A walk through Hamburg in wintertime

This time I want to take you for a walk through my hometown Hamburg in wintertime. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has nearly 2 million inhabitants and was founded around 808. The ending (Ham)-burg means that there was a castle in its beginning.
Our harbor has an extent of 7200 hectare and has celebrated its 826th birthday this year. Hamburg has 2500 bridges, more than London, Amsterdam and Venice together. It is the greenest city in Europe and has two huge lakes in the center which you can sail with nice old steamboats.
Hamburg is No. 3 in the world for consulates as well as musicals. This is just for your information.
I live at the outskirts of Hamburg, in a wooded area which is a bit rural already and quite calm. I usually go by underground to the center which takes about half an hour. Sometimes I take my little Sony Cybershot with me to make some photos for my blog and then I discover Hamburg myself. I’m astonished and happy to find so many lovely details on old houses which you can find below. You can see a theatre, the monuments of Schiller (a famous German poet, philosopher and historian) and Lessing (another famous German poet), and a wonderful Christmas market close to the town hall, the former main post office, the old revenue board, as well as the “Mona Lisa” in a shop window, a door that leads to nowhere, a merry-go-round, a store sign for a jeweller etc. etc.

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59 thoughts on “A walk through Hamburg in wintertime

  1. I visited Hamburg once many years ago, and remember it as venerable and solid. Your post was a delight, Mitza, and what a treat to be hosted by a resident and native. Thank you for this tour of interesting facts, and wonderful photos.

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    • thank you so much for finding such true words for this beautiful city. It was a pleasure to show you Hamburg again, there is more to come. Thanks for visiting my blog, have a Merry X’mas, regards Mitza

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    • You can’t do anything wrong visiting Hamburg. I will post some photos from the lakes later so that you can see them, too. Thanks for your nice comment, I’m happy you liked my post, have a nice day, regards Mitza

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    • I was wondering all night, if I showed enough of Hamburg and not only details, but I’m (unfortunately maybe ?) a stickler for details. Was astonished myself how many things I found even though I know this city quite some decades – and cannot get enough of it.

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  2. You really start to appreciate a city in a new way once you start looking up. At least that’s my experience 🙂
    Great eyes for detail Mitza. I haven’t visited Hamburg properly yet, but I have seen it by car and it looks amazing – especially the harbor area has my interest.

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    • you are so completely right about looking up. But I asked myself why I didn’t look up earlier, hehe. Found a lot of new details on things I know for a lot of years. I love details. Maybe you can return once and see the harbor area which is really very, very interesting. The warehouse district is under world cultural heritage and we are just building a new symphony house that is very extravagant (also the price, hehe)

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  3. Thank you for your post on beautiful Hamburg, Mitza! I wished I had visited all these lovely places instead of the Reperbahn, when I visited your city as a 15 year-old. I like all your photos. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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    • Strangely enough the Reeperbahn is known all over the world, but Hamburg has so much more. Thanks for liking my photos. Hope you have the possibility to see Hamburg again, Peter. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for you and your wife, too, regards Mitza

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  4. Great photos and interesting commentary about Hamburg. I learned a lot, and found the tidbit about “burg” meaning that there was a castle in its beginning especially interesting and informative. I need to move Hamburg and other German cities up on my bucket list! 🙂

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    • yes, definitely on place one, Mary. I will post some more photos from the summer, too, about the lakes etc. Thanks for your interest in my blog and Hamburg, have a nice day, regards Mitza

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    • Lieben Dank, Jule. Meine Sony verzerrt viele Sachen, aber ich traue mich immer nicht, die teure Kamera mitzunehmen, weil es so am Hauptbahnhof auch so leicht düstere Gestalten gibt. Wünsche Dir auch schönes Fest und Guten Rutsch, liebe Grüße Mitza

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    • that’s interesting, Isobel. Then you know what I’m talking about. I just visited the port some days ago. I nearly grew-up in the port as my father was ship-chandler and had an office there in these old buildings. Still love to go there. Will post some photos soon. Kind regards Mitza

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    • thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post about Hamburg. You wouldn’t regret to see it. You could even come here with a cruise ship. This year we have” Queen Elizabeth “and “Queen Mary” etc. in our harbour. Regards Mitza

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