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Easter (Xmas) eggs, Miniatur Wunderland, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany,

Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland: Christmas eggs

Above/featured: “Stranded.”

Since 2001, Miniatur Wunderland has been delighting children of all ages in the northern German city of Hamburg with the world’s largest miniature railway set, attracting a total of 12 million visitors so far. After many visits to the city over the last decade, I’ve somehow managed to stay away, but it’s finally high time curiosity wins the day.

The Urban Dictionary describes “easter eggs” as: “hidden items placed in a movie, television show, or otherwise visual media for close watchers”; see also here. Plenty of details in the form of “easter eggs” await visitors at various sections in the museum. With a few shorts weeks before Christmas, the designers have cleverly inserted many Santa Claus and other Christmas- or winter-related figures throughout the entire venue.

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Sprinkenhof, Kontorhausviertel, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany,

My Hamburg: Speicherstadt & Kontorhausviertel, UNESCO WHS

On 5 July 2015, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee awarded new UNESCO World Heritage Site status to two historical districts in the north German port city of Hamburg: Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) and the Kontorhausviertel (Office District).

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Zollkanal, Kibbelsteg, Jungfernbrücke, Speicherstadt, Hansestadt, Hamburg, Germany,, UNESCO, World Heritage, Welterbe, Weltkulturerbe

Fotoeins Friday: Hamburg Speicherstadt, new UNESCO WHS

Earlier this week (5 July), the UNESCO World Heritage Committee awarded both Speicherstadt (Warehouse district) and the Kontorhausviertel (Commerical office district) UNESCO World Heritage Site status in the north German city of Hamburg. The above photo is in the middle of the Speicherstadt with a northeast view of the Zollkanal from Kibbelsteg towards Jungfernbrücke. Under late-winter afternoon light, the ever-present brick is cast in a warm red-orange glow.

I made the photo above on 8 March 2010 with the Canon 450D camera, the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS kit- and zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/640s, f/8, ISO400, 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Lübeck, Hansestadt Lübeck, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Deutschland, UNESCO, World Heritage, Welterbe, Weltkulturerbe,

All hail Lübeck: Queen of the Hansa

I’m walking gingerly on the uneven cobblestone, the narrow streets surrounded by tall gabled buildings. The air is full of history, permeating structures and streets, in contrast with modern activities taking place. Much of the architecture falls within the red brick Gothic style uniquely representing the height of an era going back one thousand years.

Slowly, I’m sensing from centuries past the apparitions of people who’ve passed through this place. I tuck into a narrow passageway and stop. If I close my eyes, I hear the ancient sounds as though they’re etched into the grooves between the red brick. Shouting, negotiating, best products from around the world, best stuff money can buy, best deals you can get for miles around.

I’m fascinated by the influence of merchants who cast a massive net across northern Europe. I’m interested in the history of architecture and trade, how a town surrounded by an important river a mere 20 kilometres from the sea became a hub and crossroads for the movement of people and goods.

This special place is the “Hansekönigin”: Queen of the Hanseatic League.

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Wandrahmsfleet canal, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany,

Germany’s urban G-E-M-S : Hamburg

A quick survey about Germany with friends and colleagues reveals the usual “suspects”: the capital city of Berlin, Munich and Oktoberfest, and the fairy-tale castles in Bavaria.

In my continuing series on Germany’s largest cities, I turn attention to the nation’s 2nd most populous city, Hamburg, to discover some of her G-E-M-S : Green space (Grünanlage), a place to Eat (Essen gehen), Museum, and something Special (Sondertipp).

I’ve recommended G-E-M-S in Frankfurt am Main, Köln (Cologne), München (Munich), and Berlin.

This post is on the northern city of Hamburg.

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