Once you got here, you will want to know where you can grab a bite to eat. Well, there are several tasty restaurants in easy walking distance. Here they are:
Hoi An – delicious Vietnamese cuisine, one of our favourites
Caspari – another favourite place, inexpensive and situated in an 18th century timbered house
Momento Di – exclusive Italian cuisine with a waterfront terrace
Silo16 – another delicious Italian-style place lodged in a… converted silo
Fischhalle – café and bistro right in the harbour, featuring live music and other events
Restaurant Scharf – high-class German cuisine with international flair
Grauer Esel – cozy wine bar next to Scharf
Schwerelos – famous and exciting rollercoaster restaurant where the food sort of drops from the sky
Up for a trip? There are lots of famous places in Hamburg which we are not going to list here. We would rather give you some very personal travel recommendations. The ones not everybody knows about.
#1 – Schlossinsel and Inner Harbour
In summer you can jump from our ship or from the nearby bridge straight into the water. It has passed a test and is clean enough for bathing. The wooden benches along the promenade are perfect for worshipping the sun. And on the Schlossinsel, the Castle Island, you can find traces of one of the city´s oldest buildings: the castle of Harburg. Other highlights around the ship: the Fischhalle (a former fish auction hall which now hosts concerts and other events), a yellow crane holding the screen for open-air cinema in summer, the photogenic Southern Elbe Bridge built in 1899 and the Sea Eye on which 12.000 people where saved from drowning in the Mediterranean. Click on the slide show for more photos:
#2 – Harburg Mountains
Hamburg is flat? Not quite. The Harburg Mountains might not be exactly mountainous, but they are a nice and hilly forest area good for walks and picnics. A fine starting point and finish is Kärtner Hütte, they serve food, beer and coffee. The Harburg Mountains also host some real highlights: In Freilichtmuseum Kiekeberg – an outdoor museum – you can stroll through farm houses, barns and shops from the 17th and 18th century. In Wildpark Schwarze Berge roam moose, wolves and Highland cattle. They also do a good show with birds of prey. These and other sites are part of Regionalpark Rosengarten. On their homepage you will find more sightseeing tips and walking routes.
#3 – Lauenburg and Beaver Path
In the historic part of Lauenburg timbered houses frame picturesque cobble-stone alleys along the Elbe river. The city is worth the 50-minute drive at any time of the year. Just outside Lauenburg you can walk along a most beautiful part of the Elbe: Right and left of the Beaver Path between Schnakenbek and Tesperhude shy beavers nibble away on the barks of mossy tree trunks. At the entrance of the path a café, the Alte Salzkrug, serves home-made cakes. Gooseberry meringue tart, yeah!
There are lots of interesting cycling routes to be discovered in the south of Hamburg. We uploaded a two-hour round trip we enjoyed on the very helpful app Komoot. Click on the slide show for some impressions.