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Old July 24th, 2010, 02:59 PM   #1
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Hamburg - Nightsky’s trip to Germany

It wasn't even planned that I should go to Hamburg. I was visiting Frankfurt and because of the volcano on Iceland that stopped most of the flights in Europe, I couldn't go home to Sweden by plane. I had to take the train and ferry home, and I decided to stop for one day in Hamburg, a very good idea since I have only passed through the city without seeing much of it.

Hamburg used to have a reputation of being a bit rough on the edges here in Sweden because of the redlight district around Reeperbahn in the district St Pauli, and because of its many industries in the outskirts, but that is definately not true. Hamburg is a very clean and wealthy city with a partly historical core, and note even Reeperbahn itself is especially rough anymore, it is now a hip area with many pubs and "normal" tourists visiting. I didn't have time to go there myself, since I just had one day to visit Hamburg and it was getting dark when I was ready to go there (and I had to concentrate on finding train tickets home, a hard task because of the Icelandic volcano chaos). However, there are many drug addicts visible on the streets, especially around the main railway station.

Hamburg is Germany's second largest city and was the country's largest city until the unification of East and West Germany. It is the 7th largest city in the EU. Hamburg is located between the river Elbe, the small lake Binnenalster where the historical heart of the city is and the larger nearby lake Aussenalster. It is also famous for its many canals. And it has more bridges then Amsterdam and Venice together! The port of Hamburg is huge, it is the 3rd largest in Europe and the 9th largest in the world.


ALTSTADT - THE OLD TOWN AND CITY CENTER


Steinstrasse towards St Jacobi and St Petri churches.


St Jacobi Kirche was destroyed during World War II, but was rebuilt in 1963 with a modern spire. It has its origins as a chapel from 1255.




Mönckebergstrasse, looking towards St Petri Kirche, that I planned to climb.






Elbphilarmonie Kulturcafé, nowadays known as Starbucks!
















St Petri Kirche (St Peter's Church) from 1878 is the landmark of Mönckebergstrasse. It is 133m tall to the spire. It was built by Pope Leo the 10th. The current Gothic
church was built on top of several ruined churches from the past.


St Petri Kirche is the city's tallest remaining church (St Nikolai is taller but it is partly ruined). Between 2005 and 2007 huge H&M clothing store posters hung on 2 sides!




St Petri's steeple. 542 steps to climb and no elevator! Look at the aerial photos I took from there in the skyline section of World Travel Images.


The interior of St Petri.


The bells of St Petri, seen from inside the steeple while walking on narrow stairs towards the top.

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Old July 24th, 2010, 03:02 PM   #2
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RATHAUSMARKT:


Rathausmarkt (City Hall Market) is the square in front of the City Hall, just next to the lake Binnenalster. The famous Jungernstieg with its arcade is also here.
The Rathaus is from 1898 and has 647 rooms, 6 rooms more than Buckingham Palace, on a building area of 5 400 m2.


Rathausmarkt is also a major bus hub and a subway hub underground.


It has a whole underground system with stores, restaurant and U-bahn stations underneath it, one of Europe's largest of its kind.






An old tower and Fernsehturm (TV tower) seen from Rathausmarkt. Note the bike taxi.


The tower of the City Hall (Rathaus) is 112m tall.








Rathausmarkt towards St Petri and St Jacobi churches.




Rathausmarkt, St Petri kirche and the Highflyer balloon in the background.


This is where the Alsterfleet canal divides Altstadt from Neustadt, just across Rathausmarkt. Alsterfleet flows out to Binnenalster on the other side of the bridge.
On the Neustadt side is Alsterarkaden, the white building with an arcade supported by columns.


Alsterfleet with Alsterarkaden at sunset.


A local beer and curry sausage at Rathausmarkt at sunset.
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Old July 24th, 2010, 04:04 PM   #3
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Hamburg always looks gorgeous! It's one of the very few cities, were you could argue that historic and new blends in perfectly. Nice pictures!
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Old July 24th, 2010, 11:36 PM   #4
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beautiful photos of hamburg!!; loved it
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Old July 24th, 2010, 11:43 PM   #5
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That's cool to see some more pics of that absolutely exciting city, especially that I know about three weeks I'm there to enjoy all those incredible places.
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Old July 25th, 2010, 11:23 AM   #6
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Hamburg is indeed very nice; thanks Nightsky for those photos
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Old July 25th, 2010, 04:48 PM   #7
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Old July 26th, 2010, 01:13 AM   #8
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Very cool pictures! Thanks!
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Old July 26th, 2010, 05:09 PM   #9
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One of my favourite cities.Thanks fot the nice photo's.
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Old July 26th, 2010, 07:04 PM   #10
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Thanks. Next is Neustadt...
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NEUSTADT - THE NEW TOWN AND CITY CENTER

Neustadt (New Town) is the part of the city center that is situated northwest of Rathausmarkt. It is similar to Altstadt in its character, a mix of old and modern. Jungfernstieg, Colonnaden, Neuer Wall and Alsterarkaden are really exclusive addresses on this side.


Alsterarkaden is a nice arcade with exclusive shops and cafés. It is inspired by Venice. Alsterarkaden was built after the great fire in 1842.














Neuer Wall is a street, parallel to Alsterfleet canal, next to Rathausmarkt, with many exclusive brand stores. Some examples:
















Binnenalster lake seen from Jungfernstieg.




Alsterhaus, Hamburg's premier department store, is located in a jugend building. It is located at the famous Jungfernstieg.’


Jungfernstieg is the exclusive street that goes parallel with the lake Binnenalster. Hamburger Hof is a grand building that hosts shopping arcade and hotel.












Colonnaden (The Colonnade), an exclusive pedestrian street that goes from Jungfernstieg to Planten und Blumen, with an arcade supported by pillars.


















Stephansplatz.


Odd sculptures in Dammtorpark.




Casino Esplanade at Stephansplatz, next to the entrance to the park Planten und Blumen.

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Old July 26th, 2010, 09:03 PM   #12
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Hamburg ist Cool! Danke für die schöne Bilder!
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Old July 27th, 2010, 10:04 PM   #13
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Good pictures.
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I love these pictures. I love this city.
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Old July 28th, 2010, 12:46 AM   #15
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Hamburg looks lovely and those arcades could be in London (ie Burlington Arcade). It is also interesting to see that tobacco products are advertised so openly (fair enough its a tobacco shop but still) there. Thats very bad indeed, infact smoking should be banned full stop (funny how after quiting I turned into anti-smoking fundamentalist)!
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I love Hamburg, it is a truly cool city and unfortunately to often overlooked by us from the north. I hope the Fehrman bridge will change that.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 02:46 PM   #18
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Hamburg looks lovely and those arcades could be in London (ie Burlington Arcade). It is also interesting to see that tobacco products are advertised so openly (fair enough its a tobacco shop but still) there. Thats very bad indeed, infact smoking should be banned full stop (funny how after quiting I turned into anti-smoking fundamentalist)!
I agree, this ad would never be allowed here in Sweden! An ad from the same trip, taken at Heidelberg's central station:

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ALTSTADT/OLD TOWN - SOUTH PART:

This is about the south part of Altstadt (the Old Town). This is where the famous Chilehaus is and the ruins of St. Nikolai kirche. It is close to the popular harbour district. This is the most modern part of Altstadt, some buildings are very modern despite being the "old town". Hamburg's financial district is situated here.


The busy Ost-West-strasse seen from above with the ruins of St Nikolai to the left. It goes right through the financial district.






St. Nikolai Kirche (St Nicholas Church) is a Gothic Revival church that has been in ruins since the WWII bombings.


The church was the world's tallest building from 1874-76 and is still the tallest building in Hamburg.


It is 147m to the top of the spire. An elevator can take you to the observation deck on 75m height. However, it was closed when I was there.










A sculpture inside what was St Nikolai. Note the panorama elevator below the bells. It was possible to restore the nave after the bombings, but it was decided to
demolish it instead, that is why there is no roof!












Adolphsplatz in the financial district.


Handelskammer Hamburg is located behind the Rathaus, at Adolphsplatz.


Adolphsplatz with a modern glass highrise in the background.










A beautiful and unusual building with golden brick, gleaming in the sun!






Historic half-timbered houses at Nikolaifleet canal.


Nikolaifleet with Katharinenkirche, here under renovation.




Zentralbibliothek, the Municipal Library. Can you tell which humans are real?




Chilehaus, a famous jugend building and landmark of Hamburg. It was completed in 1924 and is remaining a ship from this angle.


Chilehaus was designed by the architect Fritz Höger. It was commissioned by the shipping magnate Henry B. Sloman, who made his fortune trading saltpeter from Chile,
hence the name Chile House.


Sprinkenhof next to Chilehaus (it has a similar architecture).


Sprinkenhof (left) seen from Zollkanal.




Galeria Kaufhof department store (middle) with the church towers in the background, seen from the busy Steintorwall.




Steinstrasse, the beginning of Altstadt.




For more photos from my Hamburg trip:

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Awesome photo report!
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