By Deniz Yaşar, who arrived in Hamburg to complete a masters in energy efficiency four years ago and fell in love with the special city; one that appeals to his love for sustainability, bicycle repairs and Jazz.Edited by Jessica Wright
From being a veritable waterworld, and easiest to travel by eco-friendly means – namely bicycle and on foot – to the niche jazz clubs only those in the know can locate, Hamburg is a mix of all my favourite things, which goes a long way in explaining why I have been here for four years! Another thing I love most about this special place is the fact that among the more world-famous attractions – a few of which you will find here – are a variety of cool and unusual things to do in Hamburg that you’d likely never discover without insider help. The sense of maritime charm that Hamburg is so well known for is so perfectly accompanied by a spirit of revolution and an alternative undertone that permeates the city, allowing quirky neighbourhoods and arty hangouts to flourish in old fishing villages and trade areas. To help you discover some of the wonderful and weird things to do in Hamburg I’ve compiled this Hamburg alternative guide, the help of which I hope will lead you to the lesser-known nooks and crannies of the city and a few of many spectacular Hamburg hidden gems.