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Hamburg, Germany - Snapshot and Highlights of a Three Day Visit

Updated on November 20, 2016
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John has traveled extensively has developed 5 website guides for touring Australia & Worldwide. John has developed travelers tips & tricks.

Hamburg is a large city, the second biggest in Germany. It is a very large port. Three days is hardly enough time to really assess it. I focused on design, art and art nouveau.

There are some fabulous shopping centers near the central railway station including 'Saturn' an electrical goods retailer on three floors that had very cheap prices.

There are also many excellent sporting goods and clothing stores, Hamburg is a great place to shop.

Getting around was restricted to walking and the hop-on, hop-off bus and so my experience was very limited.

Getting Around Hamburg

The hop-on hop-off buses in Hamburg were very disorganised. There were four routes, each of which appeared to be semi-independent, though one ticket applied to all. Only two of the four options had stops, which were poorly defined. Pick-ups were very unreliable.

I got left stranded twice and stops where I hopped off, but where the bus would not pick up. I don't know why. The tours were very limited.

Half of the two major tours was a trip around the town lake lined by expensive mansions. Nice to see but hardly worth 30 minutes! The rest was around the inner city shopping centers and churches.

There were also tours of the port are which was of no interest to me and I guess most tourists. Lucky most of the museums were close to the railway station and so were in walking distance. So be prepared for a lot of walking or getting to used the local trains and buses.

Fabulous art on display
Fabulous art on display | Source
Max Beckmann Still Lifes
Max Beckmann Still Lifes | Source
Wind power generators on top of the Greenpeace Offices
Wind power generators on top of the Greenpeace Offices | Source
Excellent Art Nouveau on display
Excellent Art Nouveau on display | Source

Art Nouveau

The art nouveau on display in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe was stunning especially the furniture. This was some of the best furniture I have seen in Europe.

Art Nouveau

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Design Exhibition

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg has a good display of design but the items are poorly presented on stacked shelving, with some items behind metal grids.

I went to the iF design exhibition Hamburg, which is located in Hamburg’s HafenCity near the Maritime Museum. It includes shows outstanding design products from all around the world which were submitted for the iF design awards, including those for 2014. The items range from a portable kitchen, stylish gadgets and electrical goods, IT, lighting elements and extend to cars bikes, clothing and even yachts.

Design Examples

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Art in Hamburg Museums

The Hamburger Kunsthalle art museum was good but a little disorganised. It had an excellent display of Max Beckmann Still Lifes, which have only rarely been shown in comprehensive collections in the past. The display is interesting because it covers the various phases of the artist phases: from his early stage during the war years, to the time he spent in Frankfurt, and Amsterdam and also his final years in the United States.

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© 2014 Dr. John Anderson


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  • billybuc profile image

    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Thanks for the tour. One day I hope to make it there.

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    5 years ago from USA

    I'm glad you're providing feedback about your experiences, both positive and negative. I'm planning a trip to Germany in the next year. Many of the art and design photos wouldn't load for me (just showed black Xs), but judging from the other photos, I'm sure they are beautiful.


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