Hamburg

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After a relaxing metro ride to the train station nearby our hotel we finally could check-in and prepared us for our first adventure in Hamburg.

We walked through the area next to our hotel (Steindamm Street) which consisted out of around 50% of doner kebab shops. The rest where gambling salons and markets with a touch of the near east. The area was quite diverse.

We enjoyed a really good lunch in an awesome kebab shop. It was called Urfa and they offered delicious dishes which were cooked over an open coal grill, astonishing good. The next days we ate there several times, I totally recommend it.

Full with food we had a walk around the city and the Binnenalster also we took some picture in the nearby Wallringpark. Nothing good can happen when you do not drink beer in Germany therefore we went to the Hofbräuhaus (HB) and enjoyed Bavarian beer.

Next destination was Landebrücken, where we watched the boat for a moment and enjoyed the time in Hamburg. Speicherstadt was also on our list that night where we also walked around and appreciated the views.

Back at the hotel we prepared us for the Reeperbahn. Finally we could experience the Reeperbahn, the famous party area in Hamburg. There were a lot of lightly dressed women all around which had some special offers for men. Anyway we had enough for walking around so we went in to the draft house for some drinks.

Happily the draft house offered live music and we had a great time there until early in the morning.

 

For breakfast we tried some baklava and other near east specialties. Soooooooo sweet!!!

Sweets with honey, walnuts, cashewnuts, almonds and on and on. There where so many uncommon sweets.

Boat trip! Boat trip!

Back at the Landungsbrücke we took a boat trip to the container harbour. We have seen one of the biggest container ships of the world. Mary Maresk. So impressive. Also we had a great view on the tow boats and the Beverly Hills of Hamburg. One house was sold in 2016 for around 90 millions. During the 50ies that area belonged to the poor fishermen and the “homeless”. Some really expensive yachts were also parked at the shipyard for maintenance.

Back on land we headed it the Elbphilharmonie, the new expensive concert hall in Hamburg. The reservation ticket of 2 € was worth the view from the top also the longest elevator trip in Europe was included. But in the end I expected a little bit more. More insight in to the concert hall or the story about the construction not even a small miniature model was there…

Next exciting stop was at the sky bar 20up (like when you play Mario;) )

Nice decent bar at the 20th floor. Up there you have huge view on the harbour. Do not forget to follow the dress code: sporty elegant so no flip flops and swimsuits.

 

The next day we, both are interested into technical stuff like airplanes, head therefore to the Airbus plant on the other side of the Elbe. No photos unhappily. But I can tell you holly molly was that impressive. One big plant next to even bigger plants. Also the assembly of the different segments of the A380 were breath-taking. With my average 1.78 m I felt like an ant inside the assembly hall. The dimensions were massive, incredible. The price of 23€ was totally worth it. For sure from my view with my background I would have been more excited if I would have seen the manufacturing process of the parts and not just the assembling. Still amazing.

Small information:

We took the bus 150 from Hamburg Alton train station and got out at the airbus station took us around 40 minutes.

 

We went back with the fairy so we got on the bus again (150) and got off the bus at the Landungsbrücke Finkenwerder, where the boat to the other side waited and drove us to the Landungsbrücke. Right after we arrived there we headed to Captain San Diego, which is the biggest active museum ship on earth. The storage room was really really big and also the machinery room was wonderful to see. This kind of attraction is exciting for everyone from small to elderly.

After that much of walking we went to the Spanish area where we enjoyed a three course dinner with flabbergasting dishes. Shrimps in oil with garlic. The fish plates with 7 different fishes, side dishes were vegetables, potatoes and rice. For dessert please see the attached picture. Mhhhhm delicious! Panna cotta, prunes with a sweet prune juice and chocolate cake with liquid molten hot chocolate in the inside. No comments.

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On our last day in Hamburg we went to the Miniatur Wunderland. Oh shit was that rich in detail. In my opinion the attraction is more for younger people and for kids or families. Of course I appreciated the richness of details and the effort behind the work but it did not catch my full attention as the Airbus plant. After 2 or three hours we have seen everything and had a lunch and a walk in the Schanzenviertel (hipster area of Hamburg). So different than the other areas in Hamburg.

 

For the cherry on the top of the ice cup we had the view from the St. Michael’s church. The stairway of 77 m was worth the view. Total recommendation!!! Nearly the best attraction of whole Hamburg.

Unfortunately after the church we already had to head back to the hotel and grab our luggage and take our flight back to Zurich.

 

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