all about the Elbphilharmonie!

Hamburg is for sure the city we mostly visited the past 20 years!

We love this compact and very clean German City with that very special feeling around the river Elbe. Along Hafencity  you'll find many new restaurants and hotel openings every year.

The Sir Nikolai is a brand new boutique hotel and it's restaurant Izakaya a great location for an excellent asian dinner.

Of course after finally finished, you must absolutely visit the Elbphilharmonie where you can enjoy a fantastic view over the city and the Elbe.

Yes, the natives of Hamburg were quite upset during the construction phase of the Elbphilharmonie. This because the previous budget of 77 Million Euro finally reached a total coast of 866 Million Euro.  But right after the opening thousands of people wanted to see this fantastic Masterpiece. To see a concert it's recommended to order tickets a long time ahead.

Tips for To Dos and recommended activities
  • go shopping along the Mönckebergstrasse up to Jungfernstieg and all the Arcades
  • go jogging around the Alster and get a coffee at the Alster Café
  • see the "Elfi" which is after all finalised!
  • take the Train to Blankenese, walk back along the Elbe
  • go to the Teufelsbrücke Café or hang around the Strandperle, a small beach Café in Oevelgönne
  • go to the fish market on Landungsbrücke on a Sunday morning
  • walk around the new harbour area
Tips for where to eat and recommended restaurants

IZAKAYA at Hotel Sir Nikolai

Those fascinated by innovative culinary concepts have a new place to get together at a fantastic location directly by the Nikolaifleet canal. Izakaya presents modern Japanese cuisine with South American influences – it’s an outstanding shared-dining concept. Izakaya is located on the ground floor of the new boutique hotel Sir Nikolai. Upon entering, the eye is drawn subtly to the restaurant towards the back of the former kontor building, where the brushed steel ceiling takes on a flowing, water-like form making guests feel as though they were gently floating. 


Coast by East

The coast is located in the heart of the HafenCity. Close to the cruise ship terminal and boasting an unobstructed view of the Elbphilharmonie is the coast - Seafood, Grill & Bar, located at the HafenCity's Marco Polo Terrassen. The coast introduces elements of the east, the award-winning design hotel and restaurant near the Reeperbahn, to the HafenCity. Enjoy balanced and healthy Asian food in an exceptional atmosphere with a view at the "Elbphilharmonie" at coast by east HafenCity. On the floor below, you'll find coast enoteca which, as with the hotel, is also open all year round.


Brian's Steak & Lobster

this is a great easy going restaurant in a Californian style. The Interior is all from Riviera Maison and the waiters wear mostly beards!

If you feel like eating lobster or having a burger...everything is prepared in a Josper Stove and smells smoky and tasty


Restaurant Au Quai

This Restaurant is right at the Harbour where you can watch the big cruise ships!

Since opening the restaurant, the team at Au Quai has grown steadily, only recently with the addition of restaurant manager Osvaldo Ferilli –„pure relaxation“ - and head chef Lukas Ben Schröder, 28 years old and our man for Zeitgeist.


Rive Bistro

Classic Seafood Restaurant with a huge terrace and nice views on the river Elbe.

Attention they only take American Express and no other credit Cards!

Also in 2017 the restaurant has earned 15 points from Gault Millau!

Tips for where to sleep and recommended hotels

Hotel Sir Nikolai

Located between Altstadt and Hafencity on Nikolaifleet, one of Hamburg’s oldest canals, Sir Nikolai is artisanal charm at a sophisticated, new standard. 

The rooms are very cosy and spacious. Absolutely have dinner at the fantastic IZAKAYA which celebrates a Japanese-Peruvian fare


Hotel Ameron Speicherstadt

The hotel is close to the Harbour City and just about 10 min walk to the shopping street Mönckebergstrasse.

Try to book a spacious Junior Suite on the top floor!


The design concept of AMERON Hotel Speicherstadt was created by the prestigious interior architects firms of GEPLAN DESIGN and FINE ROOMS, providing an interplay of forms, colours and materials which gives the hotel its unified and harmonious overall identity.


Clipper Elblodge

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the port! 
Stay at the stylish serviced apartments of the Clipper Elb-Lodge at Hamburg’s Holzhafen, right on the Elbe. Kick off your morning by exploring the nearby cycling and walking tracks along the riverbank, or jump aboard Hamburg Sightseeing Bus 111.