The Gängeviertel (=corridor quarter) is a hidden little treasure in the middle of the impersonal, cold office blocks in the city center. The quarter is built out of a handful of old houses, that were almost forgotten and in ruins, before the dedicated team of the Gängeviertel people arrived in the quarter in 2009. The team consisted of an alternative, colorful mixture of artists, politically and socially committed volunteers and simply people who cared for the cultural life in our city. Their goal was to create a new space for cultural and social projects and they definitely succeeded.
In the different houses of the area you will find galleries, open workshops, studios, political and social projects and a lot of room for concerts, parties, readings, art exhibitions and open art workshops you can join. Just check out their website for their program. One of my favorite events is a monthly concert series (check the Sängerknaben und Sirenen article).
There is also a vegan restaurant called Nasch and a bar called the Jupi – Bar, where you can have a beer for ‘pay as much as you want and can’ and relax with the typical Gängeviertel-visitors, if you want to experience Hamburg the alternative way. I also recommend to go on an interesting walking tour around the Gängeviertel – just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or just visit it by yourself and take a look inside the different buildings.