22th January 2012: Coming back to Hamburg was different from what I expected. In a good way. I almost didn’t remember anything and being able to visit the place with a friend again, but staying at their house, brought more possiblities to understand the city. It was also the first time that I saw snow, so Hamburg will always be a good memory.
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg or just Hamburg is a city-state located in northern Germany, on the River Elbe. It is the second-largest city in Germany and the seventh-largest city in the European Union. The “metropolitan region of Hamburg” was in 1997 4 014 800 inhabitants. The port is one of the world’s largest and is estimated to overtake Rotterdam as the principal of Europe. The city is also a major industrial center.
It is worth noting that many Germans from the city of Hamburg, and even other neighboring regions of northern Germany, immigrated to the Espírito Santo, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, etc… Some of the unique characteristics of the people who contributed to Brazil were religiosity (especially Lutheranism), your language Pomeranians also called Plattdüütsch (or Plattdeutsch in German official) and tireless industrially, whether in agriculture or through streets.
Hamburg is a major transport hub in Northern Germany and is one of the most affluent cities in Europe. It has become a media and industrial centre, with plants and facilities belonging to Airbus, Blohm + Voss and Aurubis. The radio and television broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk and publishers such as Gruner + Jahr and Spiegel-Verlag are pillars of the important media industry in Hamburg. In total there are more than 120,000 enterprises.
The city is a major tourist destination for both domestic and overseas visitors; Hamburg ranked 23rd in the world for livability in 2009, higher in some alternate rankings and in 2010 the city ranked 10th in the world.
We spent two days in the city and we basically saw the tipical things from there.
I’m not at all fan of beer, but I’ve tasted Beck’s with green lemon (picture), and totally recommend this for girls. At the same night we ate the best Döner from the entire trip, on my opinion. And we also went to a Kneipe (pub in german), which was similar to the ones we attend in Brazil. It had a space to sit and relax, and the toilets were all scrawled, near a place to see a band or maybe to dance. During the day we saw the Rathaus (picture), which is near the Alster Arkaden. We visited the St Nikolai’s Church, which you can go up to see the city from the top. There is also a possibility to go downstairs and know about the destruction of the Church during World War II. After it we went to another Church, which is more famous, St Michaelis. I personally think this was one of the most beautiful churchs on the entire trip, we arrived when it was almost closing and a woman told something true: “it’s good to have the church only for yourselfs, no?”. Because it was totally empty while we were there. I’m not very religious, but I liked the architecture of this Church, because it was more enlightened and have golden tones, different from the Gothic churches.
Different from everything we have visited in Hamburg, there was the HafenCity (http://www.hafencity.com/), a new part in Hamburg, which seems very clean, resembling a city from the future. Before leaving we ate the best Burguer, but I have to check the name of the place, for you.
*Where we stayed: Unfortunately for you, I don’t have tips of hostels