The luxury shopping arcade with its characteristic round arches facing the Kleine Alster were designed by Alexis de Chateauneuf in 1843. As well as the new City Hall´s, the Arcade´s predecessor buildings fell victim to the fire of 1842.
Hamburg's main railway station is Germany's busiest railway station with 500,000 passengers a day (including the U + S train). The station with 12 tracks was opened in 1906. Where the tracks extend today was formerly the city fortification. The station is located between the city center and the district of St. Georg.
The Speicherstadt (warehouse town) was opened in 1888. With its red brick buildings it is one of the most beautiful warehouse complexes in the world.
The "Elbphilharmonie" is the new landmark of Hamburg even if the exploded construction costs had brought the project into disrepute. After almost ten years of construction, the building was opened in 2016. In addition to 3 concert halls there is a hotel, a restaurants and 45 condominiums inside the striking building by Herzog & de Meuron.
The origins of the protestant St. Michaelis church trace back to the year 1649, when constructions for a church began at this site. This first church was destroyed in 1750 when it was struck by lightning. A second church was erected which was destroyed again by a fire in 1906. Then reconstructed until 1912, this building was destroyed during the bombing raids in 1944. Then again, a reconstruction took place and was completed in 1952.
The Hamburg tradesman Sloman, who gained his wealth in Chile, commissioned Fritz Höger in 1924 to build this brick complex. Due to its distinctive pointy shape it quickly became a landmark of of the city. The expressionist style also became a trademark of Fritz Höger, who designed famous edifices in other cities, like the Anzeiger highrise building in Hannover.
The St. Nikolai church was destroyed, only its 147m/482ft high steeple outlived the bomb war. The predecessing building burned down during the big fire in 1842. St. Nikolai was erected a Neo-Gothic church in 1863. Nowadays the sooted steeple houses a memorial site for the victims of war and persecution.
The trendy Schanzenviertel district regularly hits the headlines through riots and evictions of illegally occupied houses. Many fancy fashion shops, bars and restaurants make the district an urban neighborhood.
The probably most famous district of Hamburg, in St. Pauli one can find the legendary Reeperbahn with its nightclubs, sexshops, streetwalkers' patches, Herbertstrasse and theaters. The redlight district between Millerntor and Nobistor refers to itself as the "most sinful mile of the world".
This city hall was erected in 1898, when the district of Altona was still self-governed. Altona was incorporated by Hamburg in 1937.
The television tower was opened in 1968 and rises 292m/958ft high. It was designed by the architects Trautwein, Schlaich and Behn. Even though it´s not Germany´s highest tower, it is the country´s most elegant and beautiful in my eyes. The tower was named after the Hamburg physician Heinrich Hertz, who did research on electromagnetic waves. The observation deck is closed since 2011.
Situated on the Övelgönne banks of the river Elbe between Othmarschen and Ottensen the Strandperle (beach pearls) Bar is one of the Hanseatic city´s most beautiful spots. It´s a perfect place on a sunny day and Hamburg then appears to be located 1.000 km more southwards.