The Ohlsdorf cemetery in Hamburg is the largest park-cemetery in the world, established 1877.The area is so large that buslines connect distant parts of the cemetery. The lenght of all paths in Ohlsdorf combined is 80 km, so if you visit, you should have an idea what part is most interesting to you. Among the most impressive mausolueums is the one in the photograph, with a statue of death dragging to youths by the hair .. quite scary. Many famous Hamburg citizens rest here, among them actors Hans Albers, Heinz Erhardt, Inge Meysel, director Gustav Gründgens, the writer Wolfgang Borchert, zoo director Carl Hagenbeck and many more.
"The Deutsches Schauspielhaus" is a theatre in the St. Georg quarter of the city of Hamburg, Germany. With a capacity for 1192 spectators, it places it as Germany's largest theatre.
It was established in 1901 by the renowned stage actress Franziska Ellmenreich.
The biggest german speech theatre looks back on a famous tradition: Gustav Gründgens, Ivan Nagel and Peter Zadek staged highlights in german theatre history here...
The theatre, located in Kirchenallee, has an attractive rococo interior and a history stretching back for over 100 years. Famous directors and actors have shaped the Schauspielhaus in the last decades, creating a “stage for contemporary theatre goers”.
Its very easy to reach just facing across the "Cental Railway Station" and next to the "Maritim Reichshof Hotel".
The Hanseatic town of Stade is very connected to their history. In addition to the beautiful old town, this also shows in the historic town hall, which is still the administrative center of Stade.
The meeting rooms and other facilities are historic Ren worth a look. Every day they're interested in attracting and tourists. But the meeting rooms in the new part of the town hall reflect the closeness of Stade against their sister cities.
The wedding room was formerly the courtroom. The wedding room is also influenced by the high wood paneling, chandeliers and Flemish oak furniture.
Today, the Senator furnished room a festive meeting and reception rooms. This space has changed frequently over the years. It is believed that once in the small room that was at this point, the Baustube had its headquarters.
As u make a visit to Stade, the Old Town Hall is suggested to see and feel the history inside ..
This building was not named for the writer Heinrich Heine, but for his uncle Salomon Heine (1767-1844), a wealthy merchant and banker who had a house on this site. His original house was destroyed in the great fire of 1842, but he replaced it with a bigger and better one.
That house in turn was replaced in 1903 by an attractive Jugendstil-building called “Heine House”, which after several renovations now (again) looks much the same as it did when it was first built.
Solomon Heine is remembered both as a benefactor of the city of Hamburg (when he died he left most of his fortune to various charities and worthy causes in the city) and as a benefactor of his famous nephew, whom he took in as an apprentice in his banking house.
Unfortunately Heinrich Heine was a dreamy poet who was totally unsuited to the banking business. His uncle was disappointed but continued to support Heinrich with monthly checks which enabled him to study and to keep on writing.
Salomon Heine had two sons and four daughters, two of whom their cousin Heinrich was in love with at various times. Unfortunately the girls did not share his feelings, so today Amalie (1800-1830) and Therese (1808 - 1880) are best remembered as the inspiration for some of Heinrich’s early poems of unrequited love.
Next review: Kunsthalle = Art Hall
The church, called by the local people "Michel", was constructed three times: in 1850, 1906 and 1945. It is one of the landmarks of Hamburg and is visible from the ships floating on the Elbe. I strongly recommend visiting the church.
Observation platform: 4 euro
Crypt: 3 euro
This future Hamburg sight with its dramatic architecture will become a concert house - however, nobody knows when. Building started 2007, since then the estimated costs have more than quadrupled, from 77 million € to 476 million €, and instead of 2010 it will rather be completed in 2014/15. But even in its current state it is clear that this place will be a major Hamburg attraction. It is located between the eastern part of the harbour and the western tip of the "Speicherstadt".
(work in progress)
Hamburg is a cultured place, so it should come as no surprise to know that it has a vibrant theatre scene.
Plays may be a challenge for tourists who aren't German speaking, but if you fancy a night out at the theatre, there's no reason why your limited language skills should impede your enjoyment, as at any point in time, there are a number of musicals on offer. Some may have been translated into German (which can sometimes make for a slightly awkward lyrical fit), but even if this is the case, it shouldn't detract from your appreciation of the spectacle and music - especially if you're familiar with the English language version.
The Lion King seems to have been playing for the entire eight years that I've been visiting Hamburg, and the reviews of the production that I've heard have been euphoric. However, the show that I've always wanted to see - and only got around to catching on our recent visit in July 2012 - is the stage adaptation of Disney's 'Tarzan' movie which is playing at the Neue Flora theatre.
Of all the Disney feature length cartoon movies that I watched repeatedly with my kids when they were smaller, I would have to say that 'Tarzan' is one of my favourites, and I never understood why it was a relative flop at the box office. Based on the classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs about an orphan boy who is brought up by apes in the jungle, the Disney version has a good soundtrack by Phil Collins - yes, THE Phil Collins - and contains all the requisite elements of high energy, humour, pathos and good characterisation, leading to the ultimate triumph of the goodies over the baddies.
The stage adaptation is an absolute triumph and you won't have to understand a word of German to appreciate it. Given the Tarzan theme, you'd naturally expect lots of swinging around on ropes, but I never imagined that ropes could be applied in such a versatile and imaginative manner! A good portion of the show takes place over the audience and it's hard not to get involved when the action is unfolding directly above your head: just expect to have a crick in your neck as a result! To appreciate this to best effect, try and arrange seats in the middle of the ground floor.
A wonderful, feel good way to spend an evening!
Kemp's English Pub - Run by Gibson (Star Club survivor) and Tina Kemp (of Les Humphrey's Singers fame) - is a small, cosy pub near the Alster. The walls are full of original photographs of the Beatles taken by (the) Astrid Kirchherr and who works occasionally in the kitchen with Gibson. There are Beatle books galore, posters and photographs of Star Club performers (including Gibson). The room is dominated by a giant pub sign brought from their previous pub in the UK.
+ Star Club reunion every first Friday of the month.
+ Music most Thursdays (pass the tin, collection)
+ London Pride and Newcastle Brown on tap
+ Hot food, freshly prepared - it's a tiny kitchen so order when you get there as it can take a while.
The pub is DOG FRIENDLY. No problem bringing your (well behaved, non-killer) dog. Seen up to 6 at a time.
When Georg Friedrich Händel started playing in the orchestra at age eighteen, his boss was a man named Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739), who at the time was the General Manager and Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Opera.
Keiser was one of the leading German composers of the baroque period. He composed at least sixty-five operas, most of which were premiered in Hamburg.
His operas are now seldom performed. The only one I have ever seen was a comic opera called Der lächerliche Prinz Jodelet (The ridiculous Prince Jodelet), which was based on a play by the French dramatist Pierre Corneille (1606–1684).
Jodelet in this opera was not a prince at all, but simply an idler or loafer (sort of like Schnabelewopski, come to think of it) who dressed up as a prince when the occasion arose. This led to a series of misunderstandings which I must admit were still quite funny when I saw the opera in Hamburg two hundred and seventy-eight years after its first performance.
Second photo: Several business trips took me to or through Hamburg between 1996 and 2004. On most of these trips I was able to fit in at least one evening at the Hamburg State Opera, for instance to see Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) with Giusy Devinu in the title role. What I thought was unfair about this production was that they made her lie around on the floor of the stage for nearly twenty minutes (while people built a castle around her with building blocks) before she had to get up and start singing. The conductor of this production was Frédéric Chaslin, whom I had never heard of at the time. I later met him in Frankfurt. He was General Music Director of the opera in Mannheim for several years and is now Chief Conductor of the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico. Chaslin is also a composer whose opera Wuthering Heights has been recorded, in part, with Andrew Richards in the lead tenor role.
Third photo: The first opera performance I saw in Hamburg was a quite conventional staging of La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, which I saw while I was on a business trip in 1996 and again on another business trip in 1998. I love La traviata and didn’t mind seeing it a second time, though the staging was a bit bland compared to other productions I have seen in Bonn, Hannover, Braunschweig, Darmstadt and Weikersheim, among other places. My favorite is still the classic Axel Corti staging at the Frankfurt Opera, in which Violetta dies not in her bed but on the floor of the second class waiting room in the railroad station in Orléans while she is trying to flee from the Nazis.
Fourth photo: Another Verdi opera that I saw in Hamburg was Il trovatore (The Troubadour), in a rather abstract staging by Tilman Knabe. This is another opera that I have seen in several other places including the open-air lakeside stage in Bregenz, which is one of the few opera venues in the world where it is legal to take photos during the performance. So I took photos from two angles on two consecutive nights, and have linked them together in a series of tips that tell the whole story of the opera starting with an unusual security measure that I have seen only in Bregenz.
Fifth photo: In Hamburg I have also seen one Mozart opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Serail), in a staging by Johannes Schaaf. This production, like many others of the same opera, must have puzzled a lot of people because of the cuts in the spoken dialogues that made it rather hard to understand the motivation of the characters, unless you knew the story already. (The Frankfurt staging by Christoph Loy is much better in this respect.)
Next review: Außenalster
Hamburg was the location of the first public opera house in Germany, which opened on January 2, 1678. The great composer Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) came to Hamburg at age eighteen and got a job playing the violin, cello and cembalo in the orchestra of the Hamburg opera house. He spent three years in Hamburg before moving to Italy and finally settling in London, where he wrote most of his forty operas, thirty oratorios and hundreds of other musical works.
A large and substantial new theater and opera house was built on this site facing the Dammtorstraße in 1827 and was used for 116 years, though a pompous new façade was added in 1873 and the backstage areas were renovated and modernized in 1926.
The auditorium and the front end of the building were destroyed by wartime fire-bombing in August 1943, but the stage and backstage areas were saved by the iron curtain which all modern theaters are required to have. Ten years later the ruins were cleared away and this new opera house was built on the same site, in a style that was considered modern at the time. The new building –- actually only the new front end –- was completed in 1955.
Second photo: The opera house from across the street. They could have rebuilt the bombastic façade from the year 1873, but chose not to, opting instead for an inconspicuous glass front that could have been mistaken for an office building or a furniture store. Evidently they were in no mood for bombast in the 1950s. They just wanted to clear away the rubble, put up a functional building and get on with it.
Third photo: Entrance to the State Opera. The reason it is called the State Opera is that Hamburg (like Berlin and Bremen) is not only a city but also a state, on the same level with Hessen or Bavaria.
Fourth photo: This plaque on the opera house reads: “Gustav Mahler, Head Conductor of the Hamburg Opera 1891-1897, in the then City-Theater which stood here.” Mahler, who lived from 1860 to 1911, went on to be the director of the Court Opera in Vienna and is now recognized as one of the leading composers of his generation.
Fifth photo: The opera ticket office is just down the street, in a newer building in the next block.
Next review: Reinhard Keiser in Hamburg
Recently I counted through and discovered that I have been to at least a hundred and fifty Adult Education Centers in Germany, either to run workshops or do presentations or to speak with their IT people and have a look at the database system they were using.
Once I did a presentation for the English teachers at the Hamburg vhs. (And discovered that a former Frankfurt colleague of mine was now working here.)
If by any chance you find yourself living in Hamburg and want to learn German, this would be a good place to ask.
Second photo: The vhs building in the Schanzenstraße.
Third photo: On a bicycle at the vhs.
Fourth and fifth photos: A wall painting near the vhs.
If this theater looks familiar, it is because it was designed by two of the most prolific theater architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ferdinand Fellner (1847-1916) and Hermann Helmer (1849-1919), who also designed theaters and opera houses in Prague, Budapest, Augsburg, Wiesbaden, Gablonz an der Neiße (now Jablonec nad Nisou), Zürich, Vienna, Gießen and dozens of other cities large and small throughout central and eastern Europe.
This particular building is not an opera house, but one of Hamburg’s main venues for spoken drama.
Second photo: Explanatory sign in German and English.
Third photo: Cycling by the theater.
Next: Rathaus = City Hall
This is one of the younger German universities, established in 1919 after the end of the First World War. It is now one of Germany’s largest universities, with about 38,000 students.
The main building (first photo) and the main campus are in the Rotherbaum district near the Dammtor railway station. Altogether the university has some 150 buildings in various parts of the city.
Second and third photos: Cycling near the university.
Next: Hotels in the Dammtorpalais
In the Schanzenstraße near the Adult Education Center there is a neighborhood of wall-to-wall restaurants and pubs that spill out onto the sidewalk whenever the weather halfway permits.
I’m afraid I never paid much attention to which restaurant we were in, so I can’t give any specific recommendations, but they all seem to be cheap, friendly and unpretentious. And perhaps a bit grotty but hey, this is Hamburg.
(The Beatles used the word grotty in the film A Hard Day’s Night, but that was when they were already famous and no longer living in Hamburg. It was George Harrison who said: “I wouldn't be caught dead in them, they're dead grotty.”)
Next review: St. Pauli
Hamburg is not a city of tall buildings, particularly. For one thing, the zoning regulations forbid skyscrapers in the historic city center. Also Hamburg has a large enough area that nobody is under pressure to build upwards if they don’t want to.
There are a few tall buildings, however. The tallest will someday be Hamburg’s scandal building, the Elbphilharmonie, which will be 110 meters high if it is ever completed. The Elbphilharmonie was originally scheduled to be finished in 2010 at an estimated cost of 241 million Euros. Now (as of 2012) the cost has nearly doubled and the completion date has been pushed back to 2014.
In the meantime, Hamburg’s tallest building is still the Radisson SAS Hotel with a height of 108 meters. I actually stayed at the Radisson SAS Hotel one night in the 1990s (at company expense) but I don’t remember much about it. (Except that there was a layer of fresh sticky wet snow on the ground that had not yet been cleared away from the front of the hotel.)
The second and third tallest buildings in Hamburg are two of the ones in this photo, the Mundsburg towers I and III.
Mundsburg Tower I was completed in 1973 and is 101 meters tall. This makes it (still) the second tallest building in Hamburg, but if it were in Frankfurt am Main, it would only be # 29 in my Frankfurt Skyline Countdown.
Mundsburg Tower III was also completed in 1973 and is 97 meters tall.
Despite the numbering, Mundsburg Tower II was an afterthought, completed in 1977. It is 79 meters tall and consists mainly of condominiums.
Next review: Fire-storm monument
New, very well facilitated, luxury hotel. The toillet / bathroom together is almost as big as the...more
The Radisson SAS Hotel - Hamburg is situated close to the train-station "Dammtor", at the west-end...more
Vier Jahreszeiten One of the most expensive in Hamburg, situated on the Binnenalster right in the...more