Paul & Steph's Odyssey travel blog

Hamburg

Hamburg

Hamburg


Days 1-2, Hamburg:

Our visit to Hamburg was basically a layover on the way to Denmark. This layover ended up being filled with obstacles, not the least of which was the cold and persistently rainy weather. When we arrived in Hamburg it quickly became clear that we goofed on our choice of hotels. We underestimated how big and spread out Hamburg is and booked a hotel that was over a half an hour outside of central Hamburg in a neighboring town called Bergedorf. We were so far away from the Hamburg tourist sights that we could have easily been staying in a hotel in Northwest Houston and not noticed the difference. Our first day was spent calling more centrally located hotels for our second night. Despite finding a nicely located hotel for our second day, the cold and rainy weather prevented us from doing much in the way of sightseeing. We did, however, manage to eventually walk around town for a few hours. The highlight of the day was stumbling into a popular microbrewery called Groninger. The huge restaurant was in a former cellar and had large wooden tables as far back as one could see. Getting a beer was really easy. Getting food, on the other hand, was tricky. There was no menu. Instead, one had to line up in front of butcher-looking fellow and order one of the numerous "cooked" meats in a display case. This sounds easy enough, but none of the meats were entirely recognizable. We spent a few minutes watching the after-work Hamburg crowd to see what they ordered. It didn't take long to realize that the large, meatloaf-like piece of meat on the front of the display case was the local favorite. We ordered a large slice of this mystery meat and it paid off. The meal was delicious!



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