Alstervergnügen is a big vanity fair which last 4 days. Live music, fireworks, food and a lot of fun is what you can expect there. There are many fireworks in Hamburg, but these three are the better ones. This time I shot the fireworks from a distant bridge. Check out my photos.
Having time to spend in San Francisco? Grab a Bart (commuter train) at the airport and head downtown. Take a nice walk to the north beach area where Pier 39 and other nice places are located. Check out the monk seals and all other strange creatures hanging out there. Lots of stores and activities will inspire you and get your time killed easily. San Francisco has not a good weather reputation, but I never had bad weather and so you can see on my photos.
I came to the habor by exident, which turned out to be a good day. It was Cruise Days, which is that several cruise ship come to Hamburg over some days and that is used to party. A friend and me ended up to be on a bark unreleated to those Cruise Days.
This bark offered a habor tour with a bit of theatre. The tour actually lasted 3 hours and we saw many corners of this big habor including ships like the Queen Mary 2. All those Cruise Days visitors didn't get as close as we got by boat. Nice coincidence to have all these extras as balloons over the city on top. I made many photos as you can see.
After the tour we decided to have a look at this new bar I heard about. Its located in a new hotel River Side Empire or so at the 20th story. We got to see a spectacular view including fireworks over the Queen Mary.
Another marathon with over 23000 more people are famous as they all deserve the respect for participating in the annual Hamburg Marathon. Seeing the marathon life was an amazing experience. The mood in the crowed and the interaction of runners with bystanders made this an enjoyable event.
Hamburg is a place where old and new comes together. It has had times of success and times it and its people had to suffer. The remaining ruin of St. Nikolai church became a WW2 memorial after "Operation Gomorrha" and many more aerial attacks, which had brought firestorms and destruction to Hamburg.
This place offers a spectacular view over Hamburg. See some photos in our gallery.
Hamburg's habour is 819 years old. The birthday party was the world`s biggest Port Festival. The party was a super large vanity fair with many different bands, food, roller coaster, fireworks, air shows and water events like the tug boat ballet. Many of the visiting ships were large sail ships and they were open for visitors.
See photos form the departure parade in the gallery.
Get a taste of beautiful Norway. I was there many times and still have not enough of it. I got a ton of photos, but it takes time to sort them out. See some in the Gallery and make up your own opinion and come back, as I will add more.
Always good to have a camera at hand. Just stumbled upon this dance group Maracatu as I couldn't resist to follow the rhythm of Brazilian music. There was this group dancing dressed in colorful old costumes with such an expression, that I had to take some snaps. See for yourself in the gallery and learn more at their website.
Some aviation history photos I took at the Hamburg Airport Days. Unfortunately one couldn't get too close or an unobstructed view of this spectacle. Too many fences for the security of course. Exiting still to see the development of this type of technique. From the JU 52 to the Super Constallation and lastly to the Airbus A380. Waiting for my first flight with this giant.
Alstervergnügen is a big vanity fair which last 3 or 4 days. Live music, fireworks, food and a lot of fun is what you can expect there. There are many fireworks in Hamburg, but this, the first day, was one of a kind. I would say the most exiting I ever saw. Check photos inside the gallery.
Its always worth while to explore places in Hamburg. We rented a little boat and took a 90 minute tour, which is too short, but exciting still. The bst part in using a little boat is, you can explore places which are not reachable by other means.
Check out the results of this little exploration in the gallery
Always good to have a camera at hand. I was invited to brunch and that happened to be right where Hamburg's Harley days took place. All the bikers with not only Harleys gathered for there round tour right in front of us. A kind of vanity fair where right across the road so we went there too. See some of our impressions in the gallery. (more pictures to come)
This was a bit unorganized. I didn't exactly know the location of the fireworks and so I was a bit far away. I couldn't use a tripod, so it was a bit of a problem to hold still. The fireworks was displayed with some weird breaks and at the end as everyone was away, one could hear some more bangs. I don't know if the fireworks went on after an obvious final. Hope you like the photos anyways so check out the gallery
Habor & Speicherstadt (Storage facility). Speicherstadt is the biggest historical storage facilities. It was and still is being used to store coffee, carpets etc.
Hamburg's habor is 818 years oldby: Rowald 2007-05-13
Hamburg's habour is 818 years old soo. The birthday party (May 11 to 13, 2007) was the world`s biggest Port Festival. The first rainy day counted already over 250000 visitors. The party was a super large vanity fair with many different bands, food, roller coaster, fireworks, air shows and water events like the tug boat ballet. Many of the visiting ships were large sail ships and they were open for visitors.
See photos form the party, the tug boat ballet, the fireworks and the departure parade in the gallery.
I was back in the habor of Hamburg again and it was a few days before the habor birthday. I found the famous russian trainings ship MIR and one could go on it for a minor cover charge. I sure did this and took some pictures you may view in the gallery. The very young looking sailers on board where polite, but didn't speak much english so you and I rely on visual impressions..
All the signs on board were english so one knew where one could go and that was almost everywhere.
Hamburg's Dom is a big vanity fair. It takes place four times a year for three weeks. Dom is the german word for cathedral and indeed was the Heiligengeistfeld the location where a cathedral stood. That was long ago thought
As youngsters we where fond of all the roller coasters and later of all the good and special food.
Over 23000 more people are famous as they all deserve the respect for participating in the annual Hamburg Marathon. Of course the winner has to be mentioned as well as he made the course in 2:07:32 hours. The winner Rop also won the Boston marathon in 2002.
Seeing the marathon life was an amazing experience. The mood in the crowed and the interaction of runners with bystanders made this an enjoyable event.
Personally, I found it interesting to see how different runners run along. Some looked exhausted after a few miles, but most made it anyways independent of that. I saw a few again after they had run 22 miles and it made no difference to me. Unexpected to me was to see a lot of normal looking people among the runners.
Formerly a water tower located inside the Stadtpark (City Park) is now housing Hamburg's planetarium. This is a beautiful place where nature and (popular) science come together. You can attend different shows, readings and even music events. It features a powerful projector, which lets you travel through time and space.
I did ask and I was shown the way up to the roof. No cover no guard and what a view I had after clinbimg up 8 stories through this building. Hamburg's buildings are hidden outside the park, but among all those trees. Its hard to believe how big this city is.
There are many fireworks in Hamburg. This one took place at the Alstervergnügen. At this event three contries compete on three nights and show off their best fireworks.
Well, I was waiting to check out photography of fireworks and finally got a chance. I always want to express my view of photography and so I gave up quickly on the pre-programmed firework settings. I wanted fireworks and no tracers. Some problems emerged as I found my viewport fenced in and also discovered an electrical wire above me. There was no time to change location and so see what came out of this.
Hamburg is one of my favorite places. I'll add lots of photos of this exciting place soon.
Here a little info: Hamburg has more than 2300 bridges, that is more than Venice and Amsterdam combined. With over 90 consulates, Hamburg is second after New York City in the world. With over 30 square metres of space per person, Hamburg has the biggest average living space of all major cities in the world. Approx. 14% of the city area are green spaces and recreational areas. Hamburg houses about 850000 trees. Hamburg is Germany's Media Capital. Hamburg has a lot of cultural things to offer. Hamburg is known by most people in the world, well that is indirectly as Reeperbahn is the magic word.