Moin, moin from Hamburg, Kaptens!
Matching our future store in the Hanseatic city, we have put together a small Hamburg guide that will not only make your trip to port city unforgettable, but will also show you the most instagram-suitable spots that will really pimp up your feed.
Not only proud Hamburgers are convinced of the beauty of their "Pearl of the North", but tourists from all over the world come every year to northern Germany to experience the architectural, cultural and artistic diversity of the city. The travel guide "Lonely Planet" has also recognised the fascination of Hamburg, and, in 2018, placed Germany's second largest city among the top 5 hottest travel destinations in the world. Whether the harbour, Reeperbahn or other landmarks such as the Michel and the Speicherstadt, Hamburg definitely has a lot to offer! That's exactly why we didn't find it difficult to decide to hoist our sails once more and choose Hamburg as the mooring for our new store. As of October 25, 2019 you can visit us in the trendy Schanzenviertel, and get up close and personal to the world of Kapten & Son!
Of course, after a visit to the new Kapten & Son store, you shouldn't miss out on a city tour and a perfect way to discovery the beautiful city of Hamburg! So if you don't want to miss the “Must Do’s" of the harbour metropolis, don't miss any pointers from the following bucket list!
PLACES OF INTEREST
#1 Hamburg Harbour: Landungsbrücken and Fischmarkt: The harbour with its large pier, the Landungsbrücken, is for many visitors one of the first points of interest in Hamburg. With an area of about 7200 hectares, the port of Hamburg is the largest in Germany and thus almost as large as the whole of Cologne! From here, some of the most famous landmarks, such as the Elbe tunnel, the fish market or the Speicherstadt warehouse district, are just a stone's throw away. From the Landungsbrücken you can really get to know the motto "all men on board" with a sail through the harbour and Speicherstadt, and experience the countless container ships, docks and cruise ships from a completely different perspective. Of course, don't forget the legendary fish market and fish auction hall. Every Sunday market criers, bargain hunters, fish lovers and of course the remaining night owls can spend an unforgettable time here and breath in real sailor air.
#2 Speicherstadt: Anyone planning a trip to Hamburg should definitely have the largest warehouse complex in the world at the top of their list of “must-see destinations”! The entire Speicherstadt is now one of the city's most important landmarks, and has been part of the Unesco World Heritage since 2015. Whether you're taking a walk or a harbour tour, the over 100-year-old brick buildings and bridges are definitely worth a visit and, of course, a photo!
Not far from the Speicherstadt you will find one of the newer highlights of the Hanseatic City: the Elb Philharmonie - also affectionately called Elphi. For years Hamburgers and tourists from all over the world waited for the completion of the concert hall which lasted 7 long years. During this time, Elphi had endured some ridicule, but after its completion, in 2016, all this is forgiven and forgotten. With a facade of 1000 curved glass elements, the Elbphilharmonie looks like a huge crystal that reflects and captures the light from the sky and water in a very unique way. Definitely a photo hotspot alert! The viewing platform of the Elphi is also really cool. For 2 € everyone can enjoy a 360 degree view from 37 meters high, and have a unique panoramic view of the harbour and the city.
#4 The Michel:
For a long time, the Michel was considered THE Hamburg landmark. Even if now some want to pass the title on to the Elphi, the Hamburg Michel is and will always remain an absolute highlight and definite must-see in everyone's Hamburg bucket list. The St.Michaelis Church (as the Michel is actually called) offers not only the largest church clock in Germany, but also a spectacular view over the entire city from a height of 106 metres. For those of you who like to experience this spectacular view at night: no problem! The Nachtmichel is open late, and you can enjoy the sea of lights of the city in full swing.
#5 Planten and Blomen:
For the nature lovers among you, Hamburg also has a lot to offer! Planten und Blomen is one of Hamburg's most popular parks. As the name suggests, you'll find a huge selection of "plants and flowers", but the park also has a few themed gardens, such as a Japanese garden, water-light shows and animals. Between May and September, visitors are able to experience completely free water-light concerts that can compete with the "Bellagio" in Las Vegas.
Besides for the sightseeing there is a special evening program on our agenda. Hip restaurants, unique bars and cult clubs - Hamburg's nightlife has a lot to offer. That's why we've come up with some ideas on how you can end your evenings in the Harbor City.
#1 The Kiez (St. Pauli district):
St. Pauli's entertainment district, including the Reeperbahn and Grosse Freiheit, is almost as well known as the city itself. Countless pubs, discos and of course strip clubs are an integral part of the party mile and attract thousands of party-goers to St. Pauli. Whether you simply want to take a walk through the Reeperbahn, throw yourself in the middle of the party hustle and bustle, or join one of the guided tours, this neighborhood must definitely be a fixed part of your Hamburg visit!
#2 Frau Hedis Tanzkaffee: If you like spending time on the water, the swimming club "Frau Hedi" is an absolute must for you! On this barge up to 200 people can spend an unforgettable evening on the Elbe, and enjoy the view of the harbour at night with music and drinks.
#3 Atelier F: When you enter Atelier F, you are immediately captivated by the unmistakable ambience of the trendy restaurant. There are three large salons where you can make yourself at home in one of the differently designed Separées, or you can find a place in the "Grill" with a view of the open kitchen. Whether you choose to have a hamburger or tarte flambée, the menu combines the finesse of French cuisine with American classics and leaves nothing to be desired in food heaven.
#4 Möwe Sturzflug: For all those who like it a bit weirder, the bar "Möwe Sturzflug” (Seagull dive) is definitely the right place! The extraordinary drink creations as well as the special furnishings in retro-look provide a very special feeling - one which you certainly won't find in every bar. No wonder that this cocktail bar, in the heart of St.Pauli, has become one of the most popular bars in the Hamburg nightlife scene.
#5 Hamburg's specialties:
If you have to go really fast and want to try some of the typical Hamburg delicacies, then you shouldn't miss a fresh fish roll or a Franzbrötchen, a cinnamon-flavoured bread roll. In Hamburg, the love for fish rolls was so extreme that May 2, 2010 was declared World Fish Roll Day. The Franzbrötchen are just as much a part of Hamburg as the Michel or the Elphi and most definitely should be on your culinary bucket list!
Bridges are one thing Hamburg definitely has a lot of. In fact 6 times more than in Venice, which is why the Hanseatic city is considered the Venice of the North. This one here is with its picturesque three arches, especially suitable for instagram and certainly provides some nice snapshots.
#2 Window to the harbour (Holzhafen Ost): The huge window front of the office complex offers a clear view of the Elbe, cranes and ships, and, without a doubt, makes the all photographers' hearts beat faster.
#3 Klosterstern Station:
For those of you who like it a bit more stylish and urban, we have also chosen a special hidden gem. Cool street-style photos are a guaranteed here!
#4 Old Elbe Tunnel:
For this photo hotspot you have to go underground. The Old Elbe Tunnel with its depth of 426 meters has become an absolute Instagram hit. Especially at the late hour or early in the morning, when the tunnel is still relatively empty, you can take super cool photos here.
#5 Wasserschloss Speicherstadt: This is also one of the "most instagrammable places" and a place where it just "clicks". The romantic moated castle in Speicherstadt is a must on your Instagram photo tour!
So Kaptens, are you interested in a discovery trip of the Hanseatic city? We hope that you've included one or two tips in your own Hamburg bucket list and that we'll soon meet you in the Harbour City!
For us, it's clear that we're incredibly excited to be able to call Hamburg our home, in addition to our existing stores in Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart, and that we can be a part of this great city.
On 25.10. at 10am our store at Schulterblatt 29, right in the heart of the Schanzenviertel, opens its doors and the whole Kapten & Son team is looking forward to everyone who comes by! We will also be throwing a big opening event on 26.10., where of course many cool actions and surprises are waiting for you, which will be announced on social media in the next days! We can't wait to meet you all in the new store!
Until then, goodbye and ahoy!