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The oldest immigrant in Hamburg: the “Old Swede”. Along the Hans-Leip shore lies a boulder weighing nearly 220 tonnes.

The oldest immigrant in Hamburg: the “Old Swede”. Along the Hans-Leip shore lies a boulder weighing nearly 220 tonnes, the so-called “Old Swede”. It was found in 1999 by workers digging out a shipping channel, and got its name due to its ice-age migration from Scandinavia to the Elbe. The Old Swede is one of Germany’s largest ice-age boulders.

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CITY AREA PORTRAIT Blankenese & Elbe outskirts

The former fishing and seamen's village of Blankenese is situated directly on the Elbe. It is the perfect starting point for hopping on a sailing boat or on the Elbe ferry, or for taking long walks along the shore. Another highlight is a visit to the Treppenviertel (German for staircase quartier) with a spectacular view of the lighthouse and the Falkenstein shore.

Blankenese & Elbe outskirts

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Hamburg Michel St. Michaelis Church

Hamburg has many large churches - but only one "Michel": On its platform 106 metres high, there is a fabulous (and breezy) view of Hamburg, the port and the surrounding countryside - one that should not be missed!

St. Michaelis Church
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The main church at Klosterstern. St. Nikolai

St. Nikolai - the name represents an extremely changeful church history. The principal church of St. Nikolai was built during the time of the settlement of the new city in the 12th century, and by 1353 had been extended to become a triple naved basilica in the Gothic style - it was then completely destroyed in the Great Fire of Hamburg in 1842.

St. Nikolai
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Picturesque small harbour at the Elbe river Museum Harbour Oevelgönne

The museum harbour Oevelgönne is a wonderful destination for young and old on the Elbe beach. Around 20 classic ships are moored at the Neumühlen quay.

Museum Harbour Oevelgönne

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