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Old Posted Aug 8, 2015, 11:01 PM
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Hamburg on Easter

These photos are already from few years ago, but I don't think we see Hamburg too often in here. It's the second largest city in Germany with approximately 1.7 million people living in the metropolitan area. Although not directly on the coast, Hamburg is an old Hansa city with one of the largest ports in Europe. Enjoy with more to come.


Leaving from Berlin.


Hamburg Hbf is one of busiest rail transit hubs in Europe.





There are several S-Bahn lines and 3 U-Bahn subway lines.







The subway is called Hochbahn because it travels above ground in many places.









New office complex nearby city center.



Dammtor S-Bahn station.





Tallest building in Hamburg.







Binnen Alster is one of the two lakes in city center. Both are popular recreational areas among people.



Hamburg is a city of water and canals. The city has more canals and bridges than Venice, London and Amsterdam - combined!













Hamburg's old city hall is spectacular despite having been rebuilt after second world war.




















Inside city hall.





Courtyard





Next up: Hamburg's historic Speicherstad. This area used to be center of commerce and warehouses back in the 19th century.















Next to Speicherstadt is HafenCity which will be a large extention to the city center. It is built where city's port used to be before being moved downstream Elbe River.



Lots of modern European architecture in HafenCity area.









Elbphilharmonie is a neverending construction project. This huge concert hall and upscale residential tower is years late and currently expected to open in 2017 (over 5 years late in schedule). The building will be city's new landmark on the bank of River Elbe.









More HafenCity.



Unilever headquarters. Hamburg is a rich city with many company headquarters.





More to come.
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Old Posted Aug 9, 2015, 11:18 AM
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I really liked Hamburg when I visited it in 2011.
Note that 1.7 million is the population of the city proper, not the metropolitan area.
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Old Posted Aug 9, 2015, 2:50 PM
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Amazing pictures! Thanks for the tour, Klaus.

I´ve liked what you´ve shown about Hamburg. The pictures of the city center and about the transports are really good. Hamburg looks a comfortable city to live in.

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain.
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Very nice!
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Nice pics! Hamburg is great. Did you get a chance to explore the neighbourhoods outside of downtown?

Hamburg reminded me a lot of London. It had the red brick apartment buildings interspersed with towers blocks and po and it was laced with old elevated rail lines. Also, like London, Hamburg feels pretty vast. I'm not saying that Hamburg is the spit and image of London; their residential vernaculars are quite a bit different. But it's got a muscular urban landscape that goes on forever - well, at least by German standards. Of course, London is a much bigger and more populated city, so it feels more "full", but you get the idea. I think the best analogy would be that comparing Hamburg's feel to London's is like comparing Philadelphia to Brooklyn/Queens.
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Very beautiful!
I've been to Hamburg twice, but I want to go there again and again!
Thank you for posting your photos!
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I like the new Germanic style you see in England, the Netherlands, Germany, and Scandinavia. A nice balance of busy and refined.
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Great pics! Thanks!

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Note that 1.7 million is the population of the city proper, not the metropolitan area.
Indeed. Hamburg metropolitan area is more like 3.2 million and the wider Metropolitan Region (CSA like) is 5.1 million.
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It's such a great mixture of old European culture and modern day urbanity. Typical North American cities seem so far behind this. Very nice photos.
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Note that 1.7 million is the population of the city proper, not the metropolitan area.
Yep, got mixed with the numbers while posting!

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Nice pics! Hamburg is great. Did you get a chance to explore the neighbourhoods outside of downtown?
We spent three days in Hamburg, giving us a goos chance to see the main sights. I did venture out to Altona, but not much more outside of "Downtown".

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Hamburg reminded me a lot of London. It had the red brick apartment buildings interspersed with towers blocks and po and it was laced with old elevated rail lines. Also, like London, Hamburg feels pretty vast. I'm not saying that Hamburg is the spit and image of London; their residential vernaculars are quite a bit different. But it's got a muscular urban landscape that goes on forever - well, at least by German standards. Of course, London is a much bigger and more populated city, so it feels more "full", but you get the idea. I think the best analogy would be that comparing Hamburg's feel to London's is like comparing Philadelphia to Brooklyn/Queens.
I am with you. Hamburg feels historic and vast, mostly due to how packed and urban the city center is.

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I like the new Germanic style you see in England, the Netherlands, Germany, and Scandinavia. A nice balance of busy and refined.
Yeah, the new HafenCity district definitely showcases some of the best North-European / Scandinavian architecture.
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The most popular sight in Hamburg is the Miniatur Wunderwelt in Speicherstadt area. It simply world's largest miniature world. We spent three hours there and enjoyed every moment! The level of detail is just astonishing.



Miniature Swiss Alps.



















Imaginary town of Knuffingen.



Miniature Hamburg



Very interesting ship lift in East Germany.



Fire!





Occassional giant



Brand new airport section.







How clouds are made.



DJ Bobo mega concert with 20 000 attendees!









Yep, these guys are nude.













Ooops



Mini-Vegas





Piece of Murica.









Wind surfing



Scandinavia section





Not only do the cars move, but also the day turns to night.







Where all the magic happens (or at least is controlled).



More of Hamburg to come.
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Germany at it's best.
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Awesome shots.
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I'm very impressed with the quality of Hamburg's urban environment! Great looking city!

Minatur Wonderland reminds me of Madurodamn in Den Hague--pretty cool
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The Port of Hamburg makes for an interesting boat ride while the famous red light district Reeperbahn shows a more gritty Hamburg.

All boat tours begin with a tour of the historical Speicherstadt warehouse district.













Hamburg dry dock ahoy!





The largest container ship calling port at the time of our tour was a 8501 TEU Cosco Thailand which is nowadays only a mid-size ship.



It is still pretty big when you get really up close.













Back in the harbour it is interesting walk to cross the Elbe River through the old Elbtunnel.



An interesting thing about this tunnel is that how it is a car tunnel but cars have to taken an elevator down.









Elbtunnel is the main reason why the Port of Hamburg had to be relocated downriver as large vessels could not pass over it anymore.







Next we walked to the Reeperbahn district.



Yep, that's a hole made with an axe.





The red light district. Prostitution is a legal tax-paying business in Germany.











Also here gentrification is creeping closer and closer...



Time to check Hamburg after dark! First stop: the spectacular city hall.







There is not much going on in Speicherstadt after dark, but it is still a nice walk in a historic area.







Old buildings are illuminated really well. Too bad it was quite windy, making photos less sharp.



And there you have it! One more photo set coming up a bit later. Enjoy.
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I spent about 1.5 hours in central Hamburg in 2005 between trains and I dearly wish I had been able to see more of it.

Gorgeous photos of a great looking city.
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Great thread with 10 years old pictures ,but Hamburg looks always cool and beautyful . I think the City hall was not completely rebuild after WWII , but undergone some reperations. MINIATUR WUNDERLAND is since them further grown andthey will further extend ,they rented new space in another Speicherstadt block opposite the Channel , connected by a pedestrian skywalk paid paid the twin Braun brothers, the founder of Mi Wu La (2001) with today more than 300 employees .Hafencity is still under construction .
Have a new visit.
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