PLACE-MAKING IN A SEXUALIZED CITY
Forget what you already know about Hamburg. Certainly, city tourism is striving to promote sexual entertainment at Reeperbahn, the red light district, packaging it into musical or harbour-related themes such as ‘Harbour Days’. There is also the latest mega-project, the unmissable Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall built at huge expense in the newly developed HafenCity. There is more to the city than the popular mass entertainment that promotes the metropolis as the sensual ‘Gate to the World’ (Das Tor zur Welt).
Water is the lubricant of Hamburg, whether you take the Elbe as an industrialized waterway towards the sea and out into the world, or the inner lakes such as Inner or Outer Alster with their public shores that improve the quality of life for the city’s residents, and which can be used for sailing, cruising, for public barbecues, sunbathing and romantic encounters.