Here at BIMM, we have students with us from all over the world. So what do we do when we open a brand new BIMM college at a new location? We get one of our students to give us the first-hand low down of that city, of course! So… here is Anika Krause, a Vocals student currently studying at BIMM London, but originally from Hamburg, to tell us her top five places to visit in Hamburg.
Walk around Schanzenviertel and have a drink at the Sofabar
Take the U3 or S-Bahn, get off at Sternschanze Station and have a walk around in Schanzenviertel – one of the most alternative parts in Hamburg. There you can find many different bars with weird names like Goldfischglas or Katze (which means cat). If you just want to do some shopping, you’re at the right place to buy some extraordinary alternative clothes, which may be a bit expensive but definitely worth looking at. At the end of the day, when all you need is a comfy chair and a beer, you should go to the Sofabar. It offers the most comfortable seating in town by far in which to have a drink.
Enjoy the view over the port of Hamburg
After years of construction, the Elbphilharmonie finally opened last year. It’s a concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg and is known for its great acoustics. Apart from concerts, you can also enjoy a wonderful view from the plaza. You just have to get a free ticket at the entrance and then you’re good to go upstairs to visit the plaza or just have a drink with a view.
Take a ferry to the Elbstrand
The Elbstrand is a beach in Hamburg and the perfect way to escape the city for a day. Take the number 62 ferry from Bridge 3 and enjoy a ride on the Elbe. You can get a ticket, which costs about €5-7, right at the pier. Övelgönne is the stop you need to get off at in order to get to the beach. If you get thirsty at some point, you can have a drink and a traditional Fischbrötchen (bread with fresh fish) at the Strandperle and enjoy a wonderful sunset over the water.
Walk around in Planten un Blomen
If you’re a park lover, you should definitely have a walk in Planten un Blomen. It has different themed gardens, such as a rose garden and a Chinese garden. In summer you can enjoy water and light spectacles and have a picnic with a view of the television tower.
Sit at the Alster and shop in the Mönckebergstrasse
A traditional spot for every tourist in Hamburg is in the city centre at the Alster (a small lake in downtown Hamburg). From here you can go shopping in the Mönckebergstrasse or go to the Europapassage, which is a shopping centre at the Alster. Upstairs there’s a huge food mall where every food craving can be satisfied. There are many bars and restaurants around but the most beautiful (and German) way to enjoy the Alster view is to sit down at the pier with an Astra (a beer made in Hamburg) and have a laugh with your friends.
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