Thursday, July 7, 2016

Last Day in Hamburg

We began the day by walking along the canals in the old warehouse district, which give this part of Hamburg a distinct similarity to Amsterdam.

Some of the warehouses are empty, others have been converted to offices and living units, still others are used for storage, for example, oriental rugs.

Another of the warehouses is home to a coffee shop and roastery.

The canals are affected by the strong tides; this one was nearly dry when we passed by.

The newer part of the city also has canals, which connect with the container ship harbor and
the harbor tour boats. A modern plaza provides a nice place to enjoy the sun and view the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

A small model of some of the wavy balcony seating in the concert hall

German Lutheran churches have very tall, sharply pointed steeples, like this one under repair.

Near the Rathaus, we passed a men's clothing store which specialized in old-fashioned (think Stanley and Livingston) garb. In one window was a museum-quality collection.

The Rathaus, with over-the-top decoration

Along a new canal off the Rathaus Square, swans wait for crumbs from a boy held by his mother.

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