I hope you are all good 🙂
Today I wanna share with you about my short trip to Hamburg I made last weekend.
I mentioned that me and my boyfriend were planning to go to Hamburg. The idea was to go on the first weekend of June, but we got so excited with the idea that we decided to anticipate the trip, so we went last Saturday. \o/
Since Hamburg is only 2 hours away from Münster, we decided to make it a short trip, we left on Saturday at 7am and came back on Sunday at 4pm.
I booked our hotel on booking.com and I found the IBIS Budget hotel which is very well located, close to the train station and to the center as well, we did everything walking, so it was very convenient to us.
The price for one night was good as well, we paid 77 euros for one night (No breakfast included, you can pay 7.50 and have breakfast there, but we didn’t think it was necessary for us).
The check in is at 2pm, but since we arrived at 10am in Hamburg, we decided to go to the hotel to see if we could leave our bags in there in a locker or something. The staff were so nice that they allowed us to check in earlier – probably because the hotel wasn’t full and our room was ready, but still, very nice, 5 points to IBIS! 😂
Another nice thing to mention is that when I made the reservation, I sent them a message asking for a room in the top floor and they attended my request, which I also found very thoughtful of them 🙂
The room itself is very small – as you can see in the picture, but very clean and comfortable, perfect for a one night stay and for couples. I definitely recommend IBIS Budget if you go to Hamburg!
The City + Restaurants and Bars
For this trip, we didn’t search much on what to do there. I saw one picture on instagram – the Speicherstadt, and that was basically what motivated us to go there. We are also not big fans of museums or exhibitions, we like to walk (a lot!) and go where catch our eyes, and that’s exactly what we did.
We started our walk by going to Speicherstadt which is the largest warehouse district in the world – where the buildings stand on timber-pile foundations, oak logs, in this particular case.
The architecture is unbelievable and so beautiful, we made sure to take our time in there to check everything and of course, take a lot of pictures!
There are some museums located in this area as well, but as I said, it was not our goal to visit museums this time, but you can check them here
After that, we started walking to the center and it was very crazy because during our walk, we didn’t see a single soul in the streets, we don’t know if it was because of the virus or any other particular reason. But as soon as we got into the center, we found out where everyone was! lol
The center of Hamburg is very nice, full of stores (as it should be) and with 3 or so churches around it as well. They were very pretty on the outside, but pretty basic on the inside, since it’s free, it’s still worth to check 🙂
It’s worth to mention that we were impressed by the architecture of the city, every building was so beautiful and they all matched each other, it’s crazy.
After walking for hours, we decided we deserved some drinks and to eat something – not much since we wanted to save ourselves for a proper and nice dinner #travelingionabudget lol
We went to Sausalitos which is a Mexican chain restaurant in Germany, and we had some drinks and fries. As usual, we sat next to an amazing building and made sure to take some pictures.
We decided to go back to the hotel, rest a bit and prepare ourselves to go out again at night for dinner and drinks.
For dinner our main plan was to go to ALEX restaurant, it has a view to the Alster Fountains – a very big lake that is surrounded by restaurants. We called to make reservations but they were completely full, however we decided to go there anyway and try our luck.
When we got there, there was a huge line just to put your name on the waiting list, so we gave up at the same second! We decided to walk around the place and we found a boat restaurant called Alsterlagune
The restaurant was not very full and the view was amazing. They serve seafood, meat and pasta. We chose to order a steak and omg! we were not disappointed! The food was very well served and the meat was delicious! Being a Brazilian and my boyfriend Argentinian, we are very picky when it comes to good meat, we have been struggling to find a good steak for a reasonable price for a while now, so we were not expecting much from this place, but we were very surprised on how good this steak was!
The price was very ok as well, with drinks plus our plates, we paid around 30 euros each. Totally worth it and we were full forever lol
After that, we decided to have a drink at Reeperbahn – which is a street and entertainment district in Hamburg’s. Is one of the two centers of Hamburg’s nightlife and also the city’s major red-light district.
It was a 40 min walk from the lake until there, but we were so full that the walk helped us to get back on track! The night was very agitated and we went to Spielbudenplatz – which is a place with many bars and street food in an open area, to have drinks.
After that, we were destroyed and came back to the hotel.
On the next day we only had a few hours before our train to depart. We did the check-out in the hotel and decided to go check the Elbphilharmonie concert hall building, which is so cool! The building is one of the largest and acoustically most advanced concert halls in the world.
After that we decided we needed to have a hamburger in Hamburg, just because! lol I googled some places and found Otto’s burger. We made our way there and we were not disappointed!
I ordered one of their special burgers of the day, which was a burger with gorgonzola cheese, aioli sauce and caramelized onions (it was heaven!) and Juan ordered the Chuck Norris burger.
This was by far one of the best burgers I ever had! 10/10! The place was also vey cute and the service was great as well. In total we spent 40 euros with the burgers and drinks.
After that we made our way to the train station and came back home!
And that was our trip to Hamburg! Very short but perfect for the weekend, I loved it and recommend to everyone 🙂 The architecture was something I wasn’t expecting to be so amazing and I was very happy with the positive surprise.
I hope you liked it and I would also like to mention that all these amazing pictures were taken by Juan, so if you like, please make sure to follow him on instagram for more great pictures 🙂
We talk soon!