By Deniz Yaşar, who arrived in Hamburg to complete a masters in energy efficiency and fell in love with a city that appeals to his love for sustainability.
Edited by Jessica Wright
Hamburg is referred to amongst my group of friends as the “Pearl of the North”. It’s a title given in endearment, and a bit of tongue in cheek because though you might encounter the nickname in Hamburg, it is also a title many other northern countrymen bestow on their respective countries. In my opinion Hamburg is the only city truly worthy of the title; a waterborne gem offering everything you might expect from a large and populated trade centre; stunningly clean and shining with contemporary architecture. I don’t exaggerate when I say there is simply water everywhere, one of the characteristics that make this city so unique, necessitating more bridges than any other city, even Venice. This gives the whole place the illusion of being ever by the sea and to perpetuate that feeling of harmony with the elements is a sustainable – a topic very close to my heart – and eco-friendly outlook. This green city is best traversed on foot or by bicycle, meaning that you are at the best advantage to experience Hamburg off the beaten path. The locals of Hamburg, friendlier and more open-minded perhaps than in other German cities, will happily point out some of Hamburg’s secret spots, but to help you get a head start I have outlined 10 hidden gems in Hamburg!