5 Hidden Treasures in Hamburg

Hi – hope your day is going well…

Todays post is another about Hamburg. My Mum was both born and grew up  in Hamburg – it’s where she met my Dad as he was visiting for the weekend (a cinderella type story for another time)…and now each time I go I try to see something new and at the same time think of it as “kind of home”.

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Here are 5 hidden treasures discovered on my last trip to Hamburg this May!

1. Park Hyatt Hotel


Situated right in the middle of the city on Mönckebergstr the entrance is along the parallel Bugenhagenstr and you have to take the lift to get to reception. The Park Hyatt in Hamburg is a real hidden piece of luxury – no wonder so many famous people are reputed for staying there.

The hotel had 97% occupancy as we were there and yet we still had that feeling of total privacy. We were super lucky to be invited for champagne with the General manager Tashi Takang and the lovely communication manager who even gave us an awesome tour of the hotel.

…a few pictures…

DSC_0560It is said that Lionel Richie wrote a song on this very piano in their presidential suites.



DSC_0566We absolutely fell in love with the opulent breakfast buffet – still missing it!


On every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month you can go there for cocktail classes – sounds like fun to me!

More information here

2. Isemarket


Almost one km long the Isemarkt is a bi-weekly market open from 8:30 – 14:00 every Tuesday and Friday morning.


About 200 exhibitors, in picturesque surroundings between the subway stops Hoheluftbrücke and Eppendorf Baum this market has been going since 1949.


An amazing variety of things you will actually find there – from food to jewellery and all sorts in-between. You can even schedule small tours of the market.

More information here

3. Blankenese


I can totally recommend doing a walking tour of the stair district in Blankanese. Take the S-Bahn to Blankanese, turn right – venture up into the park on your right until you reach this impressive building – used today as a day room for a private university.


As you walk back down make sure you stop off at Lühmans Teestube for some awesome cake in lovely English style ambiance.


Either make your own little tour or there are organised walking tours here

4.  Dinner at the Fischereihafen Restaurant


One of my favourite things to do whilst having dinner is to be sitting by the sea watching ships go by – Hong Kong stays in memory because of this but the Fischereihafen restaurant in Hamburg was certainly just as awesome – plenty of action passing by the whole night through!

A family run restaurant since 1981, which became famous quite soon after opening – with traditional Hamburg kitchen it’s also a good spot to people watch – smile.

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Busy absolutely every day of the week so it pays to book in advance and request a window seat: telephone (040) 38 18 16.

5.  Bar with the best view over Hamburg

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Situated on the 20th floor of the Empire Riverside hotel – a trip up to the 20Up Skybar to finish off the evening and experience a 360° birds-eye view of Hamburg is almost a must for anyone visiting the city.

Wishing you lots of fun on your next trip to Hamburg – a city I can only recommend!


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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!


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