New Architecutre - Bürohaus (Deichtorplatz)
The Bürohaus is one of a series of interesting modern office buildings in this part of Hamburg. Opened in 2002, it was designed by the Bothe, Richter & Teherani firm that was also responsible for the new "Europa Passage" shopping mall in the center city.
The Bürohaus is just to the west of Deichtorplatz, wedged into Ost-West Strasse and the Dovenfleet.
An undescript office block on the bustling Ost-West Strasse (and across from the Messberg U-bahn station) bears silent witness to Hamburg's connection to the horrors of the Holocaust. During World War II, this building served as headquarters for the German industrial combine "Tesch und Stabenow" - the company responsible for the manufacturing of the Zyklon-B gas used in NAZI extermination camps. In the 1946, the two directors of the firm were sentenced to death for their complicity in the mass murder of millions.
Interestingly, the building was originally named after Albert Bolling, the director of the HAPAG shipping and transportation firm. But Bolling was Jewish, and so the name of the building was changed during the 1930s.
The memorial plaque was dedicated in 1997.
Save in Hamburg
Visitors to Hamburg must have the Hamburg card or the power pass for young people under 30 years.
This card enables you to explore Hamburg conveniently at low cost.
-Ride free on all trains and buses of the HVV system in the greater Hamburg area ( tariff zones A+B)
-Enjoy discounts an admission prices to various sites
-Get a 10% discount on souvenir articles at the Tourist Information Shop at the main station
Prices from April 1, 2006
- Single ticket - one day 7.80€, 3 days 17,40€
- Group ticket - one day 11,20€ , 3 days 28,30 €, 5 days 51 €
The Closest Thing To TGIF in Hamburg
For People Staying in Altona's NH, 25 Hours, or Gastwerk Hotels, a large mega-menu restaurant with something for everyone from soup to nuts, about 5 minutes walking distance from your hotel lobby. There are discounts and specials aplenty, with daily lunch specials from 4,50 Euro to 5,50, and 2 Euro drink specials on over commercialized American-style cocktails like daquaris and coladas.
Inexpensive price aside, the dining area is very spacious and great for larger groups. The wait staff is fairly fast and orderly, and the ambiance is generally the same that you find in any casual themed restaurant chain in the United States, like TGIF, Chili's, Chi-Chi's, or Ruby Tuesdays : uniform wooden seating, dark colored interior with knick knacks on the walls.
The menu offers weekly specials at a set price, as well as the regular menu with a wide varierty of offerings for salads, pizza, pasta, fish, and steaks (chicken, pork, and beef). . The pasta portions are huge, the meat portions a bit smallish, but at least the latter is served with veggies and a choice of pomme frittes or baked potato & sour cream.
The only thing important to keep in mind is that even though Einstein is modeled after American style casual theme chains, the menu is more reflective of German/Continental EU tatstes, so rather that expecting to get a buffalo chicken pizza, you might run into pizza with ham instead. Rather than garlic breadstix and marinara, you'll be offered bruschetta. Still good, still filling, and very cheap. As an appetizer, try the Bruscetta- italian ciabatta bread topped w/tomatoes, olive oil, & fresh basil
Any of the grilled meat platters (gegrilltes), and pastas are a safe and very filling bet. The food is very straight forward and no nonsense here, but a great budget value.
The cocktail specials are also delicious, but the servings are smaller than those grossly oversized drinks we serve in the U.S... For about 2 Euro, you can get a small variety of daquaris, coladas, margaritas, and other tropical influenced favorites in large, chilled , rocks-sized glasses.
Einstein also has a daytime and late evening happy hour. Dinner entrees range from 6 to 10 Euro.
Take a boat trip through the harbour III - Ships
Hamburg's harbour is always good for a surprise. With ships coming in from all over the world, you never really know what you will see during your tour. If the captain of your boat is well-informed (and mine was), you'll be able to learn very many interesting things. This tip therefore is rather personal: The two ships I saw won't probably be there anymore when you do this trip, but there'll be other similarly interesting ones.
1. Maersk Sheerness
The name says it all: this ship is the sheer size! It's roughly 330m long and 43m wide and thus among the largest ships in the world. We were lucky enough to see it in Hamburg's harbour unloading some of its up to 8,000+ TEU containers. TEU means "twenty-foot equivalent unit", i.e. every container is 20ft long. I found it really incredible that men are able to build such a colossus - and even more that it only takes 36 hours maximum to unload all the containers. See my Hamburg travelogue for more pics of Maersk Sheerness.
This yacht is the world's most expensive and biggest yacht and is just being built at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg. It's almost completed, so be quick if you want to see it! The owner is Roman Abramovic, one of the world's richest men, and his newest yacht cost him ca. $500,000,000. Not exactly cheap, but then again the ship is 170m long, has nine decks, a pool, a cinema, a discotheque, 20 jet-skis, 4 motor boats, 2 helicopter landing places and will be equipped with a missile-defense system! According to our captain, maintaining the boat costs $20,000,000 per year...