While there are numberless activities to be done during your stay in Hamburg, we would like to offer a few recommendations for your free time. All of the following activities can easily be undertaken by oneself (with the restriction that some websites and events are only available in German). Therefore, and due to the variety of interests and time constraints, it is practical that one selects options depending on individual preferences. Only the industry tours are organized as a part of the conference. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your Hamburg visit.
This is a well-known annual street fair with food, drinks, live music, and fireworks.
It takes place Sept 1–4 (Thursday–Sunday) around the Binnenalster (city center).
Recently Hamburg's Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus district has been named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 15 warehouses on the Elbe River as well as the nearby Kontorhaus district with the Chilehaus reflect the city's historical maritime, industrial architecture in the style of (German) Brick Expressionism. The conference reception on Wednesday evening takes place at the Kaispeicher B (International Maritime Museum).
The Speicherstadt constitutes the northern part of the HafenCity. Directly to the south, old port warehouses of the former Freihafen (free port) are being replaced mainly by new office buildings and residential areas within a huge rebuilding project (InfoCenter Kesselhaus). This quarter also includes the new iconic landmark, the Elbphilharmonie, which has almost been completed (opening: January 2017).
Besides the International Maritime Museum Hamburg has more than 60 museums. This includes the Ballinstadt (emigration), the Miniatur Wunderland (the largest model railway in the world), the Prototyp Musum (rare cars, in particular Porsches), and the Speicherstadtmuseum.
In the conference week Hamburg's largest theaters (such as Deutsches Schauspielhaus and Thalia Theater) and the opera house (Staatsoper) are closed due to summer shutdown. Hamburg is famous for its four grand musical theaters; current musicals are Das Wunder von Bern, Disneys der König der Löwen, Disneys Aladdin, and Liebe stirbt nie ‐ Phantom II. At the Reeperbahn (St. Pauli) three popular theaters are the Schmidtchen, Schmidts Tivoli und Schmidt Theater.
St. Pauli/Reeperbahn: Formerly mainly a red light district, nowadays a mixed nightlife and tourist district with many bars, clubs, cabarets, (musical) theatres, and restaurants.
Schanzenviertel: Adjacent to St. Pauli to the north, the trendy 'Schanze' district mainly attracts locals with numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs (in the streets Schulterblatt, Schanzenstraße, Susannenstraße und Bartelsstraße).
Landungsbrücken (St. Pauli Piers): Alter Elbtunnel, Blockbräu (with a nice Terrace in the case of good weather), Bars with splendid views on the harbour such as the '20up' (Empire Riverside Hotel) or the 'Tower Bar' (Hotel Hafen Hamburg).
Relaxing at the Elbstrand, visting Blankenese, or a canoe trip on the Alster.