Socializing in Hamburg
I visited Germany with my family for a total of 5 days, two days in March 2006 and three days in April of the same year. It was a memorable trip being our first time in Hamburg and Berlin and because we were accommodated by what we consider the most hospitable hosts in Hamburg. I felt that we were so special from day one till the end of our journey.
The family we stayed with are just amazing. Inter-acting with them gave us a full view of how the local people treat their visitors. Very hospitable people and will surely be back to Germany to meet them again.
Hamburg became our base during our European tour as we flew back to the city after our trip in Denmark, Sweden, France, and Italy.
Hamburg is a famous port city,...
Hamburg is a famous port city, founded in the 12th century and today one of Europe's 4 largest. It's the world's largest depot for oriental carpets, and Germany's largest for coffee, tea & spices.
I didn't have a chance to get to the water's edge & look around, but I thought this building sort of looked like a ship?
Harbour cruise for next to nothing....
Instead of taking one of those very expensive harbour cruises (which are very interesting, too!!!), you might want to just take a boat that takes you from Landungsbrücken to either Altona or Neumühlen or even further to the other side of the Elbe river to Finkenwerder.
Line 62 is a perfect ship to give you an hour of relaxation and beautiful views of the houses and beaches of Hamburg.
Be sure to get one of those ships that accept your HVV ticket!
A Touch of Australia
The Down Under is a sports bar/ restaurant near the Bahnhof (train station ) Dammtor. Its is located in the corner basement of 1 Grindleallee. Inside is rather dark, on the walls are Australian themed murals such as a large Kangaroo. The menu isnt very detailed if you are looking for food. They have about 8 appetizers, 5 salads, and a couple different burgers. Most of what they serve are alcoholic beverages and cocktails.
While I didnt ask I assume that they do sever entrees made with Kangaroo meat. For example the burger part of the menu has a chicken burger, a "Pig" burger, a fish burger, a beef burger, a lamb burger, a "Kanga" burger, and a "fast bird" burger. The fast bird is made from Ostrich. I really like the chicken burger which is an 8 inch toated baguette with honey mustard dressing, lettuce, tomato, chicken breasts, and roasted onions. It comes with a side of "choppers" aka potato wedges and a sour cream dipping sauce.
Most people come for the all you can eat chicken wing Tuesday's. The wings come in about 20 different flavors including "Very English" (mint), "Thai" (spicy peanut butter), "Mexican" in a spicy black bean sauce, "Chinese" in sweet and sour, and "Guatamala" in chocolate.
Thursdays are all you can eat ribs.
Hamburg has beautiful canals and I heard somebody telling me that there are more canals here than even the beautiful Venice in Italy. I am still to verify the truth of this though, but there is absolutely no doubt that the canals of Hamburg are just beautiful. Here are some photos from the Isekai area (Klosterstren U-Bahn station).