Despite sitting 65 miles inland on the Elbe River, Hamburg is a seafaring town (pop. 1.8 million). It is 800 years old, but the 2-year-old glass-and-steel Elbe Philharmonic (Elbphilharmonie) concert hall below hints that Hamburg is determined to be a vibrant 21st Century city as well. The wave form of the roofline is a reminder …
Hamburg is a harbor city. The harbor is the spot to view huge shipyards, stroll along the waterfront or enjoy excellent seafood. A tour boat is classic Hamburg, but you can get a similar adventure by taking the ferry. The ferries are part of Hamburg’s public transportation system, meaning your inexpensive ticket is valid not only …
Hamburg’s Warehouse City (Speicherstadt) is the largest contiguous warehouse district in the world. The structures that survived WWII, built on the water on timber-pile foundations, are regarded as outstanding examples of industrial Neo-Gothic architecture.
The Harbor City (Hafenstadt) quarter is where the largest inner-city redevelopment project on the Continent is to be completed between 2020 and 2030.
Hamburg’s symbolic heart, the impressive neo-Renaissance sandstone City Hall (Rathaus), dominates the center of town. The Rathaus, built at the end of the 19th century, is home to the city’s senate and parliament.
For centuries, community life in German cities and towns centered on church. In many places, it still does. Hamburg’s “senior” church probably is St. Michael’s.
Leave it to a sea-faring city to do a Maritime Museum right! Lisbon, a fabled sea power, boasts a magical museum with life-size ships from centuries past. Hamburg’s museum bills itself as the world’s largest private maritime collection, and it is big. This post necessarily may be the most impressionistic from Hamburg.
The “green heart” of Hamburg is its largest park, called “Plants and Flowers” (Planten und Blomen). It runs from St. Pauli, near the harbor, up through the center of the city.
History is notoriously tough on castles, and Schloss Bergedorf is no exception. A “castle” has stood on this spot, about 10 miles southeast of Hamburg center, since the first quarter of the 13th Century. But since then, war and other developments have led to a series of changes in design and ownership.
The best feature of our hotel was its proximity to Hamburg’s big lake, the Outer Alster. Hundreds of years ago, the Alster River was dammed and formed two lakes that make a figure 8. The smaller lake, nearer the city center, is the Inner Alster.