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Hamburg: Where the Hash Never Ends and the Beer Never Stops Flowing


Ah, Hamburg! The city where the Elbe River isn't the only thing that flows freely – the beer, wine, cocktails, and good times are always in abundance. For hashers who believe life is best lived after dark , Hamburg's electrifying nightlife scene is the intoxicating playground you've been dreaming of.  The hotels are in the heart of the action, in the famous Reeperbahn district. So, for INTERSCANDI, put on your dancing shoes, grab your best hash t-shirt, and let's embark on a wild, boozy, and utterly unforgettable journey through Hamburg's party paradise.

Harbor, Hanzestadt, Hashers

Did we have enough Hs in that title? The Saturday party and many of our runs take place within views of Hamburg's bustling harbor.  This waterfront is not just a hub for ships but also the place for some of the city's most hasher-friendly bars, clubs and late-night venues. And of course where the INTERSCANDI party takes place on Saturday. So get ready to experience the wild and wonderful world of Hamburg's nightlife. Prost!

If you want to impress the locals with your party skills, stay awake and make it to the Fischmarkt (Fish market) on the Elbe, where the party continues from 5 am onwards, every Sunday morning since 1703. 

The street "Große Freiheit" was in the no-mansland between Hamburg and Denmark, and that unclear status meant that in the middle ages there was freedom of trade and religion there. And that fredom essentially meant debauchery and the place to go party, and this area has kept its function up to 2024.

Did you know that in the 1960s, five (and later four) young musicians learned their craft there by playing multiple shows per day in the live venues on the Große Freiheit? Yes, Hamburg is where the Beatles started their career. John Lennon even once said “I was born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg.”  And this all happened on and around the Große Freiheit and Reeperbahn district in St. Pauli. There are tours.

Where "Große Freiheit" is the norm

Need a break?

Hamburg is not just a party hub, if you need some time to relax or recover there are a wealth of options. The UNESCO-listed Speicherstadt is worthwhile visiting to look at the impressive warehouses and also is where the highly recommended Mini-Wonderland (reservations online recommended) and the Maritime Museum (as many Boots as you desire. Including U-Boots) are situated.

Close by is also the Elbphilharmonie, or Elphi for Hashers/Friends. The observation plaza, halfway up the building, is worthwhile visiting for the views. Visits are free, but tickets are needed for crowd management and can be purchased online or at the ground floor windows of the Elbphilharmonie building.

Hamburg has a lot to offer, so definitely check for other events in Hamburg. The Mermaids are certain there will be something you enjoy in Germany's second-largest city.

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