A week end in Hamburg - it´s all about fish!

If you arrive early enough, you can use the late morning for a walk across the Isemarkt in Eppendorf - a true Eldorado for gourmets. 

In the afternoon you need to get to know Hamburg's newest attraction: the "Elbphilharmonie". If you want to take a guided tour, make sure you get tickets way in advance!  But for now, let´s concentrate on something more culinaric : coffee aficionados go to the "Elbgold", the ones with a sweet tooth turn to "Schmidt and Schmidtchen".

In the evening, those who were lucky enough to get a table in Hamburg's only three-star restaurant "The Table" will now enjoy modernly staged dishes by Kevin Fehling in Hamburg´s HafenCity.


Saturday starts very hanseatic not too far from the town hall market - but with a slight francophile impact: The "Café Paris" is not only a popular breakfast address for hamburgers, it also has an incredible amount of flair. The Art Nouveau ceiling of the former slaughterhouse from 1882 and the furnishings in the style of a Parisian coffee house are a wonderful work of art. The subsequent shopping tour through Mönckebergstraße, Neuer Wall and Große Bleichen will perhaps culminate in the "Alsterhaus". Since shopping is notoriously tiring and makes you want to grab a bite, food and drinks are provided on the fourth floor: sushi is available at the excellent Japanese "Yoshi", in the "Artisan de la Truffe" you can have truffled scrambled eggs, and butcher Beisser will prepare you a delicious Dry-aged T-Bone Steak. With new power we hit the water: "Alsterschippern" is what the Hamburgers call  the trip in small excursion steamers while enjoying the Alster and  the tiny canals of the city. Hamburg is said to have more bridges than Venice! You can also explore the Elbe by water. Either you cross it with the HADAG ferries, which are part of public transport, and a normal bus ticket will do just fine. Or you can book one of the numerous tours that start at the "Landungsbrücken" (which is worth a trip of its own!).


Whether on Alster or Elbe: time flies and we need to get ready for a night out. In the Elbe suburbs, two Michelin stars restaurants are tempting: the "Jacobs Restaurant" in the "Hotel Louis C. Jacob" in Nienstedten or the "Seven Seas" on the Süllberg. If you prefer to stay in the city centre, you will find an excellent restaurant in the "Nikkei Nine" in the long-established hotel "Four Seasons", which combines Japanese and Peruvian cuisine in an exciting way.

Many visitors to Hamburg start Sunday with a visit to the fish market. In summer the hustle and bustle starts at 5:00 a.m., in winter at 7:00 a.m. - but to be honest, the hustle and bustle today is more like a Luna Park kind of thing. Fresh fish should be bought elsewhere anyway. But if you are already at the Elbe, you can stroll through the so-called Portuguese quarter up to Hamburg's landmark, the St. Michael's Church, called "Michel". A trip to the tower gives you a wonderful view over the harbour and city (but the best view for me is from the roof of the "Tanzende Türme" in St. Pauli, the "Clouds"). Maybe you still have time for a stroll through the nearby park "Planten un Blomen" - and then it's already time for a farewell dinner. Where better to go than in the "Fischereihafen Restaurant" on the Große Elbstraße? This Hamburg institution offers everything that can be prepared from fresh fish. The dishes taste delicious - and with that we say "Tschüss, Hamburg"!  


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