Although only founded in 1919 as a “child of the democratic revolution”, the various roots of Hamburg University reach much further back. They helped to create a specific character of this institution of higher learning, which was considerably added to in the 1970s, when Hamburg became the first and one of the most pronounced “reform universities” of the Federal Republic of Germany. After a brief introduction we want to trace this development by a tour from our “historic” main building to the post-war main “Campus”. In this context we will encounter remnants and memorials of what until its destruction during the “Third Reich” used to be the flourishing centre of Jewish life in Hamburg. It was not until the second half of the 1980s that a new generation of Hamburg citizens and members of its University re-discovered this repressed or forgotten past. Since then, this neighbourhood has been accepted by the University, well beyond its topographical aspect, as part of its current and future identity.
Meeting point: University Main Building Foyer, 19:00
Duration of the tour: approx. 2 hours
Costs: free, but limited to 20 participants – please send an email to the organizing team.
A musical tour about the legendary mop-tops, who started their world career in the early Sixties from the clubs in the Große Freiheit. Right in the middle of a vibrant scene in the notorious red-light district of St. Pauli with its milieu of prostitutes, sailors and boxers and inspired by an intellectual clique of Existentialists the young Beatles became grown-ups, as John Lennon put it.
The tour takes you to all the major Beatles-related sites between Feldstraße and Reeperbahn and presents you the early Beatles songs live! The tour ends with a short live concert.
Meeting point: University Main Building, 18:30 (or metro station Feldstrasse, 19:00)
Duration of the tour: approx. 2 1/2 hours.
Costs: 26 € p.p., please register via ConfTool.
The tour starts with a guided walk through the Hafencity, the new district located between the old warehouses of the Speicherstadt and the river Elbe. The Hafencity is the biggest inner-city urban planning project throughout Europe and is located on former port territory. Flats for around 12.000 people and office space for up to 40.000 people have been constructed in the past years or are currently under construction. Moreover, a Science Centre, a concert hall and a cruise centre, all with spectacular architecture are in the works. The concert hall, the so-called ‘Elbphilharmonie’, is especially worthwhile to visit.
After the walk you will explore the area by boat. Hamburg’s port is one of the largest in the world and is located directly opposite the city centre. During the two-hour boat trip you will see the whole of the harbour and its historical development: the old docks, the 19th century storehouse-district ‘Speicherstadt’and the ‘Hafencity’. Furthermore, the tour will pass through modern container terminals, big shipyards and the northern banks of the Elbe, where industrial wastelands have recently been turned into fashionable offices, shops and restaurants.
Meeting point: University Main Building, 10:30 (or St. Annen/Kornhausbrücke in front of the Zollmuseum, 11:00)
Duration of the tour: approx. 3 hours.
Costs: 30 € p.p., please register via ConfTool.
Lübeck, located about 60km north-east of Hamburg, with its picturesque medieval centre is definitely worth a visit. The city is characterised by numerous historical and cultural sights that symbolize the great past of the city as a member of the Hanseatic League. Parts of the historical Old town are listed as UNESCO World Heritage. We offer a guided theme walk through this fascinating city (duration approx. 2 1/2 hours). A transfer by bus from/to Hamburg will be organized. On the way back to Hamburg, the bus will stop at a seaside resort at the Baltic Sea.
Meeting point: University Main Building, 10:00
Duration of the tour: approx. 7-8 hours.
Costs: 37 € p.p., please register via ConfTool.
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