Friday, September 24, 2021

A Day Trip to Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany, on the River Elbe with Europe's third-largest port.  About 150 km (93 miles) from Hannover, it's a short train ride for a day trip.  The city's rivers and canals are crossed by over 2,500 bridges, the highest number of any city in Europe.

We exit the train station and wander into the city.

Hamburg Hauptbahnhof

Passing through the commercial pedestrian zone, we reach more traditional architecture around the Rathaus, the Hamburg City Hall.

Pedestrian zone

Traditional architecture

Approaching the Rathaus

In front of the Rathaus, a covered pedestrian mall has shops, restaurants, and bars.

In front of the Rathaus

Meanwhile, across the street, Europa Passage is a modern indoor mall with over 100 shops

Europa Passage

Around the Rathaus, canals flow every block or two, with restaurants and walkways along the banks.

City canals

Passing through the center of the Rathaus, we come into a commercial district and the old Rathaus (Alten Rathaus), now a restaurant.

Center of the Rathaus

Commercial district, Alten Rathaus

A few more blocks on, the remains of the St. Nicholas church serve as a memorial and architectural landmark.  Originally completed in 1195, the church was rebuilt in brick in the 14th century and was briefly the tallest building in the world (1874-1876).  Destroyed in the second world war, the remains are still the second tallest building in Hamburg.

St. Nicholas Church

View of St. Nicholas from afar

Heading toward the harbor, we find a mixture of traditional and modern buildings on the canals.

Hamburg architecture

And, a model of Hamburg's old town for all to study.

Hamburg old Town

A few blocks from the Rathaus, more canals provide transportation (complete with locks) and dining opportunities.

More canals

And, within sight of the Rathaus square, a fountain accents the lake in front of commercial buildings.


In small shops and in a the mall, Covid-19 testing stations remind us of the times.


But, enough of wandering in the city, it's time to head over to the renovated waterfront.

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