Customers considering Hamburg luxury real estate are immediately struck by the uniqueness of the city skyline. Hamburg is located at the tip of the Jutland Peninsula with the European continent on the south, Scandinavia to the north, the Baltic Sea to the east, and the North Sea to the west. It is Europe’s third largest port behind Antwerp and Rotterdam and has a population of more than 1.8 million people. Unquestionably when you buy a house in Hamburg, you are buying in a busy, modern city. In many areas, however, Hamburg appears to be a place out of time.
Church spires, not skyscrapers, dominate the cityscape. The principal churches are St. Peter’s, St. Michaelis, St. Catherine, and St. Jacobi. Of these, St. Catherine’s is especially visible because it is covered in copper plates. This is not to say there are not readily evident signs of modernity, like the Heinrich-Hertz-Tum radio and television tower, but the city is marked with a charming quaintness, enhanced by the more than 2,300 bridges that cross its rivers and canals. In fact, Hamburg has more bridges than any other city in the world.
Because there are also numerous parks, it’s possible to rent a house in Hamburg, but step out the door into a green verdant environment. The largest parks are the Ohlsdorf Cemetery, the Plantenun Blomen, and the Stadtpark, which is Hamburg’s equivalent of New York’s Central Park. There, visitors can stroll on the immense lawn or pay a visit to Europe’s largest planetaria. (The park’s buildings were designed in the early years of the 20th century by the architect Fritz Schumacher.)
Owning luxury property in Hamburg gives the resident access to the city’s thriving cultural life marked by a heavy musical presence. There are more than 40 theatres and each year it is estimated that 18 million people attend concerts and performances in the city as well as partake of exhibitions at its 60 museums. The Thalia Theater, the Kampnagel, and the state-owned Deutsches Schauspielhaus are all renowned theaters both in Germany and abroad.