HAMBURG & SCHWERIN

I went to Hamburg during the Easter holidays. Hamburg is not too far from Copenhagen. Actually Denmark and Germany are neighbours, if for a minute you forget about the Baltic sea in between. The trip had a lot of “first in my life” experiences – for e.g. the entire train getting into a ferry to cross the Baltic sea into Germany, besides this being my first ever trip to Germany in itself. While this was more of a family oriented trip, I did take my camera along and took some pictures of the bustling city of Hamburg and the serene quaint little town of Schwerin – which is just an hours drive from Hamburg towards Berlin.  In this series below I present to you the pictures I took in Hamburg and Schwerin. I hope you enjoy them and if you do – please do leave a comment below and let me know!

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A view of the Hamburg city from one of its numerous canals.

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A view of the spot where the great fire of 1842 started. The 7th building on the right is the erstwhile cigar factory where the fire was started as an arson and before anyone knew it – it spread like wildfire and flattened most of the city!

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A view of the Hamburg city from one of its numerous canals.

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The mighty impressive Hamburg Rathaus (City Center). The courtyard in the foreground used to be where the German Nazi army used to march, while the balcony right above the main entrance in the centre is from where the Fuhrer used to review his army’s march past!

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The oldest artefact from St. Peter’s church…

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The beautiful interiors of St. Peter’s church.

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The mighty organ inside St. Peter’s church…

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The sprinkenhof office building. This used to be a busy erstwhile merchants district where most of the shipping trade with Hamburg used to be carried out from. This impressionist architecture adorns one of the many buildings in the vicinity…

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Another beautiful example of impressionist architecture – the Chille Haus…

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The impressive warehouse district…

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Warehouses built in perfect symmetry as an example of fully functional german architecture…The warehouse district…

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Hamburg is an amalgamation of old and new. While the foreground represents the older buildings but a lot of newer buildings have also sprung up since the resurrection of Hamburg after the great fire…

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A view of the city from one of its numerous canals…

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Inside the marvellous St Michaels church. A beautiful example of intricate baroque architecture…

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One of the three main organs of the church…beautiful…

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2nd of the three main organs in the church…

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The 3rd and main organ in the church…If you plan to visit St. Michaels, make sure you’re there are 12 noon when all the three organs are played simultaneously…

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The beautifully ornate terrace of St. Michaels’s church…

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A view of Hamburg city from the harbour…

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City with one of the largest ports in the world…

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A view of Hamburg city from the harbour…

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Hamburg fish market – The fish market on a Sunday morning is one bustling place of energy, music, food and beer!!! It is a must visit place for cheap shopping of clothes, food, fruits, vegetables, fish and to experience some lovely music while you relax with your fish burger and beer!!!

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A band performing live at the fish market….

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The entire building was full of people enjoying live music, their food and beer…The fish market opens at 5 am and closes at 9.30am. Legend has it that when the fishermen of Hamburg asked for permission to sell fish on a Sunday as well. The city game the fishermen permission, however they were instructed to windup before Church started. The Church starts at 10am; the market closes at 9.30am. Today more than shopping for fish – it has become a famous tourist spot and a spot for people to come shop, eat, drink and enjoy live music!

 

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Landungsbruecken, the St. Pauli Peers. This is where you should be if you want to take a harbour cruise. This is also the place if you want to be at “The Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg”…

One of the 4 days was spent in the scenic quaint town of Schwerin; an hours drive from Hamburg.

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Colourful houses under the lovely blue sky in Schwerin next to a street with tram lines…

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The main Church in Schwerin…

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The high-street in Schwerin…lined by lovely old buildings on both sides of the pebbled street…

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Beautiful architecture is not hard to find in Schwerin…

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Restaurants with chairs outside to let you bask in the sun as you enjoy your meal…

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A winding alley in Schwerin…

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The red Volkswagen…

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The beautiful and magnificent Schwerin palace…

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Main entrance to the Schwerin castle…

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The beautiful waters of the Schwerin Sea – which is really a massive fresh water lake…

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The lovely Schwerin sea on a bright and sunny day….

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The Schwerin castle…

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The beautiful gardens in the courtyard…

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Beautiful gardens surround all sides of the Schwerin castle…

 

A landscape shot of the Schwerin castle...

A landscape shot of the Schwerin castle…

A view from across the lake as the sun set over the horizon with the church rising majestically over the town...

A view from across the lake as the sun set over the horizon with the church rising majestically over the town… 

Tram lines on the street lined with lovely old style buildings...

Tram lines on the street lined with lovely old style buildings…

Beautiful golden glow of sunset lighting the colourful buildings...

Beautiful golden glow of sunset lighting the colourful buildings…

As darkness falls, streets light up the buildings at the bank of the lake as the church stands majestically in the background...

As darkness falls, streets light up the buildings at the bank of the lake as the church stands majestically in the background…

A beautiful orange glow in the sky as the sun sets over Schwerin...

A beautiful orange glow in the sky as the sun sets over Schwerin…

As night falls, the colourful buildings by the street light up...

As night falls, the colourful buildings by the street light up…

 

This trip to Hamburg and Schwerin was one of the best holidays I’ve had in a while. I fell in love with both the cities I visited. I hope you loved looking through the pictures as much as I loved taking them. All the pictures above are available as high quality prints to adorn the walls of your house. In case you’re interested, please write to me at debabrata.ray@gmail.com for more information on prices and print sizes.

Please note: All pictures are the copyright of Debabrata Ray and any form of copying, reproduction or use is strictly prohibited without the explicit written consent from the author.

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