A Guide To Your Hamburg Stag Weekend
If you’re looking for stag adventures in Hamburg then there are some fast paced options. However in this beer loving city there are also some great stag laughs to be had at a slower pace while enjoying Hamburg’s amber nectar. A River Cruise is a great way to toast the
condemned man groom. Alternatively you can do a little sightseeing while taking the pub with you on a Beer Bike.
Best Bars in Hamburg
Bar Rossi - A cool laid back vibe, this bar has a real bohemian vibe and Hamburg’s fashionstas enjoy the shabby chic feel. A great place to get warmed up for a big night.
Gecko Bar - More than just a happy hour, the Gecko will give you a happy night. As well as the uber trendy décor you’ll find big screen sports, a pool hall, casino tables and a superb bar menu.
The Academy - Forget fancy gimmicks or pretty drinks, The Academy is a fantastic venue that survives on great beer and a superb atmosphere. It’s impossible not to have an epic night here!
March, August & November - Hamburg Dom Spread over 3 kilometres, close to the Reeperbahn a huge funfair springs to life with a distinctly Bavarian flavour.
June - Hamburg Harley Fest. Harley Davidsons or ‘Hogs’ of all shapes and sizes take over the streets in an amazing ride through, with music and street food on offer.
August - Enter the Dragon. Huge dragon boat racing event with close to 100 teams.
August - Alstervergnügen. A mammoth multicultural festival that takes over the city, expect food, music, fireworks and everything else in between.
September - Reeperbahn Festival. Hamburg’s most famous district get’s in on the festival act with top international DJs.
"I might have been born in Liverpool but I totally grew up in Hamburg."
- John Lennon
Where to Head...
Let’s not beat about the bush here. If you’re looking for stag action there’s only one place for it!
Don’t Fear the Reeperbahn...
The Reeperbahn is certainly Hamburg’s most well known district but it isn’t the den of inequity people might suspect. Modern Hamburg has turned it into a bustling tourist spot by day full of great bars, cafes, plus a few ‘interesting’ shops (they don’t sell the kind of souvenirs your girlfriend was hoping you’d bring back though). It’s a now a cool place to hang out by day and party by night.
The one thing that the Reeperbahn really is worth visiting for is its link with the Beatles, this is the city where the boys become men and really sharpened their musical skills as well as their rocker boy image.
Hamburg is the centre of Germany’s media industry including much of the nation’s TV.
Hamburg is twice the size of London.
Kevin Keegan played for FC Hamburg and introduced the Mullet to a grateful German nation who wore it to several World Cups.
A Taste of Hamburg
Eats - If you want a real taste of Bavaria (and trust us, you really should) then BlockBrau is the place for you. The large servings of great beer (brewed onsite) are only outdone by the massive portions of wholesome grub. The perfect start to a big Hamburg night out.
Drinks - When in Rome and all that… If you’re heading for Hamburg then beer is most certainly the order of the day. If you really want to get a taste for it try a Brewery Tour.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Hamburg
In Hamburg getting on ya bike is simple. A system of public bikes are dotted around in 80 city locations. Hop on a bike, the first 30 minutes are free, after that you need to pay by card.
As well as a fastidious bus network the city also benefits from and underground rail system. Of course this being Germany everything runs perfectly to time making public transport a great way to get about. To save on fairs get a group ticket or Hamburg CARD.
Price wars between airlines and the strong hand of budget carriers means Hamburg is surprisingly affordable. A flight costs less than a tank of petrol and the city is blessed with a fantastic and well priced public transport system so getting out and about is a doddle.
"Bitte" - Please
"Dank" - Thanks
"Ohrwurm" - Ear worm (meaning a song that just won’t leave your brain)
"Speckgurtel" - Bacon belt (those few extra pounds you’ve recently started carrying?)
"Ein schnapps bitte." - A schnapps please.
"Zwei schnapps bitte." - Two schnapps please.
"Viele schnapps bitte." - Lots of schnapps please.
"Ich habe einen Kater." - I have a hangover.
"Dieser Herr wird für alles zahlen." - This gentleman will pay for everything.
"Es ist ein Krokodil in meinem Badezimmer." - There's a crocodile in my bathroom.
"Gute fahrt." - Have a good trip.
27 Reasons Why Hamburg Rocks!
John Lennon - Even a Beatle loved this city and the band set up home in the Reeperbahn, John Lennon was once quoted as saying 'I was born in Liverpool, but raised in Hamburg'.
Oktoberfest - The world-renowned festival of beer isn't exclusive to Munich, lads. You can expect all the beery good times you'd find in the south of Germany right here in Hamburg, so pull on your lederhosen and find yourselves a stein!
Reeperbahn - The infamous red light district is a must for any Hamburg stag party. An amazing, vibrant and eclectic section of Hamburg life where pretty much anything goes and the groom will be decidedly nervous, wondering just what his mates might have in mind for him?!?
Mahnmal St. Nikolai - If you exclude the towering TV tower, the Mahnmal St. Nikolai is Hamburg's tallest building. It's a bit of a cultural icon in the city, and the locals will tell you that the panorama lift built into the tower provides the best view of the city's skyline. Find out more...
Second Largest - Hamburg is Germany's second largest city, only Berlin can beat its whopping population of 1,739,117 people. That's a lot of Hamburgers.
A bridge too far - This city has more than 2,300 bridges which is more than London, Venice and Amsterdam combined. Let's just hope that nobody in your party is 'gephyrophobic'.
Beer Bike - A ride on the beer bike is like having your own portable pub on wheels. You and the lads can enjoy 20 litres of top quality beer while you peddle your way to stag party success. Read more...
Hamburger SV - The city's premiere football club is a mainstay in the first division of German football and their incredibly loyal fans will tell you that they're one of the most exciting clubs in the Bundesliga - and we're not inclined to disagree. They're 6 time league champions and 5 time German cup winners, and you can never count them out against even the toughest of competition.
Football Spectating - If the groom's a European football aficionado, then he'll love witnessing a match day at Hamburger SV's Volksparkstadion. You'll sit with the home fans and cheer Der Dino all the way to victory. Read more...
St. Michaelis - Stags can enjoy a trip to this church that's actually a spectacular piece of German architecture - if you decide to climb Der Michel's tower; you'll be rewarded with some of the most striking views in the city. Discover more...
Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland is seriously immense, taking up 6,400 square metres of floor space - if you've never seen a fully operational model city in action before then you'd probably shrug off any suggestions that it's worth a look in straight away, but this is absolutely epic - there's even a functioning airport!
Hummel Hummel - If someone says 'Hummel Hummel' to you, you're meant to reply with 'Mors, Mors'. This is because a water carrier named Hans Hummel was once bullied by a group of kids who kept making fun of his name - which in turn lead him to reply with 'Mors, Mors', a shorter way of saying 'Kiss my ass' in German.
The Beatles - As a young band, The Beatles spent two years in the city from 1960-62 honing their craft before returning to blighty. Their antics during this time are legendary with locals even today. Stories include John Lennon peeing from his bedroom window and playing with a toilet seat around his neck as well as the band urinating in an alley as nuns walked past.
Beatlesplatz - Despite all of this, Hamburg genuinely loves the Beatles so much that they've dedicated a square to the famous Liverpudlian band - a snap of the lads with the wire-frame models of Paul, John, Ringo and George is sure to make for a fantastic profile picture on your Hamburg stag do.
'I need a dolla, dolla...' - Hamburg is surprisingly home to more millionaires than any other city in Germany - perhaps that's why we keep seeing German supercars everywhere...
Indoor Go Karting - There's no denying it, the Germans just do cars better than us and after you've taken to the track in one of these bad boys, you'll realize that the same can be said for Go Karting. Find out more...
Burgerlich Hamburg - After a heavy night out, you could be left feeling the aches and pains of an almighty katzenjammer, but you don't need to suffer stags. Head to this epic burger bar and wrap your laughing gear around some of the best grub in the city. This is man-food at its absolute best.
Uebel und Gefährlich - This club is stylish to the max, it's where all of Hamburg's well-groomed lads and lasses go to get down to the sounds of the city's top DJs and if you ask any hungover 20-something where they were the previous evening, the chances are they'll reply with Uebel.
Brewery Tours - Speaking of beer, if you've got a deep-rooted love of every lad's favorite drink, then you need to hop on to one of our awesome Brewery Tours and discover how the best German biers are made before enjoying a delicious dinner and the freshest pint you've ever tasted. Find out more...
H1 Club - H1 is really popular with the locals, and it's not difficult to see why. For one, this club is massive and it always seemed to be packed out. This is nightlife at its finest; an evening under H1's neon lights isn't one the boys will be forgetting any time soon...
M&V Bar - This bar has something for everybody, and you could probably meet just about anybody in here. From beautiful fraulines to local legends, M&V is a watering hole that's frequented by many - and your thirsty party could be next. Discover M&V...
Tierpark Hagenbeck - We've all been to a Zoo before, but you've never seen one like this. The animals aren't kept in cages here; instead they're allowed to roam free in open-air enclosures that still manage to keep a fair bit of distance between the groom and the ravenous Lions, thankfully...
Hamburg Dungeon - Can you escape the Hamburg Dungeons? You'll meet ghouls and ghosts as well as the historical fiends of Hamburg's dark, gothic past. Even the most macho-stag can end up with the willies here, and the elevator of doom makes for a truly terrifying ride. Discover more...
Strandperle - Every lad knows that the beach is synonymous with beers - that's a concept that Strandperle are more than familiar with, offering the boys the chance to kick back and relax in a comfy beach chair with a coldie in hand. Top stuff. Find out more...
Target Shooting - While we think it's a good thing that you can't just walk into ASDA and buy a pistol in blighty, getting hands on with some of the most powerful handguns on the planet is definitely a satisfying, stress-busting experience. Read more...
Le Lion - If Bond visited Hamburg, this is where you'd find him. This classy bar is bustling with elegant, sophisticated ladies and proper gentlemen - wear your finest garbs to this venue lads. Read more...
Molotow - Fans of indie music will love this legendary night club hosting the city's best bands as well as big name acts like Biffy Clyro, Jamie T and Mumford & Sons - this is definitely one for a groom who's a big fan of music that rocks. Find out more...
Top Tweeters - Reeperbahn Festival promotes new bands from the continent as well as their own epic annual festival - this is your one-stop-shop for Hamburg's live music listings!
Facebook - Hamburg Tourism will provide you with up-to-date information on all the latest entertainments and events in the city to save you the hard work of seeking them out yourselves.
"I was born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg." John Lennon
Your guide to a Hamburg stag do
Nestled on the banks of the Elbe and Germany's second largest city Hamburg has an industrial and mercantile history which at times has been the envy of the…. Zzzzzzz… BEER!Yep, whatever way you dress it up and whatever your best intentions may be, there's no getting away from the fact that Hamburg stag weekends are famed for the frothy golden amber nectar so if you and your fellow stags are partial to the odd shandy then this is the place for you.
Reasons to be beerful - Why pick Hamburg
Ask not what your Hamburg stag do can do for you but what you can do for your Hamburg stag do... [too many "you’s" & do’s" make it stop! - Editor] Principally our top advice would be to book early. Hamburg is a popular travel destination and rapidly becoming a top choice for stags.
Nightlife on an epic scale with enough bars, pubs and clubs to see a pub crawl span an entire year without repeating a venue, add to that some top drawer daytime activities its almost as if Hamburg was built with stags in mind. Big enough to get utterly lost in and not feel as if you're bumping into other stag parties at every turn but compact enough and so efficiently governed (its is German so what else did you expect) that traversing between activities and evening watering holes is quick, easy and surprisingly affordable.
But its growing reputation as a party venue does mean booking early is well advised to make sure you're not beaten to the prize by more organised stag groups.
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Friend or foe - Who goes there?
Never surprise her with a gift from the Reeperbahn.
In historical terms and up to the present day Hamburg has mirrored London. Its been overrun by Romans, pillaged by Vikings, hit by the Black Death & a Great Fire and destroyed by two world wars (after the first one the allies even took away 1500 merchant ships for the Reich having been a bit of a ‘bally old’ nuisance) but with a touch of the Sid James about it, it carried on regardless. Today as well as being the glamorous home of Germany’s media and TV glitterati it is a hotbed for tourists especially those keen on the massively overt and varied nightlife. And of course the Hamburg stag weekend is becoming a must for knowledgeable stags.
Fine dining, world famously good beers and no small measure of high heeled beauty are astride all over this great city.
Oh and there’s also an area where ladies hang out of shop windows and their blouses selling their wares [You couldn’t have put it more delicately??? - Editor] but more of that later.
Has a Hamburg stag weekend always been fashionable?
No, in fact its only recently that you could use the words "Hamburg" & "Fashion" in the same sentence. The Beatles honed their craft in Hamburg before becoming the talk of the Cavern Club and back in the 50’s & 60’s the city was awash with drunken sailors, wannabe biker boys and ladies of a certain profession. Only the ladies are still around… Probably not the same ones though.
When Kevin Keegan brought his boots to town in 1977 he also introduced the soon to be mullet. At that point (apart from their beer) German tastes got utterly lost. So much so that the Hoff became one of the biggest selling recording artists in Germany and pretty much single handedly brought about the collapse of the Berlin wall and the German music industry [you’re just making this up now aren’t you? - Editor].
So is a Hamburg stag do really just about the beer?
Once again it's a resounding "no". The classic 80’s scouser look which at one time seemed to be the only fashion accessories German men would consider (take a look at any of the German national teams of the 80’s and 90’s for details) is now long since a thing of the past.
It really has emerged as a buzzing, fashionable and much celebrated modern metropolis.
Yes the Reeperbahn is still a massive attraction for German nationals and tourists alike. At one point there was even a brothel so vast it spanned 6 entire floors until it fell on hard times and was forced to close in the 80's [you’re really testing my patience now! - Editor]. It is an amazing area of the city and well worth a visit despite the fact that you (probably?) won’t be buying any of its myriad of services.
Ok so Hamburg rocks. But why book with StagWeb?
We have 11 years of booking great stag do’s all over the UK, Europe as well as further afield. We were the first stag operators to become ABTA bonded (ABTA No.W7797) which although possibly dull and boring really should make a difference when booking your Hamburg stag do especially as you’ll be travelling overseas.
As the man with the plan and your stag party organiser you’re not only responsible for leading the boys to a promised land, booking the right things at the right price but also making sure their cash is protected.
We became ABTA bonded because our commitment is to giving you not just a good weekend but an epic weekend. We want your stag do to be the stuff of legend so that you and the boys will be talking about it for years to come.
This isn't purely some altruistic feel good factor, we know if we get it right then you’ll come back to us again and again and many do. We proud that 96% of stags say they would book with StagWeb for their next stag parties so don’t just take our word for it. Check out the reviews and see what those that have gone before have had to say about us.
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