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Hamburg Study Trip

RTPI Yorkshire Hamburg Study Visit

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 at 12:00PM -
Friday, 29 March 2019 at 5:00PM
Hamburg, Germany
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RTPI Yorkshire

Hamburg is one of Germany’s and Europe’s most dynamic cities, with many ambitious and inspiring policies and projects of relevance to planning and regeneration practitioners.

A major freight port and a centre for Airbus production, with a rapidly growing population of 1.7 million, high demand from global investors and housing supply/ cost challenges familiar to the UK, Hamburg’s distinctive, and apparently successful, policy responses are well worth studying.

Hamburg was the EU Green Capital in 2011 and has an extensive low carbon strategy, based around renewable energy innovations, many of which have been elaborated in the IBA 2013 demonstration project on Wilhelmsberg Island.

Public transport is very well developed (with integrated ticketing across all modes, including river Elbe ferries) and will be our main way of getting around. Hamburg airport (flights from Manchester) is within the city boundary with frequent S-Bahn services to the centre.

We will have visits and guided tours of very interesting and dynamic development projects of a kind now hard to find in the UK:

  • The very successful and expanding HafenCity waterfront development area, which is ‘expanding the city centre’ with 20,000 extra residents and attracting extensive overseas investment
  • The IBA 2013 Wilhelmsberg green city expansion scheme which is pioneering various forms of low carbon sustainable development practices and district heating & energy in a big city context.
  • An overview from the Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development of the strategic context for the city and the key urban challenges as well as the major development projects and proposals. This will take place in the new Ministry building in central Wilhelmsberg.
  • Visit (and possible internal guided tour) to the major new iconic cultural building, the Elbphilharmonie, new centrepiece of Hamburg’s cultural and tourism strategy
  • An optional walking tour of the socially and economically dynamic St Pauli district, where an entertainment quarter (the Reeperbahn), football stadium and a major funfair share space with a culturally and demographically diverse population and issues of gentrification and amenity are confronted in interesting ways (e.g. by ‘Park fiction’)

For a draft study programme please visit here.

For further information on the details of this trip, including timings, please contact Kevin Thomas at 

RTPI Yorkshire has made available a limited number of bursaries for members who would like to take part in the trip but would otherwise be unable to attend. For more information on the bursaries, please email before Monday 14 January 2019.

RTPI Yorkshire does not charge a fee for attending the trip but those participating in the trip will need to cover their own travel and accomadation expenses. As members circumstances vary enormously, we do not arrange or book travel or accommodation, and members are responsible for making their own arrangements as best suits them.

For general trip information or to book a place, please contact Regional Coordinator Sarah Richardson at