A few days ago I found a cheap flight to Hamburg for this weekend and booked it on a whim for a citybreak for me and my boyfriend. Now I can't find any accomodation at all using various different search engines (not counting 5 star hotels, or highway hotels out in the fields). What's going on? How does a city his size fill up? I know it is a public holiday in Germany on Thursday (same in Denmark, where I live) -- is it long weekend partying coupled with people arriving early for the World Cup? Are there any extra-special events on? Festivals, public hangings, etc.?
Right now it looks like we will take the train up to Lübeck instead. But I am very curious about what exactly the situation is in Hamburg -- and if anyone has any clever suggestions about how to find a place to stay near central Hamburg, they will be gratefully received!