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City Guide : Hamburg

Hamburg officially named Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the 2nd most populous city and one of the 16 federal states of Germany. Located on the southern end of Jutland Peninsula at the north of Germany, Hamburg rises on the intersection point of the Elbe River with Alster and Bille Rivers. The center of the city is placed around the Binnenalster and Aussenalster Lakes. Hamburg has 2.302 bridges crossing the canals, more than Venice (400) and Amsterdam (1200) combined. Hamburg is the 2nd largest port city in Europe through its main port, Hamburg Harbor. Hamburg is home to over 90 consulates and is an international trade center.

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    Hamburg is a dynamic, multicultural, green, watery and maritime city.

    The Port of Hamburg at the Steinwerder is the fundamental economic resource of the city covering 12% of the city's total area. Every year, 12.000 ships transport ten million tones of goods from the harbor.

    Fleetinsel (Channel Island) is a field of modern and historical buildings between Steigenberger Hotel and the Stadthausbrücke Bridge. Fleetinsel is connected with the Neustadt (New Town) quarter in the west and the Rödingsmarkt in the east through a few splendid bridges.

    Alsterfleet (Alster Channel) joins Alster Lakes with Elbe River. An alluring pedestrian way borders the waterfront.

    Planten un Blomen (Plants and Flowers Park or Public Park) near the Dammtor railway, harbors numerous children's playgrounds and the tropical houses of Old Botanical Garden and the Japanese Gardens with their teahouses. At the eastern part of the park, you go into Wallanlagen Park (Town Ramparts Park). Wallanlagen is a green corridor between Dammtor and St. Pauli. Hosting a great deal of children's playgrounds and recreational places, Wallanlagen Park lies alongside the former town ramparts and moats.

    Hamburg's Kunsthalle (Art Hall) at the city center is the largest art museum in the country. The complex is composed of two buildings linked by an underground passage. This art gallery has a rich collection of medieval paintings and 20th century classics. Cap San Diego (Überseebrücke) and Rickmer Rickmers (Landungsbrücken rail station) museums represent the rich cultural collections of the city.
  • Culture & Entertainment

    Musicals, festivals, concerts, theaters, conventions, exhibitions, shows, pop, rock, jazz and classic music, theaters, celebrations are all the reflection of the cultural treasury in the city. The Beatles started their musical career in Hamburg in 1960s.

    The city has many theaters and hosts a great deal of musical and cultural events. Alle Theater, Alma Hoppes Lustspielhaus, Altnoer Theater, Thalia Theater and Theater Am Holstenwall are the major centers for a great range of plays.


    Hamburg State Opera (Hamburgische Staatsoper) is one of the significant centers for concerts, operas and ballets. Laeizhalle (Concert Hall) hosts classical music performances by the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra.

    Hafengeburtstag (Harbor Birthday, May) is a crazy festival celebrating the day the German Emperor Barbarossa granted the city customs exemption. Hamburg International Short Film Festival (June) and International Dragonboat Festival (June) are among the other main festivals of the city.

    Hamburger Dom (Heiligengeistfeld, July-August) is one of the largest and the most diversified fairs in the country. Carousels, rides, colorful stalls and spectacular fireworks are all the ingredients of the fun at the fair.

    Hamburg bars and clubs offer one of the most magnificent nightlife experiences in the Europe. With their bars and clubs and discos, Schanze district and St. Pauli are the major centers for the night entertainment at the city.

  • Food & Drink

    The city is a food lover's paradise. Bars, hotel restaurants, breweries, pubs, tea houses, cafes and bistros, wine taverns and more offer international delicacies and local specialties including fresh fish. Hamburger Hafen (Fish Market) is the city's famous Fish Market. You will be able to find most of the kinds of fresh fish. Also, here is the place for fresh fruits.

    Some examples from the best local specialties;

    Labkaus: a kind of stew served with herrings, fried egg and gherkin.
    Aalsuppe (eel soup): a kind of stock of meat, vegetables and dried fruit, additionally vinegar to give taste.

    Rote grütze (red fruit compote): made of blackcurrants, raspberries and cherries boiled with water, served with cold milk or custard.

    Alsterwasser: the beer flavored with lemonade.

    Franzbrötchen: a kind of regional pastry.
  • Shopping

    Hamburg has a versatile and extraordinary shopping world. The city is appreciated by its enchanting shopping arcades, a plenty of glass-roofed malls, specialty stores and exclusive boutiques.

    Spitalerstraße at the northern exit of the city's main station is a pedestrian shopping place of Hamburg. You can find all shopping probabilities here.

    Mönckebergstraße (Hamburg's Shopping Mile) is the biggest shopping street of the city. Sport Karstadt at the beginning of Mönckebergstraße is the Europe's largest sports store. Saturn (the world's largest electronics store), Görtz (the Europe's largest house of shoes) and a great deal of more are present at this shopping paradise.

    Laventhaus Mall, Town Hall Square, Bleichenhof Arcade, Hanse-Viertel Arcade and Neuer Wall Street are among the main shopping locations of the city that you should not absolutely miss.
Route Map: Hong Kong – Hamburg Flight

Architecture That Makes People Happy

Italian architect Benedetta Tagliabue has put her signature on important projects like the Scottish Parliament Building, HafenCity Hamburg, Santa Caterina market, and the Spanish Pavilion at Expo Shanghai 2010. In Istanbul recently, she replied to our questions.

Many of your projects are about transforming industrial areas outside the city into urban centers. Is this a coincidence or a deliberate choice?
Rehabilitation projects are under way all over the world, perhaps a little more even in Europe since Europe is short on space. Also, in the last 50 years industrial sites have taken over almost all the living space in our cities, so it needs to be reincorporated back into life now. Take HafenCity Hamburg, for example; it isn’t just port workers there any more but people going to work as well. Even sunbathers… Many former factories are being socialized by converting them into museums.

Like Tate Modern, Santralistanbul and Istanbul Modern. Industrial plants turned museums. Is this a trend then?
Yes, it’s a trend. There is a very unusual and special example of it in Barcelona: Santa Caterina Market. Barcelona used to be a city with a closed urban texture. But this project, the rehabilitation of a large public space that took ten years, opened it up to the outside world. It taught us - me and my late husband, that is - a lot. First we tried to understand the narrow streets. Then we learned how we had to proceed in an historic venue. Starting from the realization that history is in a constant flux, we wanted to create a space that urban people would be happy to use, so we rebuilt the market, the roof in particular. With the help of Spanish ceramicists, we created a fantastic roof that can be seen from all over the city. It’s a pleasant shopping center and commercial venue now. A powerful bond was also forged between us and Santa Caterina. The project inspired many things in our lives right down to the names of our children. My daughter’s name is Caterina.

What projects do you have in hand at the moment?
There is no end of projects. We have two offices, one in Barcelona and one in Shanghai. We are also building a tower in Hong Kong these days, a somewhat proud tower… And a university in one of Shanghai’s new residential areas but not cut off from the city. We are building a museum for a Chinese painter too. In Spain we are reorganizing a former cloth factory as a museum. We have office buildings in Milan, residences in Madrid. But recently I’ve been occupied mainly with HafenCity Hamburg in Germany.

Do you have any particular sine qua non’s?
There is one thing I always try to do. I try to make the project harmonize with itself and with the surroundings. Without any pushing or shoving… As modest as possible, in harmony with the environment and the world, not altering or playing too much with the landscape. I avoid any solution that might dominate or overwhelm.

Changing things is sometimes good, but only if it is done quietly, without any noise or shouting… Architects can’t save the world, but friendly architecture can ensure that people live a happier, more expansive and more civilized life. Architects should try, through small interventions, to give people better spaces to live and work in. Good architecture is architecture that makes people happier than they used to be and makes them feel good about themselves.

What are your forecasts for the future?
Houses are going to be smaller in the future because the world is getting crowded and resources are being depleted. We are going to have to live in smaller houses. There won’t be any more enormous estates. But there are going to be more public areas. And that is a good thing, because more social sharing means less social conflict.

Barselona / Barcelona
Classy and mad. And fabulous because it is both at once. A city dedicated to people. People go for long walks. At the seaside, in the parks. The city seems to exist so people can walk.

Londra/London
Mysterious and wonderful. Small but huge. Has a powerful history that nevertheless does not fly in your face. Waits unobtrusively to be discovered.

Venedik/Venice
Defies description. As a friend of mine says, Venice makes intelligent people look stupid… if they try to describe it.  More like a person than a city.

İstanbul
Capital of a great empire. Harbors a lot of different people within it and is therefore very modern. In fact, is one of the world’s most modern cities for that reason.

New York
A city that has everything you can imagine, where all dreams come true. A city that has seen everything. When a person goes there he says, Okay, now I get it.

Paris/Paris
City of refinement. The refinement of existence… City of social graces. City of the good life as well as of great restaurants, theater and opera.

The Spanish-Italian Artisan Soul

Born in Milan, Benedetta Tagliabue graduated from the University of Venice in 1989. In 1991 she became a partner in the studio of Enric Miralles, whom she also married. Tagliabue, who has built several award-winning buildings around the world, became head of Miralles-Tagliabue-EMBT following her husband’s untimely death. She has worked on many important projects, among them HafenCity Hamburg public space, the Expo Shanghai 2010 Spanish Pavilion, Hamburg Music School and the Scottish Parliament Building. Perpetuating the tradition of the architecture studio with Spanish-Italian artisan soul, Tagliabue has earned a RIBA International Fellowship for her contributions to architecture.

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