Take Me To:
HafenCity, Hamburg

When we think about visiting Europe, we are usually charmed by the rich history and culture that this amazing continent has. It’s true that Europe has come a long way and that it is wonderful to know that people and organizations are striving to retain and protect the rich history in many ways.

Despite the close association of most European cities with terms like the old world/ historical/ medieval, it’s an undeniable truth that a lot of European nations are among the world’s most forward-thinking and progressive countries.

Hamburg is a major port city and the second largest (and one of the most expensive/richest) German city. If you’re wondering, Hamburg is not the city that founded the hamburger. Although, it probably served as an inspiration considering how the various meat patties are a kind of traditional food in several European countries, but anyway, the Hamburger is a true American creation.

HafenCity is a district that used to be a huge, old trading port that also houses warehouses but is now part of an urban city-planning project where new residential and commercial spaces are being built. I simply love the idea of new areas because they are usually a nice combination of modern landscape, environmental and architectural design that are planned to mix well together alongside one another.

In the case of HafenCity, there were several buildings which were good previews of some exciting architecture design to come (since a lot are still under construction) but otherwise, we were really intrigued by the various funky designs of the street lamps and that a lot of streets are named after various Asian cities.

The Elbphilharmonie, one of the most meticulously designed and acoustically advanced concert hall with a striking architectural design, is also recently built to completion so it’s definitely worth checking out when you’re in HafenCity (or Hamburg).

While HafenCity is probably not the most interesting place to visit in Hamburg (especially for non-architecture/design enthusiasts), it’s worth taking a stroll around the district and along the riverside promenades to take a break from the usual Hamburg. If that still isn’t fun enough, the Miniatur Wunderland (one of the greatest place on earth) is just a short walk away.