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City Hopper: Hamburg, Germany

June 23, 2012

Alster, Hamburg

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and is the home to over 1.8 million people. The Port of Hamburg is located on the river Elbe and is the third largest port in Europe (after the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Antwerp in Belgium).

Hamburg with its many spires!

Hamburg is a major transport hub in Northern Germany and is one of the most affluent cities in Europe. Also, because of all the streams, rivers, and canals in Hamburg there are over 2300 bridges which is more than London, Amsterdam, and Venice put together!

One of over 2300 bridges in Hamburg

Hamburg has more bridges inside it’s city limits than any other city in the world and more canals than Amsterdam and Venice combined!

Yet another bridge in the city of Hamburg

Hamburg is ranked 16th in the world for livability (2011) and in 2010 it ranked 10th in the world. Quality of life is really high in Hamburg particularly in the Alster. It’s the highest ranked in Germany right alongside of Munich.

Me enjoying the beauty and quality of life in Alster!

It’s also known the world over in the music field as being the city that the Beatles came to in 1961 when they were unknown. Through their jaunt of playing clubs here their musical skills were honed and two years later they took the whole world by storm.

The early Beatles (pre-Ringo Starr) with then members Stu Suttcliff and Pete Best posing for a picture in Hamburg, 1961

Hamburg architecturally has many buildings in a wide arrange of styles and only a few skyscrapers. In the 19th century its St. Nicholas Church was the tallest building in the world. The city contains many churches whose spires dot the Hamburg skyline as well. Among the well known churches are St. Michael’s Church, St. Peter’s Church, St. James’ Church, St. Catherine’s Church as well as Heinrich-Hertz-Turm.

St. Nicolas Church, Hamburg which was the tallest building in the world in the 19th century!

Now for some things to do in Hamburg. Of course, there are plenty of nightclubs and music halls to visit and if you’re a Beatles fan there’s also many things throughout the city that commemorate their visit here in the ’60s. There are also many places to shop and enjoy great Germany bratwurst and beer.

Shopping in Hamburg

For a little quieter adventures there are many gardens and parks to visit as well including Alter Botanischer Garten which is a historical garden located on the Planten un Blomen park. It is a modern botanical garden that is maintained by the University of Hamburg. There are also several parks to visit including Stadtpark which is Hamburg’s ‘Central Park’ with a great lawn and a huge water tower. The park was designed in 1910 and is still very much a part of the city.

Stadtpark, Alster, Hamburg

For a little tour and history lesson of the city here’s a great video for you all to watch. Enjoy!

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