The Alster in Hamburg

13 May 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg Reading Time:  16 minutes

Inner Alster © -

Inner Alster © –

The Alster is a right tributary of the Elbe river in Northern Germany. It has its source near Henstedt-Ulzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, flows somewhat southwards through much of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and joins the Elbe in central Hamburg. The Alster is Hamburg’s second most important river. While the Elbe river is a tidal navigation of international significance and prone to flooding, the Alster is a non-tidal, slow-flowing and in some places, seemingly untouched idyll of nature, in other places tamed and landscaped urban space. In the city center, the river forms two lakes, both prominent features in Hamburg’s cityscape.   read more…

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg

6 March 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, Hotels Reading Time:  8 minutes

© - Tony Webster/cc-by-2.0

© – Tony Webster/cc-by-2.0

The Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten is a luxury hotel located on the Neuer Jungfernstieg in Hamburg, Germany. It is recognized as one of the top hotels in the world. The hotel has received numerous national and international awards and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World alliance.   read more…

Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg

7 June 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, Hotels Reading Time:  4 minutes

© J.-H. Janßen/cc-by-sa-4.0

© J.-H. Janßen/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Hotel Atlantic Kempinski is a luxury hotel in Hamburg, Germany. The five star superior hotel is located in the district of St. Georg, between the Lake Außenalster and the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. Among other facilities, the hotel has 13 conference rooms, salons and high-ceilinged halls to hold events or meetings.   read more…

Islamic Centre Hamburg

13 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg Reading Time:  8 minutes

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…

The Sophienterrassen in Hamburg

1 January 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, House of the Month Reading Time:  3 minutes



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 Elbe

16 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  10 minutes

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…

Theme Week Hamburg – Rotherbaum

29 January 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, Hamburg Reading Time:  8 minutes

Hamburg University - Main building © Merlin Senger/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hamburg University – Main building © Merlin Senger/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rotherbaum is a quarter of Eimsbüttel, a borough of Hamburg. In 2016 the population was 16,456. In German, “roter Baum” means red tree. The “th”, which in general was abolished in the spelling reform of 1900, was preserved in names. Depending on grammatical context, it might also be spelled with n as Rothenbaum. The campuses of the University of Hamburg and the University of Music and Drama of Hamburg are located in Rotherbaum. Directly at the artificial Außenalster lake is the Consulate General of the United States.   read more…

Theme Week Hamburg – Harvestehude

28 January 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, Hamburg Reading Time:  8 minutes

Deutsche Presse-Agentur © AltSylt/cc-by-sa-4.0

Deutsche Presse-Agentur © AltSylt/cc-by-sa-4.0

Harvestehude is a quarter of Hamburg, in the borough of Eimsbüttel. It is located on the eastern boundaries of the borough near lake Außenalster. Located within Eimsbüttel borough is the former Jewish neighbourhood Grindel, the former center of Jewish life in Hamburg. Especially the quarter between Mittelweg and Harvestehuder Weg is a very affluent neighbourhood.   read more…

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