Every one like when things are free and when you plan to visit Hamburg, and other bigger German cities. Beware of that in some hotels and restaurants you can find free post cards and you just can take them and then write them to your friends. I can promise that many friends will be happy and feel special if they get a post card from your trip.
Fondest memory: It is a secret. Read it on the post card!
Websites on Hamburg for general information
Official website of the City of Hamburg
Website for the tourism in Hamburg
Some cultural and tourist information. Unfortunately poor in English. But maybe you find some images for an impression.
Newspapers | Magazines
If you want to get to know about what's going on in Germany you might check some of the common newspapers and magazines. Of course, they are in German... But some know German...
Some of the common papers in Germany:
For those Indians who are in Hamburg during the festival season of Durga Puja and Diwali, here's something you can try to visit. There's an Indian community in Hamburg that celebrates Durga Puja and other festvals every year and the location is at Berner Heerweg at Farmsen-Berne. The puja's and the community meetings take place at Haus der Jugend Farmsen, and is a great experience. It is very easy to reach the place by U-Bahn. Take U1 and get down at Farmsen. The Haus der Jugend is just 10 stairs away.
Fondest memory: We were here during the Durga Puja festival (Navami & Dashami) 2007 and got a warm welcome and real good Indian food at the end of everyday.
Fondest memory: We had a great time at the funfair in the park in St. Pauli. We were walking back to our hotel through the park after a long day of sightseeing in the city and it was very easy to give in to temptation and spend the evening here. I think my favourite memory was going on the Bumper Cars after 5 pints of German beer.
Favorite thing: Altona was a separate city from Hamburg for most of its existence - in fact, it was in a separate country until 1867! As an enclave of Denmark, Altona had a Scandinavian propriety about it that was lacking in the more salty and sailor-y Hamburg. The "refinement" of Altona is reflected in the fine building that served as its town hall - a marked contrast to the exuberance (some might say vulgarity) of Hamburg's Rathaus.
Favorite thing: One of the best places to catch a glimpse of the active working port is from the "suburb" of Altona, where an overlook allows for viewing the bustling river below. Container ships carry Germany's industrial bounty to the far corners of the world - Germany being the one of the world's leading exporters, with a dramatic _trade surplus_, in sharp contrast to some other nations that shall remain nameless.
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.
Favorite thing: "Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft" - HHLA - is the port authority that operates the Speicherstadt, or "Warehouse City." (According to their website, the HHLA is still the world's largest warehouse facility!) The "ancestor" company was founded in 1885, and they still operate their headquarters in this neo-gothic structure on the Bei St. Annen.
Hafen City - Harbor City - is creating an entirely new neighborhood of condos, apartments, and offices along the canals of Hamburg's former free-trade zone.
Lots of great windows over the canals - but in my opinion some of the street facades of the buildings are bland, if not overbearing, and there seem to be a lack of public spaces as well. I don't know if I'd want to live down in this area - it seems somewhat cold and heartless.
Das Feuerschiff - moored at the Landungsbrücke - is an old converted fireship that has been converted to a hotel/restaurant/bar. Monday nights are an open jazz jam - a really good time!
Count Otto van Bismarck (1803-1890) was the Chancellor first of Prussia, then of a United Germany, from 1859 until 1890. His policies were largely responsible for the creation of the "Second Reich". Conservative and traditional, Bismarck fulfilled the national aspirations of millions of 19th century Germans, but at the cost of aligning German interests with the authoritarian and militaristic ambitions of the Kaisers and their aristocratic supporters.
The Bismarck Monument in Hamburg reflects a widespread conviction that German nationhood was "bound up" with the forceful projection of German masculinity. At least that's my interpretation!
Hamburg is Germany's largest port - and Europe's second largest. (I think Rotterdam is #1.)
Statistics: every year 12,000 ships load and unload some 70,000,000 tons of cargo here.
A moderate bluff rises above the old port buildings, giving an excellent view of the bustling harbor. Yes, those are grape vines planted on the hillside!
Strolling along the Elbe Harbor on a beautiful Saturday in December. The name of the street is the Johannisbollwerk - but I don't know if that also applies to the Promenade.
Being a landlubber from the dry state of Kansas, yooperprof is endlessly fascinated by working ports.
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.
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