Northern GermanyCore Course Week Study Tour | Urban Studies Program

Required Course(s)
European Urban Experience: Why Cities Matter
Spring semester

The Short Study Tour to Hamburg offers an experience of one Europe’s most important urban centers and ports. Hamburg has a long history as a ‘free city-state’ and leading member of the Hanseatic League, serving as Denmark’s gateway to continental Europe, and Germany’s gateway to the world. It is a city shaped by shrewd traders and salty seafarers, which can be traced in today’s corporate culture and queer counter-culture. Through talks, tours, and site visits, you will be introduced to the urban contexts of Hamburg and the forces shaping the city, with parallels being made to Copenhagen’s own urban culture and urban development.

Tour Objectives

  • Compare and contrast the urban structure and culture of Hamburg and Copenhagen, and learn about the inter-relationships and cross connections between these two cities
  • Learn about dynamics and drivers of urban development and transformations of Hamburg and its harbourscape
  • Study Hamburg's approaches to and strategies for urban sustainability, resilience, and livability

Possible Activities

  • Walk the canals and arcades of the Altstadt, inner city Kontorhaus district and experience brick expressionism
  • Tour HafenCity, with Elbephilharmonie, the beacon of Hamburg's harbour transformation
  • Cross over to Wilhelmsburg, on the other side of the Elbe, the international IBA Dock showcase for sustainable urban development
  • Check out counter-culture in the neighborhoods of Sternschanze and St. Pauli