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The Beautiful Public Transport Hamburg

You are anxious to see more of the beautiful city Hamburg? But you might be short of cash? Maybe you’re tired as well because of traveling, sightseeing or partying? Or the rain curbs your motivation to go outside and check out other parts of the city? I got the right thing for you to do:

My beloved public transport journey through Hamburg! It takes you around the industrial and historical harbor, the red light district Reeperbahn, HafenCity and the Elbe river beach and takes about 2-4 hours – depending on your linger mood and transport connections. Come sun, come rain – it’s the perfect tour for lazy feet. The only things, you need to get are a 9 o’clock public transport day ticket, your favorite drink & snack and of course your camera!

The so-called „9-Uhr-Tageskarte“ for the area „Großbereich“ costs € 5,90 per person (plus 3 children up to 14 years old) and is valid Mon-Fri between 0-6 a.m. and 9 a.m.-6 a.m. (of the following day). On the weekends and holidays you can use it all day for as many rides as you wish. Buy the ticket at any station (U-Bahn, S-Bahn, inside a ferry or from a bus driver). It already pays off to by a group day ticket (for up to 5 people) when you are more than one person.

Go to a supermarket (cheaper) or a kiosk (more fun and personal), get a local Fritz or Ali Cola, a charity-based Maracuja or Lime LemonAid, Viva con Aqua water or some fair trade coffee and get started! (Watch out: No alcohol allowed in public transport vehicles.)

Suggested starting point: Central Station

Get into U-Bahn #4 towards HafenCity Universität (7 minute ride) and have a look at the two newest underground stations of Hamburg at Oberhafenquartier with its underwater atmosphere and at the last station HafenCity Universität with its huge light cubes changing color. Find your way towards the newly built university, right next to the harbor and huge construction site fallows.

Catch bus #111 right across the university building at Shanghaiallee station and let it take you through the newest Hamburg district HafenCity, pass by Hamburg’s Golden Eye, a building which looks like a doner kebap spear and the Elbphilharmonie with its wavy rooftop. The bus passes by the pupular Herbert-Straße and Reeperbahn red light district, makes another loop around the beautiful historical fish market with its very last stop in Altona (29 minute ride).

There, take the bus #112 until Neumühlen/Övelgönne (7 minute ride) where you can check out the museum harbor with old wooden ships, have a walk along some ancient houses and villas until you get to the Elbe river beach, enjoy the view or have a cool drink a little further at the Strandperle – a popular beach café liked by most Hamburg citizens.

On your way back to the station, catch the ferry #62 towards Landungsbrücken and enjoy the beautiful view over Hamburg’s industrial harbor and the city skyline (18 minute ride).

At Landungsbrücken, get the U-Bahn #3 towards the Central station (8 minute ride) and have once more a beautiful view over Landungsbrücken, the harbor, HafenCity and the historical Speicherstadt until you are back at your starting point. You can also get off at the city hall (Rathaus) if you have not seen the Alster yet.

Still not enough? Take S-Bahn #31 or #11 towards Altona (12 minute ride), have a beautiful view over the inner Alster lake, some sweet murals on the way towards Holstenstraße and the water tower right before you enter Altona station.

Or: Take another ferry ar Landungsbrücken – e.g. # 73 towards Wilhelmsburg (Mon-Fri).

Of course, feel free to get off on the way and hop onto the next bus, subway, metro or ferry if you liked a spot on the way. That’s the public transport way to discover a city!

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Low-Budget Festivals in Hamburg

Unique and temporary magic worlds inbetween informal networks

When you are in Hamburg, you definitely shouldn’t miss out on the one or other openair festivals – Jazz, Metal, electronic music, 70ies, rock, art and performances – all transforming (lost) spots in Hamburg’s urban environment. Here you can get a feeling of the music scene and how important such festivals are for Hamburg people who like to enjoy music in an artistic, unique, relaxed or crowded atmosphere.
Free/affordable, unique and colourful festivals are usually not promoted a lot (mainly due to financial reasons) but rather through local networks. I came up with a neat collection of interesting festival which are still coming up in 2014  (in chronological order):

 

Keine Knete – trotzdem Fete „no money – nonetheless party“
When: 25.07.2014 (Fri) – 27.07.2014 (Sun)
What: art, culture, music (HipHop, Punk, Rock, Techno, Dubstep, Drum’n’Bass, Jazz), workshops, festival for children, cinema, vegan food
Where: 21079 Hamburg
Comments: small size, noncommercial, outside

 

Hafengrün Festival „green harbour festival“
When: 01.08.2014 (Fri) – 03.08.2014 (Sun)
What: electronic music and free air culture. „Love, bass and sunshine“ at old harbour dockyard
Where: Altes Werftgelände, Neuhöfer Damm 98, 21107 Hamburg
Comments: 6-27 Euros

 

Spektrum
When: 02.08.2014
What: from HipHop, Dubstep to Drum’n’Bass
Where: MS Dockville Gelände, Alte Schleuse 23, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg
Comments: cheap

 

Butterland Open Air
When: 03.08.2014
What: techno, electro, electro-swing, djs…
Where: MS Dockville Uferpark, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg
Comments: cheap, cool location!

 

international summer festival
When: 06.08.2014 – 24.08.2014
What: art, performance, installations, theatre
Where: Kampnagel
Comments: costs depend on show, very interesting cultural venue

 

KNOTEN.13 „Festival for urban art“
When: 11.10.2014 – 13.10.2014
What: 40 urban art artists from all over Germany (“Zipper – Die Rakete”, Uli Pforr, Elmar Lause), music
Where: Kolbenhof, Friedensallee 128, 22763 Hamburg
Comments: 3-10 €, very charming venue, „we don’t want to show just art, we want to celebrate it!“

 

Kulturflut „culture flood“
When: 02.10.2014 – 04.10.2014
What: music (Folk Rock, Ska, Kammerpunk, Singer), local and international artists, readings, comedy, art exhibition, impro theatre, programme for children
Where: Gorch-Fock-Park, Finkenwerder-Hamburg
Comment: partly for free, first time ever!

 

Got money – more festivals
There are the ‘biggies’ with crowds of visitors, with a certain theme, and often expensive. Free exceptions are the Duckstein Festival (18.-27.07.14) and the legendary 70ies music parade Schlagermove in St. Pauli. Special but rather expensive are the metal festivals Wacken Open Air, Hamburg Metal Dayz and Elbriot FestivalDockvilleReeperbahn FestivalFilmfest Hamburg with national and international movies, Überjazz and Elbjazz.

 

Back again in 2015
Special, free but only again in 2015 are Hamburg’s Woodstock-like festival Wutzrock (since 1979), peaceful electronic dancing at Grünanlage, ska etc. at the Sommerfest Umsonstladen HeimfeldJazz Open at Planten un Blomen park, the cultural neighbourhood festival Altonale48 Stunden Wilhelmsburg, and the International Short Film Festival (2014 30th anniversary!).
In case, you plan to experience Hamburg in 2015, definitely check out one of these great events.

 

Hints on facebook
Would you like one more hint? I check out current open airs, usually small, for free and noncommercial here. Festivals and open airs are definitely worth to check out in Hamburg! Be open for surprises and some magic 😉

Soul’s Darkside – Le Fonque

a) Are you a vampire?

b) Does the thought of a dark room with sensual red lighting turn you on?

c) Do you like to get down to Soul, Funk and Disco tunes?

d) Does the sound of vinyl stir your little stomach butterflies?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you must read on, I have found your new favourite Hamburg hangout.

Since 1995, Le Fonque has been spinning their vinyl decks to bring revelers the finest soul and funk tunes… every night of the week! The dimly lit room, soft couches and blood red lighting create an intimate ambiance while the DJs unite the bar through the love of music.

Le Fonque is open every night of the week from 9pm. Depending on what time and day you go, it will either be a sexy little retreat where you can get cosy on the plush couches, or it will be bursting at the seems as everyone gets down to the funky vibes.

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You can find Le Fonque just off the busy Shulterblatt at Juliusstraße 33, 22769.

Rainbow Fountains and Fields of Flowers

As if we didn’t have enough reasons to love Planten un Blomen already for its 47 hectares of sprawling gardens, lush grass, public sunbathing chairs and colourful array of blooming flowers, now the Summer Programme has begun too!

From public orchestra performances, guided walks, workshops, pop concerts and of course, the famous Wasserlichtspiele (water light show), you can find the entire programme here.

I went to see the water light show the other night, and I was extremely impressed. Take a little picnic dinner and some drinks, and set yourself up in front of the Great Lake at about 9.30pm. The show starts at 10pm every night, but it can get quite crowded!

The show is controlled by two artists, who sync the display to an amplified soundtrack. One controls the water jets while the other controls the extravagant lighting system. The theme of the music changes over the course of the summer as well.

It’s free, it’s romantic, it’s beautiful and awe-inspiring; a definite must see while in Hamburg.

 

Emergenza Rock Festival at KNUST!

Spanning 824 clubs in 34 different countries, showcasing over 30,000 bands, it’s no wonder that Emergenza Rock Festival is the world’s biggest festival for unsigned bands!

For the past 16 years, the Knust music club in St Pauli has set up stage for the Hamburg branch of the festival. Over the next week numerous unsigned bands will battle it out on stage to win the crowds vote in the hope of moving on to the regional finals.

Check out the program on the Knust website and head over to St Pauli to support our amazing local talent.

*Photo courtesy of Maria Mitrofanova, used under Creative Commons

 

The Mobile Blues Club

Tucked away in a little Sternchanze parking lot sits the Mobile Blues Club. An old wooden truck wagon set back among the trees and rainbow fairy lights. A hand-made iron archway on the street declares ‘bar’, but at first one might be dubious as to what the wagon at the end of the dirt track actually contains. At first I thought it was a private campervan, the motley collection of people milling outside part of some eclectic looking private party that I desperately wanted to be a part of.

Fear not though readers, this incredible venue is open to the public, and the lovely staff at the Mobile Blues Club will welcome you with open arms. When you step inside the ‘front door’ of the wagon you are instantly embraced into the most intimate and alluring music venue I have been to in a long, long time.

The soft candlelight dances across walls the colour of red wine. Heavy velvet curtains frame the performer on stage. Everyone sits close together on chairs or on the floor as live music rattles the bones of the wagon and unifies the small crowd in a bohemian romance. The Mobile Blues Bar is a truly magical musical experience.

The venue can fit around 20 people comfortably. The music is first-class, spanning genres from Folk and Blues to Punk Country. The drinks are cheap. AND the entire production is run on donations, a felt hat is passed around for you to offer what you can for the performance.

For a special night out with a bit of an alternative twist, we definitely recommend a trip to the Mobile Blues Club. The wagon is open Weds-Sun and live music usually starts around 9.30pm. Check Mobile Blues Club for full details and listings.

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You can find the wagon in the parking lot on the corner of Schulterblatt and Max-Brauer-Allee (next to Central Park).

Welcome to Hamburg Live

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is an incredibly unique place. Whether your’e a resident or a visitor, I’m sure you will agree that there is something very special about this town; a thriving energy that cannot be explained, only experienced. Delve inside the heart of Hamburg, and you will find that it is the exceptionally friendly and open-minded people that fuel the invincible flame of the city. As well as the people though, it is also the fascinating and diverse places that stir this spirited fire.

Everyone has their favourite little hideout in Hamburg, perhaps you enjoy watching the ships stirring up the harbour as the sun sets, or maybe you like to find recluse under a shady tree in Planten Un Blomen. Whether it’s the local beachfront fish and chip shop, a quaint coffee shop tucked away from the hustle and bustle or a dingy music club that serves cheap beer and plays your favourite bands, we are here to help you find your favourite Hamburg hideouts and hangouts.

We will also be bringing you the latest Hamburg events and telling you what’s on so you never miss a thing in a Hamburg! Whether it be local festivals, flea markets, live music, community demonstrations, parties, workshops or theater… you will find it all here at Hamburg Live.

So tune in and sit back and relax as we do all the leg work, finding you the coolest places and events in town!