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Granted, we don’t have the strongest football teams in Europe, the glory days of Hamburg football are unfortunately long gone. But you know what we are first class at? MICE! Hamburg stands out for many exciting facets – especially in the area of meetings and events.
Hamburg is always a gain! If you would like, David Patrician – who made Hamburg his adopted home eight years ago – will take you on a short city tour, which we recorded to show Hamburg in the time of the pandemic, and give you a first insight!
Well? Want to find out more?
Then we’ll tell you a little more about our city! And you can be sure: Hamburg will surprise you! We have put the questions you are probably asking yourselves into your mouths. I hope that’s okay for you?
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Tell me, what is Hamburg like?
Hamburg – the most English city in Germany. Perhaps even the most English city outside England. In fact, the metropolis at the river Elbe is the second largest city in Germany after Berlin and the largest city in Europe that is not a capital. And indeed, somehow it’s true: Hamburg is “very British”! Anyone who has ever been to Liverpool and Hamburg, for example, will be struck by the similarities between the cities: The big river that is the lifeline of the city, the harbour, the small alleys, the big pompous mansions.
Grand hotels such as the Hotel Atlantic or the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, but also the pubs or restaurants, such as the Old Commercial Room, make Hamburg special. And Hamburg can also boast of the parks that are so famous for England: the “Jenischpark” in particular is characterised by British landscape architecture and the “Jenisch-Haus” in the middle of it could also be an English country house in its impression.
Sounds good! And how do I get to Hamburg?
Very good question! Located in the north of Germany, Hamburg is only a stone’s throw away from the UK. There are flights to Hamburg from almost all major English cities. There are direct connections from London (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted) and Manchester. There are also flights from Dublin and Edinburgh. From numerous other airports you can change planes to reach your destination. Once you arrive in Hamburg, you will see that Hamburg is a city of short distances! The airport, which is only ten kilometres from Hamburg city centre, is perfectly connected to public transport. Here the train not only runs directly to the door of our congress centre, the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg, but also to the city centre, as both are only a few minutes’ walk apart.
Within the city, you don’t necessarily need a car in Hamburg. The city’s public transport system is excellent, many things can be reached by foot and if you like, you can simply use one of Hamburg’s “Stadträder“, Hamburg’s official bike-sharing service.
Where can I find culture and music?
We’ve got plenty of that, be sure. It’s the St. Pauli district and the legendary Reeperbahn, of course, which is the heart of Hamburg’s vibrant scene. Not only did the world-famous Beatles start their careers here – John Lennon once said “I might have been born in Liverpool – but I grew up in Hamburg.” – today, the district is still a colourful, exciting and diverse neighbourhood. Small and large clubs like the “Molotow“, the “Grünspan” or the “Mojo Club”, theatres like the “Schmidts Tivoli“, quaint pubs like “Gretel & Alfons” and hip bars and taprooms can be found in the district.
At least as hip as the Reeperbahn is the district „Schanzenviertel“ – affectionately called “Schanze” by the people of Hamburg. A lively atmosphere and colourful hustle and bustle – filled to the brim with life, the district reminds of the Lanes in Brighton. Trendy record shops – highly recommended is the „Hanseplatte“, which not only has records on its shelves but also “Hamburgensien”, i.e. typical Hamburg accessories – rub shoulders with cosy restaurants and cafés. A highlight is the brewery pub „Altes Mädchen“, which offers excellent food, beer brewed in the glass brewhouse and a good selection of international craft beer. The „Gallopper des Jahres“ at Haus 73 is at least as exciting. Beer specialities from small creative breweries or particularly tradition-conscious breweries flow out of twelve taps – and there is a conscious decision not to serve beer from big brands.
I'm thrilled! Now tell me about MICE!
With all the options in the city at the Elbe, ranging from culture, music and architecture to beer and gourmet delights, the high quality of Hamburg as a meeting location must not be forgotten. But what makes Hamburg stand out here? The Hanseatic city scores with the maritime charm of a port metropolis that is exciting, rich in contrast, raw and beautiful.
And, by the way, a great MICE destination! Hamburg can cover numerous location sizes. From large event halls such as the „Altonaer Fischauktionshalle“ an old very beautiful fish auction hall directly at Hamburg’s harbour or „Schuppen 52“, a classic quayside shed from the imperial era, to hidden gems such as the „Elbschmiede Altona“, which exudes a unique and inimitable charm.
In the immediate vicinity of our congress centre there are around 100 hotels of all categories with around 3,500 hotel rooms. Among them are exciting establishments such as the „Grand Elysée Hamburg“, Hamburg’s largest congress hotel, or the „Radisson Blu Hotel Hamburg“, which is located directly next to the university, TV tower and trade fair.
As you can see: Hamburg offers MICE planners numerous possibilities for their event. This is just a small selection and there are many more to discover. And we want to support you in doing so. Have you become interested in our city? Then get in touch with us!