It was a sunny day with temperatures above 20 ° C, when I started my tour through the old town of Hamburg. From Hauptbahnhof I headed for Deichtorhallen, past the City-Hof-Passage, some of the first skyscrapers in Hamburg built in the 1950s. Even if they are not really a beauty, they have historical value.
I walked along the banks of the Zollkanal, the Spiegel building on the left, to Meßberg and from there to the north past the Hachez Chocoversum, which, despite the high temperatures, was well attended. Through the historic Kontorhausviertel (which belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage) with Sprinkenhof, Mohlenhof, Chilehaus and other beautiful facades.
At Domplatz, where there is a park with seating today, was probably formerly the Hammaburg, which gave Hamburg its name. It was less a castle, but more a mound with wooden palisades, five to six meters high, 15 meters wide and about 130 meters in length and width.
There is also the seat of Parship, the Zeit and the Church of Scientology Hamburg, in whose shop window L. Ron Hubbards books are laid out and all sorts of publicity for the psycho-tests of the church are made. There is also the Sankt Petri church, which I visited later.
For the time being, however, I took the path to the south and crossed the northern Speicherstadt. The Speicherstadt was built in 1883. Past Dialog im Stillen and Dialog im Dunkeln, Wasserschloß and Holländischer Brook and Fleetschlösschen. On the canals numerous boats of the harbor cruises were on the way.
From there I went over the maiden bridge to the north and walked around the Kirche St. Katharinen and passed through the Grimm, before I went to the Speicherstadt again. In front of the Miniatur Wunderland, it was packed, and busloads of tourists were carted to the port’s birthday party.
After a round on the Cremon Island I looked at the Nikolaifleet, where the Port of Hamburg was built in 1188. Here is still some of the Althamburg buildings have been preserved. Up the Deichstraße, where you can see the historic town houses of the city. Here started also the Hamburger Brand of May 5, 1842 began. The house in which the fire broke out is today called Zum Brandanfang.
From Steintwiete I went down the Rödingsmarkt, where the tracks of the subway run above ground on a bridge. I made a detour through the street Herrlichkeit that runs along the Alsterfleet. Here are modern apartments overlooking the Fleet.
Then I headed towords St. Nikolai Church, which today is a memorial against the war. The nave was completely destroyed by bombs in World War II, leaving only the outer walls and the tower.
Over the Trostbrücke, past the old stock exchange, where until 1842 also the old town hall stood, which was vainly blown up, in order to stop the Hamburg fire. At the Handelskammer Hamburg I turned into the Mönkedamm and then walked over the Old Wall towards Rathaus. In the courtyard of the town hall is a beautiful fountain and the outdoor areas of Restaurant Parliament Hamburg. I took a little break inside the town hall before going on to St. Peter's Church.
I have decided without further ado to climb the church tower, as this is the highest vantage point of Hamburg. In contrast to the Kirche St. Michaelis there is no lift, but only a lot of steps, which run in quite dizzying heights. There are several floors where you can get a view of the city from round windows. The highest point of 123 meters is directly in the top of the church tower, where just enough room for 3-4 people. It also fluctuated slightly due to the weight of the visitors or the wind. Definitely not for people with vertigo, but the view is fantastic.
I then went through the Mönckebergstraße and the Alstertor up towards Binnenalster, past the Thalia Theater. I headed south again through Spitalerstraße and around the Kirche St. Jacobi. Then I walked along the Bugenhagenstraße and once surrounded Saturn, before I went once again along the Mönckebergstraße and Spitalerstraße. It was incredibly crowded and loud: Peruvian panpipes, plastic scrap drummers and pounding rock music from the fashion shops.
Then I went through the northern part of the old town and through the street Brandsende, where the Hamburger Brand found its end. Finally, I went to Glockengießerwall down to the Hauptbahnhof, where my tour ended.