After the old city hall was destroyed in the fire of 1842, the new City Hall with a 112m/3657ft high tower was erected in 1897. The Neo-Renaissance building houses the Bürgerschaft (Hamburg City Parliament) and the Senate of Hamburg.



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.



When the sun shines the Jungfernstieg Pier is one of the most beautiful places in Hamburg. The tree lined square faces the Binnenalster and from there sightseeing boats put out to sea.  





Hamburg Hauptbahnhof

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


In former times the big ships put out to sea to America from the Landungsbrücken (gangplanks) pier, nowadays tourists embark the sightseeing boats for harbor tours there. One can as well enjoy a walk and admire the moored ships and tubs.


Hamburger Hafen

The harbor of Hamburg is Germany´s largest and Europe´s second largest following the harbor of Rotterdam.


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.  

Afrika Haus

The Woermann shipping company had erect the Afrika House in 1899. Woermann made lots of money with the trade with the African colonies of Germany.  

St. Nikolai

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.


Sankt Pauli

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".  


The Altona fish auction hall was opened in 1896 by Kaiser Wilhelm II. The red brick building with a light roof made of iron and glass was rebuilt in 1985 and has since served as a fish market and event hall.


Große Elbstraße 9



Rathaus Altona

This city hall was erected in 1898, when the district of Altona was still self-governed. Altona was incorporated by Hamburg in 1937.


Hamburg TV-Tower

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.


Lagerstrasse 2-8




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.


Map sights Hamburg


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