This post is also available in: Deutsch
Our Hamburg city walking tour – Part 1 starts at the main railway station in Hamburg.
From there we reach the Moenckeberg Street, one of the main shopping streets in Hamburg.
Huge old office buildings, called Kontorhaeuser, border the Moenckeberg Street They served for the separation of goods which were stored in the Speicherstadt district (city of warehouses), from the Kontor (offices).
Worth seeing is the Levantehaus with its unique arcade; it was built in its present form in 1995. The frieze of endangered species is from Barry Baldwin, the stained glass windows were designed by Ada Isensee.
Nearby is the Chile House whose brick walls were built in the shape of a ship. On Nikolaifleet (Nikolai Canal) we find the impressive facade of the Globus House.
Outside the town hall and at Jungfernstieg the Christmas markets for the pre-Christmas period were set up. Even the Alster Arcades are decorated for Christmas.
The Rostov Don Cossacks give a small street concert on the sluice bridge. The promenades of the Inner Alster present themselves autumnal gray.