We Like Hamburg, but Where’s The Cheese?

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We’ve been going away for Easter weekend for a few years now. The weather in the Netherlands is dodgy at the best of times, but with an early Easter, miserably freezing temperatures and the possibility of more snow, this year there was no way we were going to be stuck in the house all weekend doing jigsaw puzzles. We decided to go to Hamburg instead. Any further north, we’d have been in Scandinavia, so there was no avoiding the cold, but it was far away from Hengelo and that was a good thing.

Our hotel was right across the street from Hamburg Central Station and the Kunsthalle.

The first night, we had dinner at Paulaner.

Saturday was for SHOPPING! Hamburg is a great city for shopping. Look at how much fun these people are having waiting in line outside Abercrombie & Fitch.

I mean, really! Haven’t they heard that you can order the same preppy stuff from L.L. Bean online? As seasoned guests of the city, we know the better places to shop:

Tommy Hilfiger provides comfy seating, a warm environment and dishy sales staff.

Charlie Brown and I cooled our heels while Joe College surveyed the store with his dad.

With some cool springtime duds purchased for Joe College we headed off to Café Alex (the orig. is on Alexanderplatz in Berlin) for, wait for it…

HAMBURGERS IN HAMBURG!!!!!

A little sightseeing, some more shopping and dinner at Paulaner once again.

I went with the “Elb Stinte” (which translates roughly to “elf smelts”) instead of spatzele for a change, because it is a local specialty.

They were delicious. Sometimes you just have to get out of your culinary comfort zone.

The next morning was for sightseeing. The promised snowfall failed to materialize.

I did however, find evidence that Germans really do have a sense of humor:

 

A bit macabre, but funny nonetheless.

We hopped on a boat for a tour of the harbor. This is not to be missed if you are ever in Hamburg. As harbor cities go, Rotterdam, it must be said, is more impressive, but Hamburg isn’t too shabby.

From there we went to Speicherstadt. This was once the largest area of shipping warehouses in the world. Many of the buildings have been converted to living space, museums and shops, but some are still used as warehouses, particularly for the oriental carpet trade.

 

After this we went to the model train museum, but the crowds freaked me out, so I hung out in the coffee bar while the guys enjoyed the exhibits.

This photo was taken on the walk back to the hotel on our last night in Hamburg. I thought the lights were kind of spooky and pretty.

* Except for Map of Germany (Google) all photos are my own.

**Crossposted from my primary blog: http://oursalon.ning.com/profiles/blogs/we-like-hamburg-but-where-s-the-cheese

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