North Germany

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
Trip End Oct 15, 2008

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Flag of Germany  , Hamburg,
Monday, May 5, 2008

Hamburg is a port city, the most important in Germany actually, even though it is quiet a way inland.  It is fairly big and happening, and there were lots of people and things going on while we were there.  The camper stop we were going to stay at has changed into a construction site, we had to stay at the 'camp site' 5 kms from town.  It wasn't really a camp site, but some one who had a backyard big enough to park about 20 campers in very close together.  We road into town and started our aimless wandering around.
The port is very big and busy, with cruise and working ships alike.  Lost of boat tours you can do, but growing up along side a working harbor, I didn't really want to pay to see it!  Our first stop was the ruins of St Nikolai it was destroyed during the fire storm in Hamburg during the Second World War, and the spire remaining was left as a reminder of wars futalitiy.  There was a lift in it that you could take up to the top of the spire for an 'unparalleled view of Hamburg' (they are always unparalleled!).
The view was good, and quiet interesting to see it through the church arches.  It turns out Hamburg is quiet an attractive city once you turn away from the harbor.  At the top of the spire were some pictures of the aftermath of the bombings (quiet devastating) and some information about what had happened.  It was very interesting to see what the allies had done to Germany and how many innocent people they had also killed.  The information was written very well, say how what the allies had done here was against all moral and ethical rights and was illegal, but we (Germany) did this to them and did it first so we can't lay blame to them.
We wandered to the Rathaus (city hall) and the square in front of it.  This building is huge and very ornate, and it is set just away from a large lake with park land around it.  We spent some time sitting in the sun and people watching, before getting two very large ice creams and wandering through the park.  The park was huge and we spent the rest of the afternoon walking through here.  It was very nice with lots of flowers and ponds.  So many people were around lying in there underwear getting a tan good to see it is not only England that goes crazy in the sun.
On our way back to the 'camp site' we road past the Reeperbahn.  This is meant to be just as famous as the red light district in Amsterdam, but during the afternoon (obviously) not much was going on,  but it was good to see you could pick up a lap dance at anytime of the day!
Miles so far: 2009
7/5- 9/5
We left Hamburg behind and drove to a little town called Schwerin, as recommended by the lonely planet.  A charming little place and worth the drive.  It is set in an area full of lakes, so many people can not agree on the number.  The biggest attraction has to be Schwerin Castle, more like a place, but beautiful none the less.  It is huge and right on the main lake, very ornate. 
After wandering around the local market and eating a bratwurst and currywurst (currywurst very tasty!) we looked at the little town, and decided on a boat cruise around the lake.  It was nice and relaxed until 20 10 year olds came on it too!  We had a lemon beer, which was nice and refreshing and watched the scenery for an hour or so and oaked up the sun.
We decided to drive on to Lubeck that afternoon, must keep moving so much to see.  We couldn't find the camper stop there so just free camped in a car park out side of the city centre.  Had no problems over night and went to explore the next day.  This is another charming old city, with lots of green spire rising out of it.
 The old town its self is not very big, and lonely took a few hrs to wander through.  Nothing stood out as being too amazing, but the old town gate/fortress was rather old and cool, and the old hospital which was one of the first in Europe was rather interesting.  The hospital was set in what you could describe as a large hall with a church attached.  Inside was a huge cavernous roof, with heaps of tiny little rooms made out of wood.  I tell you, you think you never have enough room in the rooms today, you could fit four of these rooms inside one of the rooms on T15!
We stayed overnight at a little place called Loose, near the Danish boarder.  The drive was lovely, through green fields and rolling hills.  There are also these fields of yellow flowers (if anyone knows what they are please let us know) so many here.  We saw them in France, but there are far more here, as far as you look these fields of yellow mix with the green, it is beautiful.  As we were driving near the coast, sometimes it would be a field of green then yellow then blue sea, it was a nice day getting here.
The camp site here is amusing, a lot of the caravans are permanent ones, they have good set ups, with fences and shade cloths and BBQs and drive ways..... it is crazy, they have flag poles with different flags at the top.  I think they settle in for the entire summer once they are here.  It is on a beach and it is quiet nice, but nothing like the beaches at home.  Still to cold to swim, but we are in shorts and t-shirts most of the time.  Off to Denmark now.  See you soon.
Miles so far: 2171
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