Tuesday, February 8, 2011

ABC Wednesday: D is for Davidwache

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D is for Davidwache, the most famous police station in Hamburg and maybe in Germany. It has the smallest precinct of all police stations in Europe, only 0,92 km², encompassing less than half of St. Pauli. 14,000 people live there, but about 200,000 people come every weekend to party on the Reeperbahn and Große Freiheit.

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It's right on the Reeperbahn which of course if the reason why it is so famous. Davidwache is actually the official name since 1970, usually police stations have numbers (the Davidwache is Hamburger Polizeikommissariat 15).

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It was founded in 1840, when St Pauli wasn't even inside the Hamburg city walls. The station moved to the place it is located now in 1868 and the famous Davidwache was build in 1914, designed by Fritz Schuhmacher who has shaped the face of Hamburg considerably with his brick buildings. You can see a couple of old photos of the Davidwache here. The last photo shows the emblem of the Davidwache, designed by Richard Kuöhl, who also designed the decorations on the side of the building.

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28 comments:

Ann Nichols said...

How neat! I really enjoyed learning about this!
Ann

VioletSky said...

Wow, this Schuhmacher was quite prolific!

Sylvia K said...

What a great post for the day, Jennifer, as always! Schuhmacher was indeed prolific! Marvelous captures and I always enjoy the information your include as I get to learn about something new -- to me!! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia
ABC Team

photowannabe said...

A perfect choice for the letter D. I love how the ABC Wednesday shows me things I never knew before.

Dina said...

It is a handsome building. But 200,000 people come every weekend?!

Carver said...

What an interesting and historical police station. Great post for the D day.

Cezar and Léia said...

I do love Hamburg, such a wonderful city!
Very interesting building, really beautiful!
Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for this interesting post! I suppose that there are many precincts in Hamburg.
Thanks for your nice comment and adding more information about David Attenborough. I am also a fan of his.His special way of telling about"all creatures great and small"
is captivating.

EG Wow said...

I can see why a police station would be needed if the population of 14,000 swells to 200,000 on weekends! The building is a handsome one.

Hooked on Memes said...

Great D! I have learnt something about Hamburg! Thanks.

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Fascinating post

richies said...

Thanks for the interesting history lesson. The police must be well funded, I see they are driving Mercedes

An Arkies Musings

ρομπερτ said...

Being born in Hamburg, I thank you so very much for this wonderful journey back home.

Please have a good Wednesday.

daily athens

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent piece of information. I cannot imagine a town that swells that much...

Roger Owen Green said...

what a nifty building! good info.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Wanda said...

I just love learning about some history I've never known. Thanks for a most enjohable post.

Eryl said...

That's a very imposing building: I wouldn't like to find myself being taken inside!

Martha said...

Great history and awesome buildings.

Kay L. Davies said...

Learn something new every day, so this is mine for the letter D. Thanks!
-- K

ChrisJ said...

If 200,000 come to party there every weekend I guess they really do need the polizei!

Reader Wil said...

Thank you so much for the video of the cicadas! Amazing how David Attenborough can tell about these insects and makes his performance so interesting. He knows a lot about all animals. Thank you!

Y. Ikeda said...

Very informative post that I could learn new things.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.
Yoshi

Francisca said...

The smallest precinct... must be a bit overwhelming to get 200K visitors each weekend to a community of 14K! What an interesting D post.

Francisca said...

PS. You don't have to post this, but since you know a lot about rodent creatures, I wonder if you can identify this one: http://patricktillett.blogspot.com/2011/02/weekend-reflections-you-tell-me.html ?

helenmac said...

great history and photos!
HelenMac, ABC team

Dhemz said...

very interesting building...thNKs for sharing. Check out my ABC Wednesday entry too! Thanks a lot, much appreciated! followed your blog.

Ann said...

There is little crime so you don
t need a big police station?

Shady Gardener said...

Thank you for such an informative post. I will probably never be able to visit Germany. I'm glad to have a peek at a part of Hamburg. :-)