We traveled for 24 hours to get to Hamburg. Our first trip of probably many to Europe. We landed at 10:30 pm in Hamburg and after collecting our baggage, we hopped in the Hotel Shuttle, that thankfully, was waiting curbside right out the first door we exited. We were just taking a gamble, since we had no idea where we were or what any of the signs in the airport guiding us meant. They were absolutely meaningless at that moment. The shuttle driver was an absolute sweetheart, and within minutes he had whisked us to the lobby of our hotel. Thank goodness I booked a hotel close to the airport! After checking in, we went straight to our rooms and after quick showers (we were sweaty after all those hours on 3 planes) then jumped into the king sized bed and were fast asleep.
The next morning eager to explore after breakfast in the hotel restaurant, we exchanged some money for Euros, and bought our group ticket for the subway in Germany called the HVV. Even though everything was in German (both signage and voice announcing next stops) we were able to figure it out pretty well, getting off at KellinghausenstraBe stop, and catching the next train to Baumwall stop close to the harbor. [We only made a few mistakes, that thankfully we figured out before boarding the wrong train]. We found tour buses, and caught one that was a hop on/ hop off bus (we made sure to get on one that had translation into English – not all buses have translation so make sure to find the sticker in the window that lets you know they have the translation headphones!)
We love the Hop On/Hop Off tours in every city we visit. They give us an instant preview of the city, and then we can decide where we want to spend our time. Also, we feel like we get the best experience of the city we visit by seeing everything that city has to offer, or the history. Hamburg was a very historic place and you feel it as you ride around and hear the stories that they tell. Lots of history!
Hamburg is a beautiful city, and has so many picturesque areas, and we tried to photograph as much as we could. Below are pictures from both Eric (Canon shots) and mine are iPhone photos.
After spending a few days in Hamburg, we left on a cruise to Norway. Next post will be about that trip. Stay tuned!
When we returned to the Hamburg port after a week at sea and ports in Norway, we spent one day at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg (a must do in Hamburg) and the next day decided to try traveling on the DB train to Lübeck which is an hour from Hamburg. Now that was quite an adventure from buying train tickets at Central Station, to finding the tourist spots in the small town of Lübeck. Lübeck seemed more German to us, since we had a harder time finding English speaking tour, to ordering food. After lunch we walked to The Gate from the Middle Ages, was quite the site! Standing in a spot of such history really gave me the feels. We jump on a boat tour that was completely in German that traveled around the beautiful sites and buildings in the city. We didn’t understand more than a few words, but it was a fun tour nonetheless. We felt like we were world travelers. 🙂
We traveled back on the train to Hamburg that evening, had room service for dinner, and fell into bed early, because the early morning hours were fast approaching, and we had to catch 3 planes (another 24+ hours) to get home. We really enjoyed the German towns and learned a lot. Traveling is fun, exhausting, and always an adventure! – E&S