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Regional specialities

Plate of red fruit compote with vanilla sauce
Hamburg is a food lover's delight. Choose from dishes ranging from fresh fish in a harbourside restaurant to every kind of international speciality.

Labskaus is a hearty but healthy stew that originated on board ship at a time when the great sailing ships had to take provisions for voyages lasting months on end. Labskaus is served with rollmop herrings, fried egg and pickled gherkins, and should be washed down with beer and schnapps.

Hamburg "aalsuppe" (eel soup) is a stock made from meat cooked on the bone garnished with vegetables and most importantly, dried fruit. Its typical sweet and sour taste comes from the addition of vinegar.

Red fruit compote ("rote grütze") consists of blackcurrants, raspberries and cherries boiled with water then sieved to remove the pips and sweetened with sugar and thickened using cornflour. It is served with custard, cream or cold milk.

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Highlights in brief

  • Shopping
    Mönckebergstrasse, Spitalerstrasse and Neuer Wall
  • Fish market
    Long-established market for night owls and early risers
  • Harbour
    Second largest container centre in Europe, Outer and Inner Alster, Alsterpark
  • St. Pauli
    Entertainment district
  • Town hall
    Magnificent neo-classical building and seat of the state government
  • St Michael's Church („Michel“)
    Oldest and most beautiful baroque church in northern Germany Planten und Blomen
    Botanical gardens
  • Hagenbeck zoo
  • Kunsthalle art gallery, "art museum mile"
  • Warehouse district
    Largest historical warehouse complex in the world