Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Hamburg

On to Hamburg
We arrived early afternoon and was greeted by a creschendo of noises on the stellplatz which looked the only real option for us to stay overnight intending to use the S Bahn and bus to enter the city
Chief noise manufacturer was the continual procession of trains using a large iron bridge close by en route in to the industrial heartland of the area
Ok so we knew it would be busy but naively thought they would stop at night.......wrong!
Imagine my discomfort at finding a listing in another discarded stopovers book next morning showing the location of a new stellplatz over the Elbe even closer with.....little noise,. hey ho..


Yes.... its retail therapy time




Underground station at the university newly built with no customers. Minutes later we realised we were at the wrong location




Given that the city was flattened by the Allies there's no surprise we felt the place lacked character with few old historical buildings but a modern sprawling city with the usual infrastructure 
We had been spoilt with Berlin and Prague


So our best idea was to explore by boat as this is the 2nd busiest port in Europe and the tour boats are all the rage. 


Touristy enough...


So a tour of the huge dockyards it was....
Our initial anxiety soon left us and we were left in awe at the sheer scale of operations here


U-434, a rubber coated Soviet conventionally powered sub
Rubber means no radar footprint in case you were wondering



This was as near as we got to the well known smelly Fischmarkt


The Docklands Offices pointing out to the estuary and the sea which is around 80 miles away


Then a trip round the big boyz toyz stuff
Girlies move down the page.....



Big or what!



This to me is Art, yes I am strange




Check out the guy in the cabin on the loader
These thing fly up and down the quayside, around 10 operating in close proximity


One huge dry dock



This is the Elb-Philharmonie building under construction. 220 hotel rooms with 40 sunset facing condominiums already sold out
It will become one of the largest concert halls in the world


The windows are designed to shimmer like jewels in the sunlight, whatever that is....




Close by is what we think is the Portuguese and Spanish sector and we had a superb Tapas meal here


By the time we'd emerged the shops were shut, sorry Wifey


No shutters here just high priced jewellery on show to window lickers



Spotted these reminders of a seemingly distant past


I'm sure the Gaffer's car was never up to this standard



Concert Hall at night with 24 hr construction it seems




Trusty German efficiency with prediction times of buses



Just Central Station but I like these places architecturally



The sting in the tail was the bus driver dropping us off at the wrong home address...cheers. A 3 mile walk refreshed us ready for a night of train music


That bridge next morning with bizarrely placed urban sheep to boot...