Weekend Breaks to Hamburg
Planning a short break to Hamburg? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Hamburg. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Hamburg. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Hamburg on a Short Break
Glockengiesser Wall, take the U-Bahn to Hauptbahnhof. This is the best art museum in Germany, and houses the excellent altarpiece painted for the St. Petri Church in 1379 by Master Bertram.
The museum's collection also includes works by Master Francke; the distinctive visions of Philipp Otto Runge and Carl David Friedrich; German Impressionists Max Liebermann and Lovis Corinth; and 20th century artists Munch; Andy Warhol; Joseph Beuys; Picasso; Kirchner; Otto Dix; Beckmann; Kandinsky; and Paul Klee.
The museum is open Tuesday; Wednesday; and Friday to Sunday from 10h00 - 18h00, and Thursday 10h00 - 21h00. Admission is $9 for adults; $6 fro children; and $13.20 for a family ticket.
Hagenbeckallee at Steilingen, take the U-Bahn to Hagenbeck's Tierpark. Hamburg's zoo is one of the best in Europe and was founded in 1848. Today the zoo is home to around 2,100 animals. The zoo has sea lion and dolphin shows; rides on elephants and camels; a train ride through fairyland; and a children's playground. There is also a restaurant that serves excellent food at reasonable prices. The zoo is open everyday from 09h00 - 18h00 in summer and 09h00 - 17h30 in winter. Admission is $15.60 for adults; $9 for children; and free for children under 4.
Winterhude, take the U-Bahn to Borgweg. This beautiful park is located just north of the city centre, and covers around 182 hectares and has 32 km of footpaths to wander through. It also has many recreactional facitlities, including a planetarium; sunbathing areas; and open-air pools. Music concerts are also hald in the park from time to time. This is a great place to relax and take a break from sightseeing, amongst the beauty of nature.
Rentzelstrasse Eimsbuttel, take the U-Bahn to Sternschanze. This is one of the most unique and amazing experiences you can have in Hamburg, to bungee jump from the TV tower. With only a bungee rope strapped to your feet, you jump off the 130 m high tower, getting an entirely different view of Hamburg down below. This activity is recommended for those with an adventurous spirit. The bungee jump is open weekends from 10h00 - 19h00, and costs around $150.
For more information visit: www.jochen-schweizer.de/bungee/hamburg.htm
Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14, take the U-Bahn to Hauptbahnhof. This friendly and warm hotel is one of the best in Germany and the world, and was founded in 1897 by Friedrich Haerlin. The hotel has a wide range of facilities, including three restaurants; two bars; a health club; sauna; massage; and 24 hour room service. Each of the rooms are different, but all have a range of facilities, including bedside controls; TV; minibar; hair dryer; telephone; and a full service bathroom.
For more information visit the hotel's website: www.hvj.de/
Spielbudenplatz 3, take the U-Bahn St. Pauli. This museum is Germany's only waxwork museum, and was founded in 1879. It contains more than 100 famous faces from the spheres of history; politics; and show business; as well as local heroes. Some of the famous faces on display are Mikhail Gorbachev; Freddy Quinn; and Hans Albers, St. Paulis most famous face. The museum is open Monday to Friday from 11h00 - 21h00; Saturday from 11h00 - 24h00; and Sunday from 10h00 - 21h00. Admission is $5.50 for adults and $2.50 for children and students.
Elbchaussee 139 in Ottensen. This restaurant is one of the best in the whole of Germany, famous for its imaginative cuisine moderne by it's owner and chef, Josef Viehhauser. Some of the most popular dishes on offer include, lobster soup; iced soup of potatoes with caviar; crisp fried duck with a Bordeaux sauce; and filet of veal with foie gras and spring vegetables. The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday 12h00 -14h30 and 19h00 - 22h30. Reservations are required as it tends to get very busy.
Rund um die Binnenalster, take the U-Bahn to Jungfernstieg. This is one of the biggest parties in Hamburg, and takes place at the end of August every year by the area around the Inner Alster lake. The fair has many attractions on offer, including fireworks; live music; and hundreds of activities to entertain the whole family. There are many arts and crafts stalls; food and beer tents; and cocktail bars. This is the time to visit the city if you're looking to have fun at one of the biggest parties of the year.
St. Petersburger Strasse 1, take the U-Bahn to Messehallen. This is a great place for children and the young at heart, the model exhibition is filled with many fascinating displays. There are hundreds of carefully built models of all sorts of things, in all of the exhibitions trade halls. There are also a large number of built-to-scale vehicles, incliuding ships; cars; planes; military equipment; and railways. The exhibition is open everyday from 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $9 for adults and $3.60 for children.
Grosse Freiheit 36, take the S-Bahn to Reeperbahn. This is one of the most popular clubs in Hamburg, and was made famous by the Beatles in the early 60s.
Today the main hall of the Grosse Freiheit hosts bands like Beck; Tocotronic; and the Cranberries, while the basement club Kaiserkeller, is the top place for underground music. If you're looking to to party and have an amazing time, this is the place to go.
The club is open everyday from 22h00 - late.
For more information visit: www.grossefreiheit36.de/
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