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What's happening in Hamburg this weekend?

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What's happening in Hamburg this weekend?

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!

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1. Re: What's happening in Hamburg this weekend?

Apart from the public hanging there is a showjumping competition where "the world's best showjumpers come to Hamburg, delighting the crowds with spectacular performances as they try to conquer "the world's most difficult jumping course" at Derby Park".

Also the 29th is museum night where Hamburg presents its annual Long Night of Museums, which draws around 30,000 visitors every year.

Can't help you with a hotel, I'm afraid.

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2. Re: What's happening in Hamburg this weekend?

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It's of course a long weekend used by many for a short city break. And Hamburg is #2 on this in Germany with German tourists.

World Cup?

Unlikely. The hotels lament that they are only booked on the match days, not in between. Many fans seem just to want to travel to the matches (which will of course lead to major traffic problems) while other guests are staying away fearing everything is already booked.

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