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I have realized that I didn’t use my favourite title “Postcard from ...” in relation to Hamburg yet.

This postcard presents some of the oldest buildings in Hamburg. In general, there is not that much of an old town remaining in Hamburg. Buildings of interest are spread across the town. However, there are, of course, some nice places to walk there.
The group of buildings which you see in this photo have on one side the canal called Nikolaifleet and on another the street named Deichstrasse. They house some nice restaurants.

Nikolaifleet is a canal in the Altstadt of Hamburg, which was the original branch of the Alster estuary. It separates the Cremon island from the mainland. First mentioned in 1188, the Nikolaifleet is considered one of the oldest parts of the Port of Hamburg.

Deichstraße (lit. "dike street") is the oldest remaining street in the Altstadt of Hamburg, Germany and a popular visitor attraction in the city.
Deichstraße dates back to the 14th century; it was first mentioned in 1304. Located adjacent to Nikolaifleet and close to the Speicherstadt, it now contains carefully restored 17th–19th-century houses, all that is left of the old harbour district. The Great Fire of 1842 broke out in Deichstraße 42 and destroyed many of the original buildings, but spared the southern end of the street spreading - driven by the wind - mostly northeastwards. Today, Deichstraße –along with Neustadt's Peterstraße– contains some of the oldest buildings in the city, including the oldest warehouse, at Peterstraße 27, built in 1780.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6324 W: 105 N: 16637] (64796)
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