St. Georg Quarter
St. Georg is located to the east of Hamburg Central Station: the city’s main traffic hub which handles almost half a million passengers every day. A few kilometres south, an overall 15,000 students attend the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, the city’s second biggest educational institution, and contribute to the district’s young and arty vibe. The Outer Alster Lake marks St. Georg's northern boundary: at the surrounding park you can take a walk, ride your bike, jog or rent a boat.
The Lange Reihe shopping street is St. Georg's quasi-centre. Over 730 metres, cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques line up along this inner city lifeline. This is one of Hamburg’s most desired neighbourhoods and is where Hamburg’s LGBTQ community is most active and vibrant. Rainbow flags are everywhere, traffic lights show pictograms of same-sex couples instead of the standard single pedestrian. And, of course, this is where the annual Hamburg Pride Parade starts from.
Art and theatre hotspot
Of all the major Christian churches in Hamburg there is only one with two towers, and it can be found in the heart of St. Georg: the Mariendom, or St. Mary’s Cathedral, is the seat of the Archbishop of Hamburg. The culture lovers of Hamburg gather at their very own St. Georg temples, for example the renowned art museums Kunsthalle Hamburg, MKG Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe and Deichtorhallen, all located within walking distance from Hamburg Central Station. Theatre buffs can head to the Deutsches Schauspielhaus and Ohnsorg theatres for their latest cultural productions.
St. Georg is also a good example of many different cultures living together peacefully. Along the Steindamm shopping street and Hansaplatz square, many shops and eateries are run by members of Hamburg’s Turkish, Indian, Irani and Afghan communities. The Centrum Mosque can be seen from afar by its two minarets. For the English-speaking community of Hamburg, the Savoy cinema on Steindamm shows most films in their original versions.