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Hamburg, the second largest city of Germany, names itself a Gate to the World - usually this is only mentioned in an economic view, but otherwise this is exactly what hospitality networks are about... It's full of nice places to go out! St.Pauli is the quarter with all the nice bars, clubs, table dance and concerts!

Hospitality Networks

There is a big community in Hamburg. Like elsewhere the most active Hosts/Surfers are usually members of all networks. As the public transport in Hamburg is very well - also late at night (at least weekends) - don't hesitate to contact people from the outer parts of the city. Especially in high season (summer, public holidays, weekends ...) people living in the city center get a lot of requests (make sure you've read How to write a Request anyway).

There are regularly meetings of the hospex crowd: Every second Friday and last Thursday of a month. Everyone is welcome to join for chatting, chilling and have a drink. The usual spot is Zoe-Bar, Clemens-Schultz-Straße 96. To be sure or for "irregular" meetups check the CS group Hamburg.

Couchsurfing

The CS group Hamburg is probably the most active hospex group in Hamburg. All kind of meetings, partys, exhibitions, concerts, hiking trips and other events are announced there on a regular basis. Furthermore it's a marketplace for all kind of needs, ideas and questions.

Bewelcome

Bewelcome is still a small project, but there are already a lot of potential hosts in Hamburg - just give it a try, probably some of them are eager to use this alternative.

Hospitality Club

There is a yahoo group/mailinglist on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hchamburg/ but it's not really active anymore...

Emergency Couches

Lost? You're host cancelled your stay on short notice? An unexpected change in travel plans? Before searching for a bridge (there are a lot of them though;), try the following options:

Tips

Because of the very good public transport system, even in the night hours (see below), it's not necessary to look for a host right in the central parts of town. If you have trouble finding a free couch, check the couches more outside.

General Tips

Check Wikitravel for more infos and more places to see.

Local Guides - special hosts for special places ...

Public Transport

The Hamburger Verkehrs Verbund (HVV) offers service mostly every 5-10 minutes during daytime (8 - 20 hrs) and 20-30 minutes in early morning/late night hours. most U-Bahn or Hochbahn (subway/elevated) trains and S-Bahn (suburban) trains run during friday and saturday night every 30 minutes all night long. In addition there are special Nachtbusse (nightbusses). This means you do not have to look for hosts at the heart of the city because public transport is comfortable from most areas around.

The ticket system is a bit tricky ... First of all: usually you never leave the area "Großraum Hamburg", if you are not really leaving the town, so all tickets for "Großraum Hamburg" will be ok. Tickets are valid for all kind of transportation (s-bahn/u-bahn/bus) including the ferries on river Elbe. To save money you should have a look for day passes (also for 3 days in a row), after 9.00 am they are cheaper than for early birds. There are also tickets for small- or medium sized groups and even for two persons cheaper than two single tickets.

The website of HVV is also available in English and provides ticket prices, maps and detailed personal schedules (just enter time and adress for start and end).

Hitchhiking from Hamburg to other Destinations

To travel from Hamburg to other locations hitchhiking is a cheap solution. There are two good starting points to reach the Autobahn (highway):

  • Horner Kreisel is the right point if you want to go to Lübeck, Rostock or Berlin. You can walk to Horner Kreisel from U3 Horner Rennbahn.
  • BAT HH-Stillhorn (BAT means interstate service area) is the right point if you choose the direction Hannover or Bremen. You reach it via Bus Nr. 13 from S3 Wilhelmsburg (leave at busstop Kirchdorf (Süd)).