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

Days 20 and 21: Museums and Travel

Day 20

I headed off to the National Museum bright and early (ah hem, opened at 10:00, early, who knows where). I was really excited to see this museum. Luckily, it didn’t disappoint.

I started off checking out the “dawn of time” until now bits. Essentially it explained how the Danish area came to be settled. It was rather early actually. And the Vikings were also here (turns out everywhere wants to claim to be the “viking area”. This was told to me by some nice Norwegian guys I met at the harbor when I mentioned I’d been to the Viking Ship Museum). However, this museum encompassed a lot more information. Some of it awesome, some of it feeling like stealing from the dead (as is normal now-a-days I guess). Either way, my most favorite things:

Really old instruments. Old susaphones? Once again, sideways.
Really old instruments. Old susaphones? Once again, sideways.
Viking Helmet! (sideways, yes, thank-you iPhone)
Viking Helmet! (sideways, yes, thank-you iPhone)

I wandered on from there to check out the more recent history, and what was called the Princes Castle, which turned out to be the history of the building, which I didn’t visit. It was a billion degrees inside, as it’s been a heat wave and air conditioning is apparently not a thing. I can only read so much history in the heat. I did read the bits in the “stories” section, which was 1600 to present, presented as stories of what was going on. Interesting, not thrilling.

Following being super hot at the National Museum, I was worried about what I would find at the Christiansborg Palace tour. Well, it was really cool! (in things, not temperature, but not as hot as the museum). It was a trip through the royal reception rooms at Christiansborg. This one (the 4th) has never been home to the royalty (see Amelienborg). Maybe they will stop letting things be burned down soon. However, the current version houses all branches of Danish government, as well has rooms in which the queen hosts guests and parties. All in all, it’s a gorgeous place.

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After my room tour, I decided to hop on a canal tour, as it was super gorgeous out, and I needed a walking break. No pictures, because I’m cool like that. Actually I just didn’t see a point in taking pictures of things I didn’t visit. The boat barely fit through some of the bridges, which was entertaining. Less entertaining was that it went from blazing sunshine to raining in the middle of the tour. Enough that I got up and stood in between the aisle in the front of the boat.

With the rain, I decided it was still worth taking a trip up the tower at Christiansborg (free!) which was said to have a good view of the city. That’s true, but it’s a bit gloomy in my pictures, which is hard to fix with photo edit software when it’s true.

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After this, I bailed on my plans to return to Tivoli. Not worth it in the rain. So I headed home to pack, then headed out for some dinner quickly.

Day 21

This day was pretty much taken up by travel. Nothing toooooo exciting thankfully.

Normally, you can take a train all the way from Copenhagen to Hamburg, but there’s construction right now. So I grabbed a bus at 9:10 (with a ton of other people) and drove to the south of Zealand (the island Copenhagen is on) to Rødby. Where I got on a ferry (30 minute ride). After which we all got on a train (after waiting waayyy too long).

Normally this is a pretty cool trip because the train drives to Rødby, and then drives onto the ferry (like the cars do) and then you ferry over, and then the train continues on to Hamburg. That would be awesome. This was just a way to get where you’re going.

Thankfully, I wasn’t connecting as everything was late after the bus (which was very on time).

Got to Hamburg fine though, and caught a local train/metro (U3) for a couple stops over to my hostel. Took a bit to figure out my hostel was on top of the hill, which explained the weird streets on my map. Lots of steps! Got there, dropped things off, went for a walk, got dinner, did laundry (they even had a dryer!), and went to bed. Exciting day right?


Day 20

Steps: 14,688

Floors: 68

Day 21

Steps: 15,066

Floors: 42