39 People, Places & Things….

NUMBER 29: Germany’s City of Culture

Hamburg is a city that offers so much for the casual traveler.  I’ve visited a few times now and the culture continues to draw me back for new experiences all the time.  Being Germany’s second largest city and a transport hub, it welcomes people from all walks of life.  There is a thriving art scene, beautiful docks to wander about and explore, a high number of refugee’s who have brought with them, a slice of foreign culture to an otherwise strict German system.

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They have a couple of good football teams too for the sports minded.  I would recommend visiting the home ground of St Pauli for a match should you ever find yourself over there during the season proper.  A small ground yet one with great passion and supporters who lean towards socialism and empathy to one and all.  It’s part of their DNA.

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Music fans will also be familiar with Hamburg as the city in which The Beatles fine tuned their craft between August 1960 and late 1962, sometimes playing shows that lasted a whole night in dark and dingy clubs.  And to be fair, Hamburg has done a wonderful job at connecting their past with the future.  There is so much to learn and explore on a visit to this shipping city.  Be it clothes, theater, record stores, bars or sights, Hamburg has something for everybody.  And with cheap airlines flying in and out on a daily basis, there is no excuse not to stop off for a few days when you are in the region.

What isn’t there to love about German’s?

 

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