Hamburg

This weekend, I met up with Yaw (who is in Gothenburg, Sweden) and Chris (who is in Munich), in Hamburg. It was about 11 hours travel for each of us – it took me 12 hours by coach, which was no small feat, but it was fantastic to see them!

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Hamburger Street

Firstly, this was a stop on the metro. I did not know this until recently, but apparently hamburgers are so called because they come from Hamburg! The same with frankfurters and Frankfurt! Mind. Blown.

Jagerschnitzel

Jagerschnitzel – (I’m not a great food photographer!)

Anyway, I met up with Yaw and we went for food. We were keen to try German food, and went to a restaurant called Erkia’s Eck, which had been highly recommend by the internet. We had schnitzel which was very good, like a large flat piece of, (I think), turkey. Mine had a mushroom sauce, which was lovely :),


 

Saturday

The Lake

The lake.

Hamburg is an interesting city; I thought it was a bit like home. It is a massive port, the biggest in Europe. In the middle of the city, there is a giant lake, called the Binnenalster. We walked round the city, and trying to find it, but to our collective dismay, we discovered it to actually be two stops away from the apartment on the metro. The weather was fantastic – it was not too hot and not too cold.

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The city by night

The old shipping warehouses.

That evening, we went on a boat tour of the city by night. It was beautiful! So picturesque. The only inconvenience was the tour was in German – so our language skills left us blissfully unaware as to what the sights we were seeing were. Nonetheless, it was really cool to see the city from a different perspective – it was a really chilled way to end the day.

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 After the boat, we saw the entrance to this tunnel, which we had been told by our host Simon could be crossed on food.  It spans the river (the Elbe), and used to be the main way to crossing the river when it was built in 1911. It was open to cars until recently. Going through at about midnight with so few people about was a little scary, it was such an odd walk, especially to think how far under water we were. It was certainly a unique thing to do though, and even better it was free!


Sunday

On Sunday we started the day with a bratwurst – a German sausage. It was massive, and only cost €2

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The aforementioned bratwurst

We went to visit the stadium of HSV – Hamburg’s football team. The stadium was set in a massive park, and was equally large. It had a capacity of 54,000 people! We were a little late to the tour, so we got our own personal guide who took us round and explained everything to us in English. Unfortunately, we did catch up with the main tour, where nobody spoke English, which was not ideal!

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I really loved the visit to Hamburg. It was great to see Chris & Yaw again. It’s gotten me very exited for September! Hamburg itself was a fantastic city. It had a real 60’s vibe to it. The city buzzed with energy fostered by the docks; the unfaltering flow of people and the constant movement of the river induced an electric atmosphere, a magical mix that only the water can bring. It was beautiful.

The Beatles – With a Little Help from My Friends

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