Liverpool city guide

Liverpool is one of the most important port towns in history. The city has prospered thanks to two important factors: slavery and The Beatles. People there are like Germans, trying to free themselves from that horrible reputation and no matter what they do: they're still looked down upon by others. People from West Africa were bought for a bit of cotton and transported via Liverpool to Virginia, where they were sold for a rum, more cotton and other wanna-haves in those days. Most Irish, Scottish and English immigrants also embarked on a journey to the New World from Liverpool. The first time I got particularly interested about this city was because of a peculiar comic book: "Hellblazer". John Constantine was the main protagonist – a con artist, magician and an absolute failure of a human being. He grew up there in a dysfunctional family and spent his adult days solving supernatural enigmas while sipping on gin and tonic. Great read, I highly recommend it.

The Three Graces, Liverpool's eye catching historical buildings at the waterfront of the river Mersey in Liverpool

The Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building: The Three Graces at the world famous Pier Head in Liverpool

Being a modern architecture lover I was close to drooling when I saw for the first time the futuristic buildings at the dockside. The Equator and other Mann Island buildings that are overlooking the River Mersey make a magnificent contrast and match at the same time with the surrounding old warehouses and the famous Royal Liver Building. Best things in Liverpool are anyway located at the waterfront; the UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, and the area around St George's Hall and the shopping, residential and leisure complex Liverpool ONE. The Big Three Museums: Museum of Liverpool, Museum of Slavery and The Beatles Story are right next to each other and a staple among tourists.

Frontal view of the huge Liverpool Cathedral, bathing in early evening light

The impressive Liverpool Anglican Cathedral: Britain's biggest cathedral and the 5th largest in Europe

The football fans amongst us should book an excursion to Anfield. The legendary stadium of Liverpool F.C. and named after the area it is located, full of little red brick working-class houses right next to the stadium. Even better and more thrilling is buying a ticket for a Premier League home match of the Reds. Rest assured you will get goose-bumps when the fanatic Liverpool fans on the famous Kop tribune start chanting the club anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone". Afterwards head to Ropewalks area for drinks, I think it's the reasoning to this city's name: Liverpool, pool of livers, get it?

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