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.

City-Hof-Passage
City-Hof-Passage
Place in front of the Deichtorhallen

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.

Shore of the customs channel
Shore of the customs channel
Hachez Chocoversum
Kontorhausviertel
Kontorhausviertel
Kontorhausviertel
Kontorhausviertel
Kontorhausviertel
Kontorhausviertel: Chilehaus
Kontorhausviertel: Sprinken-Hof
Kontorhausviertel: Chilehaus
Kontorhausviertel: Mohlenhof
Building in the Altstadt
Building in the Altstadt
Building in the Altstadt

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.

Domplatz
Domplatz
Domplatz with view of Sankt Petri Kirche
Domplatz
Domplatz

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.

Speicherstadt
Speicherstadt
Speicherstadt
Speicherstadt
Speicherstadt

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.

Kirche St. Katharinen
Kirche St. Katharinen
View of St. Nikolai Kirche
Kirche St. Katharinen
Modern building
Speicherstadt
Propeller
Building in the Altstadt

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.

Nikolaifleet
Nikolaifleet
Deichstraße
Deichstraße
Deichstraße

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.

Rödingsmarkt
Rödingsmarkt
Flats at Alsterfleet

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.

St. Nikolai Kirche
Memorial at St. Nikolai Kirche
St. Nikolai Kirche
St. Nikolai Kirche
St. Nikolai Kirche
St. Nikolai Kirche

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.

Zum Alten Rathaus
Handelskammer Hamburg
Rathaus
Rathaus
Rathaus
Rathaus
Rathaus
Rathaus
Rathaus
Rathaus
Rathaus
Rathaus
Rathaus

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.

Church of Scientology Hamburg
Sankt Petri Kirche
Sankt Petri Kirche
Bells in the Sankt Petri church
View from the steeple of St. Petri Kirche
View from the steeple of St. Petri Kirche
View from the steeple of St. Petri Kirche
View from the steeple of St. Petri Kirche
View from the steeple of St. Petri Kirche
Church tower of Sankt Petri Kirche
Church tower of Sankt Petri Kirche
Church tower of Sankt Petri Kirche

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.

Building near Mönckebergstraße
Thalia Theater
Building
Elbphilharmonie-Kulturcafé
Hauptbahnhof
Hauptbahnhof
Building in Brandsende
Building

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.

Glockengießerwall
Glockengießerwall
Altstadt