Social & Leisure Time Activities
Our dinner on Thursday night will take place in the restaurant “Hobenköök” for all those who have registered in advance. Depending on where you start from, you can find your way to it via Google Maps:
Leisure Time Activities in Hamburg
Ferry line 62
Ferry line 62 is the best way to explore Hamburg from the water. The line starts at the Landungsbrücken and passes many of Hamburg‘s sights, such as the historic fish market, Dockland, the museum port Övelgönne and the Elbe beach. The ferry can be used with a regular ticket of the Hamburg Public Transport (hvv). If you have some time left at the Landungsbrücken before departure, you can stop by for a traditional fish roll at Brücke 10.
Apart from the Elbe river, there is a another river that characterizes the cityscape of Hamburg: The Alster, which forms the Binnenalster (Inner Alster Lake) and the Außenalster (Outer Alster Lake) in the city center. The Outer Alster is very popular not only for all kind of water sports, but also for taking a walk along the banks where you will pass wide lawns, ancient trees, beautiful flower beds and impressive buildings.
Park „Planten un Blomen“
Near the University of Hamburg is the park „Planten un Blomen“, Low German for „Plants and Flowers“. The park offers vast lawns, large ponds, idyllic flower beds, greenhouses and themed gardens, such as the Rose Garden, the Pharmacist‘s Garden with many herbs and medicinal plants as well as the Japanese Garden with exotic plants and a tea house. A quiet and peaceful place right in the center of Hamburg.
The Alter Elbtunnel (Old Elbe Tunnel) connects the Landungsbrücken with the Elbe island of Steinwerder. The tunnel, which was opened in 1911, runs 426 meters under the Elbe River and may be used free of charge by pedestrians and cyclists. It has been a preserved historic site since 2003. From the viewing platform in Steinwerder you have a great panoramic view of the city.
To get an overview of the city, there are various vantage points: From the Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie, the famous concert hall in the HafenCity district, you have a 360° view of the city and the port at a height of 37 meters. Tickets can be booked online or at the box office. Other and higher vantage points are the towers of St. Michaelis Church (106 meters), another Hamburg landmark, and St. Petri Church (123 meters).
For many people in Hamburg, the Karolinenviertel is the place to be. As part of the St. Pauli district, the Karolinenviertel around Marktstraße is a popular neighborhood for living, shopping, strolling around and having dinner or a cup of coffee. Here you will find not only many small unique boutiques, but also countless cozy restaurants, bars and cafes.
Apart from the famous port, Hamburg also has a beach. The Elbe beach of Övelgönne is a popular spot on sunny days. Situated directly on the shore is the restaurant „Strandperle“, where you can enjoy snacks and drinks with a view of the passing ships.
Bar „Zum Goldenen Handschuh“
In a side street of the famous Reeperbahn, in the middle of the nightlife district of St. Pauli, you can find the authentic bar „Zum Goldenen Handschuh“, founded in 1953. This bar is closely interwoven with Hamburg‘s rich and sometimes dark urban history. With its rustic interior it looks like a relic from the 60s and 70s.