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The coolest places to go are often not the ones everyone goes to.
That maxim could well be true when it comes to Germany’s second largest city: Hamburg. Its waterways lend it the title ‘Venice of the North’ while its role as Europe’s second busiest port sees it also known as ‘Gateway to the World’.
Whether you look for culture, history or more of the happening right here, right now: Hamburg delivers – and how.
Too often overlooked by casual visitors, this is a place that revels in getting under the skin. One of the city’s most famous visitors, The Beatle’s John Lennon said: “I was born in Liverpool but I grew up in Hamburg.” It’s that kind of place – a place where the world’s greatest band finds inspiration. Generations of travellers have left Hamburg feeling similarly inspired.
The city goes out of its way to merit your attention and here are just some of the highlights waiting for you to indulge in. Whether your tastes are refined, mild or wild – Hamburg can surely leave you well satisfied.
The term culture means many different things to people. Start your cultural Hamburg experience by checking out the stunning new concert hall Elbphilharmonie. Known by locals as the Elphi this place is a cultural jewel. It both looks and sounds stunning and has become an instant icon for the city since opening in 2017. Check out the website for latest concerts.
Culture also means nightlife of different kinds for different people. Hamburg’s Reeperbahn has been pulling the visitors in for decades and walking around the area at most times after dark can offer sights and sounds galore you will long remember.
For LGBT+ visitors Hamburg is a city with great advantages. As well as one of the most progressive outlooks of European cities, this place offers dozens of LGBT+ focused cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs.
Here are just a few city highlights to add to your travel wishlist:
Café Uhrlaub(St Georg) – Coffee, cakes, alcohol and LGBT+ friendly staff make this a wonderful place to regroup and to gather information for your next day’s exploring.
Reeperbahn(St Pauli) – This is a place most visitors to Hamburg cannot miss for any number of reasons. This was the place where The Beatles honed their skills to take on the world. You can see red-light staples including bars, clubs and music. LGBT+ visitors may find places of interest around Talstraße and Große Freiheit in this very buzzy neighbourhood.
Fischmarkt(Altona) – This is a must-see and is Hamburg’s busiest market. People go there first thing in the mornings at 5am and last thing on the way home after a big Hamburg night out. Vendors sell almost everything from third-hand collectables to the freshest daily catch. As well as shopping in the market stalls you can dine in style on any budget by enjoying the freshest of local produce in the many seafood and fresh dining cafes and resturants surrounding the area.
LGBT Christmas Markets(inner-city, corner of Kirchenallee and Lange Reihe) – From the 26th of November enjoy mulled wine as you celebrate at Hamburg’s fabulous LGBT Christmas market. This magical location is a place to celebrate the season among friends.
LGBT+ bars and clubs galore(various locations, suggested start location is St Georg, around Lange Reihe) – The bars of Hamburg have some most interesting naming conventions “Pick Up Gay Bar” anyone?) and what they have in imaginative names is nothing compared to the diversity and flair you can find during a night out in LGBT+ Hamburg. Check out some of the great tips at the Hamburg pages on German National Tourist Office’s official site.
Whether you come for the city’s culture, history, dining, sightseeing or a well-earned city break, Hamburg is a place with very many reasons for LGBT+ guests to say ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ to a visit.
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