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July City Events in Hamburg

Hamburg in July is a busy city. From the excitement of the Dextro Energy Triathlon to beery fun on Astra Day with music and shopping in between means that even those with the energy to enter a triathlon will be exhausted come August! Have a look at the best bits of July:

1. Dextro Energy Triathlon Hamburg, city wide – 20th – 21st July

For all fitness nuts out there we will start with something to get your heart going. The Dextro Energy Triathlon is the world’s largest with around 10,000 athletes taking part. The course is naturally across the whole city so you should be able to get a view from wherever you are in the Hamburg. The swimming part of the course will be in the Alster Lake, the bike section is a long thin course along the River Elbe up to Jenischpark and back then the final running stretch is a flattish course up the North side of the larger Alster Lake. The city will be packed with spectators and runners so be prepared to jostle for a good spot.

2. Astra Day at St Pauli Landungsbrücken – 28th July

The St Pauli Landungsbrücken is the venue for one huge festival in Hamburg this July. Astra Day is an overload of live music, entertainment and of course Astra beer. Astra beer is a local brew to Hamburg from under the Carlsberg banner. So if you happen to be in Hamburg at the end of July you can get a pint or two down at the Landungsbrücken come rain or shine.

3. Hamburg Christopher Street Day, city wide – 27th July – 4th August

Another huge festival day is the Christopher Street Day Parade. During Pride week in Hamburg the highlight is of course the street party and parade on the 3rd August. Starting at the end of Lange Reihe which is just down the road from Generator Hamburg, through the centre of the city along Steinstrabe then it loops back up to circumnavigate the Binnenalster. Finishing with a final Flourish at the street festival at Jungfernstieg and Ballindamm where the party goes on into the late evening. So grab your rainbow trousers and show your support for LGBT in Hamburg.

4. Hamburg Dom at Heiligengeistfeld – 19th July – 18th August

Let your inner child go wild at Hamburg Dom this July. A month long fair in the heart of Hamburg, need we say more? Highlights from the SpringDom include thrill rides like the Olympia, Wild mouse, Atlantis Rafting and Sky Dance, we can’t even list them all here. The atmosphere is amazing and it is free to get in. Even if you don’t fancy any of the rides you can still enjoy the show and the place is lit up beautifully at night. You can get a bite to eat at one of the snack bars dotted around and you can even get a beer! Hold on tight for the ride of your life!


5. Jean Leppien. From the Bauhaus to the Mediterranean at Kunsthalle – All Month

Culture shock now with some art at the Kunsthalle. Jean Leppien was one of Germany’s foremost abstract artists and was a pupil of Paul Klee at the Bauhaus. After fleeing in Nazi Germany in 1933 he eventually settled in post war France where the abstract movement was well under way. Leppien specialized in geometric shapes and this exhibition shows paintings from every parts of his career. So if you like your art contemporary and a little on the weird side then Leppien is your man!

6. Devendra Banhart at Gruenspan – 3rd July

A young man with such a huge artistic talent it barely fits in his body is Devendra Banhart. You may have heard one of his more recent songs “Never Seen Such Good Things” from his new album “Mala”. Banhart started off just playing his sound on the street in San Francisco, and then recorded a few songs which turned into an album that got him his first international recognition. If you are looking for a chilled out night with some top tunes this is for you.

7. Designer Market at Hafen City – Every Saturday

Looking for something to do on Saturday that is free and interesting? You can’t go far wrong with a stroll around the Designer market in Hafen City. At Hamburg’s first “green” office the Unilever Building on Strandkai 1 you will find a huge market with all sorts of original items. Everything from clothes and jewellery to prints and even furniture can be found under one roof. Take a break for a coffee and delicious pastry at HB’s cafe. Enjoy stunning views of the Harbour and catch some rays on the sun terrace. We can’t think of a more delightful way to spend a Saturday.

8. International Garden Show Hamburg at Elbe island Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg – All Month

Now for a breath of fresh air. Wilhelmsburg is just across from Hafen City and really easy to reach by S Bahn. Right outside the main station a brand new and contemporary bridge will take you to the huge park dedicated to the International Garden Show. It’s not free to get in so it is probably worth planning spending the day there. You can take a picnic or grab something to eat at one of the eateries on site. The theme is “Around the World in 80 Gardens” which makes for a wonderful mix of plants and shrubs that wouldn’t normally be seen together. It is especially lovely to see the flowers in their entire riotous colour. So if you are of a green fingered bent or just want a calm day out then this is for you.

9. German Open Hamburg at Rothenbaum Stadium – 13th – 21st July

Summer is the season for tennis and the German Open in Hamburg is one of the biggest and oldest tennis tournaments in Europe. Some of the top names in the sport have competed here like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl so you will certainly see some fast action on the courts. One of the highlights is the Legends Match, this year between Mats Wilander vs. Michael Stich. Last year’s winner was Argentinean Juan Mónaco, who beat German Tommy Haas in two straight sets. And this year at least 6 of the top 20 tennis players in the world will be competing.

10. Retox at Hafenklang – 8th July

Let’s round off with a gig. Hafenklang is one of Hamburg’s foremost clubs with a reputation for varied but top quality music. So you are guaranteed a great night with Retox here. This American band is fronted by Justin Pearson one of the most prolific music makers on the West Coast, most famously from The Locusts. If you like hardcore punk then you will love this four piece group. Retox is a classic rock line up of shouty drums, a couple of twisted guitars and a lead singer who really, really, really needs you to hear the lyrics. The latest tune “The World is Ending and It’s About Time” is awesome.

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