Hamburg is Germany‘s second-biggest city, and it’s the sixth biggest in the whole European Union… so why doesn’t it feature big when I think about Germany? Now that we’ve visited — spending a grey and drizzly week there as part of the #IndieGermany trip — we really don’t know. It was great.
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What did we get up to?
We spent most of our time split between four areas: the north-eastern suburbs of Lake Alster, St Georg, St Pauli, and City Sud – although we ventured into the docklands, HafenCity, and along the Elbe as far as Teufelsbrück.
The town square with markets and the town hall.
Paddle through the canals – Hamburg has a lot of canals!
The Miniatur Wunderland is a star attraction: over one million visitors per year for this huge (two storey!) model.
Of many beautiful buildings the ruins and war memorial at Nikolaikirke stood out.
Which is in stark contrast to the drinking and brothels around the Reeperbahn. You can have a good night out without the brothels though.
We went down the beach on the Elbe (although the weather was bad)!
This was the spot for local snack: fischbrotchen.
But we couldn’t leave without a hamburger!
We visited Hamburg as part of #IndieGermany – a five week trip through five cities in Germany with a rail pass from ACPRail. Read all the #IndieGermany stories here.