April City Events in Hamburg
The International Garden Show – Opens 26th April
The opening of the International Garden show on the Elbe island Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg will present the imaginative ideas of gardeners, breeders and landscape architects and this year, carries the motto “Around the World in 80 Gardens” . Enjoy the fascinating 80 gardens, exciting sports and leisure facilities as well as the educational and cultural events.
After all that walking around, you may want to chill and listen to some music. The International Garden show in Hamburg will also offer visitors an exciting daily cultural programme with concerts, exhibitions and participatory events. Four stages alone provide a highly diverse cultural programme ranging from folklore dance to classical concerts and pop. All performances are free of charge and included in the garden show ticket. Specifically labelled events require a special ticket.
The garden show site is located directly at the S-Bahn station “Wilhelmsburg” and can be reached with the lines S3 and S31, 4 stops from central station.
Hamburg is one of those cities that you can quite happily get lost in. There is so much to do that it could be difficult to pick and chose. So let us help you and check out our favourite things to see and do in April in Hamburg:
1. Haspa Hamburg Marathon, city wide – 21st April
How about an athletic start? If you are in the city on the 21st April then it will be difficult to miss the Haspa Hamburg Marathon as many of the main roads will be closed for much of the day. But why not get into the spirit and make a day of it? You could take a walk around some of the prettier parts of the 40km course around the Alster Lake or one of Hamburg’s parks. Or just find a good table at a cafe along the route and cheer any runners that happen to come along whilst you are sipping your coffee.
2. Endurance Hamburg Marathon Sports Exhibition at Hamburg Messe – 19th – 20th April
If you are a bit of a fitness freak and know the importance of having 12 different pairs of trainers then check out the endurance Hamburg Marathon Sports Exhibition. The Hamburg Messe will be gearing up for the marathon, and during the weekend before you will get the chance to look at the latest in sports technology and gear.
3. Carly Rae Jepsen at O2 world – 2nd April
Carly Rae Jepsen you say, who is that? You know that girl who did that song that you can’t get out of your head. That girl is a Canadian born singer-songwriter and that song is “Call Me Maybe”. She is taking herself off on tour to show the world her talents aren’t limited to impossibly popular international earworms. Of course, we know this already as she was a runner up in Canadian Idol a couple of years ago, but still managed to produce her own debut album and is now on her second “Kiss”. And just because we know you like it here is that song “Call Me Maybe” again.
4. NORDANTIQUE Antiques and Fine Art Exhibition at Hamburg Messe – 19th – 21st April
The same weekend as the marathon is also Nordantique at the Messe. So leave all those sweaty athletes to their running and take a gentle and above all leisurely walk around one of the largest art and antiques fairs in Germany. Twice a year Hamburg is host to the fair which brings in tourists from all over Europe to see more than 70 renowned art dealers. If you are looking to pick up something with a bit of history and class there will be all sorts of stuff on show from antique furniture, paintings and sculptures to cutlery and crockery, as well as watches and jewellery.
5. Hamburger SV vs SC Freiburg at Imtech Stadium – 6th April
If you are following the Bundesliga then you will known that Hamburg SV are doing pretty well, currently 7th in the table after a draw in their last game. Unfortunately, SC Freiburg is doing a bit better in 5th place – yet they only have one more point so there’s everything to play for. This is an important match for Hamburg as the season starts to draw to a close. The atmosphere in the city is likely to be tense and home fans are looking for the win. Why not revel in the atmosphere of locals on the edge of their seats – and the inevitable party which will break out if Hamburg SV win?
6. Wrongkong at Uebel & Dangerous Tower Room – 21st April
Wrongkong are an international mix of German and Canadian talent who produce some of the best electronic music on the scene. Their sound is very much indie – pop with a large chunk of electronic thrown in for good measure and it is definitely working. Possibly it is the clear vocals of lead singer Cyrena Dunbar or could it be the unusual instrument combinations that make the difference. As well as great dance tunes their latest album “So Electric” also features some more thoughtful and dreamy tracks. So just go and see them for a great night.
7. Hot Corner – St Pauli The Musical at Schatto Tivoli – All Month
A visit to Hamburg is not complete without at least a stroll down the Reeperbahn and a trip to one of the notorious clubs in the St Pauli district. So while you are there pop in to the Schatto Tivoli theatre for a real treat. The story of the musical is all about the denizens of St Pauli and what they get up to. The Hot Corner is the local takeaway frequented by some interesting characters like the Pinneberger guys Mikie, Frankie and Pitter, Hannelore from the night shift or the ladies of the night Nadja, Sylvie and Martina. They all pop in to enjoy a Currywurst and dish the dirt on their lives.
8. Pixar 25 Years of Animation at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe – All Month
Who could forget Toy Story one of the very first fully computer animated full length films? We cried at the end of Finding Nemo when he got his dad back. And the little girl in Monsters Inc was just adorable. If you can’t resist a good storyline and an animated movie then this exhibition is for you. Pixar are opening the doors a little to let us inside and see the art behind the magic. After 25 years they are still getting it right. To Infinity and beyond…
9. 8 To The Bar at Cotton Club – 29th April
How about some real toe-tapping American jazz and blues to get you in the mood at the end of April? Go and see 8 To The Bar at the Cotton Club in Hamburg and you will be transported back to the swinging 40’s and 50’s. The Cotton Club is one of Hamburg’s leading jazz and swing clubs and they have live music nearly every night. Although the venue is reached by going down some winding stairs into a barely lit room, it doesn’t feel like a dive. It is more like going into someone’s living room that is a bit worn and has undoubtedly seen loads of action. The band is compromised of 3 guys from Hamburg who are simply in love with the jazz sound. And if you were wondering “8 to the bar” is a reference to the style of infectious boogie woogie music they play.
10. The Caveman at Schatto Tivoli – 7th – 10th April
And now for a little comedy. We have already mentioned the Schatto Tivoli as a good theatre venue so treat yourself at the beginning of the month to The Caveman. This is an extremely clever stand up play based on the original “Defending the Caveman” by Rob Becker. It has been reincarnated by many comics and it is a secret insight into the workings of men and women, so if you go with your other half be careful not to laugh too much.