What to do in Hamburg

During a train journey through Europe last autumn, I stopped briefly in Hamburg, just long enough to whet the appetite.

Luckily for me, I’ve been invited back to find out more about things to see and cool stuff to do in Hamburg. Five Nordic bloggers, including my good self, are about to engage in all sorts of Hamburg fun and games this weekend.

Hamburg’s new world heritage site, Speicherstadt & Kontorhaus District, will be a major focus, which, as you know, suits me just fine. I briefly walked through Speicherstadt last year, and look forward to have a closer look at the world’s largest warehouse district and its intriguing history.

But that’s not all. Far from it. We’ve been given a whole list of hip Hamburg sites to see and fun to be had. I don’t mind telling you choosing has been very difficult indeed.

Here’s what I’ll be up to (can always sleep in December):

  • see Carmen at the Hamburgische Staatsoper
  • see nighttime fireworks at the Dom
  • hear the Trio Adorno playing Teatime Classics at Laeiszhalle
  • visit a few quirky cafes – I tried Yoko Mono last year, which leads me to…
  • …the Fab Four, who first made a name for themselves here in Germany’s second city. ‘I was born in Liverpool, but Hamburg is where I came of age,’ said John Lennon – or words to that effect. I’ll find out what he meant on a Beatles tour in the St Pauli District.
  • see Hamburg from the water, one way or another
  • wander through Miniatur Wunderland. I’m weirdly fascinated by model villages, as you may recall, though I don’t expect to stumble over any dead bodies here.
  • be blind. Eh, what? Blind, you say? That’s right. I’ll try dialogues in the dark. And I’ll tell you all about it. Stay tuned.


Are you interested in hearing what Hamburg has to offer? Perhaps you’re even considering a visit to Germany’s famed Christmas markets this winter? Then do follow along at all the usual social media suspects – Face, Twitter, Insta, and so on – this weekend. As usual, you’ll also get more in-depth articles here on Sophie’s World in the weeks to come, as well as pretty pictures on Pinterest, of course.

You’ll also want to follow my colleagues. We’re five poeple collectively representing four Nordic countries and two more Arctic countries thrown in for good measure.  Articles will be appearing in four languages. At least. Here’s the gang:

We’ll all use the hashtags #HamburgWinterSeason and #UnescoHamburg,so it’s easy to follow along.

Well, must be off. There’s a suitcase waiting.

Disclosure: I’ll be in Hamburg as part of a collaborative campaign between Hamburg Tourism and Nordic Travel Bloggers. As ever and forever, I retain the right to write whatever I want.