Trendy Hamburg.....Edgy and sophisticated

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

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Arrived in Hamburg and this time straight into a taxi...... no getting lost on the way to the hotel again. Met our first aggro taxi driver, zipping in and out of heavy traffic, I didn't know a Merc could be so nimble. Still he got us through peak hour traffic in no time.

A quick check in, threw the bags in the room and out we went, one block to the Reeperbahn. This place is full on, a place of two faces, urban and happening with a seedy underbelly.

The Reeperbahn has it all - Christmas market right in the middle of strip joints, sex shows and night clubs. It is like Kings Cross on steroids. Once again though the vibe is friendly and full of fun, people of all ages enjoying the various nightlife activities.

Found a good steak house and Del risked ordering a lemon schnitzel dish, after asking the waiter if it was crumbed.... you guested it, out it comes covered in bread crumbs. A quick swap of meals, (yes Steve gave up his Rib eye fillet steak). Then back outside to explore more of the Reeperbahn.

 The next day we decided on a  cruise around the port of Hamburg where the commentary was only in German, (we were able to understand the port moves a lot of containers because he must have said containers at least 60 times in the hour long cruise).

 We then went to Rathaus, which is a trendy part of the city taking in high end shopping and more Christmas markets. It also ecaspulates the old town, with the Kirchturm steeple the major land mark of the area. This is the remains of St Nikolai Church. It was orininally the world tallest building from 1874 to 1876. Only the Steeple remains as the rest of the church was destroyed by bombs in 1940s.

The evening was back at the Reeperbahn for a slab of meat on cabbage..... Del called it Neandathal food - its her new diet, drinking hot chocolate with a big dash of rum, (well steve did) while listening to a local duo with light snow falling on us.... now this is Europe. 

On day three we headed to the town of Luebeck 45 min by rail. Great town with plenty to explore but rain, rain and more rain, which drove us to limit our time there but it is a pretty place which deserved more exploration.
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