Trying to book a January weekend away - anyone ever been to Hamburg?

  • suedeheadscot

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    Sep 10, 2011 10:20 AM GMT
    Hey can anyone help? I know this site mainly has US dudes but you seem like a friendly well-travelled lot so....

    I'm treating myself to a birthday weekend away (first holiday out the country in god knows how long!) and I'm looking at a short city break in Europe. I'm toying with the idea of Hamburg and wondered if anyone had ever been? Did you enjoy it?

    I quite like going on city breaks which has culture and, if this isn't too much info, a place I'll be guaranteed some fun! *blushes*.

    Think Hamburg meets my criteria?

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    Sep 10, 2011 11:59 AM GMT
    Haven't been there myself but a friend who often travels to Berlin and elsewhere in Germany found Hamburg to be the least interesting place he'd visited. He found it much easier to meet people and feel at ease in other cities.
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    Sep 10, 2011 11:59 AM GMT
    Be prepared for cold and wet. There was an accident during the visit that didn't allow much to be seen. Historically, Hamburg appears to offer a lot in the way of museums. The Reeperbahn is an interesting area for trolling. Wish there was more to share, but with the accident very little was seen. I would like to go back when the weather is dryer.
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    Sep 10, 2011 2:34 PM GMT
    Really not much in hamburg, though it's not a complete waste, I would guess it really depends on what you're looking to do. If it's night life, then I'd recommend Berlin, or possibly Cologne (Köln) which are really the gayer cities in Germany. Sightseeing-wise, Berlin, Munich, or maybe a little town like Rothenburg ob der Tauber which is an intact mideval village. There are also lots of fun day trip things to do along the Rhein - wine tours, hiking, historical little villages like Aachen and koblenz, Burg Eltz etc.

    Try and be more specific as to your weekend getaway goals and it will be easier to give advise. If youve never been anywhere in Germany though, I wouldn't recommend Hamburg as there are many places in Germany that offer more culture, history, and nightlife for first time visitors.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Sep 10, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. I've been to Berlin and to Cologne before, and the reason I was attracted to Hamburg was because its fairly cheap to get there from Birmingham International airport!

    Hmm....back to the drawing board methinks....
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 10, 2011 3:58 PM GMT
    Check out Hamburg anyways regardless of the opinions on here. You just never know you might fall in love with that city.
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    Sep 10, 2011 6:46 PM GMT
    Yes, if you've already been to a few other places, Hamburg wouldn't be a bad weekend then necessarily, there are also several day trips from hamburg also, both Bremen and Lübeck are not far at all, very easy to hop on a train and get there fast. Every city has it's charm and Hamburg is not an exception.

    Again, it really just boils down to your reasons for going. Do a google search for Hamburg and other key words, sightseeing, history, gay ( the German word is schwul), hiking, food, tourism, etc...whatever interests you when traveling. You should be able to make a decision on whether it has something to offer you based on that. If you speak some German, try searches in German also, you might find more variety.
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    Sep 10, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
    What about Ibiza near Spain? There are direct flights from Birmingham International Airport -UK. I heard it has a good night life and great weather, beaches, etc. Getting away from freezing UK would definetly be a plus+icon_biggrin.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 12, 2011 4:01 PM GMT
    Not everybody is interested in beaches and warm weather. There are some of us gay guys that enjoy the winter weather.