In February, my employer sent me to Hamburg to attend a workshop, so I got the opportunity to spend a month in this amazing city. I’d like to share some of the impressions I got.
But first – let’s start with some fun facts about Hamburg:
- Hamburg has a population of 1.7 million people, which makes it the largest city in the European Union that isn’t the capital of its country.
- Hamburg – not Liverpool – is the birthplace of The Beatles. They played the first concert under their commonly known name on August 17 1960 in the quarter St. Pauli.
- St. Pauli is the red light district of Hamburg – we’ll get to that later.
- Hamburg has 2,500 bridges – that’s more than Amsterdam, London and Venice combined.
- There’s a bike rental system spread all over the city. One can use the bicycles that are part of that system for free for the first 30 minutes.
- At the Miniatur Wunderland one can find the largest model railroad system in the world.
View of Hamburg from the St. Michaelis church (aka Hamburgs Michel)
The Speicherstadt, a historical warehouse district, which today became an area with lots of museums, cafés and offices. Quite popular among tourists
Modern buildings at the historical district Speicherstadt
The headquarter of Der Spiegel, one of Germanys most relevant news magazines and news websites
Great Falafel at Kumpir
View on Hamburg. At the left: The St. Michaelis church. At the right: The-yet-to open new concert hall Elbphilharmonie
In the Elbtunnel – a tunnel that passes under the Elbe river. It’s possible to walk there or to drive by car
Free Wifi in front of the Apple store
Ad in front of a building: “You hate your job. You hate your wife. You hate your car. We take the car. Verified car scrapping.”
Nightly mattress delivery at the red light district St. Pauli