Hamburg (HAM) in a nutshell

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    note: I spread the contents over multiple posts and will add more contents soonish.
    Introduction
    You've probably already made up your mind on visiting Hamburg. There's no reason for me to dissuade you nor convince you that there are actually sunny days in Hamburg.
    Why should you come visit? Heck, we have the Reeperbahn, St. Pauli, the Elbe river and most importantly (at least for me) Franzbroetchen - a local sugary cinnamon infused perversion of the french croissant.

    Questions?
    Should you have any questions feel free to respond to this thread or PM me. If I am around while you are in town I may play the cheesy tour guide for you.
     
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    Getting In
    Most likely you'll arrive at Hamburg Fuhlsbuettel airport (HAM). The airport consists of two terminals which are linked both landside and airside. If you are on Lufthansa or a fully integrated partner (not Star Alliance in general!) you'll use Terminal 2, otherwise Terminal 1.

    The airport has a set of Lufthansa Business+Senator lounges which double as Star Gold lounges. The independent airport lounge (used by Skyteam, Priority Pass accepted) features showers which the Lufthansa lounges lack. Emirates operates a huge (second largest in Europe) lounge for the currently single flight on the day. No other airlines have access to this lounge, though.

    Getting into Hamburg from the airport used to be a major hassle but since December 2009 the airport is connected to the city via the S1 subway line. From the airport just follow the green (S) signs for the station which is underground right in front of the terminal area. When heading towards the airport make sure that you are in the first three train cars since the other cars are disconnected from the train shortly before you reach the airport.
     
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    Getting Around
    In general Hamburg is a quite walkable city. In conjunction with the extensive public transport system you won't need a car and usually get around without a taxi. Taxis are at around the same price as in other German cities. The subway operates 24/7 from Friday through Sunday but discontinues services shortly after midnight on weekdays.
     
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    See & Do
    Hamburg is made up from lots of small districts which - besides the generic unattractive living quarters - all are worth visiting on their own. Most of the attractions are north of the Elbe river and around the Alster river/lakes.
    Starting from the Hauptbahnhof (main trainstation) you'll alight in the Moenckebergstrasse, the main shopping district. Starbucks and mainstream malls turned this into an average part of town which can get crowded.
    The Schanzenviertel has been in the press for years now and in generally considered one of the attractions. Historically lots of alternative people used to live in the area but in the last few years have been chased away by high rents. The nearby Karolinenviertel never gained that much attraction and nowadays is nice to walk through, although a bit on the small side. From a cultural perspective the St. Georg district north-east of the main train station has become the new hub with all sorts of pubs and restaurants lining the main street (Lange Reihe).
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    Walking Tour 'one day in HAM during a MR is all you need'
    Start at the train station and walk south through the Moenckebergstrasse towards the Rathaus (city hall). From there follow the stream of people across the bridges into the Neuer Wall / Gaensemarkt area. This is the upscale shopping area complete with jewelry, watches, clothing, luggage (Tumi) and interior decorations stores. After some retail therapy relax at the Binnenalster before continuing south towards the St. Michaelis (aka Michel) church and Landungsbruecken waterfront.
    From the waterfront head to your hotel and then start your evening with an early drink or dinner in the Schanzenviertel or St. Georg. Walk (from the Schanzenviertel) or take the train towards the Reeperbahn area for some evening entertainment. Although the Reeperbahn has numerous restaurants and fast food outlets I personally find the food in the Schanzenviertel and St. Georg to be both better and more affordable. The Reeperbahn area is quite safe - even at night - but bear in mind that you are among thousands of possibly drunk locals and tourists. The worst that may happen to you is a homeless person asking for your empty beer bottle or can (yes you can drink in public!) or a 'Koberer' trying to lure you into his night club/bar. Near the Herbertstrasse you will be approached by people working in the red light district - a polite 'No, thank you' should do the trick.
    If you are lucky enough to be in town on a sunday morning continue from the Reeperbahn to the Fischmarkt on the north river banks of the Elbe just south of the Reeperbahn.
     
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    [I hope you have finished reserving your posts yaffa? - And I hope I have correctly interpredted your desire for this to be a Hamburg thread for the forum rather than just YOUR own hamburg thread? - if not let me know and I will delete and move.]

    One thing you simply must do in Hamburg is visit Minature Wonderland. When you first hear that it is the largest model railway in the world, many people will sadly turn off. However, it might surprise you to hear it is also considered the one of the top tourist attactions in Hamburg.

    Don't expect to see just elderly men and train buffs - this is something for all the family (when I went around there were groups of young women (on their own) looking around and absolutly loving it. It's not just the railway but the humour hidden within it that keeps people captivated (from porn scenes being filmed outdoors, to bank robberies that extend beneth the model, and even moving space shuttle launches in the desert.

    It is split over multiple floors and has a cafe inside and charging lockers so you can recharge your mobile phones and camera batteries - you will take a lot of picutres - and this is fully allowed.

    http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/

    Seriously, even if you would never think of looking at a model railway in a million years, check this place out.
     

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