In late September, when the kids were just back at school, I spent a long weekend in Hamburg. The trip coincided with the city’s Reeperbahn music festival, where industry players meet for conferences and up and coming bands play at various venues. I’ve not visited Germany since I was a teenager, and I don’t remember it being so exciting.
In June 2016, Monocle magazine rated the city of Hamburg 15th in its annual Quality of Life survey. In fact, of the 25 most rated cities, Germany has 4 entries. Some of Lou’s own favourites also feature: Barcelona, Amsterdam and Melbourne place at 19th, 21st and 6th – so you can see the sort of company Hamburg sits with. There are no UK cities in the list.