So now, let’s go to a long journey started from Bremen, including Amsterdam, Hamburg and finished at Luxembourg. Remembering Hamburg and feeling like in North Europe will make me just happy in this balcony 😉
No one tells you how pretty Hamburg is. That’s because so few people mention Hamburg in the first place. Other German cities like Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt are much more popular. And so Hamburg, bigger than all..Did you know about the lake? houses around this lake like a postcard-ready tableau..and the canals? the Elbe river? which makes Hamburg the Venice of northern Europe after Stockholm and Amsterdam…
Hamburg tells you a lot about how being a chic, postmodern, developed and historic place together. Apart from being a logistic city and the heart of commerce in Europe for centuries, Hamburg serves you a lot of things to do from sightseeing to architecture to fairs to festivals.. Hamburg has 2,302 bridges – more than Venice and Amsterdam combined. With over 90 consulates, Hamburg is second only to New York City. My pictures are just like a proof of that.
As a tourist and a passionate traveller, in my first visit to every city, to understand every faces of it, I just swallow the city’s dust by touching every popular corner. This table is my own city plan and now it yours 😉
1st day at Hamburg 23 April 2014
We were staying at Harburg at my friend’s pretty house. It is a typical Hamburg house about 15 minutes away from city center with railway. It is hard to say Harburg is a rural area because I think no place in Hamburg is rural :)…shopping centers, markets, schools and of course railways make anywhere similar with city center.
First point we needed to visit Hafencity where Elbphillharmonie is just over there. A new world class phillharmonie concert hall for Europe just standing near the edge of Elbe river and designed by popular Swiss architectures. However, the concerts do not take place yet, the construction still continues. You can keep in touch with its construction history by the help of Pavillion.
The historic Speicherstadt
Second day at Hambourg, started with a bike rental experience. You can find stadtrad hamburg at nearly every street and rent your bike at 6€ daily. The good thing about stadtrad is, since its stations are nearly everywhere you can leave your bike to any station and take a new one when you need it again. So you do not need to find a place for locking your bike. If you would like to lock it, you do not need to carry any keys because you can handle everything with your password. Another good thing is they are corporate enough to help you on phone if you have any problem with your password. I always insist on travelling in European countries with bike. Especially at Hamburg, just in one day, we enjoyed Mönckebergstraße, St. Nikolai church, Miniatur Wonderland, Dungeon Museum, Meßmer Momentum, Altona Area and Harbour together.
Second stop was St. Nikolai church. On the way to St. Nikolai, cafes near canals and historic buildings force you to have some shots:)
Bronze sculpture of Edith Breckwoldt called Erdenengel (Angel of Earth) and it was displayed on the ground of the church for the 60th anniversary of the bombings. The words at the bottom of the sculpture is saying “Take my hand and let me lead you back to yourself” (Nimm meine hand und ich führe dich zu dir zurück)
At museum parts of Speicherstadt, the most outstanding museums are Dungeon Museum and Miniatur Wunderland. Dungeon Hamburg is a part of Dungeon chain like its other friends in Amsterdam, Berlin, London. Each theme is based on the area history. Miniatur Wunderland is again composed of each Hamburg icons miniaturs and specifically nice for children to have fun.
Messmer Momentum also houses events like tea training, tea time and classical music with Hamburg symphony, piano moments…
After taking a rest at Messmer Momentum, we were pedalling all the way down swiftly to Harbour.
The area is called St. Pauli quarter and it surrounds harbour, Hard Rock Cafe and Canal Tours. Port of Hamburg is named Germany’s gateway to the world and the largest port in Germany. It was founded at 1189 by Frederick I and its location is an ideal place for warehousing and transshipment facilities. It is located on the river Elbe and enabled Hamburg to develop early into a leading city of trade.
The port lies down from Speicherstadt (that I mentioned you about above, an architectural icons of Hamburg, free port and warehouse at the north side of river Elbe) to Altona during Elbe River.
The St. Pauli Piers (St. Pauli Landungsbrücken), are the largest landing place in the Port of Hamburg and also a major tourist attraction.
The view from Hard Rock balcony…Elbphilharmonie just behind me enriches the picture, doesn’t it ?
After passing through the old Brücke, the corridor we met brought us to boats for harbour tours.
The next day, we enjoyed canal tour over Alster Lake with the view of beautiful lake houses and green parks at city center. Our 3rd day in Hamburg is full of shopping and sightseeing… Please keep in touch for the next post;)
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