city of hamburg /The town scenery reflects both – the nature's providence and the technical intelligence of those, who built it. In this city built on islands this means first and foremost levees and waterways as well as buildings dedicated to the business of trade. They all give testimony to the history of this city. If you want to understand Hamburg, keep your eye on two areas: the lake and river shores of the Alster and the ports situated on the Elbe.

With the construction of modern seaports in the 19th century Hamburg became a major shipping and trading hub (after New York and London) and rose to the number one spot on the continent. The downtown area became a modern »city« with all its exclusive social functions so very different from the residential areas of the rich, the living quarters of the working class and the industrial locations at its outskirts.

Today, Hamburg fascinates us with its impressive architecture and the bustling atmosphere of its inner city. The docklands lying on two islands between the southern expanses and the northern bank of the Elbe were originally dedicated almost exclusively to warehouses and offices. Today, they are home to a gigantic city development project named »Hafencity«.

Surrounding the lake are the white elegant villas of the trading and shipping families as well as industrialists.

The suburbs of St. Georg and St. Pauli, formerly middle class and working-class neighborhoods and a long tradition of being home to small factories and workshops as well as much entertainment, are now becoming multicultural zones of modern lifestyle.

On the southern shore of the Elbe the port area extends on a 72 square kilometer and is home to one of the most modern container ports of our time.
»Architecture is the continuation
of nature in her constructive
Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781 – 1841),
German architect and painter