Hotspot: Hamburg City
One popular hotspot is the Port of Hamburg. You can book a boat tour of the port and marvel at the wharves from the water. There are numerous stories about the various boats anchored there, not to mention the gorgeous view of the port. Just a stone’s throw away from the wharves is the Speicherstadt, the warehouse district. Located on the Elbe River, the warehouse complex is a protected historical monument and definitely worth a visit!
Apart from the Elbe, the Alster River is also a popular destination and place to relax. Right in the city center on Jungfernstieg, visitors have a perfect view of the water and can take a break in the nearby cafes. The nearby city hall is also a great place to look around or simply to take a few photos before the exciting day of the finals. And for those who love shopping, Hamburg offers up numerous stores and the Alsterhaus at Jungfernstieg.
Another tip for all gaming fans is the "Game Masters" exhibition in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (MKG) at the Central Train Station in Hamburg. All sorts of consoles and games are on display and visitors can learn all about their history. It is a great place to spend an entire morning and get warmed up by playing some games. The exhibition ends on April 23rd.
Discover the night life
After the show is over, there is plenty to do in the evenings. One of the most popular and famous spots is without a doubt the Reeperbahn. Here, restaurants, diners, bars, clubs, and many other stores are lined up end-to-end, offering tourists everything they could desire.
The Hamburger Berg is a busy side street next to the Reeperbahn and there’s something for everyone in the mix of bars and comedy clubs there. The hip Sternschanze district is definitely on the list of recommendations as well. In addition to a number of alternative clothing shops and flea markets, it is also home to all sorts of bars and restaurants. Particularly popular is Erika's Eck on Sternstraße 98 for serving traditional German food around the clock. That means if you are craving a hearty meal in the middle of the night, this is the perfect place to go.
Connected to the North Sea via the Elbe River, Hamburg is known for its excellent fresh fish. The Hamburg Fish Sandwich is an iconic delicacy and an absolute must-try. Located next to the wharves is the legendary Brücke 10 diner, the home to the most famous fish sandwich in all of Hamburg. Although you’ll probably have to stand in a short line, the wait is worth it to be able to tear into a fish sandwich and watch the boats go by. Another typical snack that locals of Hamburg recommend is the Franzbrötchen, a delicious cinnamon pastry.
But if you're more interested in something to drink, here’re two tips for you: Astra beer and the “Mexikaner”. Astras sell like hotcakes at the bars. This beverage is a go-to for every true Hamburg resident and is the ideal companion for a cozy evening on the Reeperbahn. And if you’re looking for something a little stronger, you can try a “Mexikaner” (lit. The “Mexican”). It is a mixture of tomato juice and clear spirits. This drink is all the rage right now in Hamburg and a must-have at any party night.
Getting to the Barclaycard Arena
Because a number of visitors will certainly be travelling from afar, here are a few tips on getting to the stadium. If you are coming from the Central Train Station in Hamburg, you can take the S3 towards Pinneberg or the S21 towards Elbgaustrasse to the Stellingen station. From there, a shuttle bus will take you directly to the event location. Another option is the #22 bus between S-Blankenese and Kellinghusenstraße. The stop to get off at in this case would be Hellgrundweg/Arenen.
However, there are two important things to note for the finals weekend: if you are coming by car, you should note that, among other things, another event is also taking place on April 22nd and there could be a lot of congestion on the roads. Furthermore, the Hamburg Marathon will also be taking place on Sunday, April 23rd. During the day, the downtown area will be closed off and public transportation stops will be more crowded than usual. As a result, plan extra time and be prepared for large crowds.
Prepare for the showdown
Now that you’re prepared to experience the culinary and cultural sides of Hamburg, you’re all ready for the Spring Split finale in Hamburg. If you have any other suggestions, tips, or ideas for a perfect LCS weekend trip, let us know by leaving a message in the comments!