Altstadt/Old Town - south part
This is about the south part of Altstadt (the Old Town). This is where the famous Chilehaus is and the ruins of St. Nikolai kirche. It is close to the popular harbour district. This is the most modern part of Altstadt, some buildings are very modern despite being the "old town". Hamburg's financial district is situated here.
The busy Ost-West-strasse seen from above with the ruins of St Nikolai to the left. It goes right through the financial district.
Kondor Versicherung (60m from 1964).
St. Nikolai Kirche (St Nicholas Church) is a Gothic Revival church that has been in ruins since the WWII bombings.
The church was the world's tallest building from 1874-76 and is still the tallest building in Hamburg.
It is 147m to the top of the spire. An elevator can take you to the observation deck on 75m height. However, it was closed when I was there.
Inside the former church.
The bells of St Nikolai.
A sculpture inside what was St Nikolai. Note the panorama elevator below the bells. It was possible to restore the nave after the bombings, but it was decided to
demolish it instead, that is why there is no roof!
Magnificent sculptures at a bridge above Nikolaifleet.
Adolphsplatz in the financial district.
Handelskammer Hamburg is located behind the Rathaus, at Adolphsplatz.
Adolphsplatz with a modern glass highrise in the background.
Grosser Burslah, close to Rathausmarkt.
A beautiful and unusual building with golden brick, gleaming in the sun!
Historic half-timbered houses at Nikolaifleet canal.
Nikolaifleet with Katharinenkirche, here under renovation.
Ost-West-strasse to the west.
Zentralbibliothek, the Municipal Library. Can you tell which humans are real?
Chilehaus, a famous jugend building and landmark of Hamburg. It was completed in 1924 and is remaining a ship from this angle.
Chilehaus was designed by the architect Fritz Höger. It was commissioned by the shipping magnate Henry B. Sloman, who made his fortune trading saltpeter from Chile,
hence the name Chile House.
Sprinkenhof next to Chilehaus (it has a similar architecture).
Sprinkenhof (left) seen from Zollkanal.
Galeria Kaufhof department store (middle) with the church towers in the background, seen from the busy Steintorwall.
Karstadt Sports department store.
Steinstrasse, the beginning of Altstadt.