Between Elbe and Alster rivers
The opening of the much-anticipated Herzog & de Meuron-designed Elbphilharmonie in November 2016 provides reason enough to (re-)visit Hamburg. Part of HafenCity, a development project that is increasing the city center by 40 percent in size, the 360-foot-tall glass structure on top of an old warehouse with a roof resembling sails and this northern city's maritime past.
Not only architecture, also hotel openings are adding to the excitement of the city. The Fontenay will open later this year, the first five-star hotel in Hamburg in 18 years.
From the noble inner-city to squawking seagulls and a cool breeze at the Binnenalster.
- Kölln Haferland: Taking a break from walking through the city, we stumbled upon this concept store from Kölln - create your own Müsli to take home or enjoy a coffee and snack from the Deli. Plan ahead if you want to book a baking class which they offer for 15-20 participants.
- coast enoteca: Located directly on the "coast" of the Elbe, this restaurant offers two dining experiences. The entry level 'coast by east' offers Seafood and Sushi. On the lower ground 'coast enoteca' offers views onto the Elbphilharmonie paired with candle light, red wine and Italian antipasti. Make sure to book ahead, especially on weekends.
- Oberhafen Kantine: An iconic tilted building in the Hafencity serving up authentic and seasonal food, perfect for lunch.
- ABC-Viertel: From 19th century brick townhouses with red facades and white art nouveau fin-de-siècle to glass and modern-era chrome-architecture; this quarter creates its own appeal.
- Flamant: Beautiful inspiration for your home encompassing a broad design spectrum. All pieces are created using natural quality materials sourced from small workshops all over the world.
- Miniatur Wunderland: One of Germany's biggest tourist attractions and probably the most nerdy thing to do. Discover the model railway in miniature Hamburg, Scandinavia, Italy and and a tiny airport. When you look closely you find quite humorous scenes, if not for being extremely crowded you could spend a whole afternoon here.
WHERE TO STAY
SIDE: Surely an impressive lobby with a glass atrium reaching up to the 8th floor by architects Jan Störmer and Robert Wilson. Interiors by Milan designer Matteo Thun offset a warm aesthetic with soft colors. Located close to Jungfernstieg guests and locals enjoy the (m) eatery bar + restaurant, the spa and the rooftop terrace in summer.