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#hotspotahoi – Hamburg's most popular Instagram spots

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Hamburg offers countless motifs for photos, something for every taste in a huge variety of genres. Instagram displays more and more images from Hamburg's colourful creative districts in particular: historical facades and fascinating places by the water. We've put together a few of the most popular hotspots:

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Kerstin Oppel is a freelance film maker and a social media ninja from Hamburg.

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If you're only on a short visit to Hamburg, you can bag our selected motifs in a single afternoon. Some of these places already have their own Instagram profiles – thousands of pictures are to be found at the hashtags for #Oberhafenbrücke, #HKHamburg and #ParkFiction. We'll introduce you to our five favourites and reveal the best angle and time of day to capture these hotspots.





#hotspotahoi – five popular motifs for photos of Hamburg

HK Chamber of Commerce

Adolphsplatz 1
20457 Hamburg

Nikolaifleet

Ost-West-Str.
20457 Hamburg

Wasserschloss

Poggenmühlen-Brücke
20457 Hamburg

Brahms Kontor

Johannes-Brahms-Platz 1
20355 Hamburg
https://www.instagram.com/brahmskontor/?hl=en)

Peterstraße

Peterstraße
20355 Hamburg
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    HK Chamber of Commerce

    The Chamber of Commerce building was erected in 1841 and is an impressive sight with its imposing pillared entrance and entrance hall. The Chamber welcomes photographers and even has its own Instagram account @hk_hamburg and its own hashtag #hkhamburg. The motif is popular with architecture photographers, who look to capture the building's symmetry. Fashion shots also look particularly impressive against this backdrop. Photographing the first floor from the entrance hall and posing a person in the middle of the room makes for a great #architectureandpeople motif.

    Adolphsplatz 1 20457 Hamburg
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    Nikolaifleet

    The Nikolaifleet canal on the edge of the Speicherstadt warehouse district used to be the main river mouth from which the waters of the Alster flowed into the River Elbe. Goods were carried from the water into the warehouses, which have been preserved to this day. Some Instagramers call the view of the Nikolaifleet "Little Amsterdam". A particularly good view of the warehouses is to be had from the Hohe Brücke, as both bridge and street are named, or from the Cremon, a street which marks the former site of a marsh island of that name. When the water is still, you can capture the reflection of the houses in the canal.

    Ost-West-Str. 20457 Hamburg
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    Wasserschloss

    The Wasserschloss, a small castle built out onto the water between two canals, is one of the oldest buildings in the Speicherstadt and originally served as an inn for men working on the merchandise hoists of the warehouses at the port. Particularly popular with photographers is the view from the Poggenühlenbrücke, where you can take views of the castle framed by the bridge. The Wasserschloss is illuminated at night. If you take along a tripod you can get a wonderful shot of the lights reflected in the water. The castle has often been used as a setting for films and TV series.

    Poggenmühlen-Brücke 20457 Hamburg
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    Brahms Kontor

    The interior of the Brahms Kontor, a former warehouse, is enough to set any Instagramer's pulse racing. The spiral stairway photographs well from both the top floor and the ground level. The entrance area is also an ideal motif for a photo: designed in Art Deco style, with floor mosaics, brilliantly coloured wall tiles and glasswork. Pictures of the Expressionist construction’s exterior are also popular. The building was modelled in the early 20th century on the American skyscrapers and is now an office block. "A most wanted man" with Philip Seymour Hoffman was filmed here.

    Johannes-Brahms-Platz 1 20355 Hamburg
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    Peterstraße

    The Peterstraße in the Komponistenquartier, where museums celebrate the lives of famous composers, is perfect for Instagramers with a love of narrow lanes. Faithful reconstructions of the grand merchant houses of the 17th century have been built here; number 35-37 is the only original one remaining. The perspective in both directions enables very effective photography. The Peterstraße is particularly beautiful in summer, when roses blossom on the facades and geraniums in the window boxes. A detour to the historical Krameramtstuben buildings and the adjacent cultural centre of the Gängeviertel district is also worthwhile.

    Peterstraße 20355 Hamburg