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A Walking Tour of Hamburg {Guest Post by Diana from Life in German}

Another day, another awesome guest poster! Today's featured blogger is Diana from Life in German. She ​​and her family moved to Germany in 2012, and now Diana's blogging about her life overseas. I hope you enjoy her walking tour through Hamburg--make sure to follow her on her social media channels (at the bottom of the post)!


Today I will be writing about my current city, Hamburg. It is Germany's second largest city, and its biggest port (the second busiest in Europe). Hamburg is known as a gateway to the World. 

And lucky for us there is a free walking tour that takes you to some of the main parts of the city.

Here's a short recap:

It started at 11 am at the Kleine (little) alster, a canal leading to the Alster, which has been dammed In the centre of Hamburg [the Alster forms two artificial lakes in the city of Hamburg].

we then walked over to the Hamburg Rathaus (city hall).

We visited a couple of churches, the first two being St. Jacobi and St Petri:

St. Jacobi is known for its organ, The Arp Schnitger Organ. It is the largest Baroque organ of the North German type in terms of its resonant capacity.

St Petri has has two lion head statues on each door at the entrance.. When the first one was built, the architect had never seen a lion, so he made it to what he imagined it looked like. The second one was built after seeing a lion, so it looks a little more normal.

Our tour guide, Antonio, told us how the bombing in 1943 really affected the city, especially St Nikolai Church. Which had been burnt down in the fire of 1842 (which started in Deichstrasse) and then rebuilt, only to be left in poignant WWII ruins.

Here you can see a part of the church’s tower which is the biggest remaining part.  [I used an old picture, because it is currently under scaffolding].

Another interesting piece of architecture in Hamburg is the Chilehaus – it is a masterpiece. When you see it from an angle, it looks like a boat!

The tour ended in HafenCity(Port City). Our guide mentioned to us how this part of the port was removed from the jurisdiction to allow the area to be redeveloped.
  • It is the largest rebuilding project in Europe.
  • When finished in twenty years’ time, it will house 12,000 people, and host a workforce of 40,000.
  • It has many different museums.

I took advantage of the fact that we had two out of town guests and we went on the tour for the second time. Both of them liked it alot, they got to know more about the city we currently live in, what did you think