Thursday, 4 August 2011

Hau den Lukas - a Hamburg institution

I'm a big fan of Hamburg. I love strolling through the HafenCity with its modern architecture and the old beautiful brick warehouses that give the city a worldly flair, or catching a boat to tour the massive port, eating Fischbrötchen or Sushi or going on a shopping spree.

Now I'm not a big fan of fun-fairs - but if you're out for some roller coaster action, want to enjoy the view from the ferris wheel or nibble roasted almonds or tasty waffles the Hamburger Dom might be an option.

The name sounds a little misleading. I first expected some religious landmark, but it goes back to a group of merchants, craftsmen and jugglers, who in 1337 were granted the right to seek shelter in the cathedral Marien-Dom whenever the weather was particularly bad. At the end of the 19thcentury, the fairground showmen had to move to Heiligengeistfeld, the location of today’s fairground. But the name Hamburger Dom stuck and today the fun-fair runs three times a year.

I found out about this Hamburg icon while co-producing a short multimedia piece during a workshop led by Bombay Flying Club at the Akademie für Publizistik earlier this year.

So, meet H.J.H. Schroeder - the merchant who runs Hau den Lukas - an institution that's been around for over 50 years and something you don't want to miss if you're touring the Hamburger Dom.



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