The recently-renovated facade of Hamburg's town hall is well worth admiring, but visitors should also pop into the ... More
The recently-renovated facade of Hamburg's town hall is well worth admiring, but visitors should also pop into the courtyard to admire the fabulous Hygieia Fountain, decorated with bronze figures and a huge statue of Hygieia, the Goddess of Health. Town hall architect Martin Haller and sculptor Joseph von Cramer had originally planned to erect a statue of the Goddess Mercure to represent commerce, but the Goddess of Health was chosen as a reaction to the awful cholera epidemic of 1892, which cost 8000 lives. The epidemic was eventually conquered by the improvement of hygiene and the modernization of drinking-water supplies.
The Hagenbecks zoo is home to countless species of animals, a tropical centre, a dolphin show, several restaurants and a
beautiful recreation park. Some of the animals live in special rocky environments, others in spacious water holes. Besides regular ...
Towards the end of the 17th Century wealthy Hamburgers began to build country houses with gardens in the fashion of
the Dutch and French baroque style. One of these houses is the Glockenhaus (bell house) at Billwerder Billdeich 72, ...
The 1165km long river Elbe winds its way from the sandstone hills of Saxony to Cuxhaven, where it flows into
the North Sea. It was a decisive factor in attracting traders to settle in Hamburg and constituted the trading ...