Hamburg Journals

A Cold Breeze through Hamburg

A travel journal to Hamburg by meadowlark

The Factory Photo, Hamburg, Germany More Photos
Quote: Once a major trading port, Hamburg now specializes in all that is chic in Germany. Although the prices are highest for German cities, Hamburg offers great food, shopping, and historic sights to satisfy business or pleasure travellers.

A Cold Breeze through Hamburg

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Overview

The Rathaus (townhall), Hamburg Photo, Hamburg, Germany
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Visit the old city at night: A large lake, divided to two parts -- the inner and outer -- glitters in the lights of the old city at night. The Rathaus (town hall) is impressively lit up, as are the steeples of the large churches in this area -- with the moving exception of the cathedral bombed during WWII that's been left in ruins as a reminder. A driving or strolling tour around the lake makes for a pleasant evening excursion. A "healthy" portion of food: No need to just "sample" the Hamburg fare when the portion-sizes have claim to be the largest in Europe. A real treasure is located on the outskirts of the Eppendorf area: The Factory is not only a c...Read More

Motel Hamburg

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Hotel

Motel Hamburg Photo, Hamburg, Germany
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The Motel Hamburg is a comfortable hotel conveniently located only a 3-minute walk from the University Hospital and its research institutes and a 15- to 20-minute bus ride north of the city centre. The main advantage for business travellers here is that along with the 35+ rooms, there are also 20 or so spaces in individual parking garages. Given the limited parking in this area, this is a real plus for car owners and very secure. The hotel rooms are very comfortable. Many guests at the research institute where I was working stay at this hotel because it so conveniently located. The first time I stayed, I was given a double room with two twin beds and an en-su...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Motel Hamburg
Hoheluftchaussee 117-119
Hamburg, Germany 20253
040-420-4141

The Factory

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Restaurant

The Factory Photo, Hamburg, Germany
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The Factory is located about 15-20 minutes north of the city centre, near the Eppendorf area. It is a charming pub built in a former factory. The decor is dark wood with cream-painted walls and low-hanging lights right above the tables and candles in brass candle holders on every table that give it quite an intimate setting despite the large numbers of people this place can accommodate. The food is the real highlight of this place though. I have tried almost all of the main dishes on their menu and all are amazingly tasty -- they must have a fantastic chef! It's mostly hearty German food with huge portions of meat and sides of potatoes. I highly recommend the Heu und...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

The Factory
Hoheluftchaussee 95
Hamburg, Germany
(040) 420-3711

Restaurante Sagres & Benfica

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Restaurant | "Restaurante Sagres & Benfica"

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Located near the harbour by the Baumwall metro stop (on the yellow line), this Portuguese restaurant offers the opportunity to try its fare surrounded by a sort of Disney-esque decor. From the metro stop if you are facing the harbour, turn right and walk about 5 minutes down the street. There are old wooden tables and chairs with large pictures of Portuguese fishermen and random seafaring items about. The waitstaff speak some English, and the menu is in Portuguese with German translations. The menu is mostly seafood (being near the harbour and all) and proved to be acceptable and filling. I got the paella, which had a combination of chicken, lamb, shrimp, and mussels (a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Restaurante Sagres & Benfica
Vorsetzen 53
Hamburg, Germany
371-201

Christiansen Conditorei & Cafe

Restaurant | "Christiansen Conditorei & Cafe"

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This little bakery/cafe has a fabulous array of pasteries and breads as well as sweeter items and gourmet coffees. The inside is immaculately clean and decorated in chic golden and brown hues. We bought an apple cake for a co-worker's birthday (18 cm "apfel royal") for 8 euros, and if I hadn't been so full at the time, I would have loved to same all the individual-size tarts they had in a variety of tempting fruits: raspberry (himbeer) and strawbeer (erdbeer) being the top two contenders. The apple cake turned out to be a large tart shell with egg-custard on the inside and apple set in the clear fruit glaze on top. It was really tasty and not overly sweet as some pasteries error on. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Christiansen Conditorei & Cafe
Hoheluftchaussee 99
Hamburg, Germany
(040) 4226-7885

Moenckebergstrasse Shopping

Attraction | "Hit the streets for hip shopping!"

Moenckebergstrasse Shopping Photo, Hamburg, Germany
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Moenckebergstrasse, which begins just diagonally up and to the right if you are standing in front of the Rathaus looking out, is a cosmopolitan shopper's dream with a street of stores (specialty to major department stores) all lined up reaching down to the Hauptbahnhof (main rail station). The wide sidewalks are brick, and the avenue of trees are lit with little lights, making shopping quite a pleasure even in the cold. Several side streets along the way also give off to more shops. My favourites are big Euro chains Zara and H & M, which both offer cheap and trendy clothing. If Gucci and Prada are more your thing, turn to your left from the Rathaus and cross the canal to more upscale shopping. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Moenckebergstrasse Shopping
Throughout Moenckebergstrasse
Hamburg, Germany