Venue: Hamburg, Germany
Lens: Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4
Music: The Beatles – I want to hold your hand / Komm gib mir deine Hand ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jenWdylTtzs)
I was recently on a long-weekend trip to Hamburg visiting some friends of mine, and as always brought my camera with me to capture and remember better my impressions. Hamburg is such an artsy city (not even including here the art museums I visited and which I’ll show in my next post) that I realized most of my photos are somehow art-related. Hence the title of the post is including the German word for art – kunst! The kunst in Hamburg is in so many forms – from amazing modern architecture (which turned the former docks into some of the most expensive real estate in the world) to small hipstery shops and cafes in anarchist neighborhoods. But in the end nature itself trumps all artificial art with some amazing river views during sunset, so here it comes.
The “Eiffel tower of Hamburg” – the concert hall “Elbphilharmonie” that opened just a few weeks ago after a decade-long construction works. It’s by far the biggest and most impressive building in Hamburg that can be seen from anywhere along the river Elbe. It is so massive that the frame of the camera could not capture it from so close, but I put the photo as it also includes a small piece of the Berlin wall, brought to this place as a symbol of the German unification I suppose.
A postcard of the Elbphilharmonie during its construction – it is designed to look as a ship from far away.
The view to the building from a boat on the other side of the river. The boat tour was part of the usual public transport in Hamburg and offered some amazing views as the sun was about to set.
Further down the river with the concert hall still visible on the background. This cute seagull was intently observing the crowds of people moving from boat to boat.
Some more seagulls along the piers, with the view towards the industrial parts of the river where cargo ships are being serviced.
The port of Hamburg located along the Elbe river is the biggest sea terminal of Germany and the second biggest in Europe after Rotterdam.
One of my friends looking thoughtfully at the sunset as the boat moved us westward along the river.
Close to the Altona cruise terminal where we stepped off the boat – the sun was really low above the horizon and the clouds were slowly turning pink and violet.
Our boat going along the purple Elbe.
Instead we went up the stairs of the cruise terminal to enjoy the next 10 minutes of sunset from above.
Unfortunately I was not carrying my tripod, but there were plenty of other photographers that were better prepared and surely made some spectacular photos that evening.
Next morning at the Rathaus – the Hamburg city hall seating the local parliament (the city of Hamburg is a separate federal state of its own according to German laws).
Yet another view towards the concert hall, here from the Speicherstadt – the former dock lands that used to be a free zone for transporting goods.
One of the bridges in the Speicherstadt and the church of St. Kathrine on the other side.
In the heart of the Speicherstadt with its industrial beauty and the usual grey clouds over the city.
This is the building of the fish market, one of the iconic places in Hamburg which offers fish and sandwiches from 5 am on Sundays to the people that partied all night at the nearby Reeperbahn – Sankt Pauli district.
That day however the fish market was full of art and people enjoying it.
Some of the paintings offered on sale seen from above.
And back on the streets – the Schanze district, which is the hipstery part of the city, full of small artsy shops, pubs and cafes.
One of the backyards in Schanze where kids could play around, undisturbed by all the graffiti and street art around them.
At the Beatles-platz in the Reeperbahn party district where you can see the silhouettes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Hamburg was the place where the Beatles started their career playing live in many of the bars in the party district for two years.
The outside of one of the bars around with some more street art.
And now jumping to a more refined environment – the inside of one of the big shopping malls in the centre of the city. I brought my new friend, Guinny the penguin, and took some photos of him while waiting for my friends.
I even managed to teach Guinny a few basic words in German, such as “Seifen” meaning soaps.
At the end Guinny met a new German/Swedish friend and I let them play together for a while.
This is the “inside” of the St. Nicolai church which was partially saved during the bombings in the second World War while most of the other city was completely destroyed. Now you see some modern statues on what used to be the inside of the church.
Another monument in St. Nicolai – a memorial made with original bricks from one of the Nazi concentration camps in Sandbostel.
One of the “love locks” that are locked to so many of the bridges in the city.
A bike ramp in one of the small parks with a view towards the biggest working church – St. Michaelis.
I also let Guinny take a look at the church for a short while before it was time to leave the park and fly out of Hamburg. You’ll get to see more of Guinny on some of my next trips, I promise!