History, art, music and delicious food. Hamburg is a meltin’ pot of cultures and styles.

Summer’s almost over but if you’re lucky enough planning a trip now, but you don’t know where, well… We’ve got the answer for you!

Located on the Southern point of the Jutland Peninsula, Hamburg is the second largest city of Germany – after Berlin – and musically speaking is really perfect for anyone. In these years Hamburg has become one of the most popular “hipster” destination.

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Known for giving the Beatles a start to their career in the early 1960s, the city always has a big alternative and punk scene which gathers around the Rote Flora, an occupied former theatre located in the district of Sternschanze.

Hamburg, gave also birth to several artists as Boys Noize, Solomun, Digitalism, Steve Bug, Extrawelt, Tensnake and Pantha Du Prince – all sons of the well known Hamburger Schule (‘Hamburg School’).

With its very unique underground charm and plenty of mainstream clubs, Hamburg has become during the years one of the key addresses for electronic music in in Germany. Now, the city plays host to a diverse nightlife and party scene that is in large part centered around its Red Light District – the Reeperbahn.

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The Golden Pudel Club located nearby the Reeperbahn, close to the famous Fischmarkt, is very popular among residents Hamburgers – especially thanks to its very size and relaxed attitude. Many popular DJs from Berlin head up north to play loud electronic music here. In summer don’t forget to chill outside, as you can still here the music from the stairs.

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Ego typically opens at midnight, offers one of the most authentic clubbing experiences in the city. This is not one of Hamburg’s flashy clubs – expect casual dress and some of the best electro in Hamburg!

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Klangkullise is perfect for you if you enjoy staying out until noon at a club dancing your little heart out for just 5 euros. However it only hosts parties every couple of months so be sure to check their website.

Fabrik is not like the Fabrik you might know from London that hosts legendary parties. This Fabrik is for you if you want to head home at 2am, not start your party then. It is more or less a cultural center that offers diverse music parties, jazz for instance!

5+1 things you shouldn’t miss if you go to Hamburg

1. Planten un Blomen (plants and flowers), is an amazing park located in the center of the city with a size of 47 hectares. Famous for its water-light concerts, public theater and music performances, It contains the old botanical garden of Hamburg. The entry is free so don’t miss it!

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2. Elbstrand-Strandperle: wanna eat something special? Go to the Elbstrand, eat the famous Fischbrötchen and then, take a boat until the well known övelgönne beach. Relax yourself and drink a beer at the Strandperle. The perfect Sunday!

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3. Sankt Pauli quarter. Located in the Hamburg-Mitte borough, it contains the red light district we’ve mentioned before. So, don’t forget to dance at the famous “Pudel” on saturday night and then at 6-7 am go to the Fischmarkt: Fresh seafood, exotic fruits, nuts, flowers, and teas from all over the world – the fishmarket is a must for every foodie and is perfect for your after party. (the Fischmarkt is open on Sunday till 9 am)
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4. Cross the Elbe river through the Elbtunnel. Opened in 1911, the Elbtunnel is considered today as a nostalgic piece of Hamburg history. Composed by two beautifully tiled tunnels both 6 meters in diameter you will see daylight at the other side at Steinwerder, giving an absolutely wonderful view of Hamburg from the Southbank side of the river. Amazing!
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5. The harbour. Located 110 Kilometres from the mouth of the Elbe into the North Sea, is the largest port in Germany. The Port of Hamburg is also one of Hamburg’s largest attractions, both as a living, industrial and logistic center but also as a backdrop for modern culture and the ports history. Among these are various museum ships, musical theaters, bars, restaurants and hotels – and even a floating boat church. Don’t miss it!
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Gängeviertel District. This amazing area, reached from the Harbour through the new town up into the old quarter of Hamburg and gave thousands of working-class families a home.
In 1892 the City of Hamburg authorized their demolition but in 2009 two hundred people active in arts, politics, and social activities have entered the Gängeviertel in order to save it from decay and to create in Hamburg’s downtown an area with the aim to promote arts, culture, and talks, both in studios, in apartments, or in social projects. So pretty and enchanting, it’s worth it!22 23 24

Text and pics by Rossana Frustaci