Dusseldorf to Hamburg.

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
Trip End May 18, 2013

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Flag of Germany  , North Rhine-Westphalia,
Sunday, December 2, 2012

Left Frankfurt with a thick icy fog coming down and minus six degrees. Caught the train to Dusseldorf - only ninety minutes up the track. The train system in Europe is superb. The trains leave on time, and are so comfortable to sit back and relax in. The added bonus is that you get to see some of the countryside as you go.
We had an interesting start to our time in Dusseldorf. As we are only staying for one night we had chosen a hotel near to the train station. Therefore, no taxi needed. We donned our various bags and backpacks and headed for the hotel, not taking into account the size of the underground station. This proved to be a mistake as we went out the wrong exit and headed away from the direction we should have been going in. Okay, no big deal until the laces on my new hiking boots got caught up and I got a close up view of those cobblestone paths I so love! Yes, I fell over and have a skinned knee which some of my year five students would be proud of. Welcome to Dusseldorf!
Regardless of my undignified entry to this city, Dusseldorf is a great place. In our limited time here, what we have seen of it, is impressive. We spent a very enjoyable Saturday afternoon in the old town, exploring yet another Christmas Market, and the views of the Rhine, amongst a whole throng of locals. Of course we had to intersperse this with eating and drinking and watching soccer in a cosy pub!
We head to Hamburg today, where we will spend the next three days. Having bought a rail pass to get us through the first two months of our travels, we will again experience the comfort of the European train system. Our rail pass covers us for ten days travel within that time period throughout the bordering countries of Germany, Austria and Italy. We have planned for this to get us well into southern Italy by the end of January.

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Robyn N Alan Wyatt on

It sounds so wonderful & xmassy , We havent yet started to do xmas as Alan is still" Upon The Roof " in 30 odd day heat,(Trav said 39 tues ) whilst you enjoy chilly weather x Take care no more Mulled Wine Del re you poor knee xx Love Rob N Al

Kerrie on

Oh! This bought back memories. We did the same thing in a large railway station just outside Paris. We walked, dragging suitcases, and walked and then walked some more before deciding to retrace our steps. Our hotel was eventually found, 50m outside the exit we SHOULD have used in the first place. The book is getting better and better.

Dianne on

Welcome to the 'real' world Del. It is wonderful experiencing these little mishaps in countries where no one knows you! Hope the sun shines for you, as we can brave any cold weather if the sun shines.
Fancy being immersed in Christmas - nothing like that where I am. Have you seen the 'real' Kris Kringle yet? I hear he fills his belly with brew in Europe before he heads north.

Debbie on

What a pretty place, does it look like this everywhere over there?
Try not to kiss the ground in every town you visit or you will have sore knees by the time your trip is finished.
I can just see the smiles on your and Steves faces.
Take Care Deb xx

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