Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, Germany - Designerella

Guten Tag! from Hamburg, Germany.  The last blog posting from Hamburg celebrated the Hamburger Weihnachtsmarkt, or Hamburg’s Christmas Market.  After the holidays the decorations come down, it becomes the after holiday sales shopping season. One spot where there is noticeable change is in the Rathaus, or town hall, plaza. Before it was filled with little chalets selling Christmas treats, now the square under the clock tower is empty.

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Near the Rathaus is the Hauptkirche St. Petri, or main church of St. Peter. The church has a tall steeple, which provide excellent views of the city of Hamburg.

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In the German language compound words are common, creating words that never seem to end. Take for instance Stadtrundfahrt. Stadt means city, rund means around and fahrt means trip. Put them together and you have a sightseeing tour around the city.

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German public squares are an excellent place to hang out and people watch. It is something that I always look forward to when visiting Deutschland. Tschüß!

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A Christmas Market in Germany!

Hamburg, Germany - Designerella

Hamburg, Germany has one of the world’s largest Christmas markets, or in German Weihnachtsmarkt, with locations spread all over town.  Wandering the Christmas market leads you to sections of the city that you may not have explored otherwise. Visitors from all over Europe come here to see the wonderful Christmas decorations, partake in the magnificent shopping experience and taste the great German Christmas sweets.

Hamburg, Germany - Designerella

Hamburg, Germany - Designerella

Of course best treat at the Christmas Market is the Glühwein, or hot mulled wine.  Glühwein has been made in Germany since the 1400s and it is believed this is the place where it originally was made.  With the hot wine and the smell of cooking sausages in the air you know you are in Germany.

Hamburg, Germany - Designerella

Hamburg, Germany - Designerella

Hamburg, Germany - Designerella

One of the largest Christmas Markets in the city is under the City Hall. The Hamberger Rathaus, or Hamburg City Hall, is a city landmark. The current structure was completed in 1897 after a fire had destroyed an earlier city hall. The building is known for the tower and the small clock on it. Standing under this impressive building in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Market lets you know its importance in the city.

Hamburg, Germany - Designerella

Hamburg, Germany - Designerella

Hamburg, Germany - Designerella

Hamburg, Germany - Designerella

Hamburg, Germany - Designerella

Hamburg is the location where the Alster and Elbe rivers come together. There are many other small rivers that come nearby, making bridges necessary to move about the city. There are over 2,300 bridges in the city, meaning that is has more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam –combined.

All the way from Germany I wish everyone a joyful holiday, or in German Fröhliche Weihnachten!

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Zoo am Meer – Bremerhaven, Germany

Guten Tag! As you may have noticed I am spending some time in Bremerhaven, Germany.  One of Bremerhaven’s main attractions is the Zoo am Meer.  The zoo is one of the most modern zoological institutions in Europe, opening in 2004. This post is especially for my niece and nephews back at home.

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One of the larger exhibits is the sea lions. While some of the sea lions were trying to soak up the sun, others were busy frolicking in the water.

Zoo at Bremerhaven, Germany - Designerella

Zoo at Bremerhaven, Germany - Designerella

Zoo at Bremerhaven, Germany - Designerella

Zoo at Bremerhaven, Germany - Designerella

Zoo at Bremerhaven, Germany - Designerella

The zoo has many birds, including the Northern Gannet, from all over the world. The exhibits are set up to provide visitors a view of these animals in their natural environment. This little guy seemed to be as interested in watching me as I was of him.

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The mountain lion, or cougar, is found closer to home. They are found in the western United States down through Central and South America. These big cats always seem aware of what is going on around them.

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The aquarium provides a visitors an up close look at the smaller creatures found in the nearby North Sea. There are numerous corals and other colorful creatures which one would expect to find in the warm tropical waters, not the cold waters of the North Sea. This little starfish provided an especially up close look.

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The seal exhibit is the one of the most active and it drew many visitors of all ages. This little friend was quite playful, chasing my fingers.

Zoo at Bremerhaven, Germany - Designerella

Zoo at Bremerhaven, Germany - Designerella

Zoo at Bremerhaven, Germany - Designerella

Zoo at Bremerhaven, Germany - Designerella

Overall the Zoo am Meer is a fabulous attraction for visitors of all ages. Auf Wiedersehen!

Bremerhaven, Germany

Thirty miles north of Bremen is Bremerhaven. Bremerhaven literally means Bremen’s Harbor. As the large North Sea ships can no longer travel down the Weser into the heart of Bremen, they stop here in Bremerhaven. This port is the fourth largest in Europe.

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Bremerhaven is officially part of the city of Bremen. However the port is much more modern than the main city of Bremen. Some of that is attributed to the destruction of the Bremerhaven during World War II. Much of the city was rebuilt in a modern style. Perhaps the building that most represents this rebirth is the glass wall Kilmahaus, or climate house. This building, which sits directly on longitude 8 degrees, has exhibits on describing the difference of the many climates on our fragile planet.

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The city maintained certain charmful characteristics during the rebuild. Pedestrian only streets lined with outdoor cafes make it enjoyable to walk through the city. On the other hand the weather, which is strongly influenced by the North Sea, may change several times throughout a single day making the pedestrians constantly watching the skies.

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At the center of town is the Große Kirche, or Big Church. While not as impressive as St. Petri’s Dom in Bremen, as one of the tallest buildings in the city center it provides a wonderful landmark here in Bremerhaven.

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The natuical activities along the Weser create many picturesque moments.

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Bremen, Deutschland!

In Northern Germany, on the shores of the river Weser, is the delightful town of Bremen. The river and the nearby North Sea coast has shaped the character of the town. Bremen was a trading center and, like the city of Bergen, a member of the powerful Hanseatic League. The riverbank is still the center of activity in the city with numerous outdoor beer gardens, or biergartens.

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

At the heart of any German city is the public square anchored by the Rathaus, or town hall, and the Dom, or Cathedral. This is the place where people gather and musicians come to entertain the crowd. In the Bremen Marketplatz there are many fine cafes that allow customers to eat shadows of these fine buildings.

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

One Bremen resident that you will find at the Marketplatz is Roland. Since 1404 the statue of Charles the Great’s knight Roland has stood tall. It is said that as long as Roland stands, Bremen will remain a free city.

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The two towers of St. Petri’s Dom stand tall over the plaza. Both the interior and exterior of the cathedral are remarkably beautiful. The colorful Gothic arches in the cathedral are truly inspiring.

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

The Schnoor is the section of town where the mariners and craftsmen settled. In this corner of town, small shops line the narrow and windy streets. The Schifferhaus shown below was the first hotel in the city of Bremen. I enjoyed visiting the shops, art galleries and chocolatiers in the Schnoor. Here you will also find some great restaurants that serve excellent German fare.

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

Bremen, Germany - Designerella

Another wonderful section of town is the Böttcherstraße. In the Middle Ages the barrel makers, also known as coopers, lived in this section of town. In the 1920s, Ludwig Roselius commissioned Bernhard Hoetger to rebuilt this section of town in a Worpswede architecture style. The result is a unique environment just a few hundred yards from the Marketplatz.

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Bremen is a wonderful town and I am grateful to have had the chance to visit this jewel on the banks of the Weser.

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