Hamburg is for (design) lovers


I at all times thought if there was one metropolis in Germany that was for me, it’d be Hamburg. Town’s status as a inventive & cultural hotbed was at all times one thing I’d recognized when finding out graphic design.

Hamburg has lengthy been the publishing house for Germany’s inventive class of advertisers and graphic designers however with all of the hype surrounding that different metropolis in Germany, Hamburg’s worldwide standing appears to be pale as compared. So, with some journey suggestions from Germany.journey, I got down to discover the town that had my coronary heart earlier than I even set foot on its shores.

My fascination with Hamburg started due to a longtime attraction to The Beatles. The Fab 4 famously performed some early gigs within the port metropolis of Hamburg.

Add in a wholesome dose of inventive companies, some prostitutes and a few stylish younger issues—and that’s Hamburg! Right here’s how I spent a weekend exploring the design-friendly metropolis…

Jungfernsteig

Exploring downtown Hamburg

My weekend in Hamburg began with a stroll across the downtown space—close to the Hauptbahnhof (central practice station).

We stumbled into the fairly ritzy district of Jungfernstieg—a number of purchasing streets with the likes of Gucci and Prada. There was even an Apple Retailer! That’s when you already know for positive that you simply’re in a design-friendly metropolis.

hamburg central square Rathausplatz

The Jungfernstieg neighborhood runs up in opposition to the principle metropolis sq. in entrance of the Rathaus (metropolis corridor). The previous buildings combined with the large purchasing facilities actually felt fairly grand and opulent. We determined to floor ourselves with one in all Hamburg’s specialities—a currywurst.

One thing I haven’t been significantly keen on up to now, however for some purpose, the Hamburg variation was tasty! Or perhaps the recent sausage coated in ketchup was only a good approach to keep heat.

train hamburg

Hamburg is half the inhabitants of Berlin so the u-bahn system is a bit smaller. Public transportation in Hamburg is fairly easy to make use of and every thing is related simply.

The above-ground trains have been particularly scenic with views of the port. There’s no denying the economic nature of Hamburg!

hafen city

Misplaced in Hafen Metropolis

From the principle metropolis middle, we visited the Hafen Metropolis district. The world is one in all Europe’s largest redevelopment zones and is house to one in all Germany’s most controversial architectural tasks—the Elbe Philharmonic Corridor (the blue-windowed constructing seen above with the cranes towering overhead).

The structure all through Hafen Metropolis was photogenic and fairly—fashionable buildings on the seaside. However the ambiance (not less than on the chilly, winter day we visited) was fairly stale.

Spicy's museum

In Hafen Metropolis, after warming up with a cappuccino at a restaurant, we headed to Spicy’s Gewürzmuseum. The museum is all about spices and there are a whole bunch of samples you can contact, style & scent.

It’s a small museum upstairs in one of many many warehouses since transformed into galleries & showspaces, however it was a enjoyable approach to study a bit extra about Hamburg’s port. And fairly tasty, too!

Design Hotel Hamburg

An evening out within the Reeperbahn

Our design lodge for the weekend was situated proper within the coronary heart of Hamburg’s nightlife scene. The Reeperbahn is known for its strip golf equipment and prostitution, however, because it seems, the world is definitely a lot greater than all of that.

Our lodge, the EAST Resort, was so stylish it appeared it was extra of a nightclub than an lodge! There have been individuals within the bar & restaurant all night time lengthy and the foyer even had a bouncer.

beatles in hamburg

Barely intimidated by the excessive heels and fits in our lodge foyer, we headed out onto the Reeperbahn avenue.

That’s after we stumbled onto the Star Membership memorial—a plaque remembering all of the legendary musicians who had performed on the small Hamburg membership within the ’60s. There’s a well-known Beatles recording from the membership as nicely (obtainable on Amazon).

Grosse Freiheit nightlife

Down the nook from Star Membership is the Grosse Freiheit avenue — with drag reveals, punk venues and nearly any kind of character you possibly can think about. It was a scene!

St. Pauli / Reeperbahn bar

The entire St. Pauli space was intense and far larger than I used to be anticipating.

There have been the seedier areas with prostitutes legally engaged on the road (Reeperbahn), however then the Grosse Freiheit avenue and among the surrounding ones have been crammed with their very own characters seemingly pulled out of any nightlife-riddled neighborhood.

Talstrasse had a late-night pizzeria (tasty and fast!) in addition to a couple of extra posh bars—however all subsequent to their fair proportion of intercourse kinos (intercourse cinemas) and strip golf equipment.

A night time out on the Reeperbahn was hardly boring! We ended our first night time with a drink on Hamburger Strasse—a avenue with bar after bar filled with twenty-something hipsters.

bus tour Hamburg

Across the metropolis on a bus tour

The following day we went to take a look at the principle streets across the Reeperbahn (in St. Pauli) after a weekend night time out. Appears no one advised some individuals as a result of at 10am, there have been nonetheless handfuls of crowds in among the bars!

On a mission, we discovered the Beatles memorial which we’d seen the night time earlier than—this time within the daylight! That’s after we caught one of many metropolis’s hop-on, hop-off buses for a extra comfy approach to get across the metropolis. We went in nearly a full circle (2 hours!) earlier than getting off on the Hamburg pier.

fish sandwich

On the Landungsbrücken

Hamburg, up on Germany’s northern coast and with the full-on port & pier, is known for his or her fish as a lot as their currywurst (perhaps extra so).

A fried fish sandwich (fischfrikadellenwas lower than 2€ and made for an excellent snack earlier than we hopped on a harbor tour.

boat tour Hamburg

Our Hamburg harbor tour was simply an hour (and, sadly, solely in German), however it was good to be on a ship for somewhat bit and to see the Hamburg port from a unique perspective. The boat was full of individuals however we stayed inside to maintain heat.

fashion

Exploring Hamburg’s trendiest areas

After spending a lot time sitting on a bus after which a ship, we went off to discover two of Hamburg’s trendiest areas: the Schanzenviertel and Karolinenviertel neighborhoods.

Sunday morning we visited the “Flohschanze” flohmarkt (flea market) the place I discovered some fairly cool t-shirt designs.

On Markstrasse within the Karolinenviertel we did some window-browsing among the many unbiased and native designers’ retailers.

squat

Elsewhere within the Schanzenviertel, alongside Schulterblatt, we discovered the Rote Flora (@florableibt)—a former theater was a squat.

Nonetheless right now there are political demonstrations and activists within the space. Simply throughout the road from the squat, in truth, is the multi-purpose, cultural middle & nightclub: Haus III & 70.

bookstore in hamburg

Within the Schanze, we additionally walked into the music store Hanseplatte. The shop promotes Hamburg-local artists and offered books and CDs particularly about Hamburg.

The plaza out entrance can be clearly a avenue theater—simple to see that impromptu live shows & festivals occur there in higher climate!

design shopping

On the lookout for type in St. George

One other stylish space of Hamburg—extra central and nearer to the Hauptbahnhof—is St. George. Notably gay-friendly, we did some window-shopping after which noticed the Kaufhaus Hamburg store.

The shop sells merchandise made in or close to Hamburg—every thing from vodka and beer to cutlery and designer vogue. The store proprietor has even partnered with Hanseplatte within the Schanz to characteristic some native musicians from Hamburg.

kunstmuseum

Oh yeah, there’s artwork, too!

Hamburg is bursting with artwork and design and all of it culminated on our closing day on the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Hamburg’s largest museum can be among the finest I’ve visited in Germany.

With galleries from the previous masters to modern & fashionable artwork, a museum aficionado like myself may simply spend a day right here. I checked out the present exhibit that includes Giacometti’s surrealist work (on till Could 2013) earlier than getting misplaced inside The Dice—the museum’s modern wing.

With only a weekend in Hamburg I didn’t have time to discover extra of the humanities scene, however I did study that the town’s ardour for artwork & design is as sturdy (if not stronger) than the one right here in Berlin.

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