Hamburg, Germany
May 15, 2004 - May 16, 2004
May 18, 2004 - May 19, 2004

Hamburg is a sea port city. Because of this it was devastated in the war. It was rebuilt well, but does not have that European charm or flair that travelers like. The first time I was here I didn't think much of it. All I saw was a new city that was pretty dirty. Well, this time around, I'll give this party town more credit. Hamburgers know how to party! That's for sure. From the infamous Reeperbahn where you can pick up a prostitute and browse through sex shops, to the very "Brooklyn" Sternchanze neighborhood. I was able enjoy myself by taking it in as a local, instead of seeking out the "sites" (of which there are few). Go on a weekend for guaranteed good times!

This is the notorious street that used to just be packed with prostitutes and sex shops.  The sex shops are still there, but the red-light district has been isolated to an area 2 blocks off Reeperbahn.  The interesting thing about that red-light district is that only men are allowed in.  There are high walls on either end of the street blocking view to women and children.  I suspect it's to minimize it as a tourist site, and lend some legitimacy to that career choice.  Well, if so, it worked, because there weren't very many people inside the walls at all.  A stark change from Amsterdam's red-light district...

There was an MTV concert going on when I was there the first night.  The streets were even more packed than this.

Fisch Markt early Sunday Morning... and the party still goes on...


Feldstrasse Neighborhood was closer to the TV tower.  Some street markets, but Sternchanze 
takes the cake for coolest neighborhood

Down towards the old waterfront warehouse buildings - historical landmark

Subway station