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Hamburg Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Hamburg Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Hamburg’s significant label, ‘The gateway to the world’, might be a intrepid assert, but Germany’s second-largest city and principal port has never been shy. Hamburg has betrothed in business with the world ever since it joined the Hanseatic League back in the Middle Ages. Hamburg’s maritime spirit infuses the entire city; from architecture to menus to the cry of gulls, you always know you’re near the water. The city has given rise to vibrant neighborhoods awash with multicultural eateries, as well as the gloriously seedy Reeperbahn red-light district. Hamburg nurtured the early promise of the Beatles, and today its distinctive live- and electronic-music scene thrives in unique harbor side venues.


What to do in Hamburg for 24h to 48h? 

Places of Interest

Soak up the waterfront atmosphere at the Landungsbrucken

A stroll along the waterfront is an excellent way of beginning to absorb the atmosphere of this great city and understand the reasons for its existence. The Landungsbrücken are the pontoons at which ocean liners used to tie up; this trade has gone, but there’s still plenty of activity on the broad waters of the Elbe, as smaller craft mingle with the huge container ships making their way to and from the docks opposite.

The Landungsbrücken

Experience Hamburg’s artistic side on the Museum Mile

Several of Hamburg’s museums are grouped along the broad semi-circular thoroughfare laid out along the line of the old city walls, in particular along its eastern section, known as the Museumsmeile (Museum Mile).


Hamburg Harbor

Hamburg is a harbor city and the third largest port in the world.This place is the best way to see the huge shipyards, stroll along the waterfront, and have an excellent seafood dinner. You can also take boat trips along the Elbe River. If you take the water taxi, you can travel the same route the private tours take, but at a fraction of the price.

Hamburg Harbor 

The Reeperbahn

Hamburg’s most famous street is the Reeperbahn, which is home to Hamburg’s red light district. The eclectic mix of bars and restaurants along with strip clubs and erotic museums means you’ll be seeing a diverse group of people here. This makes people-watching at night on Reeperbahn interesting, to say the least. Most of the pub tours include this area.

The Reeperbahn


Hamburg Fish Market

This open-air market, right next to the historic fish auction hall, is open Sundays between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., so you will have to get up early to see it. But despite its early hours, it’s still buzzing with activity. Here, you’ll be able to get some amazing regional seafood, do a few taste tests, watch the fishmongers at work, and purchase some other types of food for the delicious meal you are going to want to cook later.



Hamburger Kunsthalle

With over 700 years of European art history inside, this is an impressive art museum. It has pieces from medieval altars to modern paintings, and highlights include masterpieces by Rembrandt, Caspar David Friedrich, and Edvard Munch.

Hamburger Kunsthalle

Church St. Michaelis

This baroque church is the signature landmark of Hamburg. I would highly advise climbing the tower for good views of the city. Skip the vaults though, as they aren’t worth the entrance fee. Simply read the church’s history before the ticket gate.


Alster Arcade

Hamburg is famous for shopping, and the elegant Alster Arcade is one of the fanciest shopping areas around. The historic arcade is inspired by Venetian architecture and lit by wrought-iron lamps at night. Most of the shops here are high-end retailers, but the setting is pretty, even if the prices aren’t.

Alster Arcade

Take a walking tour

There are a number of good walking tours in the city. There are a few led by New Europe that leave from the town hall each day at 11 a.m. and give you basic information about the city. There are also some quirky walking tours, like the red light tour led by an 18th century prostitute, that teach you about the history of the area.

Shopping at Hamburg!

Europa Passage
The largest shopping mall in Hamburg’s city center with 120 stores on five floors and public restrooms. The Europa passage food court downstairs is also very popular for a reasonably priced, quick snack.


Shop at Maison Suneve

Although becoming slightly gentrified, the St Pauli neighborhood of Karoviertel is one of the Hamburg’s most laid-back, arty districts, especially Marktstrasse, which is lined with design boutiques, vintage fashion outlets, vinyl record stores, vegetarian diners and an irresistible cake shop, Gretchen’s Villa.

Way to Maison Suneve

Flohschanze market

The bohemian Sternschanze neighbourhood is Hamburg’s old meatpacking district, and every Saturday morning the cobbled alleyways between ancient abattoirs are taken over by hundreds of stalls selling vintage clothes, books and paintings, tatty junk and crystal chandeliers, expensive antiques and heaped boxes of bric-a-brac at €1 an item.

Food and Drinks at Hamburg!

Brachmann’s Galeron restaurant

Backing on to the Reeperbahn, the gritty St Pauli neighbourhood is the heart and soul of Hamburg, with its seething football stadium and fanatical supporters, a mix of hard-drinking seamen’s watering-holes like Jolly Roger and Old Sailor, where a beer or shot of rum costs €2, cocktail bars and innovative bistros. The food is fabulous – Schwabian homecooking from south Germany. Hearty, well-priced servings of spätzle pasta smothered with anything from lentils to onion confit or deer ragout, plus vegetarian specials such as pumpkin and salsify gratin.Brachmann’s Galeron restaurant

Altes Madchen brewhouse

Hamburg, like many places, is in the grip of a craft beer revolution, and the first address to check out should be this sprawling brewhouse. Cosy in winter with a log fire, it has a loud and noisy beer garden in summer that adjoins the vast steel vats of the brewery. The helpful beer sommeliers have assembled a menu of more than 60 craft beers from across the world. Bread comes straight from a wood-fired oven, while the comfort food menu ranges from a tasty bowl of goulash to organic hamburgers and veggie burgers.


Eat seafood at BistrOcean

Foodies and fish lovers in particular should take the 111 bus to the modern fish market at Kreuzfahrt terminal. The market is only open to professionals, but around it a host of seafood bistros have sprung up. BistrOcean is a buzzing, cheap-and-cheerful fishmongers that crams hungry diners round rough wooden tables and offers platters of smoked salmon, halibut and mackerel, soused herrings, grilled sea bass, pollack, plump scallops or monkfish.


Cocktails at Clockers 

Every night is party night in Hamburg, but Saturday is something special. Plan a crawl of cool cocktail bars like The Chug Club and Walrus, hidden away in the backstreets of St Pauli. The one not to miss is Clockers, a stylish speakeasy with no sign, just a bell outside. The bar soon turns into a dance club, while an upstairs salon with leather chesterfields is the place for a more intimate drink.

Nightlife in Hamburg

The Irish Rover

A real pub in the heart of Hamburg, with the best Guinness for miles around. The long tables and benches outside are perfect for sunny afternoons and evenings, or for when it gets just too full inside. Regular live music sessions. The pub’s Celtic Cellar is home to the Rover Rep Theater, a small company of English native-speakers who hold readings and stage plays.



Housed in a renovated factory building in Altona, Fabrik is one of Hamburg’s most popular locations. Although also it hosts pop and rock bands, the majority of concerts are jazz or world music. Saturday nights are dedicated to dancing.

Groose Freiheit 36

This nightspot is one of the most popular clubs in the city for its modern live concerts. Performers including Iggy Pop, Lenny Kravitz, Chris Isaak, and, most notably, The Beatles have performed here. Popular bands usually play on the weekends; alternatively the whole building might be hosting a dance club (sometimes themed). Downstairs is the Kaiserkeller Disco for indie rock, open daily.


Cotton Club

A fun nightspot that hosts a variety of entertainment, ranging from the renowned Ballroom Orchestra of Hamburg to Heinz Junghans Jazzmen. This legendary Hamburg jazz house is a great place to enjoy an after-dinner drink and hear some good live music.

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