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Niklaus Kaiser

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Hotel Baseler Hof

Experience the real Hamburg at Fish Market

Elegant atmosphere on Alster River, turmoil at Fish Market

A Sunday morning in Hamburg, port atmosphere at famous Fish Market – to me, this is the place where childhood memories are at home. No matter what has meanwhile changed in the metropolis, this lively market between Elbe, Fish Market Hall, and the harbor buildings transformed into small shops has been preserved. Shouting merchants, products from all over the world and a crowd of visitors are obvious there – as well as the obligatory fish sandwich.

During the week, my perfect morning starts with a jogging tour around Außenalster. Here, in the midst of the city, Udo Lindenberg uses to keep in shape as well as Hamburg’s female bishop Fehrs. Passing by the impressing 19th century urban villas, our way leads us to Hamburg’s upscale Uhlenhorst District. Somewhere or other, we take a break at a coffee-shop – this is the right moment for having a delicious breakfast!

Lunch hour in HafenCity

Hamburg is living through an important change: HafenCity is the name of a completely new, fascinating district. The custom privilege of the city that was separated by borders from mighty Prussia since the 19thcentury has long since been abolished. The former free port areas, now a public domain, are being added to the urban core. So, just five minutes from the city hall, urban life originates once more – exactly where the city once had its roots. My suggestion: select one of the numerous chic restaurants and enjoy your meal with a fantastic panoramic view over the harbor basin! After lunch, we head along the cruise liners towards “Maritimes Museum”, “Auto Prototypen Museum”, or Miniatur Wunderland. At Kehrwieder Spitze, one can take Ferry 62 for a fully relaxed ride to Neumühlen, into the Museum Harbor. After arriving there, one should take some refreshment at disused Bergedorf Ferry and then climb the stairs via Elbchaussee.

Discover Hamburg’s surroundings: my suggestion for the afternoon

Afternoon is under the motto: Get out of the city, get into the bus to in Blankenese! Passing by formerly Danish district named Altona, we marvel at the sights lining Elbchaussee down the river. On the way, one passes the Airbus plant, large containers and “tubs”, beautiful villas and foremost a lot of green. Terminus Blankenese can finally be discovered via narrow stairs leading through the former captain and fisherman village. The descent offers a wide view over the splendid beach. From there, we turn to the right up to the lighthouse in order to reach Süllberg Hill that seems to hover over everything. Now, it’s high time for a short break at the inn including Karl Heinz Hauser’s gourmet restaurant and a less expensive Bistro as well as a great terrace. Alternatively, one may turn to the left to go back to Hamburg and stop by one of the fine beach restaurants or the elegant terrace of the Louis C. Jacob.

Dining at one’s favorite place

Where does an hotelier prefer dining? To me, this question is quite simple to answer: on site, of course! “Kleinhuis Weinrestaurant” at Baseler Hof is renowned for its first-class wine selection rounding off any menu option. After the break at our hotel, one may hurl oneself into Hamburg’s nightlife. Alternatively, an excursion to “Hamburger Dörfle” would be worthwhile, too – since neighborhoods such as today’s Altona, Eppendorf, or Uhlenhorst haven’t lost yet their very typical character. True Hamburg natives use to frequent the proper city center on exceptional occasions only. And another favorite restaurant: “Cöllns Austernstuben”, situated in proximity of the city hall, offers (beyond oysters) numerous other delicacies in a cozy Hamburger atmosphere.

Between red-light district and musical

Hamburg is a true musical city – only in metropolis such as London or New York, even more musicals are put on stage! In addition to the different musical performances, also famous “Reeperbahn” is worth a visit. There was a time when people clandestinely went to the worldwide famous red-light district but nowadays, it’s a colorful street with a lot of culture, great clubs, and a touch of an anachronistic charm. Finally, one should schedule a nightcap at “20up Bar” of Empire Riverside Hotel and get a new overview above the roofs of the city.

Let me add a very special hint for a great alternative program: an excursion (with the hotel ticket) to Lüneburg Salt City where you can enjoy the medieval flair and possibly even play golf at Lüdersburg Castle! When I’m free and receive company, I like to spend these shared moments in Hamburg’s beautiful neighboring city.

Location list

Sternerestaurant von Karl Heinz Hauser

Hotel Süllberg, Süllbergsterrasse, 22587, Hamburg, Deutschland +49 40 8662520

Louis C. Jacob

Elbchaussee 401-403, 22609, Hamburg, Deutschland +49 40 822550

Cöllns Austernstuben

Brodschrangen 1-5, 20457, Hamburg, Deutschland +49 40 364153

Bar des Empire Riverside Hotels

Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 97, 20359, Hamburg, Deutschland +49 40 311190

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