Hamburg’s central square
I’m starting to change my mind about Hamburg. It shopping district is very cool indeed. Bought some Pierre Cardin jeans at Karstadt, a department store similar to David Jones. However, it had a much better selection than I’ve seen anywhere in Australia. I had no trouble finding jeans in lots of styles in my exact size. In Oz I always have to get them taken up. The greats selection might help explain why most Germans are smart dressers.
The Hochbahn tracks about to descend under the CBD from the waterfront
The waterfront area and a Hochbahn train
The port of Hamburg
The vehicle elevators that lead to the old cross river tunnel
Explored along the waterfront. An interesting place. Very busy and it’s all functional, with nothing being done in the name of tourism apart from some cruise boats. Also explored well out into the suburbs. Caught the U3 which describes a full circle from the city to about 10 km out into the suburbs. Very pleasant suburbs, high density mostly 5 to 6 stories, but with lots of shops, and lots of parks and playgrounds. It’s a model of pleasant high density living. As elsewhere in Germany there is also no sense of fear and it is a happy place.
The winding tracks of the very functional Hochbahn system
One of the port’s fireboats
A thank you from the Vietnamese people
Streets just up from the St Georg area
The path along the Alster lakes
Looking across the Alster lakes
Hamburg’s idea of peak hour
I made my way around back to the Hauptbahnhof and its feral time again. There’s a soccer match on apparently and heaps of soccer fans are setting off to it. There’s a large Police presence nearby, with all of them carrying riot gear attached to their belts. I figure an English team must be playing.