I popped to Hamburg in Germany last weekend to visit a dear friend. Since I was heavily relying on my friend’s local knowledge to guide me through Hamburg so I did what a good tourist would do when visit a new place, I read absolutely nothing about Hamburg, I didn’t even bring a map of the city with me. First thing, first, finding the hotel. Speaking from a woman who has no sense of direction and often reads maps up side down. I was really proud of myself that I found my hotel without any help. It wasn’t that hard really, turn left from the Hamburg Central Station then straight down the road for about 3 minutes but hey, it’s a small step for mankind but a big leap for womankind.
Did you know The Beatles’ had their haircut also know as mop-top in a barber shop in Hamburg? The barber shop is located between the Erotic Art Museum that features the black and white photos of the most famous German prostitute who’s glorious bosom can really put any woman into shame and a Germany pub that is filled with full of British guys on stag parties, welcome to the Hamburg’s red light district, the Reeperbahn.
Did you know there are a few long sandy beaches in Hamburg? My friend took us to a beach for a walk near her place. There is no palm trees on the beach or seagulls hover above you. What you see is quite different from any standard beach you normally expect. Huge container ships passing through and heavy industrial machines moving the containers around the harbour. If you are a container ship spotter, then you’re in heaven!
Did you know part of James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies was filmed in Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg? ( I didn’t know) One of the most memorable is the stunt scene in which Pierce Brosnan – or rather his stunt double – climbs from the Atlantic Suite to the globe on the roof of the hotel after Bond killed Dr. Kaufman. The hotel is certainly magnificent in every single way. The hotel bar is legendary, of course, you should have a martini there, shaken or stirred? It’s totally up to you. Why don’t you have both? If you book early enough, you should expect to pay 150 Euro for a double room for a night’s stay which is very reasonable for a five star hotel.
Did you know the public transports are very much on time in Hamburg? Speaking from my own experience, I was trying to catch the bus from my friend’s place to go back to the hotel, I was 30 seconds late than the official timetable, no, the bus’s gone, I could see the butt of the bus waving me goodbye, thanks a lot. Unlike London buses, you’re 30 seconds late, there are only two possible scenarios, one, the bus comes 30 minutes late; two, the bus has left 15 minutes early. It’s a lottery, no wonder there are so many gamblers in London.
Did you know the term hamburger originally derived from Hamburg? No surprise there, right? If you think I’m wrong, please don’t blame it on me, blame Wikipedia.