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Friday, August 30, 2013
Hamburg: wanderlust and a maritime world city
Hamburg, Germany is a gateway to the world, beautiful seafaring hub, maritime capital of
the north – even the normally reserved locals find it hard to conceal
their pride in their home city, its ambiance and its cosmopolitan charm.
What to see?
Museum of Hamburg History A great museum to visit if you love Hamburg and want to know more about
its history from the Middle Ages to the present days. Theatre and art,
fashion, home life and design are well represented and displayed here as
is Jewish life in Hamburg.
Chocoversum You can find out all about the phenomena of chocolate in the
CHOCOVERSUM. Following the motto “discover – experience – participate”
our experts take you on a gourmet trip. You will discover what impact
crushers and broker have on chocolate, you will see live how chocolate
is made on historical machines, and we will reveal the secret of 500
aromas. All your senses will be involved and you are more than welcome
to try all production steps of the chocolate!
International Maritime Museum Learn about the history and future of shipping, and
Hamburg’s importance, at this tremendous museum. Artifacts include ship
models, paintings, uniforms and nautical devices.
The Warehouse District The 100-year-old Speicherstadt, the world's largest warehouse complex,
is situated between the Deichtor Halls and Baumwall. It is a very pretty
quarter – not at all the kind of place visitors expect to find in an
international port – with its Wilhelminian brick Gothic buildings,
unusual gables, little towers and winding lanes. Behind the thick walls,
high-value goods such as coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, tobacco and now
computers are stored in a temperature-controlled environment. This is
also the location of the world's largest Oriental carpet store. The
Speicherstadt is one of the main attractions on the great harbour tour.
St. Pauli's District The Reeperbahn in the St. Pauli district, where the Beatles shot to fame
in the 1960s, is Hamburg's top entertainment quarter. It has everything
and anything you could wish for. The street on which the 100-metre
ropes or reep were once braided is now home to any number of
bars, pubs, discotheques, clubs, snack bars and, of course, red light
establishments. There's also plenty of more wholesome entertainment on
offer at venues ranging from the 'Operettenhaus', Schmidt Theatre and
Schmidt's TIVOLI to Café Keese and the Quatsch Comedy Club.
Hamburg Port and Fishmarket Gateway to the world, beautiful seafaring hub, maritime capital of the
north – even the normally reserved locals find it hard to conceal their
pride in their home city, its ambiance and its cosmopolitan charm.
St. Michael's Church Hamburg's famous 'Michel' church is not only the most important baroque
church in northern Germany; it could also be seen as one of the world's
tallest lighthouses. For many years, it has served as an important
landmark for boats travelling on the river Elbe. The 132 metre tower has
almost 450 steps leading up to a viewing platform, which offers
wonderful panoramic views of Hamburg and the harbour – especially at
night. Other attractions include the 52 metre long nave with its
impressive 20 metre high altar and Germany's biggest clock tower, whose
hands alone weigh 130kg each.