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Hamburg waterway at night

What are the fun “things” or activities that people in Hamburg do for fun?

Outdoor Activities
Take a walk along the Elbe and/or Alster lake.

outer Alster Lake

Segway/ Bike along the harbour line.
Rent a Segway here
Rent a bike here

biking at HafenCity quarter

Canooeing/ Kayaking/ Boating/ Sailing on the Alster

Alster boat trip

Stand-up-Paddling on the Alster

canoeing and stand-up paddling on Inner Alster Lake

Play golf or minigolf at the Golf Lounge Hamburg

Urban life
Stroll along the Reeperbahn and have drinks/ go clubbing

the Reeperbahn at night

Individual shopping/ have drinks/ go out at Schanzenviertel (more information here)

shopping at Karolinenviertel

Visit DYI- or handmade products markets (more information here)

Hamburg flea market

Amusement/ Other activities
Hamburg DOM amusement fair

Hamburger DOM roundabout night shot

Hamburg Christmas markets

Miniature Wonderland


the historic warehouse district of Speicherstadt

What's one thing the public probably does NOT know about Hamburg?

Hamburg had coffee houses before Vienna and up until today we are proud to be the most important coffee trading city in Europe.

Hamburg has more bridges than Amsterdam, Venice and London combined!

Hamburg has been a port of emigration for many people to New York in the 19th century.

What has Hamburg contributed to the world?

The Hamburger
There are more than one theories and none is proven solely. Many believed the theory that the first hamburger originated in Hamburg as a circular cut of solid beef in a Kaiser roll with brown sauce, the so called "Rundstück warm." As it left the port of Hamburg sailors began requesting it and immigrants from all over Europe brought it from the transatlantic port Hamburg to the new world which included the U.S.. After it went out into the world, it came back to the port as more as a meatloaf – similar to the hamburger today. Proof for this theory would be that in 1842 an American cookbook published a recipe of a ground beef patty under the name Hamburger Steak.

Nivea Crème (Beiersdorf)
NIVEA is one of the world’s most trusted skincare brands. It all began in Hamburg in 1911, when the pharmacist and visionary entrepreneur Dr. Oscar Troplowitz recognised the potential in Eucerit, an emulsifier developed by the chemist Dr. Isaac Lifschütz. Eucerit made it possible to bind water and oil into a stable cream, and was first intended for use in the medical field. Dermatologist Prof. Paul Gerson Unna appreciated Dr. Lifschütz’s expertise in his field and introduced him to Dr. Troplowitz, who immediately recognized that the water-in-oil emulsion would make the perfect basis for a cosmetic skin cream. All it needed now was a name. To find it, Dr. Troplowitz didn’t need to look any further than the cream itself. Inspired by its snow-white colour, he called it NIVEA – a name derived from the Latin words nix (snow) and nivis (of snow). Finally, the years of research and creativity had paid off. In December of 1911, NIVEA was launched. Since then, Hamburg has always been the site of the headquarter of Beiersdorf and the biggest production site for the NIVEA crème.

Modern Television
Manfred von Ardenne from Hamburg came up with the idea of using a fast flying spot generated by the Braun tube for scanning images. On Christmas Eve 1930 he achieved the first all-electronic television transmissions with Braun tubes at the transmitter and at the receive. At the 1931 Berlin Broadcasting Trade Fair, Manfred von Ardenne presented his all-electronic television transmissions to the public. According to Walter Bruch, the inventor of colour television, that event was the world premiere of today's TV technology with electron beams.

The year 1931 marks the beginning of today's electronic television sets.

Cruise Shipping
Hapag-lloyd is one of the largest container shipping campanies with strong relations to the Americas. Hapag-Lloyd AG was formed 1970 as a result of the merger of Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (Hapag) and North German Lloyd (NDL). But the origins of these shipping lines go back much further: Hapag was founded in Hamburg in 1847 by local merchants and NDL in Bremen in 1857. The lines initially carried mainly European emigrants eager to start a new life in America. The relationship between Hapag and NDL was for a long time something special, for while they were competitors, from the 19th century onwards they both repeatedly established joint ventures. Under its Director-General Albert Ballin (1857-1918), who is also credited with having invented the cruise, Hapag rose to the top of the world shipping sector around the turn of the century in terms of tonnage, while NDL became the shipping line carrying the largest number of passengers.

Tesa Film
Tesa’s success story begins with the unsuccessful development of an adhesive bandage. Paul C. Beiersdorf, a pharmacist, was at work on the bandage when Dr. Oscar Troplowitz took over the lab from the company’s founder, in 1890. The bandage adhered excellently, but was irritating to skin. Troplowitz made a virtue of necessity and, in 1896, launched the first technical adhesive tape. Today tesa is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of self-adhesive product and system solutions for industry, professional craftsmen, and consumers.

Mont Blanc
The start of the "modern" new century had a simulating effect on inventors and craftsmen. Ingenuity and imagination helped the fountain pen to make its technical and commercial breakthrough as a writing instrument. It was a Hamburg banker, Alfred Nehemias, and a Berlin engineer, August Eberstein, together who recognised the signs of time and decided to produce simplicissimus pens. After a short period of time Wilhelm Dziambor, Christian Lausen and later Claus Johannes Voss took over the business and thus laid the foundation for the future internationally successful company Montblanc based in Hamburg.

Even when he came from Sweden, he did the invention in Hamburg: in 1866 Alfred Nobel invited Dynamite in Hamburg. To avoid accidents with the highly explosive material he did his experiments on a float on the river Elbe.

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