SPICY'S GEWüRZMUSEUM HAMBURG.....
Also in DIE SPEICHERSTADT....
This is the one and only of its kind: world's only museum of SPICES.
Here you can smell, the spices, taste them, and touch them (some 50 can be touched!) and believe me there you will see spices you/ve never ever heard or dreamed of.
More than 700 sorts from the last 5 centuries tell their stories here....and... their complete stories from start to finish!
A very special (spicey) museum.....for groups tours you have to make reservations.....
There are always changing (temporary) exhibitions so part of the museum is always a surprise....
Honestly, I thought it would be a tourist trip and I only went to see the harbor because I was asked to.
Now I have to say that it's a MUST DO when you are in Hamburg.
You can do a trip by boat through the harbor and the shipyards.
Make sure the boat takes you to the "Speicherstadt", the warehouse district, as well. Due to the tide not all the tours go there at all times. It's worth waiting for a tour that includes the "Speicherstadt".
Stroll down the infamous Reeperbahn at night for a laugh or two. The sex shops, brothels, bars and clubs are all there for the taking. Yes, it's a bit rowdy and dangerous at night but not to worry, a giant police station is on the same block and ALL of the shops are wired to it. One push of a button behind the bar and WHAM!! the police are there in seconds. Don't bother looking around for old Beatles memorials, you'll be disappointed if you do.
Hamburg harbour (http://www.hafen-hamburg.de/) is no 9 worldwide. Don´t miss to take a tour through the harbour or just take the public transport (ship) cross the Elbe from "Landungsbrücken" to "Finkenwerder" if you want to save some money. Also interesting could be a visit to the museum ships like "Cap San Diego"...
Musicals in Hamburg
Hamburg has a lot to offer when you are interested in musicals, theater etc.. Currently there are three musicals "König der Löwen", "Mamma mia" and "Tanz der Vampire". Of special interest might be the English Theatre http://www.englishtheatre.de/indexneu.html
ZOO HAGENBECK, HAMBURG.
From the centre of Hamburg it takes very little time to reach the famous HAGENBECK'S ZOO by underground. (Line U2).
This ZOO is situated in the suburb of STELLINGEN.
This traditional family concern opened for business in 1907 and soon earned world-wide respect because it was the first to be laid out exclusively with open-air paddocks, even for the "wildest" animals.
The magnificent park-like landscape of 25 hectares is nowadays home to more than 2,100 animals in 50 enclosures, aquariums and terrariums, making it one of the biggest Zoos in Germany!
Extra entertainment for guests is provided by the DOLPHIN SHOW, the exotic "JUNGLE NIGHTS" and the ELEPHANT RIDES.
btw: THERE ARE LOTS OF WONDERFUL PARKS....HAMBURG is the EXTREMELY GREEN CITY......remember!
Enjoy the ZOO & THE PARKS.....
This Fishmarket is Hamburg's oldest market, best reached from the LANDING BRIDGES and along RIVER ELBE.
NOTE: it is only open on SUNDAYS and....only till 10 o'clock in the morning so it is something for early risers and perhaps ...late-night birds!!
In the summer it starts at 5AM, in the winter at 7AM.
Near the former fish-auction hall there are all sorts of things on sale: antiques and jumble-sale stuff, vegetables, smoked eel and, almost as an afterthought: freshly caught FISH.
In the restored fish-auction hall, visitors with real endurance can order a JAZZ BREAKFAST, assuming s/he would not prefer to visit one of the original and popular restaurants around the fishmarket.
Fishmarkets are nice place, always full if life and with lots of interesting things to hear, see and touch: it means enjoyment!
Have a nice early Sunday morning there, it is very worthwhile!
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CRAFTS HAMBURG
This MUSEUM houses in an impressive building and was opened in 1877.
It contains a collection of international significance showing applied art from all over Europe and from the Middle Ages till the present day.
Rich stocks of ceramics and porcelain, goldsmiths' work, bronzes, ivory, furniture of every epoch and style as well as sculptures, textiles and musical instrumentsand...also an important collection of posters and photographs.
One department is dedicated to the art of classical antiquity and Islam (which I admire very much!) and another presents extensive east Asian collections of bronzes, porcelain and wood carvings.
And IMPORTANT: the museum also possesses a famous collection of art NOUVEAU......
A REAL PLEASURE GOING THERE and....like me you will need more, far more than 1 day to enjoy it all......
THE KRAMERAMTSWOHNUNGEN ....
These are alms houses built in 1676 for the widows of small traders..
It is a little, narrow alleyway where these women lived, glad they were provided with a house and something to eat after their husbands had died.
The buildings have been restored and you will feel the atmosphere of how HAMBURG must have been some 350 years ago....
At nr. 10 there is the entrance to a long passage framed with these clos-huddled half-timbered houses.
They were a donation made by the Krameramt, an early form of tracde supervisory office, in 1676 for the impoverished widows of the 'KRAMER" (small traders).
Today they are the last continuous row of Hamburg houses dating from that time.
NOTE: the houses are lettered, not numbered and form a workshop now.
Up to 1550 there would only have been a few brick-built huts here, surrounded by fields and gardens: imagine that while you are walking there....amazing!
FOR THE ROMANTICS.......A TWILIGHT TOUR....
Yes, there is also a tour for the ROMANTICS and....aren't we all ROMANTICS somewhere deep down in our hearts??
Well, I am...
And when night falls between Jungfernstieg and Harvestehude and the big lights of HAMBURG go on.........this is a great way to spend a few hours on the water.....
On board drinks and snacks are available!
Wishing you a pleasant evening.....
ABOUT HAMBURG'S CANALS.....
This trip along the ALSTER CANALS shows HAMBURG from a completely different aspect: beautifully kept villas and parks, modern apartment buildings, allotment gardens and wild river banks glide past you....so close that you can almost reach out and touch it all!
A very surprising ride....
Not far from the City Centre you can enjoy the idyllic greenery of the residential areas around the ALSTER (Lake)
There are daily DEPARTURES from Jungfernstieg and the trip will last 2 hours, which means 2 hours of pleasant enjoyment!
You can ask the Captain for a special leaflet giving information in several LANGUAGES, which is always great!
Enjoy your trip!!
TRIP ON HAMBURG'S WATERWAYS......
Isn't a boat ride always a pleasure? You see so many things from a totally different perspective which can be so surprising!
There is a trip that takes you from the INNER ALSTER through the RATHAUS and SCHAARTOR LOCKS into teh river ELBE.
The Elbe Waterways are lined by old merchants' buildings and warehouses.
The "warehouse quarter" (Speicherstadt) provides vast storage space for carpets, spices, coffee, tobacco and more...
This is were HAFENCITY, Hamburg's NEW DOCKLANDS, are being built and in the KESSELHAUS or old boiler house there is an exhibition all about the trmendously ambitious town planning project.
The boatride will lead you through the waters along all these particular spots.
Cassettes with a description of the tour in English and a brochure in 3 languages are available from the Captain.
WHEN: daily departures from Jungfernstieg from 2nd April - 31st October at 10.45 AM and 1,45 PM and 4,45 PM.
The trips lasts about two lovely hours...
I can only wish you a pleasant day!!!
About the postcard: last Century many passengers from (eastern)Europe travelled from HAMBURG to the NEW WORLD......
GERMANY'S LARGEST TOWERMOUNTED CLOCK....
This clock is onkly a few metres beyond the Bugler's platform.
Until 1964 it was controlled by a pendulum mechanism with a weight of 19 hundredweight; nowadays this has been replaced by an electric motor which is also impressive to see and hear...
The face of the clock is 8 metres in diameter and de HANDS weigh 130 kilos each!
The big HAND is 4,91 metres long and the little one 3,65 metres.
The big hand moves 40 cm. forwards every minute.
The largest of the bronze bells is 1,96 metres in diameter and weighs all of 4,9 metric tonnes!! ( thatis more than I weigh!!)
This was a bit of all kinds of things: nice to know and always so surprising!
In the photo: what I saw from above.....
THE BUGLER OF HAMBURG......
Climbing the tower I saw this notice and it says that in ealier Centuries a BUGLER used to sound the hours from up in the tower every hours. He would play for all for windows that are up there: direction North, West, South and East. He would always play a chorale that suited the season.
In memory of this, a chorale is sounded every working day at 10 AM and at 9PM and on Sundays at 12 (noon) also to all points of the compass.
I think this is a wonderful thing to remember the good things of the past....
It was also wonderful to hear, quite moving!
HUGE GLASS MOSAIC TRIPTYCH.....
Here you see the enormous interior of the "Miche;", with the great ORGAN and the shiplike pulpit in front of the High Altar.
This church can seat 2.550 people, imagine that!
The decorations mainly date from the start of the 20th century and represent worthy craftsmanship in all kinds of precious materials, teak, marble, glass mosaic, bas-reliefs, wrought iron and a most wonderful organ which masterpiece was destroyed by warfare in 1945 and then the presentday organ took its place in 1962. The attraction of the vestry is its richly carved doors, a fine baroque stucco ceiling and a very pleasing altar.
The builder of the church, Ernst Georg Sonnin in buried in the wonderful crypt (which you can visit) below the church, alongside other important people.
(In the crypt is also an exhibition showing us the history, the moving history, of this church.
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