Personal Memories and Impressions, Hamburg
Too many to choose one really. So a brief list instead:
The Alster lakes, Rathaus (town Hall), Hafen (The Port), Fleete (Waterways), many of the churches, Planten und Blomen Park, Speicherstadt (Warehouse district) - this is amazing and the list goes on and on. I have spent 6 Days on my first visit and 5 days on my second visit and still there's lots I haven't seen. Oh and I'm making my 3rd visit on 10 Aug 2002 for 4 nights.
Fondest memory: Best memory My 1st visit - everything about it was perfect - I was mid twenties , went with a friend of simialr age, the weather was fantastic, the hotel very nice 1st visit and we were amazed. The public transport is fantastic.
Hamburg's 5 Hauptkirchen (main churches) were built between the late Middle Ages and the Baroque period. Each one offers unique features and is worth visiting as they represent a part of Hamburg's long history.
Fondest memory: Since I lived with a host family and visited a local school, my best memories are of the people I met there. When I think about Hamburg, the first things I think of are my host family's house (they were co-owners of a duplex), the local school and the parties and discos I went to with my host sister and her friends.
Hamburg is called 'the gateway to the world' and that is what it is:
it is the second biggest town in Germany, very cosmopolitan, but yet it can be quite homely, if you leave the city center!
Fondest memory: I lived here for 18 years, spent my college years here, made friends and I always enjoy returning 'home'!!
I do not like some one to tell me where to go - 'must' is not the word for me...
Therefore ý would not dare to suggest anything to a free traveller. Listen to your hearth, and find your own way. Me ?... I personnally prefer to follow the footprints of ordinary people; old sailors, retired prostitutes, the jobless, part time workers, hopeless lovers, people without a goal to reach in life, thats my tribe... Cheers... (photo- Luis Marden/ career collage)
Fondest memory: Hamburg was beautiful with 'Peggy Lee' and her 'fever'... We lost her a few days ago unfortunately. I raise my glass to her beloved memory, god bless her soul... I threw her 'fever' from the music-box to the air in Hamburg bars. The music struck strangers like a slap in the face. Then, 'Pink Floyd (money), Jimi Hendrix (Hey Joe), Rolling Stones (Paint it Black)' followed; melted all strangers in a common pot...
Thank you Peggy Lee...for your 'fever'.
Fondest memory: Talking to Evan Dando, singer of the Lemonheads, before their concert in Hamburg's Markthalle in 1993!!! He started talking to me and at first I didn't even realize it was him (he had cut his hair). All the teenagers around hated me ... hahah What a day! How lucky I was!!! The concert was brilliant as well!!
The Titanic exhibition which was in Hamburg back in 1998. They showed a lot of things they found near the wreck. It was really exciting, thrilling, sad and interesting - I went there three times!!!
(I made the graphic with pictures from the brochure because you were not allowed to take pictures inside the exhibition unfortunately)
Have a look into my TRAVELOGUE for more!
REEPERBAHN! /St.Pauli Hamburgs Red-light district is at s the sam time the best place to party! Lots of tourists are there all the time, but in all the little sidestreets you'll find great bars and pubs and lots of locals.
Fondest memory: The beuatiful view that you have when rideing the S21 train over the Alster on Kennedy-Bridge : Beautiful scenery on both sides, especially at sunrise / sundown!
Ìàêå a tattoo as I did. Not that it's so special but it was so for me. And I count.
Fondest memory: Having a drink in a sailors' spot around the harbour. The barwoman was playing some card game with a customer and we've been on rum. 1920s are back.
Go to the Fischmarkt on Sunday morning. It begins very early--around 6:30. At about 10am, the market is winding down! Getting anywhere this early on a Sunday was very difficult for me so I often went on Sunday immediately after being out on Saturday night.
Fondest memory: The view from the S-Bahn of the city and the Innenalster from the Kennedy Bridge, the fireworks over the Elbe River on New Year's eve, and sitting in the sunshine in Planten un Blomen right near the Dammtor station.
-Rent a bike and cycle around the Aussenalster or along the Alstertal eg. from Ohlsdorf to Poppenbüttel. It is very green with parcs and nice places for some picknick.
-Get to Altona and walk to the Museums-Hafen in Övelgönne. There are some old ships to view and the walk from Övelgönne to Teufelsbrück is very nice along the river. You can take the bus back from Teufelsbrück to Altona. On the way there are some cafe's where you can sit outside and have a coffee or an icecream.
-Visit Blankenese the part of the city where houses are build along the river on the hill. In former times the captains familys lived there.
-Make a bike tour im 'Alten Land' where the fruit plantages are.
Best time will be during fruit blossom in spring. You can take the ferry from Landungsbrücken to Finkenwerder and bike on the dike or between the fruit trees.
In the summer you can pass Cranz and Jork until to the Lühe. There is a ferry back to Schulau/Wedel the northern side of the river.
The picture shows part of the Speicherstadt (Warehouse District)
The best thing about Hamburg? How about when you go to stay with your old college teammates in Hamburg they have also called up the guys playing American football in Braunschweig as well.
Two nights of good partying and catching up with people. By the way, catch a Hamburg Blue Devils game while your in Hamburg.
See the port and spend a dime
make a boat trip in day time.
Afterwards at later night
see St. Pauli, have a red light district sight.
Fondest memory: Hamburg offers lot of fun,
but often raindrops, seldom sun ! *ggg*
The Hamburg whether hard to tell,
the web cams will inform you well:
Click on any picture there
analyze it and compare!
Go to the Reeperbahn, that old red light district. You will see all those old places where the Beatles played, the Kaiserkeller (now Grosse Freiheit 36, a strip club) and all the others.
Fondest memory: Visiting the harbour. No, nothing like that. It just reminded me of Liverpool, and made me think that when the Beatles came here, they must have though, these Germans, who we fought a war with like, they aint any different from us, eh john, and i bet john said, eh paul, what you talking about, they speak german, like, and i bet paul went, who you callin a puff, and john goes, you, and paul comes, com' on then, and george jumps in and goes, com ed lads, CALM DOWN, calm down, and they go, who you tellin to calm down, arrison, you dont go India for another six years or so!
Favorite thing: I loved to walk around the city and observe all the local people. It was amazing how much German I learned from just listening and how much culture I saw all around me. I loved being apart of the country and seeing its people in their real lives and day to day jobs.
Go to reeperbahn on a sat night!
Fondest memory: The view from Kennedy bridge to both sides of the Alster river at sunrise!