What Malte loves most about Hamburg
The unique mix of contrasts has something to do with it for sure: on the one hand, Hamburg has that urban sparkle, on the other hand, it has the natural beauty of the beaches along the Elbe River and the verdant banks of the Alster. It’s a beautiful city but also a bit rough, it’s weird but also welcoming. But the most important explanation as to why Hamburg is such a liveable city, are the people who call Hamburg their home. Like Evelyn Subbert, who runs a seamen’s pub on the Elbchaussee. Or Marco Antonio Reyes Loredo, who you’ll probably run into when you visit the arts and culture centre Zinnwerke on the river island of Wilhelmsburg. These locals have devoted themselves to their vision of an even more diverse, welcoming and warm city, and in doing so they’ve created wonderful places of encounter. My guide is an ode to these authentic gems.