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Travel Guide for Germany:Hamburg

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Germany:Hamburg that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Germany:Hamburg Page.

Basic Facts

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Welcome, Visitors!

Largest city in the north of germany.
Population: 1 735 272 (June, 2004)
Altitude: ca. 5-50 metres over Sea Level
Telephone Code: 0049(0)40

The city area is seven times bigger than Paris and 2.5 times bigger than london. Hamburg has 2302 bridges - more than Venice ;-)

Urgent help needed? NEWSGROUP for HC-HAMBURG:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hchamburg

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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It's a big city so there is a lot to see:
31 theatres, 6 places for musicals, 10 cabaretts, 50 museums and more than 4000 restaurants - not mentioning all the cool music places, bars, clubs, etc.
Some touristic places you have to visit: The Harbour ( S3 or U3 Bahn untill Landungsbrücken ), The old Elb-tunnel( also at Landungsbrücken, you can walk through it by foot or drive through by your car. Car-user have to pay and will use a big elevator to go down/up), ... more

Maps

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there are good map system available:

http://www.map24.de
covers all about germany, good navigation system aswell.

http://stadtplan.hamburg.de
good map for hamburg

http://www.stadtplandienst.de
good map, too, good street + number search function, shows exact location

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Insider tips change quickly, so the best thing to do is to get in touch with a native! That said, depends on what you like:
If you like climbing, you can go do it for free every sunday from 14:00 till 17:00 behind the "Rote Flora", thats at the street Schulterblatt.

If you want to rent a cheap bike, you can do this at the university campus (next to the big and ugly highrise, called "Phil-Turm"). As far as I know you pay 3€ for one day, 10€ for one week.You have ... more

Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

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Getting there and away
Airport: http://www.ham.airport.de/index.phtml
Bus-Shuttle to the Airport: http://www.jasper.de/index.php?id=43&L=1
Train: http://www.bahn.de
Ridesharing: http://www.mitfahrgelegenheit.de
Hitchhiking:hitchhiking in Germany is possible, use the Highway Gas Stations. Find people going to Hamburg or passing by - everybody who passes by should be able to drop you off at a "park and ride" exist which are clos ... more

Accommodation

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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest.

Hostels:
www.instantsleep.de (nice hostel in quarter Sternschanze)

http://lbs.hh.schule.de/djh/jhstintfang.htm
(´official´ youth hostel, run by German Jugendherbergsverband. Located nicely on a hill near the Reeperbahn / St. Pauli)

Local Specialties smoked fish from the fishmarket on sunday morning ...

Money and Costs

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Exchanging Money

Since Germany uses the Euro as a main currency there is not much to exchange. But if you need to exchange money, it is always better (cheaper) to bring foreign currency into the country, than to exchange it before you leave.

There are lots of "Wechselstuben" (Exchange booths) scattered all around the city, most of them -of course- near the Hauptbahnhof (main rail station) and the other big stations (Altona, Harburg, etc), and the airport.

Costs ... more

Post and Communications and Internet

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Post downtown you will find several post offices, on weekdays they close at 6 p.m., saturday at 1 p.m. sunday whole day closed , Telephone several call shops around the central station and in Altona, Fax see telephone, Internet Access Internet-cafes are becoming more and more common. Several cafes are seen around Central Station and in the district of Altona
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Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospitality ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Travelogues

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Photos

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Hamburg port area around Greenpeace Germany's office - FlickR Diashow -

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars Well, you can go to a street called "Hamburger Berg", thats one of the most common places for cool bars, very crowded at weekends, almost empty during the week. Others: Sommersalon (Reeperbahn,lest to the Police-Station) Cafes Go and visit also the quarter called Altona/Ottensen. There are a lot of nice cafes and also bars, Discos, Cinemas... When you arrive at Altona station, don´t walk towards "Grosse Bergstrasse", but in the opposite direction ("Ottenser Haup ... more

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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well, the most usefull word here is "MOIN"( normaly means good morning), you can greet people day and night with "MOIN", and you will earn a smile for sure when you are from a foreign country

Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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For sure the best time to visit Hamburg or Germany is between Mai and September. From November til February it can be cold/rainy.

Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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Major Industries ... Of course the most important economy-factor for Hamburg is the habour. It is one of the biggest container-habours in the world.Also important is the media-sector. A lot of Newspapers are located in Hamburg.

Arts

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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

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Around 75 % of population are Lutheran christians, 8 % catholic christians, 10 % don't belong to any confession. Church life is confined to a minority as membership is formal for most. But not for the minority religions. Thanks to centuries of immigration, we have active communitities of most important confessions in Hamburg, (officially more than 50 religious denominations), e.g. muslims (mostly iranian shiits and turkish sunnits), jews, buddhists, and ha host of christian minority confessions ... more

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Bring an umbrella! Hamburg is famous for its shit weather, although there are a few sunny days in the year as well)

Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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HC Hamburg Group in Yahoo
Map of Hamburg and surroundings (in German)
Homepage of Hamburg (contains tips for sightseeing, events, shit weather, ...)
Wikitravel page of Hamburg

Offtopic Messages

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