Do you have a place, a city, town or village that you like to go back again again? As for my husband and I, it’s Hamburg. Why? Because there are lots of things to do in Hamburg and it is also a lovely city. This is our second visit there and we just fell in love with the city. We spent a couple of days in Hamburg after our cruise from Southampton.
Hamburg is Germany’s largest city and a major world port.
Did you know that the city has more canals than Venice, Amsterdam and London combined?. We were there in October surprisingly we didn’t see many visitors.
There were loads of things to keep us busy for our two days visit to Hamburg. My husband wanted art and culture- I wanted walking and discovering.
Things to do in Hamburg: Art–culture and History
1- Art -Kunsthalle Hamburg (closed on Monday)
After a brief walk from the main railway station Hamburg Hauptbahnhof we headed without delay to the Kunsthall Humburg. This magnificent building is Germany largest and richest museums. By no meant one day is enough to see it all. Eventually we only had a quick look around as soon as Husband saw the artist he wanted to see we left.
Did you know the museum is built on the site of the first strong hold of Hamburg?
At the present time there are many exhibitions halls, art spaces and galleries to satisfy every taste. For example there are contemporary modern, classic and German Romantic Paintings and art . Today to satisfy my husband’s craving for this love of art we headed to the DeichtorHallen Gallery.
There was an exhibition of Georg Baselizt- Georg Baseliz is modern German artist who takes theme of soldiers, ordinary folks’ live and with his famous device – paint paintings upside down and exhibit them upside down. Husband really wanted to see. Once we got there to Husband’s delight we noticed that the exhibition was of four artists :Baselizt, Kiefer, Richter and Polke
As for me I truly enjoyed the painting by Kiefer also a modern artist. He tenses to create landscapes as paintings. He produced them using a relief technique. Some of his paintings have a sense of vastness. They put you in.
2-Things to do in Hamburg: Culture HafenCity-
After the art we went classic and walked along the Harbour to the newly built Elbphilhatmonie. As it is the tallest inhabited building it is easy for see from a distance. This Great Concert hall has a capacity of over 2000 hence its immensity. It is free to visit, just have to get a ticket on arrival-can get busy- however we went in straightaway. After a long climb (using the escalator) we reached the observation desk or “Plaza”. The view is just amazing-
We had coffee and absorbed the view around us.
By the way while in HafenCity check the Kaffee Museum.
From the observation platform at the Elbphilhatmonie we could see many tall buildings. One of the St Nikolai Memorial or The Church of St Nicholas. It is a beautiful imposing structure, so tall that it dominates the landscape. This memorial is a reminder of the Second World War. It is a quiet place to sit and reflect. There is so much more in term of History in Hamburg and it is in evidence all around the city.
Things to do in Hamburg-
We had a wonderful first day in Hamburg- the city is full of discovery. Our next day was a walking day for me. What is you best thing in Hamburg?