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Old June 2nd, 2012, 06:45 PM   #41
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Lots of little ships following us, must be quite unerving in such small boats

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The Fish market i believe, here the huge crowds of the harbour festival started

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Old June 2nd, 2012, 06:46 PM   #42
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Quite a decent modern skyline forming

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And a very pretty historical one too

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People!

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Old June 2nd, 2012, 06:47 PM   #43
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The church tower on the riht is a bit of a symbol of Hamburg

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Very pretty and impressive

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Old June 2nd, 2012, 07:04 PM   #44
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The entrance to the Kiel canal that is mentioned here - is that the canal that goes over to the Baltic Sea? If so, I didn't realize it went to the Elbe.

That picture with the smokestacks and windmills sure does look like any number of places I just saw in Belgium and France. Brings back memories :-)
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 07:14 PM   #45
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Beautiful... surely this city must look even more imposing and "grand" when you enter by water.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 08:13 PM   #46
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Awesome Photos!
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 09:44 PM   #47
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Nice
A rail journey is always the best
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 12:00 AM   #48
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The entrance to the Kiel canal that is mentioned here - is that the canal that goes over to the Baltic Sea?
I think you mean the Kiel Canal, so...yes, it goes over to the Baltic Sea.

Once again very impressive photos, cardiff. I'm really enjoying this one!
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 06:54 PM   #49
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Thanks everyone, i preffer rail journeys to plane as you really get a sense of distance and travel zaguric2. CF221 it really was impressive as you pass all the nice areas, with trains you generally go through the poorer areas.
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 06:58 PM   #50
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The concert hall under construction, probably the most exciting piece of modern architecture in Hamburg

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Old June 3rd, 2012, 07:29 PM   #53
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The building u/c (post #51) is amazing.
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Old June 4th, 2012, 12:03 AM   #54
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More, please moooore! :O
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Old June 4th, 2012, 04:23 AM   #55
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Hamburg is very nice. Reminds me of Glasgow, but on a bigger scale.
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Old June 4th, 2012, 04:01 PM   #56
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The building u/c (post #51) is amazing.
I remember it when it first poped up as a proposal, loved it then and love it now

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If i posted all the pics i took you wouldnt say that lol

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Hamburg is very nice. Reminds me of Glasgow, but on a bigger scale.
Didint really feel like Glasgow as Glasgows finest buildings are away from the water, and sadly Hamburg had nowhere near the number of historical buildings as Glasgow still has (at least it apeared that way to me).
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Old June 4th, 2012, 04:11 PM   #57
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I have to say the arrival in Hamburg was spectacular, but the facilities for ships is really poor! We got off the ship and then went through what looked like a terminal made out of ship containers, which was funky but very basic. It was litterrally in one side and out the other, with little thought for how to deal 2000 people leaving the ship, and 2000 people trying to board it! Are they building a new cruise terminal? The whole area looked very much under development, and the que for taxis took some time, it felt as if the city wasnt really prepared to handle ships like this.
Anyway we checked into our hotel and headed straight to the waterfront to see the worlds largest harbour festival, and watch the 'parade of sail'.

On the way we stopped of at St michaels church (?), and took the lift to the top to get a good view. One thing was very apparent the churches were much taller than British ones traditionally are

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One thing that was obvious, which made me quite sad, was the few number of historic buildings left. Saying that most streets tended to have at least one building of historic note, with more modern buildings being well maintained and of good quality. You can see the balloon here

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Old June 4th, 2012, 04:13 PM   #58
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Looking towards the QM2

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The lakes next to the city center

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Ships being pulled out for the parade of sail

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Old June 4th, 2012, 04:14 PM   #59
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Normally with large event like these you have to get your place early and stand there for hours, i felt a bit of an imposter just turning up and getting such a good view straight away

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Love the urban build of Hamburg along the waterway, this is how i imagine Liverpool might have looked when its overhead railway was still around. Was very Chicago esque from ground level.

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Ships leaving

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Old June 4th, 2012, 04:27 PM   #60
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Regarding the lack of historical buildings:
Well, Hamburg was, as you probably know, hit pretty bad by bomings during WWII. For all the destruction that happened, I would even dare to say, they did a good job rebuilding the city. Hamburg still has it's fair share of historic architecture.
(Hope you were inside the Rathaus/city hall, because it is even more gorgeous from the inside and luckily completely preserved.)
Looking at the map you posted, you unfortunately didn't visit one single city/town that was spared in WWII. Munich might have given you a little glimpse of how beautiful german cities once were though.
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