Travel to Hamburg, Germany – Episode 470

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Hear about travel to Hamburg, Germany as the Amateur Traveler talks to Romy Mlinzk from about her hometown, the second largest port in Europe.

Romy recommends a visit to this second biggest city in Germany which is very different from the capital Berlin. “Hamburg has a lot of different things to offer. It’s close to the water. It has this maritime flair and it has more bridges than Amsterdam and Venice combined. You don’t feel like you’re in a big city.”

Hamburg used to be known more for its relight district. “A lot of things changed in Hamburg is now more like a fashion and media city so you have a lot of cool young people coming to the town.” She still does not recommend the red light district at night unless you like crowds and drunk young people.

What she recommends instead is the starting in the harbor where the ferries make up part of the cities public transportation along the river Elba. Your day pass on the subway will work on the ferry as well. Romy recommends that the public ferry will give us some of the same views of the city as sightseeing cruises.

The old part of the harbor, Speicherstadt, is full of old brick warehouses that used to hold tea, coffee and other goods. It is the historic part of the city when it was a member of the Hanseatic League. The area now has a number of museums including the Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg which is a miniature world with little cars, trains and buildings. Visit during the week to avoid crowds. Roy says it is a great place to visit during days of “Hamburg sun” (rain).

You can also walk under the Elba from one side of the city to the other using the old Elba Tunnel. The decent down is in one of the old wooden elevators. One end of the tunnel has a sightseeing platform with views of the new city.

“Hamburg has a great singer songwriter community.” She gives us some ideas on places to see some of the old clubs like where the Beatles got their start. There is a Beatles tour presented by a local musician.

See the city through the eyes of a local as we hear about museums and beautiful neighborhoods, cafes and local cuisine.

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Show Notes

Romy Mlinzk
Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg (English)
Hanseatic League
Prinzenbar, Hamburg
Große Freiheit, St. Pauli, Hamburg
Beatles Tour
Altes Maedchen
Schanzenviertel shopping
Currywurst in Hamburg
Eimsbüttel (quarter)
StadtRAD Hamburg
Elbe Beach
Strandpauli (Yelp)
Ohlsdorf Cemetery
Ohlsdorf Cemetery (Wikipedia)
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
827th Hamburg Port Anniversary 2016
Hagenbeck Zoo
Hanseatic City of Lübeck – UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Lübeck Tourism
Visit Berlin
25 Hours Hotel
Hamburg Air BnB


I heard from Jonathan:

Dear Chris,

I have listened to about 50+ of your episodes during that last 4 months and it has been very enjoyable, educational and helpful, especially as our family of five (children ages 18, 15, 13) are about to embark upon a one year backpacking along the silk road traversing around 20+ countries starting in June 2015.

I notice that there has not been an episode specifically devoted to Kyrgyzstan. As part of our one year trip, we plan to travel through Kyrgyzstan doing some hiking and experiencing some community based eco-tourism. Perhaps after our time there in Aug 2015, we can share about our experience there, as well as sharing how it is like to travel there as a family with three teenagers.

For our one year trip, we plan to do couchsurfing/warmshowers and volunteering work with locals as much as we can to really understand the locals and their daily lives. We are using sites such as and WWOOF to find volunteering opportunities. We already have one set up in Mongolia and one in Kazakhstan and will volunteer at Mother Teresa’s order in Calcatta, India. If you think there might be some interest among families that like to travel through couchsurfing and/or volunteering, we are happy to share our experience as well.

After receiving so much from listening to your podcast, I hope that we can give something back in return through sharing of our experiences.

Jonathan, Annie, Olivia, Nathan, and Joani

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Dear Chris

I just wanted to contact you to thank you for all the time and effort you put into the Amateur Traveler podcasts. My husband and I love to travel and I came across the podcasts a couple of years ago now. We live in Scotland,UK and have used them to plan a number of our trips to Europe and to the USA.

Most recently we celebrated my 40th birthday with a trip to Mumbai. We used the Reality Tours company mentioned in the recent podcast on Mumbai and had a truly fantastic experience.

I really just wanted to contact you to thank you all that you do and to encourage you to keep going. Your work is much appreciated all the way over here in Scotland!

Best wishes and thanks again


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

3 Responses to “Travel to Hamburg, Germany – Episode 470”

Izy Berry


Great Post Chris!! thanks for all the details you really give me all the idea very clear

Pat Bunyard


Just listened to Hamburg podcast, just a few days after returning from there😔 still loved to hear of new places for when I return. I would add Harry’s Hafenbasar found in a refurbished crane ship at the port. Fantastic collection of art and artifacts collected by Harry, a local bar owner who asked sailors to bring him something from their travelers. Result is everything from shrunken heads to African and Asian masks.



thanks Pat, sound slike fun

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