The Dockland building in Hamburg

1 June 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, House of the Month

© Dennis Siebert/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

© Dennis Siebert/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Like a ship sits the six-story office building on a plot of land, 40 meters out over the river Elbe in Hamburg. It can only be reached by a large staircase on the land side, the board is open to the public, and has on top a nearly 500 square meter wide roof terrace with a good view over the harbor and the northern shoreline. It is also a popular photo opportunity due to its distinctive architecture. The roof terrace is not wheelchair and handicapped accessible because it has no publicly accessible lift.   read more…

BIQ, the world’s first building with a bioreactor façade

1 May 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, House of the Month

© iba-hamburg.de / Splitterwerk, Graz

© iba-hamburg.de / Splitterwerk, Graz

Natural, efficient and unique: the BIQ is setting new standards as the first building in the world to have a bioreactor façade. Microalgae are cultivated in the glass elements that make up its “bio skin”. These are used to produce energy, and can also control light and provide shade. Inside, an innovative living concept is aimed at ensuring maximum design versatility for everyday life, and gives us a glimpse into urban life in the future. With its innovative living concept, futuristic exterior, and “intelligent” algae façade, the BIQ is a highlight of ”The Building Exhibition within the Building Exhibition”.   read more…

The Europa

1 March 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Hamburg, Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

MS Europa at Sylt © Elbe1

MS Europa at Sylt © Elbe1

The MS Europa is a cruise ship owned and operated by the German company Hapag-Lloyd. It is the 4th ship to be named Europa in the company’s history. For twelve years in row, the MS Europa was awarded the title “best cruise ship in the world” by Ward-Ranking and Berlitz. Being designed as a luxury ship, all of her cabins are described as suites. There are 204 suites. Out of the 204 suites, 168 have their own private veranda. The largest suites are 915 sq. ft, and the smallest are 291 sq. ft.   read more…

The Sophienterrassen in Hamburg

1 January 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, House of the Month

© sophienterrassen.de

© sophienterrassen.de

From time immemorial, Harvestehude, lying on the banks of the Alster, has been one of the most privileged residential locations to be offered by Hamburg. Venerable white Wilhelminian style and art nouveau villas in large parks and town houses resembling the London town houses, still distinguish the banks of the Alster today. As it was in this period, the Alster plays a central role as an area for rowing and sailing and numerous sports and social clubs line its banks.   read more…

The HafenCity in Hamburg

13 October 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg

HafenCity model © MissyWegner - CC-BY-SA-3.0

HafenCity model © MissyWegner – CC-BY-SA-3.0

HafenCity is a quarter in the district of Hamburg-Mitte in Hamburg. It is located on the Elbe river island that was formerly called Kehrwieder and Wandrahm.   read more…

The Rickmer Rickmers

1 July 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Tall ships, Hamburg, Museums, Exhibitions, Yacht of the Month

Figurehead of Rickmer Rickmers © Tvabutzku1234

Figurehead of Rickmer Rickmers © Tvabutzku1234

Rickmer Rickmers is a sailing ship (three masted bark) permanently moored as a museum ship in Hamburg, near the Cap San Diego. Rickmer Clasen Rickmers, (1807–1886) was a Bremerhaven shipbuilder and Willi Rickmer Rickmers, (1873–1965) led a Soviet-German expedition to the Pamirs in 1928.   read more…

Neuwerk Island in the Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park

10 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

Horse carriages in the Wadden Sea near Neuwerk Island © Geoz

Horse carriages in the Wadden Sea near Neuwerk Island © Geoz

Neuwerk (3 km², 39 inhabitants) is a Wadden Sea island on the German North Sea coast and a homonymous quarter of the city of Hamburg, Germany, in the borough Hamburg-Mitte. It is located northwest of Cuxhaven, between the Weser and Elbe estuaries, the distance to Hamburg’s center is about 120 km.   read more…

The Elbe

16 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, UNESCO World Heritage

Elbe River at Dresden © NetgutuDD

Elbe River at Dresden © NetgutuDD

The Elbe rises at an elevation of about 1,400 metres (4,593 ft) in the Krkonoše (also known as Giant Mountains or in German as Riesengebirge) on the northwest borders of the Czech Republic. Of the numerous small streams whose waters compose the infant river, the most important is the Bílé Labe, or White Elbe. After plunging down the 60 metres (197 ft) of the Labský vodopád, or Elbe Falls, the latter stream unites with the steeply torrential Malé Labe, and thereafter the united stream of the Elbe pursues a southerly course, emerging from the mountain glens at and continuing on to Pardubice, where it turns sharply to the west. At Kolín some 43 kilometres (27 mi) further on, it bends gradually towards the north-west.   read more…

Roman Abramowitschs Mega Yacht Eclipse

1 July 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Hamburg, Superyachts, Yacht of the Month

Yacht Eclipse in Hamburg © Hummelhummel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Yacht Eclipse in Hamburg © Hummelhummel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich boasts not only the world’s largest plane (the ‘Bandit’), but also the world’s biggest yacht: a 557-foot mega-boat called the Eclipse, which set sail from the dock of shipyard Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, Germany.   read more…

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