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Days 7, 8 and 9 in Hamburg

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We have a 3 day stay-over in Hamburg so this entry will represent those days.

We will be adding details every day to the same entry...

==Day 7==

Today was laundry day, we found one quite close to the hotel but decided to go on the trike so that we could ride off from there. We chose a service wash (they washed, dried and folded the clothes for us and we collected them this afternoon. This service costs 12 euros. To do the washing ourselves would have cost 4 euros but we would have been sat in the laundry for about 2 1/2 hours. It's a no-brainer really.

We rode to the harbour with a view to taking a harbour cruise and to visit Hard Rock cafe. We found a secure underground car park a short walk away. We bought our tickets for a 1 hour harbour cruise and this was our boat for the journey:

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We sat on the open top deck at the front, it was overcast (lots of real black clouds), blowing a gale and we felt chilly. We put our waterproof jackets over our fleeces for extra warmth:

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The cold beer warmed us up...πŸ€£πŸ˜€. The tour started and was narrated in German only 😏. Hamburg is the largest container port in Germany and it was really interesting to see the sights up close:

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It was the first time that we had seen containers being loaded and unloaded onto and from the ships. It is aslo a docking place for cruise liners:

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There are a few good looking buildings along the waterfront one of which is:

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We left the harbour just before 1500h to collect our laundry and return to our hotel. We ran the gauntlet of the weather as we arrived back in sunshine, 20 minutes later, the skies turned balck and it rained heavily, phew.... we missed that πŸ˜„.

==Day 8==

Today is the main reasin for our holiday - visiting Germany; ==Minature Wouderland.==

We both love modal railways and this is advertised as being the largest layout in the world🀩.

Some Facts & Figures from the web site:
The Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg (https://www.hamburg-travel.com/see-explore/sightseeing/miniatur-wunderland-hamburg-2/)
The Miniatur Wunderland is the largest model railway in the world and Hamburg's No. 1 tourist attraction. More than 16 million visitors from all over the world have already seen a superlative miniature world in Hamburg's Speicherstadt. A unique miniature masterpiece was created on an area of 1,499 square metres in around 795,000 working hours, and it continues to grow. In addition to its sophisticated technology, it impresses above all with its richness of detail. Over 265,000 figures were lovingly staged, cars and ships move through the landscapes, and even airplanes take off from Knuffingen Airport every minute. Since February 2018 the new section "Venice" can be visited. The Wunderland is a breathtaking miniature cosmos that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

A dream that came true
But it is not only the creation of its own world that makes the Miniatur Wunderland so unique. The impressive landscapes hide unprecedented high-tech in model making. For example, 389,000 LEDs, which switch on and off dynamically, paired with a specially developed lighting control system for an almost perfect day and night simulation and 280 computer-controlled cars for large eyes or more than 200 push-button actions for interaction between visitors and the wonderlands.

Now for the real stuff from us:
We arrived at the venue at 0930h, we went by taxi as it was pouring with rain. You enter through the shop on the second floor of the building and it spreads up to the 4th floor. The layouts are sectioned into worlds and they are huge, for example:

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The English text is under the German. You can see from the info sheets that each layout is spectacular and the next 3 photos illustrate that:

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The virtual day lasts for 15 minutes, it goes from daylight, to night and back again. The night lights are really somethig to see as well:

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To compliment this, there were running vehicles and loads of special effects as well:

Erupting Volcano
https://youtu.be/7CAdu2CCWHg
Las Vegas
https://youtu.be/CSVFe5adzw8
A fairground vehicle
https://youtu.be/06KoX0VzwRk

The trains running:
https://youtu.be/Ma5CIIfvpd0
https://youtu.be/3V33EdKwMNw
https://youtu.be/m8OMLGz8ods
https://youtu.be/Q62pXCYCHOo

We had lunch in their Bistro, the food was great and there was a good variety from which to choose. There were plenty of comfortable seats and it wasn't expensive. They also have a burger bar on another floor.

I had a bowl of chilli - it was a one-size bowl and a huge helping:

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Sand had a Mac & cheese - same size as mine:

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Neither of us could finish our meal.

One thing that was very interesting - their Command & Control cerntre:

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We took 275 photos and videos, my phone ran out of charge and had to use Sand's phone !. We left there just after 1800h (we arrived at 0930h) and were on our feet most of the day. As we were leaving a taxi drew up so we had a ride back to our hotel for a cold beer and a pizza.

==Day 9==

Today was our day to take the City hop on hop off tour bus to see the main sights. Our general view is that the city is full of road works, building (re)construction and graffiti. We walked to the main railway station to buy the tickets from the bus and started from there. Today was sunny at first and then went overcast, we sat on the open top deck for our 1st tour around and it got a bit blustery but still OK.

We took a tour at 1215h before lunch which lasted 90 minutes. We then had lunch and then took a second tour at 1415h . The second tour was sunny and bright and we sat at the front of the empty tour bus on the top deck, a great view, wind free. After this we decided to have a walk around the centre, dark clouds loomed in, a few spots of rain started, so we took refuge in Pregos (a lovely Italian restaurant) for a glass of wine (or 2!!). The rain then became torrential but we were dry, hooray πŸ€©πŸ‘, as our waterproof jackets were back at the hotel after expecting good weather for the day. 1 hour later, bright sunshine and a walk back to our hotel.

Just a final comment, we stayed in the IBIS Hamburg City hotel which, in itself, was good, but we didn't need an alarm clock because the building out the back was under construction and persons & deliveries started from 0630h !!! 😒😫😜

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The network in the hotel is going so slow and won't upload photos from my phone to iCloud so we will update this when all is working OK. We are off for a snack soon at the Godlerne EI, watch this space for more updates.....

The network has began to work so here is our final update of photos for today...

Both the town hall and the post office survives WWII:

Town Hall

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Post Office

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Celebraty Row / Millionaires Row - it's full of buildings like this on both sodes of the river...

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Important church

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The rain storm by the railway station

https://youtu.be/wcVGvr6j47o

...and finally the sunny break in the weather to allow us to walk back to the hotel..

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Off to for something to eat now and Berlin tomorrow.

Posted by RickAdderley 17:21 Archived in Germany

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