12 Days in Europe: Hamburg

The final leg of my trip with Ben was 4 days in Germany, starting with 2 days in Hamburg. When we arrived in Hamburg after an early flight from Amsterdam, we were exhausted. After checking into our hotel, grabbing lunch, and getting coffee, we hopped on a bus tour of the city. It was a great way to see the city while sitting down and staying out of the drizzling rain that had started up. The bus tour ended in the early afternoon and we promptly headed back to our hotel for a nap and a lazy afternoon.

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Hamburg was Ben’s first real taste of the language barrier. In Paris and Brussels, I could speak French, and in English is widely spoken in Amsterdam. But once we got to Hamburg, our combined knowledge of 10 German words didn’t help us out that much. However, English is the international travel language, so we didn’t have much trouble, but I did end up accidentally ordering an appetizer at dinner.

After having a day of rest, we set out to see as much of Hamburg as we could in the time we had left. Unfortunately, the weather was cold and rainy, but we made the best of the situation. First, we headed to St. Michaels church and climbed to the top to get an amazing view of the city. Next, we headed to the Miniature World Exhibit. It is home to the world’s largest model railway and is absolutely amazing. We spent a good 3 hours there but you could easily spend an entire day there looking at the exhibit. The attention to detail and the massive scale of the exhibit is astounding. If you ever find yourself in Hamburg, I definitely recommend visiting!

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We wandered around the city some more in the afternoon, grabbed dinner, and had another early night to make sure that we were well rested for our last few days of travel. Next stop: Berlin.

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