I’ve been fortunate to visit Hamburg a number a times, but here are a few images from those trips. Most of my time in the city was spent in the city center, including before Christmas 2008 when I was on a tour of renewable energy sites in Northern Germany. (There are a couple more pictures of Christmas in Hamburg in that post)
Hamburg is a port city, and because of that it thrives on internationalism and the renewal that comes from trade and exchange of ideas. That’s not to say it doesn’t face challenges of integration, and a certain tension between native Germans and immigrants. But a city whose lifeblood stems from its role as a major commercial hub cannot wall itself off completely.