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Top Choice Bar in Hamburg


Hamburg's original beach bar is a must for primo beer, burgers and people-watching. All ages and classes gather, mingle and wriggle their toes in the sand, especially at sunset, right on the Elbe as huge freighters …
Top Choice Cafe in Hamburg

Café Gnosa

With its abstract art and in-house bakery, Café Gnosa draws an affable gay and straight crowd in St Georg. The curved glass windows give it an art deco vibe. There are outside tables.
Top Choice Live Music in Hamburg

Golden Pudel Club

In a 19th-century bootleggers' jail, this tiny bar-club is run by members of the legendary ex-punk band Die Goldenen Zitronen and is an essential stop on the St Pauli party circuit. Night after night it gets packed…
Top Choice Historic Building in Hamburg


One of Hamburg's most beautiful buildings is the crowning gem of the new Unesco-annointed Kontorhaus District. The brown-brick 1924 Chilehaus is shaped like an ocean liner, with remarkable curved walls meeting in th…
Top Choice Market in Hamburg


Here's the perfect excuse to stay up all Saturday night. Every Sunday in the wee hours, some 70,000 locals and visitors descend upon the famous Fischmarkt in St Pauli. The market has been running since 1703, and its…
Top Choice Books in Hamburg

Dr Götze Land & Karte

Enormous range of guidebooks and maps. Browse the world.
Top Choice Memorial in Hamburg

Mahnmal St-Nikolai

St Nikolai church was the world’s tallest building from 1874 to 1876, and it remains Hamburg’s second-tallest structure (after the TV tower). Mostly destroyed in WWII, it is now called Mahnmal St-Nikolai. You can ta…
Top Choice Museum in Hamburg

Miniatur Wunderland

Even the worst cynics are quickly transformed into fans of this vast miniature world that goes on and on. The model trains wending their way through the Alps are impressive – but slightly predictable. But when you s…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Hamburg

Eiscafe Eisliebe

Some of the yummiest ice cream you’ll ever taste is scooped from this little hole in the wall (look for the queues). On any given day, you’ll find around a dozen of its handmade, all-natural flavours. Fresh berry cr…
Top Choice Music Bar in Hamburg


A collective of Hamburg industry insiders present established and emerging DJs and bands, as well as clubbing events and parties. Look for the spray-painted name on the graffiti-covered dark-brick harbour store abo…