This Summer I didn’t plan anything big, I wanted to see what I felt like doing and with whom. So without much consideration and after a quick look at the very cheap Ryanair tickets, a friend and I found ourselves in this gorgeous city.
Our first day started with waking up extremely early to catch our flight and arriving in a rainy Hamburg. We went to our Airbnb stay – highly recommend it! – and started walking towards the city. We were very close to public transport but because we were getting quite hungry and wanted to catch some glances of the city too, we decided to walk – we also realised quickly that everything is very close-by even though it may not seem like that at first. We took the steps to walk on Venusberg and stumbled across this very nice café called café Johanna.
We then walked around a little bit until the rain got too much and we decided to walk to the Kunsthalle. This was number one on my list because of the painting of Caspar David Friedrich and I wasn’t disappointed.
We started our day with a breakfast at Klippkroog. The sun was out and we sat on the terrace, they even had vegan breakfast which was delicious!
Then we walked to the Fishmarket, which isn’t really a thing unless it’s an actual market – Sunday morning until 11am – but I don’t eat fish so I wasn’t interested in general. But the harbor area is perfect for a walk.
We then met with a friend and he took us to a boat rental place at the Alster. We walked really far but it was gorgeous. But the boat tour was well.. something. I’m not a fan of anything on the water to be honest and after realising the boat was that small I got a little panic attack.. But everything was alright in the end and I even enjoyed it a little. The place where we rented the boats – Supper Club – also served food, we were lucky to have a table and let me tell you, those sweet potato fries were everything.
For our last day we went back to café Johanna to have breakfast. We had this – again vegan – oat bowl and was so yummy!
Then comes the story of the Elbphilharmonie. It’s the most visited place of Hamburg and at first I was like yeah I get that, but then we went on the tour that takes you into the building. First it was an absolute mess to get to the plaza – free admission – no good coordination and way too many people resulted in having to wait a long time – the tour costs €15 per person, so yes I do expect a different entrance. You then go to the plaza and from there you go up to the third floor. It’s a lot of information but you only get to see one of the concerthalls and that’s it. You’re also not allowed to take pictures and I didn’t take any of course but I was accused of taking them. So no. A big fat no from me. Spend your time in the actual city instead of wasting your money and time queuing.
For dinner we went to Burgerlich, for a quick but delicious bite before getting a cocktail in Brooklyn Bar. The next morning we headed back home.
It’s not done with the holiday posts yet either. In two weeks I’m going on an Italian adventure! Stay tuned.