Tag: Hamburg

Part Batman, Part Bismarck

A large statue of Otto von Bismarck, the 19th-century leader who unified Germany as a nation, looks ever so slightly like the Batman. Hamburg, Germany. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Tell-All Statue in Hamburg Reveals Everything Now that Hamburg is more than a footnote in travel guidebooks, thanks to the recently completed wind-in-its-sails Elbphilharmonie building, Hamburg’s status as a green city, and the fact that it is easily navigated…

Christ of Many Colors

Jesus at the Church of the Spilt Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

On this Palm Sunday, marvel at the varied images of Jesus depicted in churches and other places around the world. Sometimes he is a baby with the face of someone far more mature, sometimes he is an adult, sometimes with…

Taxis around the World: Germany

A colorful vehicle for hire in Hamburg, Germany. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

An unexpectedly bright vehicle for hire appears outside a restaurant in Hamburg, Germany. — Lori Tripoli   ~Advertisement~ ~Advertisement~ Traveling to Hamburg? You might be interested in these posts: Reason to Visit Hamburg: WWII Bunker Transformed to Green Energy Plant…

Street Art, Hamburg: Barbarossa

Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, who was Holy Roman Emperor from 1155 to 1190, is credited with bringing peace to Germany and an open port in the city of Hamburg. —Lori Tripoli

There Really Is a Bürgermeister

Not speaking German, my only knowledge of the word bürgermeister stemmed from Christmas special from my childhood, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970). Thanks to a walking tour of Hamburg, I now understand that bürgermeister essentially means mayor. I…

Magical Art, Hamburg

Sometimes, there really are spirits living in trees. —Lori Tripoli Planning a visit to Hamburg, Germany? Consider these posts: Tracking the Beatles in Hamburg Reason to Visit Hamburg: WWII Bunker Transformed to Green Energy Plant Mississippi Queen in Hamburg

Street Art and Graffiti in Germany: Strong and Light

I see Germany as strong and fearless; it has that strong economy, those fast highways, that World War II history, a reputation for orderliness. I am not surprised to see a monstrously large statue of Germany’s first chancellor, Otto von…

Mississippi Queen in Hamburg

Add to the list of things I do not expect to see floating on the Elbe River in Hamburg, Germany: a steamboat named Mississippi Queen. U.S. culture is found in the most unlikely places. —Lori Tripoli Seeking other unusual sites…