^First stop after arriving – having lunch and coffee at Starbucks^
^Dinner at Blockhouse^
^Deli department in the Alsterhaus^
^Shopping street including Sephora, H&M and so many more^
^Luxury shopping centre – the Alsterhaus^
^Central train station^
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I am finally sharing my travel diary for our weekend trip to Seaport Hamburg on the Easter weekend we got gifted last Christmas. We only got three days but managed to see a lot so let´s get some coffee and have a closer look at what we did.
We left on Friday morning by train – really early at about quarter past six. I have to admit I hated going by train when I was younger and have never rode such a long time in a train at all so I was a little nervous if I would get car sick but everything turned out to be just fine. The train ride took about 5 and a half hours (we got onto the train at the station in Regensburg and had to switch trains after about and hour and then rode for the rest of the route in the same train) and wasn´t too bad at all cause we had a first class ticket including restaurant like service and lots of space.
After arriving at the central station in Hamburg we found out that our hotel was straight across the street and I mean it. It took us about 2 minutes to get there. The hotel was the Europäische Hof (have a look at their site here) and I can really recommend it. Great service, nice rooms, delicious breakfast and overall very clean and neat although it isn´t the most modern design hotel. They also have a huge spa and pool area but sadly we had no time at all to enjoy it.
On our first day we checked into the hotel and then headed straight into the city. Unfortunately it was a holiday so all the shops where closed but that gave us a lot more of opportunities to explore the city. After a quick lunch (Starbucks coffe and their delicious focaccia) we went to the docks and decided to go on a boat trip around the famous Hamburg harbour and the popular Speicherstadt. I took about an hour and was really interesting and also we were lucky because we got in there right between ebb and flow and could go into every corner without a problem. I would highly recommend a boat trip because the harbour is so so huge you can not even imaging it. It goes out into the river/sea for 60 kilometres. All the huge big container ships are anchor out there. Incredible how big they can be. Never seen one this close in real life.
After our boat tour we went down to Harbour City by foot to find ourselves a nice spot to watch people and some refreshing drinks. On our way we passed the Elbphilharmonie, a building which was built for concerts and fine dining and also includes a hotel and some apartments. It is huge and a mixutre between the classic brick stone walls you can find everywhere and super modern architecture. It was absolutely impressive but I didn´t like it that much. It cost about a 100 million Euro and I really don´t see the worth or beauty of it. So after our drinks we went back to our hotel (by subway – probably one of the easiest ways to get through Hamburg). I made a reservation at a Steakhouse called Blockhouse which was highly recommend by my SIL and her boyfriend and we loved it. I haven´t seen Florian smile because of a steak in quite a while and bonus point the restaurant was right down the same street where our hotel was so we went there by foot and only walked about 3 minutes.
Since we went up pretty early and had been up and out the whole day we went back to the hotel after dinner cause we got so tired and only wanted to go to bed.
Our second day started with a fabulous breakfast (although they had such a variety all´ll have on vacation are scrambled eggs, bacon and hash browns-not that healthy but it keeps me full for hours and also tastes awesome together) including so many options and a modern and glamorous breakfast room.
Our first stop had been Sephora because we don´t have one where I live and so I always take advantage on cities who have one to stock up on my favorites and also to get some new pieces. The streets that led along the shops had been no comparison to the day before as there where hundreds and hundreds of people pushing their way through. Another shop I wanted to have a look at was the H&M Home Store. We don´t have one anywhere near and so I can exclusively order online and I have to admit I love each of their pieces. So fancy and adorable and colorful. I ended up getting nothing cause we couldn´t transport it home with us but I have seen some pieces in real life now and going to order them online for sure.
After that we ended up getting another Starbucks coffee and headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening ahead. With the trip we also got musical cards for The Lion King. But before we headed to the theatre we went to the famous Reeperbahn to have a look. I have to admit I didn´t like it one bit. Only a street full of bars and adult shops and so many dirt and homeless people. I really don´t know if it has been always this way but I didn´t find a thing to enjoy. So we rode back to the docks to get some dinner. I wanted to try the famous curry sausage and was not disappointed at all. Greast taste and a really affordable meal for such a big city.
Afterwards we headed outside and went to the dock from where our boat was going to the other side of the river. Yes, you read that right. We took a boat shuttle to get over to the “musical island” were some of the muscials which are located in Hamburg are playing everyday all year long.
The boat ride took about 10 minutes and actually it was pretty nice to ride across the river watching the sunset. Since we were pretty late (but still on time) there was no line and we got to our seats very fast. The muscial started twenty minutes after and it was divine. A whirl of color and impressions and music and emotions. The three hours had gone by so quick I didn´t even notice it took that long. What I sadly found out later was that you could also have dinner in the theatre reastaurant for a reasonable price so that would have been nice too but any other than that it was the perfect show.
Strolling through the night on the docks and through the city really had its charme with all the lights and lighting everywhere. We came back to the hotel at about 11 pm and went to bed straight away. The day had been super long too but was very nice and completely different than a day in our city.
We went up for breakfast and packed up our room afterwards. Our train left around noon and we wanted to get some snacks and also be there a little early to find out our track and wagon number. Check out is really easy but around this time many people want to check out or in so I would recommend getting to the reception desk in time. Fortunately we only had 2 minutes to the central station.
Overall I think Hamburg is a safe city with many different cultures and sights. Restaurant prices are reasonably (of course only if you are eating at normal restaurants) and there are so many possibilities to snack throughout the day for a normal price.
Outfits I have worn in Hamburg:
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