City Centre, Hamburg
The area between Jungfernstieg and Reesendamm Bridge is called "Kleine Alster" (Little Alster). On its bank near the city hall is the monument of the victims of war (grey block in the photo), which was installed in 1929.
This part of Hamburg was first mentioned in 1250. At this time the city fortification went through this quarter. In 1550 the wall was removed due to the fast expansion of Hamburg. In 1900 the market had been removed due to the construction of the new Hochbahn (elevated railway).
The House of the Patriotic Association was erected on the foundation of the old town hall which was destroyed by a fire in 1842. After destruction in 1943 it was rebuilt in the old Hanseatic Brick-Stone style in the years of 1949-57.
This bridge dates back to the 9th century and is the oldest of Hamburg. It has been remodeled several times. Today's bridge was constructed in 1881 and features statues like the one of St Ansgar, archbishop of the city in 9th century.
A place to remember some Italian towns on the opposite of “Rathausmarkt” along “Alsterfleet”. Under those arcades you can carry on your shopping tour among Europe’s finest designers and labels. Also a very nice stroll if you want to go to the harbour or “Speicherstadt”.
A tiny bit of understatement is rolling through this lane running parallel to two of Hamburg’s many channels (called “fleet”). Some 500 metres of grandeur for the man or woman who knows how to use a golden credit card virtuosoly.
This is a small area that reminded me of Venice (well, what I imagine Venice to look like) with all of the surrounding waters and the classical music that street musicians were playing and the art and beauty all around. A great place to relax with at a cafe.
Under the arches, there are great frescoes and intricate details to be observed.
Mönckebergstraße ('narrow alley district')
This is an old, historically poor, part of Hamburg that has gone through plenty of renewal that has made it an interesting area to stroll through and a renowned shopping area.
Pictured is the Mönckeberg fountain, a great gathering place, as well as simply a beautiful fountain.
This is a great pedestrian zone that runs from the rail station to the center of the city. It's the best place to do a little people-watching. There are some great shops and cafes and you'll probably run into some street performers for entertainment.
Hamburg is a good place to spend some money....Especially the region around Mönckebergstrasse(pic!) is great! There are also some malls in the city center.....
This is one of the most interesting spot in Hamburg: the Colonnaden; it's a long street fully equipped with pubs, shops, bars and all the kind of shops you can imagine.
Very interesting architectural solutions mixed with shopping stuff.
Built in 1886-97 from limestone in Renaissance style, the Hamburg Tourist Info website tells it much better than I could.
This is the square at the city center.
Note the rickshaw... modern and plastic... not bamboo. This isn't thailand after all.
This lake in the center of the city is divided in two lakes. Walking around the smaller Alster is very enjoyable...
It is one of the most beautiful buildings I should say.
It was in scaffolds at that time, but still looked very special.