Day 22 – Hamburg

I’m sadly way behind in writing my updates. That means that days I didn’t find particularly thrilling you probably won’t get that much about. This was one of those days.

I started off with a walk through the Elbe Tunnel. It’s a tunnel that goes under the Elbe river, which is the major waterway in Hamburg. Pretty cool actually. There were some other people walking through for fun like me, then there were the bikers and cars which were clearly using the tunnel for actual transportation.

There are elevators that go up and down at both ends, but I opted for the exercise and stairs.
There are elevators that go up and down at both ends, but I opted for the exercise and stairs. The tunnel is below that green tarp thing.
The tunnel. It's pretty much all white tile. I was surprised by the lack of graffiti which covers the rest of the town.
The tunnel. It’s pretty much all white tile. I was surprised by the lack of graffiti which covers the rest of the town.
This is the picture from one end to the other. I started where that arrow points. When I got back, it was pouring rain, so no picture facing the other way!
This is the picture from one end to the other. I started where that arrow points. When I got back, it was pouring rain, so no picture facing the other way!

I spent a while wandering around the¬†Sternschanze Neighborhood, which is supposed to be the hip area, but having no real clue what to look for, didn’t really seem like much. The weather continued to alternate between sunshine and pouring rain for the majority of the morning. Luckily, wait five minutes and the rain would stop, making for pleasant walking.

I decided to head over to St. Micheal’s Church which has an observation platform at the top of the tower. The inside is also quite beautiful, but I’m saving my church awe for later in this trip. From here I was planning to go see the St. Nikolai Memorial. But see the below picture.

Scaffolding all the way up.
Scaffolding all the way up.

Of course, I later learned that the memorial was still open even though it was under construction. But I was mostly excited to go see the building because it is supposed to be very pretty!

On the way home I ran into this guy:

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All I could figure out is that it is the Bismarck Monument. There was a small plaque in German, but that didn’t help me much. Turns out it is for Otto von Bismarck who united the German states back in the 1800’s and formed the German Empire under Prussia.

And that was my day. Followed by the time spent updating the lovely blog right here.

The view from my hostel. Also similar to the postcard I picked up.

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Steps: 17,419

Floors: 88

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