Theme Week Hamburg – Inner city and Alster

Thursday, 3 February 2011 - 01:59 am (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, Architecture, Hamburg
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Alster Panorama © IqRS + DooFi

Alster Panorama © IqRS + DooFi

Innenstadt
Hamburg is the shopping metropolis of Northern Germany. The many shopping streets and shopping malls offer a large variety of goods. From chic boutiques and traditional Hamburg fashion shops around the Alster, to unusual and alternative stores found outside the city-centre area. The entire area between Gänsemarkt, Town Hall, Inner Alster Lake and Hamburg’s main train station is the “shopping heartland”. Of course, numerous alternative shopping districts can be found in all city districts, especially in Harvestehude, Pöseldorf, Eppendorf, Winterhude, Poppenbüttel, Sasel, Blankenese, Wandsbek and Altona, where one can find and explore small but excellent designers and backyard factories, but none of the districts invites in a more typical Hanseatic environment to merciless overdraft the personal credit facilities, as the inner city does with its almost majestic shopping malls and street courses. The attraction is the architecturally unique ambiance of the numerous building ensembles so that even men are able to develop restrained joy in shopping.





Neuer Wall © San Andreas

Neuer Wall © San Andreas

Neuer Wall
Whether fashion or jewelry, shoes or furniture: At Neuer Wall you will find big international top brands. It’s no surpirse that Neuer Wall belongs to the finest shopping streets in Europe. The Neue Wall is THE place for exclusive accessories, designer furniture and luxury fashion. On this, something longer that one kilometre street, which belong to the ten leading European streets, one can find the most prestige (and expensive) stores in Hamburg. The Neue Wall was completely refurbished a few years ago. One can splendidly stroll along on the broad sidewalks. The ambiance of Neuen Wall fits flawlessly to the sophisticated stores. Read more on Hamburg.de.



Hamburger Hof © Staro1

Hamburger Hof © Staro1

Große Bleichen
The street Große Bleichen is located in the shopping quarter of Hamburg. It begins at the beautiful Jungfernstieg and leads to Hamburg Neustadt quarter where numerous cafes, pubs and restaurants on Fleetinsel and Großneumarkt are waiting for from shopping exhausted people. Directly at the Große Bleichen there are not less than five shopping malls: the Hamburger Hof (even when the main entrances are on Jungfernstieg and at the Poststraße), the Hanse-Viertel, the Galleria, the Kaufmannshaus and the Bleichenhof. But not only because of the malls Große Bleichen is a great place for a shopping spree. In addition to the malls there are many large and small specialty stores. Read more on Hamburg.de (German only).



Bleichenfleet © Times Levantehaus © NatiSythen Hapag-Gebäude © Staro1 Alsterarkaden © GeorgHH Gänsemarkt © Sterilgutassistentin Europapassage © Torsten Bolten ABC-Straße © Staro1 Milchstrasse © Staro1 Alster © Reinhard Kraasch Hanseviertel © Femfert/Loerke Gänsemarkt © szene-in-hamburg.de Alsterarkaden © Daniel Schwen Hamburger Hof © Staro1 Neuer Wall © San Andreas Alster Panorama © IqRS + DooFi
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Gänsemarkt © Sterilgutassistentin
Alsterarkaden © Daniel Schwen

Alsterarkaden © Daniel Schwen

Alsterarkaden
A great place to kill time is the Alsterarkaden (Alster Arcades). These are located on the side of the Jungfernstieg that faces the Rathausmarkt (Town Hall Square), running parallel to the Alsterfleet. The Venetian arcades are Hamburg’s smallest and oldest shopping mall. The arcades and the Mellin-Passage delight visitors with its magnificent ceiling paintings and stucco. The Mellin-Passage acts as a link between Alsterarkaden and the Neuer Wall. Built by Alexis de Chateauneuf, the whitewashed row of buildings on the river is home to exclusive shops between its Venetian-style columns. Read more on Hamburg.de (German only).





Gänsemarkt © szene-in-hamburg.de

Gänsemarkt © szene-in-hamburg.de

Gänsemarkt
Here and in the little side streets around there the fashionable big brands and labels are located and also the well-known and typical Hanseatic dignified retailing. During summers the Gänsemarkt is barely passable, because the it’s then used by locals and tourists to chill out in the sun or in the evenings for after-work parties. On hot summer days the Gänsemarkt flair can easily compete with southern European locations. Because it often rains Hamburg’s inhabitants sometimes talk about “blue summer” so that there is no guarantee for the Mediterranean flair. Read more on Hamburg.de (German only).



Hanseviertel © Femfert/Loerke

Hanseviertel © Femfert/Loerke

Hanse-Viertel
Hamburg’s most beautiful shopping mall is an architectural masterpiece from the architect of Gerkan, Marg and Partner and is centrally located near City Hall and the Inner Alster in the shopping quarter of the “City West”. The shopping center Hanse-Viertel is with over 70 stores one of the largest malls in Hamburg. Located in the heart of Hamburg, here life pulsates. Every day up to 25,000 visitors strolling through the shops. In the exclusive shops, from designer fashion to antiques, up to the collar for your four-legged friend, you can buy everything your heart desires. Restaurants, cafes and even a lobster stand promise the highest culinary pleasure in every price range. Cultural events such as exhibitions, fashion shows, and the Hamburg Theatre Day are offered by the mall as well. Read more on Hamburg.de (German only).





Alster © Reinhard Kraasch

Alster © Reinhard Kraasch

Alster
The Alster is a right tributary of the River Elbe in Northern Germany. It has its source near Henstedt-Ulzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, flows roughly southwards and reaches the Elbe in Hamburg. In the centre of Hamburg the Alster has been dammed. The Alster forms two artificial lakes in the city of Hamburg. Through ponding the river, the artificial lakes Außenalster (outer Alster) and the smaller Binnenalster (inner Alster), and the surrounding parks serve as an important recreational area in the heart of the city.

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