Meeting this woman in a café on the eastern bank of the Hamburg Alster could also be a kind of battlefield tour. Outside the window, Schöne Aussicht street hugs the water, a money-heavy avenue with large villas from the Wilhelminian era. One of them is the guest house of the Hamburg Senate, another could be bought for 19 million, and still others will still be owned by the Hanseatic family, but may soon be inherited.

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