I’m still not entirely sure that I like the Elbphilharmonie, which is probably best viewed from the river, but it’s certainly impressive. So much skill in converting a 1960s warehouse into an iconic concert venue, hotel, apartment block and all-round tourist magnet, including sinking enormous piles into the ground to support the incredible weight. Walking around the viewing platform was tremendous.
Shades of Valencia in trying to transform a run-down area into a desirable place to live and visit, but this is probably better planned. I preferred the old brick warehouses – Speicher – which still run for blocks beside canalised branches of the Elbe.
There was also a trip to the maritime museum (housed in another old warehouse), which I shall remember for giving me the chance to use a sextant.
Then the much-photographed view from Poggenmühlen Brücke, although sadly the nice light had gone.
I am overlooking the natural world at the moment. It was the striking outline of some bare trees above the Elbe at Altona that made me realise how thoroughly built up this part of Hamburg is. So different from Somerset a few weeks ago, when I only noticed trees and wildlife!