Hamburg, Germany | Travel

Hamburg was one of the most unique cities I’ve been to. I’ve always been a fan of architecture and lucky me, I was living on a continent where there was architecture like nowhere else in the world.

Coming to Hamburg, one of the things I really wanted to see was the century-old Speicherstadt. This was the world’s largest warehouse complex located in the port of Hamburg. There were canals but what was most captivating for me was the way the Wilhelmine Gothic style buildings looked reflected amongst the canals. The symmetry and repetition of the buildings was just a photographer’s dream to work with. Being able to see this all in person was impressive, not to mention being able to learn about ways people used to hoist large cargo up and into the highest and smallest windows . Right on the edge of the historic Speicherstadt was the new city district Hafen City. Hafen City was a complete modern area of the city that was still being built up and developed. One specific building that’s worth mentioning is the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, which is currently being built on top of an old warehouse building. The concert hall’s completion will make it the tallest inhabited building in Hamburg.

The Old Elbe tunnel was another Hamburg attraction I wanted to see. The Old Elbe tunnel opened in 1911 and is still a functioning pedestrian and vehicle tunnel under the Elbe River. Going down into the tunnel was like going back in time. We were greeted with the Hamburg skyline coming up from the other side.