Spending Some Time Abroad: Hamburg, Germany.

Hamburg Rathaus (Aka Town Hall). One of my favorite buildings we saw during our travels.
Hamburg Rathaus (Aka Town Hall). One of my favorite buildings we saw during our travels.
A look at the intricate stonework that adorns Hamburg's Town Hall.
A look at the intricate stonework that adorns Hamburg’s Town Hall.
The interior of the Town Hall was impressive as well. Very gothic.
The interior of the Town Hall was impressive as well. Very gothic.
Case and point for my Gothic comment: this ferocious lion with the city's coat of arms.
Case and point for my Gothic comment: this ferocious lion with the city’s coat of arms.
The city of Hamburg's flag. And yes, that is a TV tower spire in the background.
The city of Hamburg’s flag. And yes, that is a TV tower spire in the background.
The Hamburg History Museum. Mattie and I ducked in here for a few hours during a rainstorm.
The Hamburg History Museum. Mattie and I ducked in here for a few hours during a rainstorm.
German beer steins have been common since the middle ages.
German beer steins have been common since the middle ages.
Hamburg has been one of the world's busiest and most important port cities for centuries. An enormous anchor like this would have been common in years past.
Hamburg has been one of the world’s busiest and most important port cities for centuries. An enormous anchor like this would have been common in years past.
Whaling was once one of the very lucrative industry. This fin would've welcomed guests to a fisherman's storefront,
Whaling was once one of the very lucrative industry. This fin would’ve welcomed guests to a fisherman’s storefront,
A part of sailing history I was unfamiliar with was the sale of captured sailors into slavery. In port cities such as Hamburg, funds were often established to help pay for the release of captured sailors.
A part of sailing history I was unfamiliar with was the sale of captured sailors into slavery. In port cities such as Hamburg, funds were often established to help pay for the release of captured sailors.
Paying tribute to Hamburg's intimate relationship with Elbe river.
Paying tribute to Hamburg’s intimate relationship with Elbe river.
The Port of Hamburg looks enormous even from a distance.
The Port of Hamburg looks enormous even from a distance.
A closer look at the port.
A closer look at the port.
Some of the world's largest ships are built on enormous dry dock like this.
Some of the world’s largest ships are built on enormous dry dock like this.
The Elbe Philharmonic Hall, which is scheduled to open in 2017 sits right on the edge of the Elbe river.
The Elbe Philharmonic Hall, which is scheduled to open in 2017 sits right on the edge of the Elbe river.
The Hamburg Skyline.
The Hamburg Skyline.
Hamburg's famous Chilehaus. This iconic building is constructed of 4.5 million bricks.
Hamburg’s famous Chilehaus. This iconic building is constructed of 4.5 million bricks.
The entrance to the Old Elbe Tunnel.
The entrance to the Old Elbe Tunnel.
The details: Constructed in 1911, 426 meters long, 24 meters under the Elbe river.
The details: Constructed in 1911, 426 meters long, 24 meters under the Elbe river.
Down below. Crossing under the Elbe river via the Elbe Tunnel.
Down below. Crossing under the Elbe river via the Elbe Tunnel.
During select hours of the day, cars can cross under the Elbe through the Elbe tunnel.
During select hours of the day, cars can cross under the Elbe through the Elbe tunnel.
St. Michaelis Church. Mattie and I climbed 132 meters to the observation deck!
St. Michaelis Church. Mattie and I climbed 132 meters to the observation deck!
A view from the top of St. Michaelis Church.
A view from the top of St. Michaelis Church.
What is a German city without a massive, UFO-inspired TV tower.
What is a German city without a massive, UFO-inspired TV tower.
The Elbe Philharmonic Hall and the Port of Hamburg from the top of St. Michaelis Church.
The Elbe Philharmonic Hall and the Port of Hamburg from the top of St. Michaelis Church.
The alter of St. Michaelis Church.
The alter of St. Michaelis Church.
A close up of the church's alter.
A close up of the church’s alter.
In addition to an extensive train and bus system, Hamburg also has water ferries. Mattie and I couldn't resist.
In addition to an extensive train and bus system, Hamburg also has water ferries. Mattie and I couldn’t resist.
Hamburg's Fish Market. One of the cities most famous landmarks.
Hamburg’s Fish Market. One of the cities most famous landmarks.
Don't let the English-translated name fool you: the Museum of Arts and Crafts housed some impressive artwork.
Don’t let the English-translated name fool you: the Museum of Arts and Crafts housed some impressive artwork.
Hercules wrestling a giant. Looks like no big deal.
Hercules wrestling a giant. Looks like no big deal.
This exhibit paid homage to curiosity cabinets. These cabinets, often private collections of the wealthy, were the earliest known museums.
This exhibit paid homage to curiosity cabinets. These cabinets, often private collections of the wealthy, were the earliest known museums.
An impressive sundial.
An impressive sundial.
One of the Museum of Arts and Crafts temporary exhibits highlights WWI artifacts and propaganda. This trench board game was sold in England to raise money for the war effort.
One of the Museum of Arts and Crafts temporary exhibits highlights WWI artifacts and propaganda. This trench board game was sold in England to raise money for the war effort.
Playing cards.
Playing cards.
A Trench Tree. These portable Christmas trees were donated and distributed to German troops.
A Trench Tree. These portable Christmas trees were donated and distributed to German troops.
A certificate of honorable discharge following a Hamburg citizen's service.
A certificate of honorable discharge following a Hamburg citizen’s service.
An English propaganda poster.
An English propaganda poster.
This was my favorite poster in the collection: Australia, a former English colony, will become New Germany is the Great War is lost. That may have been enough to get me to enlist if I were a Britt.
This was my favorite poster in the collection: Australia, a former English colony, will become New Germany is the Great War is lost. That may have been enough to get me to enlist if I were a Britt.
Classic.
Classic.
The Museum of Arts and Crafts also housed an extensive Japanese Art collection.
The Museum of Arts and Crafts also housed an extensive Japanese Art collection.
A Japanese Samurai helment.
A Japanese Samurai helment.
Deichtorhallen Hamburg (Aka The House of Photography).
Deichtorhallen Hamburg (Aka The House of Photography).
An artists' alternative interpretation to Germany's iconic coat of arms.
An artists’ alternative interpretation to Germany’s iconic coat of arms.
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Fischerhaus. A classic flounder-focused eatery.
Hamburg's hauptbahnhof (Aka Central Station) was packed during rush hour.
Hamburg’s hauptbahnhof (Aka Central Station) was packed during rush hour.
On our train ride out of the city, we were granted one final look at Hamburg's TV tower.
On our train ride out of the city, we were granted one final look at Hamburg’s TV tower.
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