I’m a whole lot of naughty and nice in one perfectly formed Hamburg hostel package. In this city that truly never sleeps I’m found in the hip, happening St Georg area next door to the main railway station. All Hamburgers know the varied secrets of this little gem of a city and I can share them with you. Naughty or nice, I’ll let you decide. I am Generator Hamburg and I am much, much, much more than a hostel.
Wi-Fi on the Fly
It’s fast and free when using your own device. And lucky got you then as it’s on offer throughout most of the hostel in Hamburg. Internet terminals are also available for a small charge. Who says there’s no surfing in the city?
Generator Bar in Hamburg
Beers in Hamburg don’t come any better than mine. There’s also a hostel happy hour, try Astra, the cities local brew. See you at the Generator bar from 5pm-2am everyday. Although, everyday is probably a bit much.
The adventure starts here, even when you’re lounging around the hostel in Hamburg. Open all day, everyday. Make new friends; meet old friends … pretty much do what you like…. It’s a lounge people.
Breakfasts in Hamburg. Go all Continental
The most important meal of the day, the Generator way. When going continental, eat continental. For a small charge, try the breakfast at the café from 7am to 11am. Add some extra rise and shine to your day in the Hostel in Hamburg.
Dinner is served. See you from 12 midday every day for what has been described the finest dining experience of any hostel in the world probably. We also cater for large groups so get your order in now.
So you’ve gone nocturnal, partied all night and now have the midnight munchies. Well fear not there’s a host of vending machines in the hostel in Hamburg to serve everything you could ever want at 3am (Also munchable at all other times).
The New Generation of Rooms and Beds in Hamburg
Power Shower Rooms in Hamburg
Private showers with unbelievable powers are available on every floor in the hostel in Hamburg, so there’s no excuse for not blowing away the cobwebs the morning after the night before.
Re-Generate 24 Hour Laundry
Looking sharp is what you’re all about. It’s a 24/7 business. Good job that the laundry room is open for you to wash, dry and iron yourself into a suitably fashionable state 24/7 too then.
24 Hour Reception
Help is at hand with the 24-hour reception in the Hamburg hostel. There’s always a very helpful person around to let you in, keep you safe, offer directions or best of all tell you the Reeperbahn.
Safe and sound. That’s the best place for your luggage. So we lock it up in a little room (it’s actually bigger than you’d think) where only you can get access to it. And for all you who want to go green we even have a tremendous bicycle storage facility, which will keep your two wheels rolling.
The world is your oyster. From planning your way around the city with a walking tour to the next step on your world tour, there’s a lot of help at hand in this little gem of the Generator.
From our blog!
Guest Blog: 72 Hours in Hamburg
Day 1: Fish Market We'd heard that the fish market was a must-see attraction in Hamburg, so we all begrudgingly set our alarms for an early start of 6.30 a.m. This didn't turn out quite as we'd planned though... as we got a wake up call from Grace at 7.45 a.m…uh oh. I, along with Grace, was the only ones who managed this early start and headed off to the fish market. The journey from the Generator Hostel we were staying at was surprisingly easy and quick, we jumped on an S-Bahn from the Central Station (minutes from our hostel) and were there within 20 minutes. It was a fine day and we had a pleasant walk to arrive at the bustling fish market. It was a welcome surprise to see that the market was still super busy – we had expected our late arrival to mean that we missed the action. So we made our way down to the market, which not only sold fish but a variety of clothes, jewellery, coffees and other such tidbits. We grabbed a coffee and a German pastry from two stalls on our walk, then gravitated towards some rock music that we could here. This led us to a large building which had two stages at either end and lots of tables which were all full. To describe the atmosphere, I'd have to say it was noisy because all the vendors were shouting out trying to sell their various deals and bargains! The market is a fish-lovers dream – everywhere we walked there were adults and children alike enjoying their fish sandwiches. Yum yum! The rest of the group got a few more precious hours of sleep and met us at Breakfast in the Hamburg hostel. We then decided to go to Miniatur Wunderland, which was an attraction that had also been recommended to us. And so we got the train to Baumwall and walked along the river to the site of the Miniatur Wunderland (it was around a 10 minute walk). When we arrived – at around 12.20 p.m. – we were told that we could not get tickets for another few hours and so we decided to book for the next morning. Lunch Before going to see the Rathaus, we went for lunch at an Italian restaurant called Mama Trattoria. The food was delicious with us sampling pasta, salad and pizza – all of us arguing that our dish was the best. Rathaus After this slight detour we walked to the Rathaus (which translates into English as ‘council house’). The walk was very pleasant and we found a lovely sculpture en route which we decided to climb – I found this highly entertaining and we took lots of pictures. The Rathaus was a beautiful area and there was a pop-up China Town in the square, with the authentic music from a Chinese stringed instrument which added to the atmosphere. Dinner For dinner, we decided to go to St Pauli. Before flying out, we'd heard a lot about this famous region of Hamburg, so we were excited to see what all the fuss was about. We expected a busy and youthful area, so we were a little surprised when it was not nearly as lively as we'd imagined. However some of the locals we spoke to told us that Hamburg became "eerily quiet" on Sundays – so take that as a warning! After roaming the area (rather thoroughly!) we decided on Gloe on Detlev-Bremer-Strasse, a small restaurant we were attracted to for the reasonable prices and friendly and helpful staff. The food was hearty and scrumptious, and we had a German beer to accompany our meal called Astra. Bars To cap off a wonderful day, we stumbled upon an open bar area, and so chose one bar which was playing some dancehall and reggae music called Sommersalon. Inside it was eccentric to say the least – there was a Mary-Poppins-style upside-down living room on the ceiling and a Nintendo 64 where you could play Super Mario on a small TV from the 90s. Happy Hour was the longest we'd ever encountered – it lasted from 1800 till midnight. Then we decided to explore the area and came across a more traditional bar called Albers, where the friendly Australian owner told us a bit more about where the hotspots in Hamburg were. From there, we walked up about 400m to find the famous Beatles-Platz – where the Beatles played regularly while they were trying to make a name for themselves. On our way we had the pleasure of seeing an endless number of strip clubs and "sexy clubs". These amused us. Day 2: Miniatur Wunderland We woke up at 9 a.m. to have breakfast and set off to Miniatur Wunderland – the world’s largest railway exhibition. We expected it to be big but not as big as it was – the Wunderland was divided into seven different sections such as America, Scandinavia and Hamburg. We really enjoyed this as it was so detailed and it amazed us that the people working there could make such miniscule objects – the thousands of human figurines, trees and train carriages were each perfected down to the tiniest detail. Most of us enjoyed it at the beginning but then found it pretty monotonous, however the engineer, Keith, found it thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish! St Michaelis church We then wended our way to the church St Michaelis, the most famous church in Hamburg, and paid 4 Euros to walk up the tower. After climbing for what seemed like forever, we reached the top and took in the breathtaking sights. Although we decided that the views were ‘clouded’ by the cloudy weather, we were proud of ourselves for walking up so many stairs so patted ourselves on the back. Lunch For lunch we went to a recommended restaurant called Edelcurry (near Alster), which has won an award for their currywurst… the chips were really crunchy and tasty and the currywurst lived up to our expectations! Alster As we were so close to Alster, we decided to walk around the lake. It was a lovely day and so it was perfect for this. Our feet were rather sore and so we stopped off at a cafe on the lake for a drink and a rest. Next to the cafe there were peddle boats for hire for 16 euros a day for four people – we were very tempted by this offer but our weary legs refused! Dinner Dinner time! We went to a tapas restaurant simply called Tapas on Schulterbaltt and ordered a sharing platter with a selection of scrummy tapas. Our personal favourite was the calamari, nomnom! Bars We then moved on to Bar Moraba for drinks which had a lovely loungy area in the back and had some very interesting cocktails. Then we bopped over to Die Herren Simpel – another bar – which also had inventive cocktails such as the Red Bird which was lip-smackingly good – it was a great end to our night. Day 3: Bikes Our final day in Germany! We decided that we couldn't leave Germany without hiring bikes, so we went to the Central Station and found that the Germans have their very own versions of Boris Bikes, but they were red. After struggling slightly trying to work out how to get the bike out of its stand, we were all set to go and explore the city on our bikes. We have to point out that if you live in London and like us have a wee phobia of riding bikes out on the big bad roads, Hamburg's system is completely safe in comparison. Most of the cycle lanes are on the pavements and operate on a one-way system so you don't have to worry about crashing into other cyclists. Botanical Gardens We rode to the famous botanical gardens which were vast and beautiful, with many water features, lakes and of course plants. We dismounted our bikes to have a browse in the greenhouse there which was super hot but housed a variety of tropical flowers and trees. We also stopped when we saw a small kid and his dad playing an odd game which involved shooting water at a ball to try and get it into a bucket. When we started we were all sure that the game was impossible because it was too hard, but after we had our first success the goals kept on rolling! We stayed there a bit too long considering that we are all over-18… So overall the Botanical Gardens were a really fun place to go with bikes! We also had a quick ride around Alster where the tranquil atmosphere was really enjoyable. Lunch We returned to the Sternstrasse area for lunch and we went to a small café called Kostbar. This was one of our greatest discoveries as it was affordable, the food was delectable and the staff was friendly; it ticked all the boxes really! We were having such a nice time that we realised too late that we were running out of time to rush back to the hostel and go to the airport. Once we were on the train we finally allowed ourselves to take a breath and take in how much we'd done in a short few days! Naomi , Anna, Bea, Grace and Keith visisted Hamburg for Generator Hostels and shared their experience. 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Hamburg introduces culture and tourism tax
From the 1st January 2013 the City of Hamburg introduced a culture and tourism tax. This means that all reservations made from 1st January 2013 will include an additional charge. The tax is calculated on net price and charged per guest and the accommodation reserved: up to 10€…………………………………………..…0€ up to 25€……………………………………..….....0.50€ up to 50€……………………………………….…….1€ up to 100€……………………………………….…..2€ up to 150€……………………………………….…..3€ up to 200€……………………………………….……4€ For each additional 50€, the corresponding culture and tourism tax is raised by one €. Here’s an example: If a room at the Hamburg hostel is booked with a price amounting to 150€ by two or three persons, culture and tourism tax is calculated as follows: 150€ : 2 (persons) = 75€ = 2€ tax x 2 = altogether 4€ tax 150€ : 3 (persons) = 50€ = 1€ tax x 3 = altogether 3€ tax There are exceptions: Overnight stays related to an essential business occasion will not be taxed and the tax only applies to short-term accommodation with a duration of less than two months. The tax is only be applicable to bookings confirmed after the 1st January 2013. All existing bookings confirmed in 2012 for 2013 are exempt from any charges. For more information, please contact us or visit www.hamburg.de/steuernread more