Hamburg Part 1: HafenCity
Driving through Denmark, transferring to a 40 minute ferry ride, and then continuing on through the northern German countryside via the Autobahn is not a bad way to arrive in Hamburg. The weather was meh, but I enjoyed the city quite a lot and kept thinking that I should revisit in the summer – it’s a walkable city with nice canals, rivers, parks, architecture, night life, food, and, of course, beer and schnitzel!
Driving toward Hamburg from Denmark and Puttgarden, Germany
HafenCity is a neighborhood along the Elbe River that has undergone major development since the early 90s. The project has a long history that you can read about on their website
, but the gist is that the city is aiming to revitalize this old port area by attracting all types of businesses and building, building, building. Not even googlemaps has caught up with their rate of building and if you take a virtual tour
you’ll see many buildings under construction.
Although it was windy, damp, and the sun was setting at about 4pm, it was interesting to see a mish-mash of new buildings in such a dense area. Especially in contrast to the much older parts of the city. Plus, I got to see a real life Herzog & de Meuron project under construction!
Enjoy the many photos of HafenCity!
The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg by Herzog & de Meuron STILL under construction
HafenCity at dusk
LOVE architecture and urbanism, Baufeld 10.
More new buildings! By Erick van Egeraat and Michiel Raaphorst
Cranes are everywhere here.
Canal in HafenCity