In the past, when someone would ask me which European city prides itself with the highest number of bridges, I would reply Venice without hesitating. You can imagine my surprise when I realized that Hamburg hosts more bridges than Venice, London and Amsterdam put together! With as many as 2,500 bridges, the gorgeous city offers romantic panoramas all over, with many couples sealing their love with lock right there and others wandering on them and admiring the beauty of the view. I’m almost becoming jealous of those who need to pass by them to go to work, as I’m sure these incredible architecture structures can please the eye for a great head start of the day. There are also those who love photography – and use the bridges as the perfect spot for them. In this post I wanted to show you some of the most of the most instagrammable, most beautiful bridges in Hamburg, so keep reading if you want to dive into the romantic atmosphere brought to you by the stunning bridges.
💡 “Brücke” means “bridge” in German, so you might notice that some of them will have it in their name.
One of the romantic, most instagrammable & most beautiful bridges in Hamburg definitely is the Hohe Brücke. No wonder so many couples decided to put the lock of their love just there. Overlooking docked boats from one side of the canal and the picturesque neighborhood of Speicherstadt on the other, it really inspires longer, romantic walks and I’m sure a lot of dates might start or end up there. When we see these love scenes taking place on a bridge in movies, or read about them in books, or simply imagine them sometimes – this looks to me like the perfect location. In fact, when I was there, there were many couples doing just that – slowly enjoying their time there hand in hand, not minding the passing time. And I think that’s what’s beautiful about this place – the time just seems to slow down.
On the map it might seem that it’s actually the bridge facing the Nikolaifleet that bears the name of Hohe Brücke. However, the Hohe Brücke is perpendicular to this majestic bridge, part of the Bei den Mühren street, overviewing the gorgeous Nikolaifleet panorama. This particular type of architecture reminds me of what we would stereotypically assess as an Amsterdam style, yet it still has the feeling of creativity and originality, which in person presents itself even better. There are 2 benches on the opposite sides of the bridge, where you can sit and rest, reflect, and take some photos. A lot of people find it extremely instagrammable, which makes Nikolaifleet quite recognizable among the Hamburg architecture. For me, this bridge is in fact in the TOP 3 of my personal list of the most beautiful bridges in Hamburg.
This massive, romantic bridge has one of the most gorgeous views on the lake, its location already making it worth a while. Yet it’s actually the bridge itself, with the small statures guarding its integrity, that will capture your interest and make you want to visit it (and snap it). The two lions sculptures are holding the Hamburg coat of arms between the paws. I personally have found this bridge to be remarkable amongst the rest of them, visibly reigning over the lake as if it was its personal guardian. I would call it one of the most beautiful bridges in Hamburg not just because of its architecture, but also because of the heavenly and serene atmosphere it inspires.
Probably the most famous Hamburg bridge amongst all of the photographers, it kind of reminds me of the movie “Inception” – a bridge within other bridges, just like a dream within other dreams. There is something mystical to the architecture that surrounds it, almost mysterious, I would dare to say. Being one of the most beautiful bridges in Hamburg, I wasn’t surprised that when I got there in person, I have found a lovely couple of photographers who were immortalizing it on their cameras. In fact, I came up to them and we ended up talking for quite a while and I was lucky to see some of the other amazing places they have photographed. The picture of me in front of the bridge sight was taken by one of them. Isn’t this wonderful how a bridge & a camera can make people from all around the world connect in the face of architecture? I think it’s incredible.
Also known as the Rathaus Promenade, Jungfernstieg connects the Alster lake to the inner city centre, making the views towards the city hall simply breathtaking. On its side, there’s also a place with stairs where you can admire the gorgeous views of the canal, gather with friends (post-corona maybe) and admire the columns of the buildings in front of it.
💡 Interesting fact:
In the past, Jungfernstieg was the place where the families were coming to introduce their unmarried daughters to the gentlemen on Sunday afternoons.
This dark and proudly standing bridge divides the two side of the Alster lake from each other (Außenalster & Binnenalster], making it one of the most important bridges in Hamburg. It even bears the German flag on one of its ends, signalizing its importance. It certainly has a more gothic look to it, with the darker tones and carefully sculptures street lamps, which spikes its originality and makes it one of the most beautiful bridges in Hamburg that deserve to be visited.
The uniqueness of the historical bridge Ellerntorsbrücke can’t be easily replicated. What’s so wonderful about it is that in the present times it looks exactly the way it looked right after being constructed – the damage it went through during the II World War has forced the renovations on it, putting it back into its original shape, the exact way it was designed. The archs present in its design make the bridge stand out among all the typical bridges you might see anywhere else.
Last but not least, I wanted to include this less modernized, a little bit rusty bridge that overviews the wonderful buildings in the Speicherstadt. Even though it might not be as scenic and excellently conserved as the rest of them, it definitely drives the attention of those who are passing by in the neighborhood. Maybe it’s actually its rusty touch, perfecty placing itself on the background of brown, orange-y buildings, maybe it’s the locks that people decided to place right there, not in any other spot, that gives it the magical spark I saw in it while passing by, or maybe it’s something personal that only I can see, but for some reason I couldn’t pass by this bridge without snapping a few pictures. It would be lovely to know whether you also see the beauty in it the way I do!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my personal collection of the most beautiful bridges in Hamburg. Next time you visit the city, make sure to take a slow stroll on them and enjoy the picturesque views they serve. There will be a lot of Hamburg-related articles on this blog since I travel there back and forth very often for personal reasons, so if you’re interested in knowing more about this wonderful city of 2,500 bridges, bookmark the blog, follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or sign up to receive e-mail notifications in the sidebar of this site.
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