"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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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