This years vacation - Hamburg - Stralsund - Berlin - Part 1

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I know, pictures of other people’s vacation are totally boring. Especially, when they show the same motive three times. I hope this won’t be boring to you.

As we planned our vacation, we actually wanted to go by train and do everything by public transportation. However, as we looked at the cost, we quickly decided to use our car. That was much cheaper. It also meant doing a lot of driving on the autobahn.

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Our first destination was Hamburg, Germany. We stayed there for 2 nights. On the evening of arrival, we just took a walk around our appartment, to get something to eat.

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The next day, we took the subway to get into the city. That way, we didn’t have to worry about a parking lot for our car. For our youngest, this was a new experience. During the first ride, he was totally scared and didn’t dare to move in his seat.

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He also had to manage the escalators. That’s always a challenge for kids.

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In Hamburg we wanted to see a couple things: the harbour, the rathaus (major’s office), planten and bloomen (a big park) and the Miniatur Wonderland (huge model railway – I’ll report on that in a seperate blog entry, since it is a lot to see there. Please be patient).

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Let’s talk first about the harbour. To get closer, we took a harbour boat trip. However, since we decided to go with a big ship, we didn’t go everywhere. We only saw the main piers.

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If you take a small boat, you will go into the Speicherstadt (harbour city) as well. The big container cranes look very impressive.

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I wondered, how they got the cranes in their place. The answer was directly in eyesight: fully mounted by boat! They get loaded on a special boat in China and then they are shipped to Germany. Unbelievable!

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If the sight seeing boat trip is too expensive, you can also take one of the ferries, which cruise around in the harbour.

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You’ll also see some parts of the harbour.

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About two hours later, we had solid ground underneath our feet again and went-off for the Rathaus. You need to cross several bridges, to get back to the subway. On the handrail, you might find padlocks with names on them. I wondered, what that supposed to mean. It took me a while to understand that they are symbols of couples in love. The hock the lock to the handrail, lock it and throw away the key, as symbol that their love shall not break up. I’m not really sure, if that works for all cases…however, it makes a great photo.

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So we went to the major’s office, a big and wonderful building. the parliament of the Hamburg county is situated inside. Sometimes police can stand at the entrance. Don’t worry about, just go in. The basement is free to enter and I think, it is worth it.

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Funny to note, normally you “push” the door open. Not in Hamburg. There you thrust the door open.

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As already mentioned, we went to see a famous park, Planten and Bloomen. It is a big park in Hamburg and has different areas, like a Japanese garden.

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Since it started to rain, we went into the japanese tea house. To our surprise, we got a nice warm cup of green tea there.

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A nice relaxing and quiet moment.

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That’s it for part 1. Just a glimps on part 2 – The Speicherstadt (storage city) with the Miniature Wonderland:

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If you liked this blog entry, feel free to tell me or give any other feedback. That will encourage me to continue with the other parts! Thanks for reading.

written by inrod on 2013-11-18

2 Comments

  1. papierflugzeug
    papierflugzeug ·

    please go on with the next part! been in hamburg several times, but i enjoy seeing it through your eyes.(:

  2. inrod
    inrod ·

    @papierflugzeug: Thanks! Yes, I will continue. There are some pictures left on Hamburg. I'll put them into part 2 together with Miniature Wonderland.