Architecture in Hamburg, yesterday and today
Visitors to Hamburg are immediately struck by the city's exciting contrasts. Post-modern glass and steel façades, the patrician mansions of past centuries, entire rows of lovely Jugendstil buildings, baroque churches and historic residential districts, not to mention the outstanding individual structures, all contribute to the cityscape of Hamburg.
These are particularly suited either for enjoying an excellent overview or for being amazed by their height. The 278-metre Heinrich-Hertz-Turm honours the great physicist and is used for television broadcasts – the tower restaurant is unfortunately no longer in operation at present, and there are negotiations in progress concerning the modernisation and use of the tower. The building with the highest observation deck is the 'Michel', Hamburg's grand landmark – the view is certainly worth the climb! If you like being closer to the water, then the platform on the Dockland building is recommended.
In contrast, the label "down-to-earth " applies to other structures: The Town Hall, built in the Renaissance style, is now more than 110 years old; the Bismarck Monument stands high above the harbour and has something "watchful about it" – and the completion of the new Hamburg landmark, the Elbphilharmonie, is eagerly awaited, while at the same time Hamburg's new district, the modern HafenCity, continues to grow.
Hamburg's architecture can be admired from the water as well as on land: During a harbour cruise you not only get to know the Speicherstadt and the HafenCity – you also experience the Hanseatic Trade Centre from an unusual perspective. The subsequent view from the water overlooking the Fischauktionshalle will allow you to imagine the decades of tradition and the charm of this building...