Hamburg, Germany's second largest city, is perhaps best known for its historic harbour front, its renowned local fish market and its infamous red light district, or the Reeperbahn as its more commonly known. On my visit to Hamburg last month however I was able to discover it's more quirky, and less touristy side and soon found that there was more to this city than first meets the eye. Here are some of Hamburg's hidden gems...
Go Paddle Boarding Down The Alster River
Water sports and cities don't usually go well together, mainly because rivers in cities tend to be brimming with boats offering every kind of cruise possible. In Hamburg however, there are many different parts to the Alster river and lake which runs through the city centre and round the outskirts too, meaning there's plenty of opportunity to take part in some super cool water sports. I did stand up paddle boarding for the first time and absolutely loved it. It was a great way to see the city from a different perspective, and was an activity I really wanted to tick off my bucket list... Just try not to fall in as the water didn't look particularly inviting!
Take A Street Art Tour In St Pauli
St Pauli is one of the main attractions of the Reeperbahn and the harbour area making up just one of the 105 quarters in the city. This place is the entertainment capital of Hamburg and offers bars, restaurants, cafes and shops a plenty, with lots of different things to see and do. Taking a street art tour enables you to discover a more unique side to the city, and it's artistic nature will certainly blow you away
Attend The Annual Vogelball Festival
Hamburg is famous for its summer festivals that happen every year, one of the most iconic being the fabulous Vogelball. With singers, artists, public speakers and dance music in abundance, this place is one of the highlights on the Hamburg events calendar. Festival goers are encouraged to dress as flamboyantly as possible - the brighter the better - and there are photographers on hand to capture the audience embracing the true Vogelball spirit.
Wander Round St Michaels Church
Away from the hustle and bustle of the Reeperbahn, St Michaels Church is located in the old town which is part of the historic centre of Hamburg. Here you'll find the glorious Rathaus Building, City Hall and the water front, as well as many interesting buildings and churches. St Michaels is one of the oldest in the city, and it's beauty can be seen from both the inside and the outside. With its elegant alter and enormous organ, St Michaels is well worth a visit- don't forget to climb the bell tower for panoramic views over Hamburg!
So there we have it, some alternative things to see and do in Hamburg. This city is super lively, especially during summer, with plenty of water sports to choose from and nightlife in abundance. Have you ever been to Hamburg? Let us know!