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Hamburg

N 5332.957', E 959.215'
2010-08-28,2016-02-06
http://www.hamburg.de/
Our rating: 8.80
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2016
This time, we visited the largest in the world miniatur museum Miniatur Wunderland and walked around the city center.

Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg Yuriy Buriak

We spent the night at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg (booking.com). The best view of the city opens from the upper floors.

View of Hamburg
View of Hamburg Yuriy Buriak

2010

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is one of the most famous cities in Germany. Located at the confluence of the Elbe river into the North Sea, Hamburg is known as industrial and tourist center, the largest non-capital city and one of the largest ports in Europe.

View of Hamburg from the fish market
View of Hamburg from the fish market Yuriy Buriak


Hamburg
Hamburg Yuriy Buriak


The main attraction of the city is the City Hall built in 1886-1887. To my mind, this is one of the best city halls in Germany together with Munich and Bremen city halls.  Above the portal of the City Hall is the motto of the city: "Libertatem quam peperere maiores digne studeat servare posteritas" ("Let the descendants honorably keep the freedom achieved for them by their ancestors").

City Hall
City Hall Yuriy Buriak


Hygieia fountain in the courtyard of the Hamburg City Hall
Hygieia fountain in the courtyard of the Hamburg City Hall Yuriy Buriak

Around the City Hall on the banks of the Alster lake are the stairs, the city's favorite place for recreation and youth meetings. The bridge in the middle of the lake offers a great view of the City Hall.

City Hall (18861887)
City Hall (18861887) Yuriy Buriak


City Hall and St. Nicholas Church
City Hall and St. Nicholas Church Yuriy Buriak


Rainbow over the Alster lake
Rainbow over the Alster lake Yuriy Buriak

During World War II the city was repeatedly airstriked by Anglo-American aircraft. During "Operation Gomorrah" on July 25 - August 3, 1943 more than 50,000 people were killed and much of the city's buildings were destroyed.

After the war, the German cities were rebuilt and the effects of the bombing are not noticeable any longer. One of the buildings that remained destroyed is a St. Nicholas Church. It is one of the tallest and most notable buildings of Hamburg, the fifth Christian church in the world by height. During the bombing of 1943 it was destroyed, but the bell tower remained. In 1990 restoration works started and in 2005 the elevator was launched. The elevator takes the visitors to the observation deck on top of the bell tower.

St. Nicholas Church (1874)
St. Nicholas Church (1874) Yuriy Buriak


Small memorial museum near the bell tower of St. Nicholas Church
Small memorial museum near the bell tower of St. Nicholas Church Yuriy Buriak


Fountain near the bell tower of St. Nicholas Church
Fountain near the bell tower of St. Nicholas Church Yuriy Buriak


Portico of St. Nicholas Church
Portico of St. Nicholas Church Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture near St. Nicholas Church
Sculpture near St. Nicholas Church Yuriy Buriak


View from the bell tower of St. Nicholas Church
View from the bell tower of St. Nicholas Church Yuriy Buriak


TV tower (280 meters)
TV tower (280 meters) Yuriy Buriak

Hamburg is also famous for its "Beatles places". During their last three visits to Germany (April-May, November and December-1962) the Beatles played in Star Club at 39 Grosse Freiheit. The building survived until our time, but it doesn't have the club anymore, only a plaque left.

The Beatles played in Star Club in 1962.
The Beatles played in Star Club in 1962. Yuriy Buriak

There's a Beatles museum on the Reeperbahn Street. I am not a Beatles fan, but visited it with pleasure.

Beatles museum in Hamburg
Beatles museum in Hamburg Yuriy Buriak


Paul McCartney's autobiography in the Beatles Museum in Hamburg
Paul McCartney's autobiography in the Beatles Museum in Hamburg Yuriy Buriak


You can record your own hit in the museum =)
You can record your own hit in the museum =) Yuriy Buriak


Original Beatles contract in the Beatles museum in Hamburg
Original Beatles contract in the Beatles museum in Hamburg Yuriy Buriak


Yellow Submarine
Yellow Submarine Yuriy Buriak

Poster about the Beatles' first performance in Hamburg
Poster about the Beatles' first performance in Hamburg Yuriy Buriak

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Reeperbahn is one of the most famous streets in Germany. Along with several surrounding streets it forms the nightlife district of Hamburg. Germans consider it something like a small Amsterdam. Although in my opinion it's a tiny Amsterdam =)

Reeperbahn Street
Reeperbahn Street Yuriy Buriak


Grosse Freiheit Street
Grosse Freiheit Street Yuriy Buriak

While walking along the waterfront, don't miss a unique structure: old tunnel under the Elbe. 426-meter tunnel was built 100 years ago, but it functions properly nowadays and is used by the citizens. And not only by pedestrians. Every year more than 300,000 cars pass through it. Pedestrians and cars descend to the tunnel on a huge lift. The tunnel is free of charge for pedestrians and cyclists. In 1975 a modern road tunnel to the west of the downtown was built.

Elevator leading to the tunnel under the Elbe
Elevator leading to the tunnel under the Elbe Yuriy Buriak


Elevator leading to the tunnel under the Elbe
Elevator leading to the tunnel under the Elbe Yuriy Buriak


But you can walk down.
But you can walk down. Yuriy Buriak


The elevator is quite large and can hold cars.
The elevator is quite large and can hold cars. Yuriy Buriak


Tunnel under the Elbe
Tunnel under the Elbe Yuriy Buriak


Hamburg view from the opposite bank of the Elbe
Hamburg view from the opposite bank of the Elbe Yuriy Buriak

On the waterfront you can find a Soviet submarine, which was taken out of the fleet and turned into a museum in 2002.

Soviet submarine museum B-515 in Hamburg
Soviet submarine museum B-515 in Hamburg Yuriy Buriak


We need a blonde to understand that =)
We need a blonde to understand that =) Yuriy Buriak


Kitchen utensils in a submarine
Kitchen utensils in a submarine Yuriy Buriak

One of the most unusual places in the city is the port storage area Shpeyhershtadt. It's a small island built in 1884-1910 from red brick. Shpeyhershtadt buildings are still used as warehouses for coffee, tea, tobacco, spices and Persian rugs. During the war many of the buildings had been destroyed, but later they were rebuilt retaining the same architecture.

Speicherstadt, port warehouses
Speicherstadt, port warehouses Yuriy Buriak


Speicherstadt, port warehouses
Speicherstadt, port warehouses Yuriy Buriak


Speicherstadt, port warehouses
Speicherstadt, port warehouses Yuriy Buriak


Sailboat on the waterfront in Hamburg
Sailboat on the waterfront in Hamburg Yuriy Buriak


Canals of Hamburg
Canals of Hamburg Yuriy Buriak


Strange water sport competition in Hamburg
Strange water sport competition in Hamburg Yuriy Buriak


It was fun to watch them fall into the water one by one.
It was fun to watch them fall into the water one by one. Yuriy Buriak


Car in Hamburg
Car in Hamburg Yuriy Buriak


Homeless people are even in Germany.
Homeless people are even in Germany. Yuriy Buriak


Concert in Hamburg
Concert in Hamburg Yuriy Buriak


Monument to Bismarck
Monument to Bismarck Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: Hamburg is a major transport hub, so you can get there by any kind of transport.

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