About Ann-Kristin B
Lives in Hamburg, Germany
Since Oct 2008
I was Born and raised in Hamburg. But after graduationg from high School I felt I wanted to see the world. That is why I decided to take a break and absolve voluntary worjk in Tanzania and a traineeship in South Africa as well as backpack through China and South America. When I came back I moved to the Netherlands to study International Tourism Management. I graduation in 2013 and am now living again in the most beautiful City of Hamburg where I also work in the tourism industry. I'm still crazy about travelling and cannot wait for my next trip :)
Piers & boardwalks
Bodies of water
Architectural buildings, Historic walking areas
Historic sites, Historic walking areas
Architectural buildings, Government buildings, Landmarks & points of interest
Landmarks & points of interest
Neighbourhoods, Landmarks & points of interest
Flea & street markets
A highlight in Hamburg is a visit to the floating docks (Landungsbrücken). Enjoy a walk along the promenade here, with magnificent views of the Hamburg Harbour, filled with ships and seagulls. Continue your walk onto the docks, and you'll stumble across plenty of fish restaurants, offering deliciously fresh fish rolls -- a must-try!
Hamburg is synonymous with water, so a harbour cruise on the river Elbe is a must! Departing from Landungsbrücken, a variety of companies operate cruises through the canals of the Speicherstadt, passing the Container Terminal and continuing along Blankenese to the expensive houses of some of the city's wealthiest residents.
Strolling along the Landungsbrücken promenade will eventually lead you to the historic area of Speicherstadt (meaning warehouse district). Here striking red warehouses, built on timber piles, lie between narrow canals. Once a custom-free zone where coffee and spices were stored, the area has been redeveloped and is today home to many offices and interesting museums.
Deep below the river Elbe lies the Old Elbtunnel, which allows pedestrians, cyclists and cars to get from one side of the riverbank to the other. It is a protected national monument, and not used as often as the new Elbtunnel. It is definitely still worth a visit -- the tiles on its walls will soon transport you back to the 1970’s, when it was built. Plus, on the other side of the tunnel, you'll be rewarded with an amazing view of the Landungsbrücken.
Schanzenviertel -- a lively and hip student district -- may look a bit shabby from the outside, but it is home to many great bars and good-quality international restaurants. While not the best place for dancing the night away, this is my favourite spot in which to enjoy a good chat with friends over a drink (or two).
With all the nearby shopping streets to browse and Alster lake to admire, kicking a day of sightseeing off at the Town Hall in the city centre makes good sense. Start with a coffee on the square in front of the town hall, while you marvel at the green roof and clock tower from the exterior. Then, once you venture inside, join one of the interesting daily tours that will take you around all the fancy, shiny rooms.
North of the Town Hall, you'll find the start of major shopping street, Mönckebergstrasse (or "The Mö" as its known locally). Shopping fans won't be disappointed by the range of well-known and international brands on offer here in its many shops, department stores, and huge mall (Europa Passage). As you browse, don't forget to keep an eye out for the beautiful old houses that also line this street.
Considered the "heart of Hamburg," Jungfernstieg is a street and promenade on the south coast of the inner Alster lake. Here you'll find lots of shops, restaurants and boat tour companies to choose from. I recommend taking a walk around the inner Alster lake starting here, then passing luxury hotels as you head in the direction of the Kennedy bridge, from where you can enjoy a fantastic panorama view of Hamburg city centre.
Just a short walk from Jungfernstieg is the urban oasis "Planten und Blomen," a park with many green areas, and various types of flowers and trees, as well as lakes and a tropical garden. In winter you can go ice-skating here, but the park is at its best in summer, when the flowerbeds are in bloom, and you can simply relax on the grass. You'll soon forget you're in a city with 1.7 million inhabitants!
Love it or hate it, Hamburg's garish Reeperbahn -- the red light district -- is an iconic neighbourhood, and worth passing through if only to experience the amusing, neon-lit underbelly of the city. You'll find all types of bars, clubs and clientele here, if you decide to stop and people-watch for a while.
You'll find plenty of food and plenty of noise at the Hamburger Fischmarkt, which today sells much more than fish, as its name would suggest. Nowadays you can buy everything from large baskets of fruit and veg to noodles -- and of course, fish -- here and sample plenty of produce while you browse. Just be prepared to rise at the crack of dawn!
We Hamburg locals fondly refer to the main protestant church of Stankt Mechaeliskirche (St. Michael's Church) simply as "Michel." With a clock tower that stands 132 metres tall, offering stunning panoramic views of the city, it's little surprise that this building is an iconic Hamburg landmark and incredibly popular with tour buses. The area surrounding it is also worth exploring: Though a little hidden by this dominating structure, the cute group of Krameramtswohnungen (17th century timber houses, built to house Trader's Guild widows) situated here have been converted into a small art gallery and restaurant.
Beautiful mansions line the banks of the outer Alster lake, and the best way to get a closer peek is to rent a canoe or paddleboat and head out onto the water. Once you've explored the lake's many beautiful small canals, head back to dry land and walk or cycle around the shore.