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Monday, December 30, 2013

A walk around Hamburg dockland.

A good meal last night at an Italian Restaurant. Good quality and not expensive in comparison to UK.
Today we had a walk around the town. Its big and sprawling and you can walk miles. Did i mention it is Germany’s 2nd largest city.

Why Hamburg for Christmas, some of you may be wondering. Well it had nothing to do with me. Sheila’s sister, partner, cousin live in Australia and they were touring Europe. It just so happened that their plans had them in Hamburg for Christmas and so the plan was devised that Sheila, Dorothy  and I would meet up and the rest is history.

I had no preconceived ideas about Hamburg having never been before. I cannot speak German which bothered me slightly and i had no idea what we would find to do etc etc.
I had no need to worry. It’s a fantastic place to go for Christmas and everyone we met and tried to speak to were so friendly and patient with our lack of language. Knowing only the very basics, hello, goodbye, thank you, please and of course how to order a beer, we managed ok. Most Germans speak very good English like the rest of Europe.

We had already walked most of the Christmas markets so decided we would head for dockland which still had many old warehouses. Many had been converted into offices or tourist attractions.
The building below caught my eye for some reason.

Shame that the doors were locked as this building has the oldest Paternoster lift in Germany still in working order.
There is lots to see along the Elbe river, obviously lots of shipping, ferries, floating restaurants, tall ships, paddle steamers, Fish and Chip shops, the Elbe tunnel and many wonderful pieces of architecture.
Here are a few of the sights.
 Hamburg Town Hall












By the time we had reached the Elbe tunnel it was raining and starting to go dark. We decided it was time to head back. We should have taken the local train back to Hamburg Central but decided to walk instead. It was quite a walk back. Much further than we had anticipated. But we did get back even though it was now quite dark as we found the hotel.
Another lovely day. Time is going so quickly. Tomorrow we are getting a train to Lubeck.

8 comments:

-maria- said...

I've been to Hamburg only once and that was ages ago (in the 80's). Your stories do make me wanna go there again.

Once you are in Lübeck try some Niederegger: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niederegger

Alan Rayner said...

Hi Maria, Unfortunately i have now been to Lubeck. Post release tomorrow hopefully, if i can sort the pictures out. I did see the Niederegger but didn't try it. It was a very cold day so the Gluhwein with rum and amaretto was what was needed.
I would definitely go back to Hamburg.

blogpackinglight said...

Slomanhaus - love it!

Alan Rayner said...

Yeah. That's what I thought.

Sir Hugh said...

At the risk of an overly long comment here is what John le Carré has to say about Hamburg in The Secret Pilgrim:

Hamburg had always been a good place to be English, now it was an even better place to spy. After the lakeside gentility of Zurich, Hamburg crackled with energy and sparkled with sea air. The old Hanseatic ties to Poland, northern Russia and the Baltic states were very much alive. We had commerce, we had banking - well so did Zurich. But we had shipping too, and immigrants and adventurers. We had brashness and vulgarity galore. We were the German capital of whoredome and the press. And on our doorstep we had the secretive lowlands of Schleswig Holstein, with their horizontal rainstorms, red farms, green fields and cloudstacked skies. Every man has his price. To this day , my soul can be bought for a jar of Lübeck beer, a pickled herring and a glass of schnapps after a trudge along the dykes

Alan Rayner said...

Happy New Year Conrad. Thanks for that comment. I suggest it is a pretty accurate description. I haven't read the book but I will download it soon. I have a couple to read first.

Alan Sloman said...

Indeed, Sir - distant rellies...
Very distant, as that branch were exceedingly well off and we never hear from them...
:-)

AlanR said...

Thats a shame Alan. They must be indeed very rich then..

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