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Germany's famous port city has a wealth of impressive sights, districts and landmarks, here are eight that you won't want to miss while on a trip there.
1. Fischmarkt - fish market
While it might not be at the top of anyone's 'romantic weekend away in Hamburg' list, this 100-year old fish auction hall has its own charm, and is more authentic to the city than sights like Hamburg Dungeon.

Never mind wurst, grab a tasty Fischbrötchen (fish roll) while appreciating the fish market's impressive interior and the sweet salty smell of the fresh catch of the day being brought in. For fishophiles, fans of seafood and seagulls everywhere, you'll have to get down early, it's open every Sunday but only from 5am till 9.30am.

2. Poggenmühlenbrücke - Poggenmühlen bridge
Poggenmühlen bridge is located in Hamburg's Speicherstadt, or city of warehouses, and offers the best view of these warehouses on the waterfront. It gives you a chance to delve a little deeper into the labyrinthine workings of the world's largest contiguous warehouse complex, away from the crowds of tourists.

Originally built between 1885 and 1927 - and partially rebuilt after the Second World War - this warehouse district sits on what were originally a group of narrow islands in the Elbe. They are part of the city's rich maritime history, as Hamburg is historically one of Europe's most important ports. These UNESCO World Heritage warehouses were given historic monument protection in 1991.

3. Old Elbe Tunnel
The Old Elbe Tunnel is another of Hamburg's century old attractions and has been a protected monument since 2003.

You can choose to walk, or take the lift, down 24 meters to the tunnel entrance. When you walk the 426.5 meters of tiled tunnel, see if you can spot the strange depiction of four rats and a boot among the more predictable murals of marine life that adorn the walls.

When it first opened in 1911, this was the first river tunnel on the continent, created to improve transport links between the northern and southern sides of the Elbe as the city's port expanded.

4. Steinwerder Aussichtspunkt - Steinwerder lookout point
If you're a fan of innovative architecture, the best place to admire the newest addition to the Hamburg skyline - the Elbphilarmonie or Elbe Philarmonic Hall - is at the lookout point on Steinwerder.

In order to get there, you'll have to go through the Old Elbe Tunnel.

Hamburg's answer to the Sydney Opera House is named after the river Elbe, which runs through the city on its way to the North Sea.

The Concert Hall was due to open back in 2010, but due to delays eager classical music enthusiasts had to wait until this November for a public preview, while inaugural concerts will be held in January 2017.

It's six years late and more than ten times over the original price estimate of €77 million - but better late than never. So if you're in Hamburg and a budding Brahms and Mendelssohn aficionado – both of whom were born in the city – then add a concert experience to your trip.

5. Miniatur Wunderland - miniature wonderland
This is another Hamburg sight that can claim to be the biggest in the world, and ironically it's to do with things in miniature. Did someone say the world's largest model railway? That's right. This one is for the child inside you or the strange man child beside you.

Located inside the Speicherstadt, this miniature wonderland took 230 employees 580,000 hours to painstakingly construct. There are 930 trains, 228,000 trees, 215,000 figures, 8,850 cars, 13,000 meters of track and 3,660 buildings depicting both the city it is housed in, alongside the USA, Scandinavia and more.

But it's not all child friendly, some twisted employees have hidden miniature dirty jokes here and there. See if you can spot several small pairs of lovers dotted around this seemingly utopian wonderland. The clues are: flower fields, behind a tree, an office and in a barn. Just don't tell the kids about your smutty Where's Waldo? adventure.

6. The Indra Club
The Beatles played at clubs along Hamburg's notorious Reeperbahn strip in the early 1960s prior to their worldwide fame, including a first residency at The Indra Club, which is still there today on Große Freiheit, a street that intersects the strip.
Once you're done looking at Beatles memorabilia you can walk on over to the bright lights of the Reeperbahn, where Hamburg's red light district can be found.

The actor and singer Hans Albers, one of Hamburg's most famous sons, starred in a film 'On the Reeperbahn at half past midnight' about its vices as far back as the 1950s.

The 930m street in the St. Pauli district is still Hamburg's number one spot for entertainment and seedy old men. It's only got more glamorous with age.

While you're in the area, does your spinster aunt need a vibrator this Christmas? Then why not head down to the Santa Pauli Christmas market while you still can, where you have a host of sex-related products and unusual festive gifts to choose from.

7. Beim Grünen Jäger
St. Pauli isn't just about brothels and vibrators. Walk away from the Reeperbahn and you'll get to Beim Grünen Jäger, a street near Feldstrasse U-Bahn station. It's full of cafes, restaurants and bars, and a welcome respite from the glowing neon lights of strip clubs.

You don't even have to splash out for alcohol in a bar. Why not go into a nearby shop, buy a bottle of beer and relax on the street with your friends?

For football fans, the cult football club FC St. Pauli also play their home games nearby at the Millerntorstadion. The club are known for their skull and crossbones symbol and alternative, left-wing fan culture, which emerged in the 1980s as a reaction to hooliganism, fascism and right-wing nationalism in the game.

So if you're not a nationalist hooligan a stadium tour might be just the thing for you.

8. Alma-Wartenberg-Platz
Alma-Wartenberg-Platz is a hidden gem in the Altona district of Hamburg, where you can forget the sorrows of a hazy night on the Reeperbahn at one of the bars that line this attractive square.

Altona is a large area to the west of St. Pauli, which has gained a reputation for being one of Hamburg's coolest Kiezs (districts).

Hamburg's fish market is located in the south-east corner of Altona, so if you walk north towards Alma-Wartenberg-Platz from there you'll also get to see Altona's grandiose city hall on the way, along with its theatre, museum and the Platz der Republik. And because these are located on a hill, you'll also get the best view of Harbour Cranes in action across the Elbe.

Source: https://www.thelocal.de/

Flowking Stone, the "Go Low" hitmaker, will be performing tonight at Empire Lounge located at Hamburger str. 209  Hamburg, Germany 22083.  Upon arriving Hamburg, Germany, the Ghanaian star came  straight to the studios of  Radio Topafric to explain to his fans why he almost missed his Hamburg concert.

In the video interview, he explained what happened and how he rectified the situation and eventually made it to Hamburg, Germany.  Watch the video below and listen to his explanation.   
He urges his fans to show up in their numbers tonite because he will be rocking the stage at the Empire club. 

Doors open at 11pm

Hamburg recently opened a spectacular concert house to the strains of Beethoven and Wagner that has been touted as a new global attraction, albeit after a cost explosion. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck joined 2,100 guests at the inaugural concert under tight security in the grand hall of the Elbphilharmonie, which has electrified critics with its audacious design and world-class acoustics.
The white interior and unique design seemed to enchant even the most high profile guests. The three-hour-long programme met with a long standing ovation.

Billed as a cultural monument ready to rival the Sydney Opera House, the building came in more than six years overdue and at ten times the initial budget, with a cost to the venerable northern port city of €789 million ($829 million).Gauck said he was "awed" by the "incredibly beautiful" architecture and its "wonderful sound" but acknowledged its turbulent beginnings.

"The Elbphilharmonie has been called a dream and a nightmare, a global star and a joke, an embarrassment and a wonder," he said.
But the enormous project's success would come from "the magic of its contrasts", he said. "The Elbphilharmonie can become what many people in Hamburg hope for: the symbol of a cosmopolitan metropolis that is open to the world, and a jewel in the crown of Germany as a nation of culture."

Merkel, a passionate classical music fan, later told NDR public television the opening had been historic as the dawn of a national landmark.
"One day we will all be very proud that something was built in our lifetime that people will still refer to in 50 or 100 years, saying 'look, that was what happened on January 11th 2017'." 'Difficult birth' Jutting out from the city at the end of a pier on the Elbe River, the Elbphilharmonie has a boxy brick former cocoa warehouse as its base, with a breathtaking glass structure recalling frozen waves perched on top.
Sandwiched between the two levels, a public plaza protected by giant curved glass windows offers stunning views of the harbour, the spires of the charming old trade centre and Hamburg's temperamental skies.

Earlier Mayor Olaf Scholz defended the project, saying that its sold-out concerts through July and the more than 500,000 visitors who have already flocked to the building proved the Elbphilharmonie was winning hearts. "It was a difficult birth but they have adopted the child," Scholz, who inherited the scandal-plagued boondoggle from his predecessor, said of the 1.7 million residents of Germany's second city who have footed the bill.

Officials say the Elbphilharmonie is the kind of sparkling jewel, like Frank Gehry's Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain, with the power to boost a city's international profile overnight. This month, the New York Times cited Hamburg among its top ten tourist destinations for 2017 thanks in large part to the opening of the Elbphilharmonie. Scholz insisted that the Elphie, as the two-hall concert house has been nicknamed, would be a building for the people, with diverse events appealing to visitors beyond the well-heeled classical music set."It is my aim that every pupil in a Hamburg school will see a concert here," he said.

Brahms' birthplace, Beatles' cradle Scholz said the building would embrace the long musical tradition of Hamburg, the birthplace of Brahms and Mendelssohn and the cradle of the Beatles' early stardom, and soon host concerts by the world's top orchestras.
Musical director Christoph Lieben-Seutter promised eclectic programming, including a series of concerts featuring Syrian music in the spring honouring the thousands of asylum seekers who have arrived in the city.

The Elbphilharmonie's completion marks a rare urban development success story in Germany, which has been plagued by planning disasters such as Berlin's international airport, now five years behind schedule and counting. To claw back some of the investment, Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who also designed Beijing's "bird's nest" Olympic stadium and the Tate Modern gallery in London, added posh apartments, restaurants and a luxury hotel complete with an in-house meditation consultant.
The evening was designed as a showcase of Germany's soft power through high culture, and spotlighted the acoustic potential of the hall's "vineyard" layout with seats stretching up in steep terraces from the stage.

The programme, kept secret until the opening, spanned 400 years of music history, including orchestral works by Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms and Mendelssohn and contemporary German composer Wolfgang Rihm. For those not lucky enough to snag tickets for opening night, a light show on the Elbphilharmonie's glittering facade entertained crowds gathered outside in wintry weather.

Source: https://www.thelocal.de/

Thomas Mboya Ochieng is a refugee coordinator in Eberswalde, a small town in eastern Germany. His work is not just a job, but his passion – he also came to Germany as a refugee.
Thomas Mboya Ochieng doesn’t have an easy job. As the honorary refugee coordinator, he assists Eberswalde’s 1,100 refugees. But for him, they are much more than just clients.
“I was also in the same process like them. I understand their expectations, I understand their difficulties and I understand where they really need help,” he said in his low, gentle voice.
Ochieng was also a refugee. In 2009, he fled from Kenya to Germany with his two children. He still remembers every detail of this experience – the never-ending interviews at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, the months of fear and agony until his permission to stay in Germany arrived, and his life at the emergency hostel for refugees.
Overwhelmed social workers
“I know from my own experience how terribly boring it is to live in a hostel,” Mboya said. He now feels so much at home in Germany that he mixes German words with English. Instead of ‘hostel’, he used the German equivalent ‘Heim’.
Back then, there wasn’t an office like the one he runs today. Social workers sometimes came to the hostel where he was living. “My social worker was friendly, but she had so much work. There were so many refugees who had questions, some of them making trouble, some were arrogant. The social workers were overwhelmed; they could not assist a lot,” he said.
He’s been the honorary refugee coordinator of Eberswalde since March 2015. He informs the refugee community about the different services offered by volunteers across the town. There are German courses, orientation tours around the city and much more. He also explains to them the different government services and departments they can turn to for help. But most of all he tries to build bridges between the refugees and the locals.
‘He’s one of us’
“Refugees normally do not trust the people they go to for help. When you go through the asylum process here in Germany, you have to go through many interviews and there is a lot of fear. So if the person you seek help from is a German, you must know him properly before you trust him and open up. It’s an important part of my job to build that trust,” Ochieng said.
It’s working well. “He’s one of us,” said Kenyan refugee Wyclif Otieno. He came to Germany six years ago. Working for him is no-go, because he doesn’t have a residence permit. But he came to Thomas Mboya Ochieng, because he still was hoping for something to do.
“There isn’t anything you can do in the hostel. You just wake up, eat and sleep. You wake up, eat and sleep again. And so it goes. But I decided that’s not for me,” Otieno said.
Wyclif Otieno now volunteers at a local charity assisting elderly residents of Eberswalde. “It’s helpful, I have never done it before,” he said. If he gets a residence permit, he would start to look for a job to work with the elderly, he added.
Dreaming of a job at the kindergarten
Somali Malyam Ali Mohammed is another refugee Thomas was able to assist. “When you are new to a place, you always stay at home,” she says with a shy smile. But Mohammed did not want to leave it there. She wanted to find her way around the new, strange town the authorities had sent her to live in.
So she went to see Thomas Mboya. “If you come to this office, Thomas will help you. It’s really good, because if you do the right thing for yourself, you feel good. If you only stay at home, you feel bad,” the 28-year-old said. She first started with a sports group so she could exercise and mingle with locals.
Next was the job issue. In Somalia, she had trained as a kindergarten teacher. Thomas connected her to a kindergarten, which gave her a one-month internship. “It was really great for me. I could not speak much German, but I learnt a lot at the kindergarten. And I made many contacts with children and with grown-ups,” she said.
Malyam Ali Mohammed just got her residence permit, which allows her to work in Germany. She dreams of working as a kindergarten teacher one day – “in my city of Eberswalde,” she said with a broad smile.
Ochieng has also gotten to know the constraints of his post. He can only offer voluntary work and internships.
“They come to me and say ‘Thomas, I need a job’. I cannot just tell them ‘No, you cannot get a job immediately,’ Ochieng said. “You have to find a way to motivate them, and encourage them. You need to tell them: “Relax, wait for the right time to get the job. First you have to learn German, do some vocational training and then you can work.”
Source: http://mkenyaujerumani.de/

Presenting a biennial report on integration on Friday, the government's integration
commissioner painted a positive picture of improvements made in Germany in recent years.
“In terms of participation and integration we’re on the right path in Germany,” Aydan
Özoguz concluded in remarks on the report titled "Participation, equal opportunity and developing rights in immigrant country Germany."
“Children with immigrant backgrounds are much more likely to go to kindergarten, more
teenagers are getting higher school qualifications in comparison with five years ago, employment among immigrants is up,” she said.
The report details how in 2015, 17 percent of children from immigrant families completed an Abitur, the university prep exams taken at the end of high school. This was an increase from nine percent in 2010.
The percentage of children from immigrant families with a final school qualification also rose from 38 percent to 43 percent.
There are 17.2 million people who live in Germany with an immigration background, 21 percent of the total population and 1.8 million more than in 2014. Around half of them hold German citizenship, while most come from Poland, Russia or Turkey.
But the Social Democrat politician added that chances of success later in life were still
heavily dependent on whether a child has an immigrant background.
People with immigration backgrounds are still twice as likely to live in poverty as those with no immigration background, a fact which has remained unchanged for years, Özoguz noted.
“Also, even if the number of people with migration backgrounds in employment has risen from 7.54 million to 7.72 million, unemployment is now almost three times as high among immigrants as it is among German citizens.”
Özoguz also pointed with concern at a heated public debate surrounding the alleged
dangers that have arrived with the almost 900,000 refugees Germany took in during 2015.
Taking aim at the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, Özoguz said that the party had ridden on the back of refugees “to create opinions that don’t always correspond to the truth."
She emphasized that, while the fears of certain people in society shouldn’t be condemned outright as racism, there are people “who are trying to create the image that criminality will rise if more refugees come here.”
The reality is that there are significant differences between different refugee groups, she said, adding that "at the moment there is as good as no criminality among Syrian refugees.”

Source: https://www.thelocal.de/

The police in Brandenburg have been awarded with the Negative Prize, after various human rights violations among them their violent attempt to deport a pregnant Kenyan lady.

Wednesday, November 2nd. A Kenyan lady is walks into the Carl-Thiem Clinic in Cottbus accompanied by the police. The police had showed up unannounced at her door that morning and claiming they had been sent by the immigration office to accompany the lady to the clinic and find out if she was in a condition to travel in order for them to deport her to Kenya. All this was happening a day before her planned visit to the immigration office. Usually, the immigration office is required to inform you at least a month before the deportation date, which wasn’t the case here.

Ms. N. had already suffered two miscarriages and a stillbirth, her current pregnancy was also risky. She had been taken into psychological care to help her go through it. All this was known to the immigration office in Cottbus, but that did not stop them.

On getting to the hospital, Ms. N. got a panic attack and causing her severe abdominal pain. A nurse who had come to serve Ms. N completely ignored they cry for help and insisted that she could only do what the police officers had requested her to do, thus couldn’t go out of her way to look into Ms. N’s condition. Overwhelmed by the pain, Ms. N collapsed but even that couldn’t stop the police from taking her to the police station to prepare for the deportation.

Fortunately, a member of the FluMiCo (Flight and Migration in Cottbus), who was accompanying the lady to the clinic, was able to get a lawyer to stop the deportation with a warrant from the court.

Sadly, these kinds of deportation attempts are becoming quite a regular in Brandenburg. Another case involving the Immigration Office in Oranienburg, involved Ms. D who was handcuffed and her legs and hips tied with belts by five policemen in the middle of the night while still in her pyjamas. The lady that suffers from mental illness tried unsuccessfully to defend and free herself. She was taken to a holding cell at the Tegel Airport where she was bound in a body cuff and an inhalation mask was put on her face so she could not speak. When she refused to take medication a doctor was offering her, one of the heavy policemen sat on her causing internal bleeding in her abdomen. The police were finally able to get her onto the plane, but seeing her condition, the pilot refused to take her with him.

The deportation was put on hold but the lady has been in psychiatric care in a Brandenburg hospital since that night.

The police in Brandenburg have come under fire for these human rights violations with some of the organisations calling for the resignation of the police chief and the immigration office head.

Source: http://mkenyaujerumani.de/

The opening scenes of the music video for “Bist du down?” the breakout single from German R&B star Ace Tee, looks like something out of an ’90s hip-hop party: Guys and girls dressed in cool streetwear looks dance against a graffiti-covered landscape. “We’re not really allowed to hang around there,” says Ace Tee, whose real name is Tarin Wilda, of the location—under train tracks in Sternschanze, a trendy Hamburg neighborhood. It’s a raw, unbridled energy and style that harkens back to a different era, one that’s been getting major buzz on YouTube in the weeks since the video dropped.“I was inspired by TLC’s ‘What About Your Friends’ video,” Wilda says. “I wanted to create a new kind of ’90s mood, to inspire people to be happy and to get down with honesty and love.” She adds, “There are a lot of great artists in Germany right now, but the vibe is a bit dark and we are known mainly for Trap music. I want to put R&B on the map here and create my own sound.” Everyone in the music video, Wilda included, brought whatever they wanted to wear to set, with the singer rummaging through the pile of thrift-store jackets and baggy jeans to piece all of the accidentally brilliant looks together.There’s the oversize yellow parka, purple trousers, and gold door-knocker earrings (which Wilda says she stole from her mom who is Ghanaian—“Those earrings are everywhere there.”). In one scene, she’s dressed in a knee-length denim skirt and white mock-neck crop top and in another, a gray Fila sweatshirt. “I’ve always dressed old-school,” the singer says of her everyday street style. “I don’t wear skinny things, which can seem weird to the typically tailored, luxury-obsessed people in this country, but I feel more comfortable in tracksuits and boxy clothes.”

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