New Architecture - Allianz Insurance
Uncompromising modernism in the shadow of the ruins of St. Nikolai.
At first glance, it seems quite jarring to see this sleek silver office block cheek-by-jowl to the ruined somber spire. But I guess that's the point. And I think it works, here.
Architect Bernhard Hermkes (1903-1995) was one of the masters of the German modern style, both before and after World War II. The Allianz Insurance Building here in Hamburg was one of his last major projects, completed in 1971.
Bergedorf is a small town inside of the city-limits of Hamburg and it has plenty of old half-timbered buildings including a very famous half-timbered church and a lovely water-castle : The Bergedorfer Schloss that is used as a museum today.
The interior of the museum is really worth a visit for some great furniture and old decorations.
Something special in Bergedorfer Schloss is an old confectionary dating back to the middle of the 19th century, it is fully equipped with lovely furniture and may be even rented for private festivities.
I flew to Hamburg with the airline Germanwings for the bargain price of just 25E return, the flight actually cost 2c, the rest was airport taxes. This was an offer I just couldn't refuse!
The flight took about an hour and 20 mins, food on board is mainly things like pizza, rolls and muffins and has to be paid for. As there is no seat allocation, boarding can be a bit like a rugby scrum, so wait until the end, there's always a seat.
The airport has two terminals with all the usual cafes, shops etc and in the departure lounge there is internet access at 50c for 10 mins.
German-Indian: A Bizarre Yet Yummy Culinary Hybrid
This is one of the strangest, yet most satisfying eating experiences I've had in Hamburg. Picture it: housed inside of a business complex or refurbished brick wharehouses, is a basement restaurant that looks like it's survived through at least 150 years. It's dark, with brick exposed walls and curved archways, with the original architecture and advertising logo intact (the latter which resembles medieval style lettering).
The street front menu advertises what could be considered good old fashioned German staples, homestyle----Gulasche Soup, Wienerschitzel, Schweinebraten, and Salmon in Dill Sauce. But, on closer inspection you see an additional menu of East Indian favorites, such as Dahl Soup, Chili Chicken, Lamb Curry and Chicken Byrani (!?!?). It's definitely an unorthadox combination of two menus, but somehow it still works.
On entering you discover that this hidden old space has a strong and historic past as a restaurant in the Bahrenfeld community for about a century. It was purchased however, by a Southeast Asian family, and rather than erase the old past of the place, they decided to retain some of it's historical flavor, but combine it with Indian foods from their own traditions. The result is surprisingly good. For patrons who are in the mood for hearty, traditionally western European comfort food, the German entrees are straight forward and satisfying. For a patron that's in the mood for something more exotic and ecclectic, the Indian menu is spice laden and delicious. Prices range from 4 Euro for Soups & Salads to Entrees ranging from 10-13,50 Euro.
Kogniglichen Proviantampt Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 11.30 am-2.30 pm (lunch specials starting at 5 Euro), then 5.30 pm-Midnight
The restaurant is two bus stops (4 minutes) from NH Hotel Altona, and walking distance from Hotels Gastwerk and 25 Hours. The restaurant is spacious, but cozy, and is open to receiving very large parties with advance notice/reservations. From The Deutche menu, try the Lammsteak, Lachssteak (Salmon), or Rotbarch (Red Snapper). All come with parsley potatoes and salad.
From the Indische menu, all the curries are 100% dependably good....however, the best item on the menu is the very very SPICY "Chicken Chili"- chicken breast strips with bell peppers, onions, cabbage and hot chilis in ginger cream sauce. If necessary you can ask the waiter for a mild version if you know you can't handle hot foods.
With the exception of a traditional German apple streudel (apfelstruedel), the deserts offered are essentially ice cream. Vanilla with Rasberry and Chocolate Sauce, Mixed Ice, Walnut Ice Cream With Rum Topping, and Pistascio...
Museum Ship Cap San Diego
Cap San Diego is a museum ship, moored at Überseebrücke and open to visitors. In her active times the freighter was travelling the South America route. Now she is retired and hardly ever leaves the port.
On special occasions, however, she is allowed a day off, and the old lady seems to enjoy the chance to set out for the North Sea waters again (photo 4 and 5). I can only guess why she went out that day when I caught her from the Elbe bank at Övelgönne: there was a very big and very official visitor from the UK in the harbour and they probably needed the space at Überseebrücke.