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15 March 2010 @ 08:53 pm
Rathauspassage Hamburg  
Rathauspassage unter dem Rathausmarkt
Postfach 11 34 16
20434 Hamburg
Germany
http://www.rathauspassage.de

In front of Hamburgs townhall is a large square, the Rathausmarkt, often populated by tourists, locals and whatever special event is currently going on. Underneath, it gets even more interesting. Take the stairs to the underground (on the right side of the building (near Bucerius Kunst Forum), or if you come by train exit Jungfernstieg station (lines S1, S3, U1)and follow the signs towards Rathausmarkt/Reesendamm. You will find a small restaurant, a fair trade & secondhand clothing shop, a public restroom, a kiosk and a tourist information but most importantly: the used book store.
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All the books are donations, all profit they make goes into charity work to help poor and homeless people. You can find novels and coffeetable books, comics and travelguides and anything else someone was willing to part with. Mostly German language, but I have seen a lot of books in English, some in French and Russian as well. Get a cup of fairly traded coffee at the restaurant counter, sit down at a table near the long shelf and look what treasures you can discover! Don't forget to pick up a free citymap and some of the brochures for events and exhibitions when you pay for your new friends at the counter of the tourist information. They have tips for every taste and can even help you rent a bicycle if you wish.

My favourite part however, is the bargain table in front of the door. Each book there has been discounted to €0,50 and I usually end up taking some home every time I stop by.
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nerakrose: booksnerak_rose on March 15th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
i'll keep this in mind next time i go to germany. i'm determined to stop by hamburg next time. :D
my art is your smut: Blondieshahar_amar on March 15th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
When you do, let me know beforehand, so we can meet up. :o)
nerakrose: hellfuckingyesnerak_rose on March 15th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
probably won't be anytime soon, though i'm absolutely dying to in April to see Suicide Love Boat. v.v
my art is your smutshahar_amar on March 15th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, me likey. :o)

Shame that you won't get to see them. :o(
nerakrose: fish have sex in waternerak_rose on March 15th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
:D go see them! :D

technically i could, but i've got to save my money instead of spending them, or i won't be able to have summer holidays. :P
my art is your smut: artshahar_amar on March 15th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
I don't think I have concert money left for the moment. Will have to decide closer to the date.
Stella: Chesire Catstella_fiver on March 15th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I've been there before! I didn't know they were selling books for charity though, it's a great idea :)
It's been over three years since I last visited Hamburg though. Which is a pity, I love that town <3
my art is your smut: Blondieshahar_amar on March 15th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's easy to miss, but the whole organization is affiliated with the Diakonie. Even some of the jobs are work-qualification things, but they also have volunteers and regular employees.
Stella: Chesire Catstella_fiver on March 15th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
That's really awesome :D
I need to go to Hamburg again. Soon. I miss the place.