to eat at the pub Großneumarkt Thämers. In fact, to choose a beer, you will leave a lot of time, because range all the time is updated, and can be ordered as a mass brand and local Pale Ale, or Hamburg Duckstein (count on 3-4 euros per glass). If you are very hungry or just want everything at once, then order the steak with egg and potatoes – the food here is no different sophistication, but it is well prepared. If you – the young hipster – feel free to take a burger, they are also excellent. As a light snack for those who are not very hungry, suitable Flammkuchen – the favorite of Hamburg cake of a very thin unleavened dough, sprinkle with cheese and vegetables (sort of northern European response focaccia, but without the Italian spices). Lunch for one person will cost about 20 euros (12 if you order a small glass of beer and cake).