Hamburg… Surprisingly wet and wonderful

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.

The town square with markets and the town hall.

Paddle through the canals - Hamburg has a lot of canals!

Paddle through the canals – Hamburg has a lot of canals!

We did an amazing food tour with Eat the World in St Georg.

We did an amazing food tour with Eat the World in St Georg. (Our review)

The Miniatur Wunderland is a star attraction: over 1 million visitors per year for this huge (two story!) model.

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.

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.

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 stayed at the world's largest hostel the A&O City Sud...

We stayed at the world’s largest hostel the A&O City Sud…

and at Superbude St Pauli - one of my favourite hostels.

and at Superbude St Pauli – one of my favourite hostels.

We went down the beach on the Elbe (although the weather was bad)!

We went down the beach on the Elbe (although the weather was bad)!

This was the spot for local snack: fischbrotchen.

This was the spot for local snack: fischbrotchen.

But we couldn't leave without a hamburger!

But we couldn’t leave without a hamburger!

But leave we did... on the train with our ACP Rail German Rail pass

But leave we did… on the train with our ACP Rail German Rail pass.

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.

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One Response to “Hamburg… Surprisingly wet and wonderful”

  1. Luxury Apartments Gold Coast July 16, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Good job Craig and Linda. I really enjoyed reading this and picking up some useful names and places, for when i visit Hamburg in November. Hope it not too cold during that time.

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