Portrait: Otto von Bismarck, the Iron Chancellor

December 27th, 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Hamburg, Portrait

Otto von Bismarck in 1886 © Immanuel Giel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Otto von Bismarck in 1886 © Immanuel Giel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg, known as Otto von Bismarck, was a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890. In the 1860s, he engineered a series of wars that unified the German states, deliberately excluding Austria, into a powerful German Empire under Prussian leadership. With that accomplished by 1871, he skillfully used balance of power diplomacy to maintain Germany’s position in a Europe which, despite many disputes and war scares, remained at peace. For historian Eric Hobsbawm, it was Bismarck who “remained undisputed world champion at the game of multilateral diplomatic chess for almost twenty years after 1871, [and] devoted himself exclusively, and successfully, to maintaining peace between the powers”. However, his annexation of Alsace-Lorraine gave new fuel to French nationalism and promoted Germanophobia in France. This helped set the stage for the First World War.   read more…

Portrait: Warburg family

June 28th, 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Hamburg, Portrait

M.M. Warburg & CO headquarters in Hamburg © Claus-Joachim Dickow/cc-by-sa-3.0

M.M. Warburg & CO headquarters in Hamburg © Claus-Joachim Dickow/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Warburg family is a prominent American banking family of German Jewish descent, noted for their varied accomplishments in biochemistry, botany, political activism, economics, investment banking, law, physics, classical music, art history, pharmacology, physiology, finance, private equity and philanthropy. They originated as the Venetian Jewish del Banco family, one of the wealthiest Venetian families in the early 16th century. Following restrictions imposed on banking and the Jewish community, they fled to Bologna, and thence to Warburg, in Germany, in the 16th century, after which they took their name. The family re-established itself in Altona, near Hamburg in the 17th century, and it was there that M. M. Warburg & Co. was established in 1798, among the oldest still existing investment banks in the world. Other banks created by members of the family include: M.M.Warburg & Co., Warburg Pincus, S. G. Warburg & Co. (becoming UBS Warburg).   read more…

Portrait: Albert Ballin, inventor of modern cruise ship traveling

February 22nd, 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Hamburg, Portrait

Albert Ballin

Albert Ballin

Albert Ballin was a German shipping magnate, who was the general director of the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG) or Hamburg-America Line, at times the world’s largest shipping company. Being the inventor of the concept of the cruise ship, he is known as the father of modern cruise ship travel. The SS Auguste Viktoria, named after the German Empress Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, was the first modern cruise ship in the world. She sailed on May 10, 1889 from Hamburg to New York City via Southampton. Two years later, she went on the world’s first Mediterranean cruise. In 1901, Ballin built the Emigration Halls on the Hamburg island of Veddel to accommodate the many thousands of people from all over Europe who arrived at the Port of Hamburg every week to emigrate to North and South America on his company’s ships. The island is now the BallinStadt Museum.   read more…

Portrait: Steinway & Sons, manufacturer of grand pianos and pianos

July 29th, 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Hamburg, Portrait

© Steinway & Sons

© Steinway & Sons

Steinway & Sons, also known as Steinway, is an American and German piano company, founded in 1853 in Manhattan, New York City, by German immigrant Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later known as Henry E. Steinway). The company’s growth led to the opening of a factory in Queens, New York City, and a factory in Hamburg, Germany. The factory in Queens supplies the Americas and the factory in Hamburg supplies the rest of the world. Steinway has been described as a prominent piano company, known for making pianos of high quality and for inventions within the area of piano development. Steinway has been granted 126 patents in piano making; the first in 1857. The company’s share of the high-end grand piano market consistently exceeds 80 percent. The company’s dominant position in the high-end piano market has been criticized, with some musicians and writers arguing that it has blocked innovation and led to a homogenization of the sound favored by pianists.   read more…

International Maritime Museum Hamburg

June 1st, 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Hamburg, House of the Month, Museums, Exhibitions

International Maritime Museum Hamburg © OlliFoolish/cc-by-sa-3.0

International Maritime Museum Hamburg © OlliFoolish/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg (International Maritime Museum) is a private museum in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg. The museum houses Peter Tamm‘s collection of model ships, construction plans, uniforms, and maritime art, amounting to over 40,000 items and more than one million photographs of the former “Wissenschaftliches Institut für Schifffahrts- und Marinegeschichte” (Academic Institute of Shipping and Naval History). It opened in a former warehouse in 2008.   read more…

The Chilehaus in Hamburg

March 1st, 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Hamburg, House of the Month, UNESCO World Heritage

Chilehaus © Sebastian Warneke/cc-by-sa-3.0

Chilehaus © Sebastian Warneke/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Chilehaus (Chile House) is a ten-story office building in Hamburg. It is located in the Kontorhausviertel. It is an exceptional example of the 1920s Brick Expressionism style of architecture. This large angular building is located on a site of approximately 6,000m², spanning the Fischertwiete Street in Hamburg. It was designed by the German architect Fritz Höger and finished in 1924.   read more…

Islamic Centre Hamburg

June 13th, 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg

Imam Ali Mosque © Staro1/cc-by-sa-3.0

Imam Ali Mosque © Staro1/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Islamic Centre Hamburg (German: Islamisches Zentrum Hamburg) is one of the oldest Shia mosques in Germany and Europe. Established in Hamburg, in northern Germany, in the late 1950s by a group of Iranian emigrants and business people it rapidly developed into one of the leading Shia centres in the Western world.   read more…

Euro-Mediterranean-Arab Association

December 24th, 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg

© ema-hamburg.org/cc-by-sa-3.0

© ema-hamburg.org/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Euro-Mediterranean Association for Cooperation and Development e.V. (EMA) is a German nonprofit organization that works in the field of development cooperation between Europe, especially Germany, and the countries of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It is based in Hamburg, with branches in Berlin, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia. The association’s aim is to further economic development cooperation and political, cultural and academic exchange between Germany and the countries of Northern African, the Middle East and the Gulf (EMA region).   read more…

Theme Week Hamburg – Elbe suburbs

November 5th, 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Hamburg, Theme Weeks

Strandhotel © Staro1

Strandhotel © Staro1

The Elbvororte (Elbe suburbs) are located in the West of Hamburg with an increased density of wealthy inhabitants. The greatest and most of impressive collection of villa’s from 18th and 19th centuries are located here, as well as the headquarters of the oldest and most prestigious companies in the city. Like nowhere else in the city here you can experience and observe the typical Hamburg life philosophy. Besides the quarters described below there are Sülldorf, Klein Flottbek (home of the Derby Park hosting the Riders Tour and other international derby events), Groß Flottbek and Osdorf.   read more…

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