This weekend, I made an honestly really inspiring trip to Hamburg with my mom, as a present to my seventeenths birthday. Because I haven’t really ever been there before. Because we had only two days, we had to choose our musthaves to see in Hamburg. So today I wanted to share them with you in a kinda travelly vibey blog post. We passed two days full of fun and contrasts, which really fitted Hamburg, the different parts of town almost seem like little worlds on their own.
We decided to start with probably the most hamburgy experience you can get – a trip to the Speicherstadt. We passed the Elbphilharmonie too, but we didn’t head all the way up. There was a stunning view from our hotel breakfast room, so we decided to move on. But if you don’t have that, a view over Hamburg with its thousand rivers (at least it seems so) is a must. The Elbphilharmonie or the Michel are supposed to be great ways to see them.
We cruised through the Speicherstadt with our rended bikes (thanks mom), which honestly was a great way to explore Hamburg, even if the car drivers aren’t the nicest. Moving on to the so-called Landungsbrücken, so basically the harbour, we tried a Matjesbrötchen (fish), an Astra beer (apparently a must-try too) and, of course, fries.
When we thought about how to pass the evening, we spontaneously chose to go to the theatre. So, twenty minutes before the play started, we bought two last minute tickets for a greek tragedy called Orestie, which honestly was really long (3 hours!) and a little confusing (it’s hard not to be, the play is 2500 years old) but really fun.
Afterwards we went back to our hotel, stopping in a Mercedes food place – till now, I still don’t really get the concept, but the food was gorgeous.
We started Saturday with a (bike, of course) trip to the Karoviertel, a multicultural place with lots of vintage, young fashion, and little, colourful shops. Every Saturday there is a flew market, with basically everything from a lot of second-hand fashion to gorgeous old furniture and a photo booth we used and kinda screwed up. To be fair, it is really hard to understand when to look where… At least it was for us, haha.
After that we went to the Jungfernstieg, a visit of the Altsterhaus is a must too. Even if I got like a little overwhelmed by how much money people can spend on stuff. Not that it wasn’t quite nice, but still.
My mother was invited to an event in the evening, and she brought me as her date, jay. A german magazine called Bild der Frau honoured special woman (they really were!), who stand out with their engagement. They initiated programs to bring together people, give cancer patients self-confidence again, to do an incredible job in Ghana (Africa) and more. Everything so unique, touching and inspirational that I tears in my eyes literally the whole time.
However, the magazine send make-up artists and hairdressers to the hotel, for everyone attending the gala. I was so exited honestly, because I never had professional make-up or hair ever before. I finally got a chance to ask all my make-up and face related questions haha. Maybe I was a little annoying. Finally, they created a kind of hollywood-in-the-twenties look, I even wore an eyeliner which I would have never done (and be able to, the wing is really hard) myself.
The weather on the last day was – mean enough – the best of the whole weekend…why is it like this so often? One last breakfast with probably the best breakfast view of my life so far. Afterwards, we went down to the little harbour right in front of our hotel to watch the crazy people who sailed at around 13 degrees.
Finally, I have to say, that I really enjoyed the two days in Hamburg, thanks mama. The people were really friendly, the food was gorgeous, the city itself is incredibly varied… I will definitely come back <3 Have you ever been there?