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A first Impression of Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg port area - A first Impression of Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg port area

A first Impression of Hamburg, Germany – Travel Photo Mondays

I didn’t really spend time researching the city of Hamburg, all I know was that I was passing through and had a few days to discover the city and if the time spent visiting the main attractions of Germany’s largest harbor faintly interesting. Surprisingly, I actually had a great time and Hamburg is a wonderful place to visit considering its close proximity to Berlin.

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Hamburg port and central district - A first Impression of Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg port and central district

A historic port and cargo container business

Hamburg has always been an important port city with a very strong maritime history. This is all clear when you visit the city, the entire harbor area is filled with cargo container cranes lining a big stretch of the harbor. But surprisingly outside of the large harbor, there is also a lot to see and do along the harbor outside of finding a restaurant and eating fish and chips with a cold lager of beer

 

Hamburg port and extensive container facilities

Hamburg port and extensive container facilities

 

 

 

 

 

The Reeperbahn at St. Pauli's, better known as the red light district in Hamburg

The Reeperbahn at St. Pauli’s, better known as the red light district in Hamburg

 

The Reeperbahn

I was also surprised to find that Hamburg is a city filled with contrasts from the many quirky and eclectic neighborhoods, the harbor area to the busy red light district called the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli. Rivaling Amsterdam’s famous red light district, the Reeperbahn is filled with sex shops and strip shows but also has fun night clubs, bars and restaurants and a lively theater district. I didn’t get a chance to see the area at night when things are more lively and colorful, but walking through during the day is just as exciting and fun to explore minus the sexual energy.

 

 

Tacky and cool night clubs and bars at the Reeperbahn, Hamburg

Tacky and cool night clubs and bars at the Reeperbahn, Hamburg

A place where night clubs and popular theater merge

 

St. Pauli's - sex clubs and shops fill the district

St. Pauli’s – sex clubs and shops fill the district

 

 

 

Cool street art at the Reeperbahn, St. Pauli

Cool street art at the Reeperbahn, St. Pauli

 

 

 

 

Erotic displays at St. Pauli

Erotic displays at St. Pauli

 

 

Planten un Blomen

A very close walk to St. Pauli is a very large green belt and park area which was a nice diversion from Hamburg’s urban  jungle.  The park area called Planten un Blomen, is a perfect place to sit and enjoy nature right in the center of the city, and it seemed like everything was blooming the moment I walked through the many garden areas of the park. From the some of the grassy areas, you can easily spot many of the landmarks and popular attractions in the city center.

 

Planten un Blomen in central Hamburg

Planten un Blomen in central Hamburg

Magnificent water gardens and fountains at Planten un Blomen

 

Planten un Blomen water feature in central Hamburg

Planten un Blomen water feature in central Hamburg

 

 

 

 

Planten un Blomen landscape in central Hamburg

Planten un Blomen landscape in central Hamburg

 

 

 

Schanzenviertel neighborhood in Hamburg

Schanzenviertel neighborhood in Hamburg

 Schanzenviertel

Continuing my walk and exploring the neighborhood about 15 minutes northwest of the park is an eclectic and trendy neighborhood called Schanzenviertel. Once a popular student hangout spot with trendy shops, restaurants and bars, the area is gentrified and more upscale but cool at the same time. It’s fun to see active and young neighborhoods like this and enjoy great food and people watching at the same time.

 

Street art in Schanzenviertel neighborhood, Hamburg

Street art in Schanzenviertel neighborhood, Hamburg

 

 

 

 

Shopping fun at Schanzenviertel neighborhood, Hamburg

Shopping fun at Schanzenviertel neighborhood, Hamburg

 

Outdoor markets and cafes at Schanzenviertel

 

Outdoor markets at Schanzenviertel neighborhood, Hamburg

Outdoor markets at Schanzenviertel neighborhood, Hamburg

 

 

 

 

 

Speicherstadt Warehouse District, Hamburg

Speicherstadt Warehouse District, Hamburg

SPeicherstadt Warehouse District

 

Speicherstadt Warehouse District, Hamburg

Speicherstadt Warehouse District, Hamburg

 

This historic area along Hamburg’s waterfront area is the Speicherstadt Warehouse District which means the warehouse district touted as the worlds largest warehouse district. This is where the storage areas of the worlds imported goods were stored from vast shipping lines that ruled the ancient and now modern shipping container business. It was established as a free zone so no customs duty would be charged while the goods are in transit.  Many of the buildings in the historic district have been converted to commercial, business offices and galleries including one of the largest model train exhibits in the whole world.

The Speicherstadt Warehouse District is the first site in Hamburg  that has been awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site on 5 July 2015 which is a recent certification.

 

Speicherstadt Warehouse District, Hamburg

Speicherstadt Warehouse District, Hamburg

 Detailed exterior facades of the warehouse district

 

Speicherstadt Warehouse District, Hamburg

Speicherstadt Warehouse District, Hamburg

Central Hamburg and the Rathaus

 

Rathaus (city hall) Hamburg

Rathaus (city hall) Hamburg

 

I finally make it to the Rathaus (city hall) after the extensive tour of the Speicherstadt warehouse district.  It really is an impressive structure along with the town square it sits on with other majestic government buildings, shopping galleries and eateries. I learn that this is still a functioning town hall that represents Hamburg’s parliament, one of Germany’s 16 state parliaments. (comparable to our US state capital buildings). The town hall sits next to the Kleine Alster, which is a major tributary to the Elbe river (one of the major rivers with commercial and historic significance to Northern Germany). The area around the Kleine Alster is now a popular gathering spot with promenades, shopping arcades of the Jungfernstieg and a very scenic spot fronting the Rathaus and town square.

 

Rathaus (city hall) Hamburg

Rathaus (city hall) Hamburg

Glamorous shopping at the Jungfernstieg

In the historic center of Hamburg next to the town hall is the Jungfernstieg. This area of beautiful old galleries is were all the designer shops and international brands make a presence a the magnificent old shopping arcades and ornate stand alone buildings in this trendy and fashionable area. With a variety of cafes, bars and places to enjoy the water views of the Kleine Alster, or just feed the swans below, it is a popular gathering spot for locals and tourists alike.

 

 

Jungfernstieg, central Hamburg

Jungfernstieg, central Hamburg

 

Well that was definitely a long day touring most of the Hamburg’s attractions and unique neighborhoods of the city. I hoped you enjoyed the walking tour and getting a flavor of this wonderful city.  Thanks for visiting and checking out my post on a first Impression of Hamburg, Germany. If you enjoyed the post, could you please share it with any of the social media buttons around the post.

 

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14 Responses to A first Impression of Hamburg, Germany

  1. Lisa July 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    I lived in Hamburg for a few months as a student and my heart still lingers there a little bit, so this is a great reminder of a place I still feel is one of my homes. Great post.

  2. Rhonda Albom July 16, 2015 at 2:49 am #

    Beautiful shots of an interesting and eclectic city, one which I don’t remember at all. I haven’t been since the early 80s.

  3. Sally@Toddlers on Tour July 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    I’ve never visited Hamburg, but it feels as if I have as you pictures have captured the essence of the city.

  4. Carole Terwilliger Meyers July 14, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    Great shots of Hamburg! I especially like the one of the cargo container cranes. I thought the Reeperbahn at St. Pauli’s was a carousel until I read the text!

  5. Suzanne Stavert July 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    I always look forward to seeing your photos every week. The golden glow you have created on the photos is magical.

  6. Kay Dougherty July 13, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    You have some gorgeous photos here! I don’t know that I’d go to Hamburg as a destination but now if I’m in the area I would at least check it out. I’m a sucker for anything UNESCO and the warehouse area looks intriguing.

  7. Donna Janke July 13, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    Great photos. There are so many different facets to Hamburg, it could be several cities. It sounds like a fun place to visit.

  8. Shelley July 13, 2015 at 5:38 am #

    Hamburg does look like a very impressive city. I like the street art and markets in Schanzenviertel, and your photos of the Speicherstadt Warehouse District are stunning!

  9. Yasha Langford July 13, 2015 at 3:09 am #

    Hamburg is a very impressive city. We were lucky enough to be staying with a local when we visited a few years ago and so discovered some incredible spots.
    My husband will return anytime just to visit Miniatur Wunderland – a building full of model railway scenes. It is one of the largest in the world and very impressive.

  10. Rajlakshmi July 13, 2015 at 12:38 am #

    your pictures looks like paintings… so beautiful and colourful 🙂

  11. Paula McInerney July 12, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    Love it when you take me with you to new and different places, and Hamburg is appealing already.

  12. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru July 12, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to visit Hamburg ever since I was a teenager crazy about the Beatles. It appears as though the club scene that attracted them to gigs out of the UK is still very strong. What a contrast with the lovely spring scenes in the park and greenspace. You managed to cover quite a few neighborhoods!

  13. Rachel Heller July 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

    Wow, you covered a lot of territory in just one day! Hamburg isn’t very far trom where I live, yet I’ve never gone and explored It. I’ll add It to my list of weekend away destinations!

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