Best of Hamburg
Simply the Best of Hamburg…
St Michael’s Church
The 132m church was built in 1762 and remains one of the best North German baroque churches. With its impressive architecture, the 18th century St Michael’s Church stands out in Hamburg. The masterpiece is open to the public and a climb up to its steeple is worthwhile because of the magnificent panorama view at the top.
The right tributary of the River Elbe runs through Hamburg and is overlooked by many elegant buildings including the Alsterarkaden that houses shops and cafes. The river highlights the historic role of waterways in Germany’s biggest port. The riverside offers picturesque views of Hamburg.
While the red-light district is home to the several strip clubs and brothels, it has the greatest concentration of good restaurants, bars, and nightlife. The entertainment magnet in the city district of St. Pauli is also a convenient place with many hostels, which are affordable for budget travelers.
Church St Nicholas
Dominating the skies from 1874 to 1876, this Gothic church is now in ruins after massive bombing during World War II. Nevertheless, its fine architecture is still a sight to behold. Similarly, ascending the church to the 75.3 metre-high platform inside the spire provides visitors with a spectacular view of Hamburg.
The monumental city hall was built in 1897 in a Northern Renaissance style and is the seat of the parliament. The imposing façade of the building is impressively designed with bronze, oak and marble. The opulent building also has over 600 rooms, some of which are still used for celebrations and functions.
The Decorative Arts Musuem
Housing one of the most stunning array of decorative arts, this museum is like no other. The exceptional Art Nouveau interiors and antique keyboard instruments on display present a refreshing notion of a museum. Admission is free and definitely worthwhile.
Besides fish, the old market still sells and buys other merchadises and grocery. The colorful and bustling place is especially crowded on Sunday, when locals and tourists congregate to hunt for special bargains. There is a bridge linking the market building to the ocean terminal along the harbour.
Further east in Hamburg is this stretch of warehouses which is located along the port of Hamburg. The prominent 19th century multi-storey red brick warehouses were established between 1883 to 1927 and houses several museums today, including the German Customs Museum and Afghan Musuem.