A city of snobs and sinners, Hamburg may exhaust you, but it will never let you feel old.
The residents here are different, their eyes fixed on the horizon, confident their city is a gateway to the world. Dublin has Guinness but Hamburg has two elixirs: Astra beer and the sea.
For lovers of high culture, Hamburg has an outrageous number of options, from the Kunsthalle, just reopened after a major renovation, to contemporary photography shows in the Deichtorhallen.
Or perhaps take in the alternative vibes of Marketstrasse:
Here they have got that dishevelled Hackney thing going on, the first thing you'll encounter is a bijoux urban garden surrounded by street art and torn posters. The faded charm continues as you wander on: pug dogs sit nonchalantly in front of independent designer shops. A scattering of vintage and bric-a-brac shops line the street adding to the scruffy, laid-back feel. Continue up to Schanzenstrasse for more of the same plus plenty of quirky bars and cafes
In spite of its almost 1.8 million residents, Hamburg rarely exudes the hectic pace of city life. Instead, Hamburg offers a relaxed atmosphere in a compact city.
Style and Culture
PLACES TO VISIT
Hamburg’s fashion scene is as exciting and diverse as the city’s distinctive neighborhoods.
The small streets of Ottensen and Altona districts are known for unique boutiques and quirky vintage shops. Here you can find one of the city’s best eco fashion stores – Marlowe nature.
The trendy Karolinenviertel district has become the favourite location for Hamburg’s young fashion designers. If you’re looking for unique fashion items this is the place for you. The most famous designer on the block is Bent Angelo Jensen whose male fashion label Herr von Eden is distinguished by its avant-garde yet elegant looks.
A true fashion lover should not pass up the chance to visit one of Hamburg’s design markets. The weekly Der.Die.Sein Markt in the HafenCity showcases the best of the city’s creative scene, from fashion and jewellery to artworks and furniture.