Open-air museum Kiekeberg

The open-air museum Kiekeberg (as if that wasn’t clear from the title) is located in the south of Hamburg (so actually still very much in the north of Germany) and shows the life of people in the north in the 19th century.

I went there with a friend just for fun after we had gone looking for tiles for his new place. Go figure! I know people who pick tiles! That’s how responsible I’ve become.

The museum has lots of small houses rebuilt to look like the aforementioned 19th century dwellings, complete with a smithy, a small farm, sheep and a home. The home is really interesting. Back in the day people used to live together with their servants and animals under one roof in about four to five rooms. One in which everyone(!) slept, one kitchen, a threshing-floow (yeah, better look that up) and the stable.

Inside the museum there is also an agrarian museum, but we had to leave. I was only dressed for well-heated tiling-shop-interiors and not for a cold day outside. The images here are all in black and white, but no sepia. Why not, I ask myself right now. It would actually portray the throwback well. But, nah! says my inner self. That’s corny.

So here they are, some insights into a cold sunday a fortnight ago.


Harbour Museum B/W

Here are some more views from the museum and a viewpoint nearby in glorious black and white.

Harbour Museum

Claus and Marion took me to Hamburg’s Harbour Museum, which is a registered society that buys, mends and of course displays important objects of the harbour’s technical past. There is a stunning assortment of exhibits that speak to the history of the harbour and we enjoyed a tour of the freight-ship „Bleichen“ (more on that in a later post).

Museum of Ethnology

I’ve wanted to go there for quite some time now, so after having visited Hagenbecks, I went straight to the Museum of Ethnology in Hamburg, stopping just once for a large caffe latte. It’s a rather amazing place where they try to embed their exhibits in an informative context. Here are some impressions. I tried to only show exhibits that seem to be too old to have a copyright. I will gladly take any image down that violates any copyright. Enjoy!

Prototype Museum

Today, my brother, my nephew and I went to the Prototype Museum in Hamburg, where no touching and no flashing of the cars is allowed. It’s a shame. At least they should disallow the other tourists to stand in the frame I want to shoot.

I like wishful thinking for what it’s worth (not a lot), so I could almost exclusively resort to details. In black and white. Highly post-processed. Here they are, enjoy!

Ice-breaker „Stettin“

Here is a small photo essay about the „Eisbrecher Stettin“ the oldest coal-powered ship still working. It is run by a public charity that keeps it up-and-running. At least once a year for the harbour birthday they polish it up even more, because it takes part in the celebration. Here are some images that capture the raw spirit of this eighty-three-year old quaint boat, which acquired the status of a technical monument in 1982.

More info on the boats and the charity can be found here.