There’s a lot to like about Hamburg . Of course Ole is a good reason but beyond that it’s a city steeped in maritime history and seemingly a resilient one at that having survived numerous natural and man made disasters .
Reflections on Hamburg
Some facts you probably didn’t know about Hamburg
It’s Germany’s second largest city
It’s warmest month is August
It’s wettest month is August
It has a population of 1.9 million
It was founded in 200 AD
It has a man made lake within the City perimeters that measures 9.6 km in diameter
The average depth of that lake is 2 metres
The lake last froze over in 2003
Hamburg has more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined
It has an Australian Rule’s Football Club called the Hamburg Dockers that compete in the German AFL competition .
One of its major attractions is St Nicholas Church which has the ninth tallest spire in the world
It’s port is the 3rd busiest in Europe after Rotterdam and Antwerp
It has 3 different cruise ship terminals
Global headquarters for Greenpeace are based in Hamburg
Now you know ....
It has 36 km of canals and more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined
Whilst handling container shipments is a primary income source for the port it’s dry docks for ship repairs are also in no demand . Some seriously large toys in the shape of ships, cranes , dry docks and other maritime goodies.
A large part of the old towns working warehouses has been gentrified and turned into up market apartments . The entire area is undergoing a period of transformation and when finished will house over 65,000 people .
Hamburgs philharmonic hall is probably its most visited and photographed building
Industry sits alongside culture
Big toys abound
Old sits aside new. St Nicholas Church and a glass walled walkway over a major street .
“Rasthaus” - aka - townhall
More maritime history than a Patrick O’Brian novel
Those red flags sitting outside a bicycle shop in this lovely square signify a watershed moment in my ride. It’s the first bicycle shop I have walked in to (and I’ve walked into a few across Spain, France and Germany ) that stocks the anti friction cream known as ASSOS (appropriately named) . Hallelujah.
To the proprietors of “Starcycles” in Hamburg my behind says “thank you “