On my way to Hamburg, I became nervous about whether the train would be on time. Although our group was to meet at the hotel only at 4 p.m., I was longing to eat a Finkenwerder Speckscholle for lunch. The plaice caught in the North Sea by fishermen located at Finkenwerder, a fishing village on the other side of the Elbe river) is served fried with bacon at a restaurant called Alter Hamburger Aalspeicher (Old Hamburg Eel Storage) located on Deichstraße (Dyke Street).
|Note my trolley bag.|
|Served with Hamburger Kartoffelsalat (potato salad) but foreign beer: Jever Pils|
|The photo was taken from the waterfront.|
|The entrance porch of the house was reused.|
|The fire started at Deichstraße in the left lower corner and spared the buildings in red, in particular, Hamburg's newly built Stock Exchange. |
Black spots are blasted buildings (©Schleiden/Wikipedia)
... and had a distant view of Hamburg's new landmark, the Elbphilharmonie.
The TV set in my room reminded me that I was sleeping in a Weltkulturerbe (world heritage). The Amron Hotel is built into one of the old Schuppen (storage buildings) with the breakfast room located on the other side of the Fleet (canal) and accessible via a passageway.
|Hotel at the left, breakfast at the right.|
On our way, we passed a memorial for Heinrich Heine, one of the great German poets but badly treated in the past because he was a leftist baptized German Jew. Banned from his fatherland, he died of a broken heart in Paris in 1856 and was buried there. Here is some information in German about the fate of Heine's Hamburg memorial.
|Heine memorial on Rathausmarkt|
|I never attached great importance to my fame as a poet and |
I did not care less whether the people praised or criticized my lieder
but you shall place a sword on my coffin
for I was a brave soldier in the liberation war of mankind.
Another example is Heinrich Hertz, the physicist, commemorated by the SI-unit for frequencies, i.e., kilohertz. In the Nazi era, the Jew Hertz was persona non grata. So in Germany, they were using kilohelmholtz in honor of Herman von Helmholtz, another famous German but Arian physicist. They even went so far to destroy Hertz's relief in Hamburg's town hall. It was replaced in a different style after the war.
Passing the outflow of the Alster lake into the Alsterfleet, I noticed that the high waters of the Alster were evacuated.
All excursion boats are waiting for their next day while the lights of the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (Four Seasons) are reflected in the Binnenalster (Inner Alster lake).
Before our group went for dinner, we visited Michaeliskirche (Saint Michel) with Martin Luther guarding the entrance.