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Old October 24th, 2013, 12:53 PM   #121
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Let me add: it depends were you go to. The big cities were all destroyed but if you look in the outskirts of these cities you can also found intact ensembles. The (at that time) biggest cities in Germany which were not destroyed by area air raids are Halle an der Saale, Erfurt, Heidelberg and Regensburg.
You forgot to mention Wiesbaden and Lübeck (just a little bit destroyed).


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Old October 24th, 2013, 01:49 PM   #122
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Yes, I forgot Wiesbaden. But Lübeck was hit badly. Nearly all big churches were destroyed. Lübeck was the first target for british areal Bombing. They did a quite good job in reconstruction there.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 02:55 AM   #123
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Btw Hamburg looks awesome. Looks like a great port city! Looks like you had some Foggy/smoggy conditions though.
How is the air quality in Hamburg in General?
The air quality was fine. But during most all the trip it was cloudy and rainy. I think that accounts for what you see in the pictures.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 03:19 AM   #124
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Germany is impressively beautiful.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 03:20 AM   #125
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Some street views with pretty german girls. That'd be cool.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 07:41 PM   #126
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Unfortunately due to some events taking place there were no tours of the interior that day. So it was on to other parts of the city...
If you weren't able to go back, you did miss out! Seeing you complaining about the lack of historic architecture, you would have been blown away by the gorgeous and perfectly preserved interior of the Rathaus.
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Old October 26th, 2013, 02:57 PM   #127
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After landing back ashore it was time to explore just down stream from the city center.

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It is interesting to see how here and there older structures survive.

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These I can't tell what they are - pre-war, post-war?

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What once was.

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At this point I was just meandering, trying to find my way to major sites on the tourist map, but you could again see indications of what had been there before.

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Finally I make it to the Reeperbahn which is the famous red light district of Hamburg.

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It was as tacky as the guides said, definitely not a place for me other than to pass through.

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Looks like some people from Liverpool got here first anyways.

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From left to right, the St. Pauli soccer stadium, a old flack tower, and the TV tower.

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As it turns out I think Hamburg has two soccer teams of which St. Pauli is one.

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Did St. Pauli start out as a rugby club?? Or did it have one along side the soccer team?

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Inside the St. Pauli store they had this shirt, which very strangely has the same slogan that Liverpool uses.

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It's not a particularly big stadium so I assume the other team is the more popular one.

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I was REALLY happy to have found this and was looking forward to checking it out.

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This may sound strange but I find this to be a beautiful structure. I love the massiveness of it - the very solid form of the structure. Also, I find massive concrete structures attractive in general. Finally, I like the angular structures of the overhangs.

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It looks like originally there was some other form that went around the windows.

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Palm trees!!! Apparently there is a bar/club on top and I really wanted to visit it. Unfortunately it is only open for special occasions based on what I was told.

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The main entrance. The building is very much in use with a music school, music store, art studios and other commercial ventures inside.

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At another entrance you can see the massiveness of the structure.

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Old October 26th, 2013, 03:12 PM   #128
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Oooh, you should have gone to the Reeperbahn in the evening/at night. I am NOT into this thing at all, but the atmosphere then is completely different, than on your pics. Half of Hamburg and Hamburg tourists are then gathering there, like on a big fun fair. All the lights, the music, the pretty and young "ladies" and here and there an angry looking bouncer or pimp.
It's all completely safe though. I went there two times with my editor and fellow comic authors, when I was visiting my publisher and we had a great time.
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Old October 26th, 2013, 09:17 PM   #129
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St. Pauli is a pretty unique club in European football. I'm not that familiar with them, but they are supported by leftist and alternative people from Germany and even from other countries. They have created a special sort of brand and are seen as a sort of cult club. They also play in brown outfits, which is very rare in football for some reason.

The other main team of Hamburg is Hamburger SV, which plays in the Bundeliga (top division in Germany). They are not as good as they used to be a few years ago though.
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Oooh, you should have gone to the Reeperbahn in the evening/at night. I am NOT into this thing at all, but the atmosphere then is completely different, than on your pics. Half of Hamburg and Hamburg tourists are then gathering there, like on a big fun fair. All the lights, the music, the pretty and young "ladies" and here and there an angry looking bouncer or pimp.
It's all completely safe though. I went there two times with my editor and fellow comic authors, when I was visiting my publisher and we had a great time.
Yes, that would have been interesting but two things:

1) I was travelling with my significant other - not sure she would have been interested.

2) We were Couchsurfing and the evenings with our host were really good and I prefer mingling with my hosts than seeing something that probably isn't all that different from what Time Square used to be like.
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St. Pauli is a pretty unique club in European football. I'm not that familiar with them, but they are supported by leftist and alternative people from Germany and even from other countries. They have created a special sort of brand and are seen as a sort of cult club. They also play in brown outfits, which is very rare in football for some reason.

The other main team of Hamburg is Hamburger SV, which plays in the Bundeliga (top division in Germany). They are not as good as they used to be a few years ago though.
Very interesting, thanks for the info.

Does that mean St. Pauli is a lower division team?
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Old October 27th, 2013, 12:14 AM   #132
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Maybe you were a concrete manufacturer in a previous life?
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Very interesting, thanks for the info.

Does that mean St. Pauli is a lower division team?
Yes, they currently play in the 2nd highest division, which is also a national league. I don't think they're good enough to ever promote to the top division though.
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Old October 27th, 2013, 12:56 AM   #134
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Oh, never say never in german football.
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Old October 27th, 2013, 12:56 AM   #135
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Great pictures. BTW, why is Bremen so underrepresented here on SSC?
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haha, could be

Are you noting a bunch of commonalities between Liverpool and Hamburg yet?
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Old October 27th, 2013, 04:43 AM   #137
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Great pictures. BTW, why is Bremen so underrepresented here on SSC?
Don't know. It is a great place. I really liked the size - perfect in my mind. Good location and also not far from the sea.

I would love to go back. Didn't see the maritime museum, didn't go in the Rathaus, didn't go to big parts of the port, etc. I could definitely use a few more days there.
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Contineuing on I came to the court house area:

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This is one of the present day courts in Hamburg. Maybe the main court, I'm not sure.

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At the suggestion of a women leaving the building I went in to see the legal library.

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The main hall of the court.

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The surrounding area was nicely landscaped with lots of statues.

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A dog getting some exercise.

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A very large and interesting looking inter-war era building.

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I very much like this architectural style and don't think I've seen it much anywhere else.

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Now for some more Victorian looking buildings right next door that would be at home in Manchester.

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Back by the union building...

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The courthouse from more of a distance.

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Time to hop on the train to check out other parts.

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Immaculate U-bahn passageway.

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I very much like this architectural style and don't think I've seen it much anywhere else.
No wonder. Backsteinexpressionismus/brick expressionism is a rather Northern German thing
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No wonder. Backsteinexpressionismus/brick expressionism is a rather Northern German thing
Excellent article!!! Thanks so much for the link. There are some even better examples of this style that I was close to but misse One more reason to go back.
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