Hamburg holidays

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A local’s guide to Hamburg: concerts, cocktails and dockyard cuisine
Concert pianist Alexander Krichel reveals his pick of the best bars, vintage stores, ferry rides and sailor-sized dishes of Germany’s second largest city

Interview by Paul Sullivan

20, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Hamburg's harbour giants create a beach scene like no other | Celia Topping
Our series on evocative travel images continues with Celia Topping’s shot of a carefree volleyball game at an urban beach

Celia Topping

05, Jan, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Interrailing at 50: reliving our backpacking days … in style
The European rail pass offers two friends a second bite at their youth, as they savour bars, views and food from Amsterdam to Copenhagen

Rhonda Carrier

06, Dec, 2020 @7:00 AM

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A local's guide to Hamburg: 10 top tips
With buzzy cafes, plenty of green space, music venues, fashion and football, there’s more to the Beatles’ favourite German city than the Reeperbahn

Stefanie Hempel, interview by John Brunton

02, Mar, 2020 @6:30 AM

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Alfresco beers and tiny trains: make tracks to Hamburg for a city break
St Pauli’s left-wing football, a great brew outdoors and the biggest model railway in the world … there’s plenty to explore in Germany’s bustling second city

Chris Hall

22, Dec, 2019 @11:00 AM

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Hamburg in harmony: the ebb and flow of an artistic city
Its latest landmark, the Elbphilharmonie, dominates the waterfront but throughout this port city there is captivating art, architecture and music

Serena Fokschaner

16, Dec, 2018 @7:00 AM

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For a great night out: head for Hamburg, not London
The German port city came top in a new survey of the world’s best cities for nightlife, with Berlin and Copenhagen close behind. London scored dismally on quality, safety and ease of travel

Will Coldwell

01, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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10 of the best things to do in Hamburg
The recent opening of the stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall put the port city in the spotlight, but there is a host of other attractions, plus great cocktails, design hotels and totally delicious fish sandwiches

John Brunton

14, Feb, 2017 @6:30 AM

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A musical tour of Europe's great cities: Hamburg
Germany’s second largest city is where Brahms and Mendelssohn were born, Telemann and Mahler worked and the Beatles came of age

Stephen Moss

23, Sep, 2016 @9:19 AM

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Move over Barcelona: four great alternative city breaks
For weekends away, we tend to stick to the same old places. Why not dodge crowds and high prices at these less high-profile – but no less interesting – cities: Parma, Cadiz, Helsinki or Hamburg

Sorrel Downer, Ida Kukkapuro, Malte Brenneisen and Urs Spindler

03, Sep, 2016 @6:00 AM

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Story of cities #40: how a village had to die so Hamburg's port could survive
In the 60s Hamburg officials planned to demolish a fishing village to make space for a new container terminal. As port cities struggle to keep up with an ever-changing industry, how will Hamburg face the challenges of the next generation?

Philip Oltermann

11, May, 2016 @6:30 AM

'St Pauli pees back': Hamburg red-light district's revenge on urinating revellers
A community group in Hamburg has found a unique way to keep its streets clean – using water-repellent paint to ‘splash back’ on visitors who pee too freely

Ajit Niranjan

04, Mar, 2015 @8:00 AM

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