This is a supplementary blog to my video on stuff, I’ve mentioned. Any corrections should be in here and additional info as well!
Flixbus is one of my favourite bus companies in Europe. It’s a German startup that has a massive bus network crossing all through Europe but mainly central Europe. I have caught dozens of buses with these guys and love their app(you can even track your bus live!), quality of their coaches and the prices are pretty good!
I stumbled onto Robin and The Tour Guides on trip advisor and found them to be excellent in terms of the types of free walking tours. Brent (our guide) was excellent with the right amount of humour, knowledge and insight are thrown into our tour of the St Pauli area. I love to find locals like Brent, who can make lots of recommendations on what to do, eat and drink. I would almost be willing to pay for their knowledge!
Hamburg Tourist card
If you’re planning to visit quite a few sights, you may want to consider getting a Hamburg card. The tourist card gives you discounts and free travel on public transport. Depending on the length of your stay, you can buy a shorter or longer duration that covers your visit to Hamburg.
Astra Brewery bar, St Pauli
One of the locally made beers you’ll see everywhere is Astra. The logo calls back to the history of Hamburg with an anchor and heart, a popular motif for sailor tattoos (well at least in films!). There are a few Astra bars, but the one on the Reerpbahn is a good choice with its great big space for groups and a wide selection of yummy food and beer!
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Alles Elbe Bar
For the more discerning craft beer lover, a local favourite is Alles Elbe. Be They have a constant rotation of various beers and ales, and if you’re peckish, their cheese platters are delicious!
If you’re looking for a more traditional Germany beer hall, then you can’t go wrong heading to Blokbrau brewery. For the food, you’ll be treated to the usual German favourites. The venue is quite unique compared to the other places as you’ll be inside the famous clock tower of St Pauli. If it’s sunny, you should hang out on the terrace for a nice view of the waterfront!
This hostel is part of the YHA (Youth Hostel Association). What that means is that they are all of a certain standard. You don’t go to a YHA hostel for a party, but they are perfect for people looking for a quieter atmosphere. They are usually popular with schools and families. The hostel also has a kitchen but oddly hidden away!
The Albe tunnel is one for the history lovers! It is Europe’s first river tunnel and was a great engineering achievement! Hamburg was getting more populated and the river busier, and the tunnel was created to solve that problem. The tunnel is open 24 hours and would probably be quite eerie in the early morning or late at night when no one is about!