This is my third visit to Hamburg and over the years my thoughts and opinions on the city have slowly evolved. I don’t think it’s fair to compare Hamburg to other cities in Germany or even Europe; it’s not Berlin-cool, it’s Hamburg-cool. There exists in this city a very unique spirit, one I’ve never seen before. It’s intensely creative, it’s edgy, it’s forward thinking, but it’s still tied to its roots as well. Part of those roots is Hamburg’s important maritime history and it’s newest UNESCO site, the Speicherstadt. Built in the late 19th century, this is the one of the largest warehouse districts in the world and if you love steam punk, then this is your ultimate dream realized. Walking around it’s hard not to be moved by the urban architecture but what impressed me even more is the fact that businesses still operate out of many of the buildings in this red brick neighborhood. It’s also an important aspect of visiting Hamburg, to not just learn about the city’s important maritime history, but to touch it, to feel it and to understand it on an entirely different level.
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