"Our mission is simple: to lend an ear and give help to everyone coming to us. At Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (Main Station), Harburg and Altona we supprort people in the ove with information and assistance when embarking and disembarking trains or making connections. With rooms to rest in or stay the night. With wheelchairs or trolleys. Or by accompanying minors travelling alone. We help in personla crises: friends lost. Nowhere to sleep. No telephone. Torn clothing. Robbed. Injured. Sick. Weak. Language problems. And we give advice and directions in emergency situations: homelessness. Drug addiction. Desparation. Suicidal tendencies.
The bahnhofsmission is there for you, day and night."
This is the official text of the Bahnhofsmission in Hamburg, where I volunteer and help about 2 to 3 times a month.
The history of the Holsten-Brauerei AG is closely associated with the history of the German cities of Hamburg and Altona. For this reason, this chronicle includes several events from the cities' common and uncommon past.
1270 The Hamburg shipping codex classified beer as the most important trading merchandise.
1537 First historic mention of the town of Altona.
1867 Altona became a part of Prussia.
1890 The royal Commerz-Collegium zu Altona* ("Altona Commercial Council") - a predecessor of the Altona Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement, concerning the Holsten-Brauerei in the early 1890s: "Initially intended for a production volume of 60,000 hectolitres, the brewery plant soon had to be expanded to a production capacity of 100,000 hectolitres in order to meet the demand of its rapidly increasing distribution area." This was accomplished in part through the installation of steam engines with up to 60 horsepower. In Hamburg and vicinity there were 32 breweries, of which 14 were limited companies.
* The Commerz-Collegium zu Altona still exists today as a foundation-like adjunct to the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and is responsible for the sponsorship of beneficial community projects.
1893 The Holstenstra?e train station was opened directly beside the brewery.
1906 A beer tax increase led to the "Beer War" between breweries and pub owners which lasted for 25 days.
1914 "Vereinsbrauerei der Hamburg-Altonaer Gastwirte" (Altona Publicans Association Brewery) taken over by Holsten.
1918 Takeover of "Brauerei Germania" in what is now the Wandsbek district of Hamburg.
1920 Takeover of "B?rgerlichen Brauhauses" in Hamburg.
1914-1920 Raw materials bottlenecks during and after the First World War. Survival only possible through the sale of real estate.
1922 The Holsten-Brauerei AG acquired the "Brauerei D.H. Hinselmann & Co.", in Neumunster near Hamburg.
1923 The monetary reform in the form of a massive devaluation brought about a reduction of asset valuation from 519 trillion to 9 million.
Takeover of Harms-Brauerei Boes R. Berkhoff of Neumunster.
1927 Extension of production capacity to 700,000 hectolitres.
1937 The Hamburg suburbs of Altona, Wandsbek and Harburg-Wilhemsburg were incorporated into the city of Hamburg by Reich's governmental decree. Overnight nearly 500,000 people became new citizens of Hamburg, among them 242,000 in Altona.
1939 Beer sales collapsed with the beginning of WWII, due in part to new production regulations and a drastically increased beer tax. A silver lining was the brewing of "Provisions Beer" for the Wehrmacht (military forces). Conscription soon led to staff shortages in the brewery.
1943 More than 100 bombs and incendiary devices hit the Holsten-Brauerei AG between 25th July and 3rd August.
1946 Beginning of the reconstruction of the Holsten-Brauerei AG. Soon the company's breweries in Hamburg, Kiel and Neum?nster were provisionally operable. Because it was not possible to allocate barley to the breweries in the British occupational zone, a "beer ersatz beverage" was brewed, called "whey beer" by the people who had to drink it.
1948 Lowest point on the German per capita beer consumption curve, only 25 litres per person! In 2001 the per capita consumption was 123 litres.
1952 Holsten began to export beer in cans.
1953 The Holsten-Brauerei AG again reached pre-war production levels with 500,000 hectolitres.
1954 Acquisition of majority stake in Germania-Brauerei C. Dressler GmbH of Bremen.
1956 Acquisition of majority stake in Bill-Brauerei AG of Hamburg, including its Moravia Pils brand.
1990 Beginning of licence production in China.
2005 Carlsberg Deutschland GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carlsberg A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark, acquires a 100% interest in G?ttsche-Getr?nke, a North German beverages wholesaler.
Hamburg Tourist Office
Tel: +49 (0) 40/ 3 00 51-300
Fax: +49 (0) 40/ 3 00 51-333
- www.hamburg.de (different languages)
- www.hamburg-tourism.de/HAMBURG_Tourismus_Gm.2.0.html?&no_cache=1&L=1 (different languages)
- www.alemania-turismo.com/pages_ms/hamburg_esp.htm (spanish)
You will find figures of a water carrier throughout the city of Hamburg.
There is a story to it that I would like to share with you and that explains where the famous Hamburg greeting Hummel, Hummel - Mors, Mors comes from!!:
The story goes back to the water carrier Johann Wilhelm Bentz who lived from 1787 to 1854. He was a pretty evil tempered man who lived in the same appartment that previously the charming soldier Daniel Christian Hummel had lived in. And this man had been very popular with the kids in the neighborhood.
Those neighborhood kids missed Hummel and in order to get the bad tempered water carrier angry they would shout: "Hummel, Hummel" in his direction. Well, with 30 liters on his shoulders he could not really do anything but shout "Mors, Mors" in their direction, which is Low German and means a**, a** ............
And that is how this Hanseatic "greeting" came about!
Dotted around the City Centre you will see these wee glass fibre figures in loads of different designs.
Seems this wee dude is the mascot of the city and there are 100 of him all designed by artists and most carrying a theme, they are sponsored by hotels, businesses etc and add a colourful addition to the centre of the city.
Radisson Hotel Overview at night
Fernsehturm (TV-Tower) when night
Fondest memory: everything about this beautiful big sized city.
The nightlife, and very friendly people.
Was sad to leave-guys have to see the women!!
In BErlin people weren´t that kind., check out Hamburg!
That's a bit of a joke, but I wasn't there long enough to know everything about this lively city, and I *was* staying in Sankt Pauli near the Reeperbahn so that's what I saw the most of.
But I also loved walking around the Rathausmarkt, the University area (at Theodor-Heutss Platz), and going for a boat ride on the Aussenalster. This is the city's ancient remparts. The Aussenalster is a wide water basin to the north of another stretch of water called Binnenalster. Aussenalster is full of sailboats. During the boat ride, you'll see beautiful parks and gardens on the West Bank.
I didn't eat at restaurants much in Hamburg because street food is everywhere and GREAT!!! I love being in a place where I can eat when I want and where I always find something tempting and tasty, on the run. Well, that's Hamburg.
The pic is at the Binnenalster water basin, by the Aussenalsterarkade. The Rathaus is in the background. The whole area is laid-back and very charming.
Fondest memory: Arne, the guy I met at the Kogge hotel-bar. But that's another story. Everything's a fond memory.
No trip to Hamburg is complete without a boat trip on the Alster. The simplest option is the "tour of the Alster". One of the white characteristic boats takes youright round the lake. Then you have the classic "Alster cruise" where nine stops are made between the Jungfernstieg and the Winterhuder Fahrhaus and back again. The whole trip lasts around two hours. Then there are "Fleet trips" from the Alster via the Schaartor Lock into the Speicherstadt, duration is approx. 2 hours. There are also "canal trips".
Prices: round trip is 8 euro, Fleete trip 13 euro, canal trip 11 euro. Children pay half-price.
Alster-Touristik: tel 3574240, www.alstertouristik.de
Favorite thing: Handsome 19th century steel arch bridge across the Zollkanal, decorated with statues from Hamburg's past.
A name they liked so much they used it twice!
The Rickmer Rickmers is a museum ship that also serves as a popular restaurant/party space. This three-masted windjammer was launched in 1896.
Hamburg is a city of canals and bridges!
The Niederbaumbrücke is an elegant structure that crosses the Binnenhafen just below the Baumwall U-bahn station.
A very nice place for an afternoon coffee!
Opened: mon-fri 9am-9pm, sat 9am-5.30pm, sun 10am-5pm
Address: Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz 50
tel: (040) 30 38 59 59
Galleries, big lake, green parks, superb food, great beer and loads of sleaze.
Fondest memory: What more do you want?
Favorite thing: There are some great, bustling, public gathering places that give Hamburg a wonderful community feel.
Hamburg has some of the best 'facilities'!
Fondest memory: Walking on the Elbe River, it was a little chilly but well worth it!
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