My wintry wandering this year took me to a city, not primarily of painters, poets or prophets but of businesses, industries, and traders. I tried to feel the pulse of the city and ended up with happy vibes brimming with the beauty of a different kind. History draped houses, canals, lakes, and a large port give this city a unique character that settles comfortably into one’s memory and steps forth like old pals at the mention of Hamburg, the Hanseatic harbor city.

History draped houses, canals, lakes, and a large port give this city a unique character that settles comfortably into one's memory and steps forth like old pals at the mention of Hamburg, the Hanseatic harbor city. #Travel… Click To Tweet

How to feel the pulse of Hamburg?

When in Hamburg, you can enjoy a walkable feast amid cobblestone streets, bridges over the canals, stagger between cafes and then rejuvenate with a walk on the port promenade.

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Cobblestone streets evoke a unique feeling in me!
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The world’s largest historic warehouse complex, the Speicherstadt. It is famed for its bridges, canals and tall, red-brick buildings.

World-famous attractions in Hamburg

After walking on the alleyways, roads, cobblestone streets and port promenade, I got acquainted with the vibes of Hamburg. I felt the confluence of businesses and beauty when I saw a beautiful sunset from the port. But I wanted to explore it a little deeper. So I planned to visit its world-famous attractions or the must-see places the next day.

Speicherstadt

Hamburg is an industrial, commercial and shipping hub, not a chic metropolitan city like Berlin, Paris or London, but it has its splashes of elegance. Take Speicherstadt, which means “warehouse city” as an example. The beautiful neo-gothic brick architecture of Speicherstadt and its winding network of streets, canals, and bridges combine an urban ethos with natural places.

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Such scenes transport me instantly to a land of romance!
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I loved all the love locks tied on the bridge.
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Beautiful bridges!
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Lined up trees, lakes and canals soften the contours of the city bounded in concrete

No wonder, Speicherstadt is a Unesco world heritage site!

Elbphilharmonie

My second stop was Elbphilharmonie, one of the largest and acoustically most advanced concert halls in the world.

Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wunderland is the world’s largest model railway. I was surprised by the level of its details. Miniatures of different countries spread over two floors of an old warehouse in the Speicherstadt, Miniature Wunderland is truly a wonderland. Who says only digital media has the capability to take us into a virtual tour! You have to visit Miniatur Wunderland to see how reality too can take you on a virtual trip to countries like Switzerland, USA, Austria, Italy, Scandinavia, Central Germany, and Hamburg.

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All of you know my special love for Switzerland.
So I had to take a pic beside miniature Switzerland.
Miniature Pompeii

One thing that I especially liked while looking at the miniatures is all the human figures in action. Those figures poured life into the scenes.

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A beautiful scene of daily life from one of the quaint villages in central Germany

Off-beat attractions in Hamburg

Some places in a city delight me, some inspire me and some impart knowledge that was unknown to me. My itinerary is always a mix of such places. I often choose off-beat attractions to go beyond the comfort zone of the known realm. During my trip to Hamburg, my visit to the exhibition called Dialogue in the Dark was one such place.

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Dialogue in the Dark

In today’s fast-paced world, we are often unable to exercise empathy towards our fellow human beings. Dialogue in the Dark is an experience like no other that forces and helps us to understand and empathize with the world of our fellow human beings who are blind. Have you ever wondered how they go about their lives? How do they walk in the public, buy groceries from the market, enjoy a cup of coffee in a cafe, listen to the song of birds and flowing water? Dialog in the Dark takes a participant on an hour-long journey through many of these things in complete darkness, with a guide who is himself/herself blind. It may seem frightening in the beginning, but rest assured, everything is safe and you will most probably be in the company of others. Our guide was fantastic and made us realize that he leads a pretty normal life, with its ups and downs. I had mixed feelings after the experience – one of helplessness without the gift of sight and the other of empathy and respect towards those who do not have it and yet are fully able to lead normal lives through sheer will and courage. Of course, as a society we can be much more helpful by ensuring small but important things – like enabling audio signals on traffic lights and bus stops, making more books available as audiobooks and creating technological aids. If you are in Hamburg, visit Dialogue in the Dark and enrich yourself about a different world our fellow human beings share!

Chocoversum

It is always a good idea to have good chocolate with or without reasons! Because chocolate is happiness not just to a kid but adults too. My visit to Chocoversum in Hamburg was a delightful experience, to say the least!

Happy vibes in Hamburg Harbour

Any trip always gives me some special moments which I can relate to because of its universal qualities. In my short visit to Hamburg, my unhurried, unplanned and gentle stroll on the promenade bedside the Hamburg port is a sparkling gem in my Hamburg diary. Music, happy faces, an air of freedom everywhere and a vibrant crowd of tourists and locals and sweet sea breeze were a perfect melange of moments that beat even a thoughtfully curated social media feed in no time.

A living statue in Hamburg Port

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A living statue.
A street performer.
A street artist.
No matter how you call them, I feel their work is pure art.

When music fills the air in Hamburg Port

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My kind of Sunday Symphony at sunset!

A bubble man and children

Soapy glistening bubbles were floating gently in the air, drifting up and down and all the children were chasing to catch those rainbow-colored spheres!

An hour-long cruise from Hamburg Harbour

Where I stayed in Hamburg

Travel Realizations

On my short trip to Hamburg, I felt that the heart of Hamburg lies in its port. I loved walking on the bridges over the canals while exploring Speicherstadt and felt the difference between other cities with canals like Amsterdam and Venice. Hamburg is a kind of city that doesn’t take one away from the realities of life and commerce, but shows it from close quarters with all its poetic enormity.

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Adieu Hamburg!
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Disclosure: While this post was in partnership with Come to Hamburg, the opinions expressed are my own

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Chirasree Banerjee

Hello. My name is Chirasree. I have been traveling for almost 11 years to places all over the world. I enter into a separate reality during my travels and enjoy the allure of escape from the mundane. I seek beauty through nature and human-made creations. Because beauty is powerful. I seek knowledge. I observe, absorb, and write about the places I visit and the profound realizations and inspirations that each place has to offer.