Plans are afoot to transform an old Second World War Bunker into a high-rise “Roof Park”.
In a project named “Hilldegarden” the authorities of the German city of Hamburg are proposing to increase the number of public green spaces in the city in a most unusual way. Plans for the public roof garden have been approved by the local council. A concrete Second World War bunker in the St. Pauli district houses an art gallery and a music space. The plans are for a 19 metre artificial hill to be built on top of the existing 40 metre bunker, creating an 8000 square metre public open space. The park will have ramped access and visitors will be able to climb green walkways past a flat terrace planted with trees and shrubs, to reach the top of the “hill”. There, they will be able to enjoy green parkland with wonderful city views. It is also hoped to include some allotments where local residents can grow their own food. The plans won’t come to fruition for a while, but if you visit Hamburg in the next year or two it will be well worth seeing if you can visit the Hilldegarden.
In the meantime, for visitors to Hamburg there are plenty of green spaces to enjoy. These include Planten un Blomen, a beautiful urban park which was created as long ago as 1821. The park is well known for the musical performances held there in summer, in particular concerts including water and lights. In the late summer months the Dahliengarten (Dahlia Garden) is an incredible sight and is open to the public for free, offering visitors the chance to see hundreds of different type of dahlias of all shapes, sizes and colours.
Any stay in Hamburg should include at least half a day wandering round the narrow streets of the “Altstadt” (The Old Town) which is the oldest area in Hamburg. Among the best known buildings in this quarter are the Chilehaus and the Kontor Häuser at the Burchardplatz. In some parts of the city centre such as Cremon Street, you can catch glimpses of old Hamburg, with loading bays on the canal side and trade entrances on the street side.. For a good selection of restaurants and bars make your way to Deichstrasse, an old traders’ street which has an attractive mix of shops, restaurants and bars where you can taste some of the local brews and traditional German foods.
The St.Michael’s Church is one of the landmarks of Hamburg . Originally built in 1751, this Lutheran church was destroyed by fire, rebuilt in 1912 and then suffered more heavy damage during WW11. It is not only the most important baroque church in northern Germany but it also has the largest clock face in Germany with a circumference of 24 metres. From the viewing platform on the tower there are splendid views of the city and the harbour. Twice a day the “Turmblasen” takes place, a trumpeter playing a piece of classical music which can be heard for miles around.