Hamburg City Guide
We're not going to lie, the idea for a trip to Hamburg arose when our team was watching the airport from Miniatur Wunderland in action. After our 5th or so viewing of this video we realised that a trip to Hamburg, even if only for Miniatur Wunderland needed to happen. Although our stay in Hamburg was short, we did make it to Miniatur Wunderland and the miniatures were every bit as delightful as we had imagined.
Where to Stay
While we had hoped to stay at one of the 25hours Hotels in Hamburg, we were unable to make arrangements and instead opted for a flat rental on Airbnb. The flat we chose, while being a little further away than we liked from the city centre, provided a calm atmosphere which was just perfect for where we were on our trip (Hamburg was one stop on a long multi-city tour). While we did not meet the host during our stay, checking in and out was an easy process, communication was excellent and the flat was exactly as pictured. We would highly recommend Juliane's flat to anyone looking to stay in Eimsbüttel.
How to Get Around
Hamburg, like many European cities, has excellent public transit and we took the U-Bahn frequently. Like every German train we've ever been on, it was lightyears cleaner than any NYC MTA offering and was very safe and extremely convenient.
What to Eat
What to Do
Our stay in Hamburg was so short that we only had time for Miniatur Wunderland and the Port of Hamburg. We could barely conceal our enthusiasm as we queued up for entry with many children and elderly gentlemen into the Wunderland and were continuously delighted by each new scene that we encountered. Oh, the trains and planes! The craftsmanship and care that goes into each scene is mind boggling and we highly recommend a visit to Miniatur Wunderland; the photos and videos really don't do it justice. While we loved Miniatur Wunderland and found the miniatures exquisite, we were disappointed by the porn postcards in the gift shop. It's not very common at an attraction aimed largely at children to find such things and we were surprised to see them there right alongside the Thomas the Tank Engine postcards. We also found them offensive because it seemed to enforce this idea that to be female on a postcard one had to be naked, but to be male you could be an engineer or a pilot and wear clothes! Our European team members said that it was just a celebration of sex and the human body, but to that we ask: Why, then, were only women naked? The postcards put a damper on an otherwise lovely time at Miniatur Wunderland and we recommend skipping that part of the gift shop during your visit. The Port of Hamburg was bustling and we wished we had enough time to check out the Rickmer Rickmers from 1896. On our next visit we also hope to see Tierpark Hagenbeck, the International Maritime Museum, and the Speicherstadt Museum. Of course, being opera fans, we'd also love to catch one at the Hamburgische Staatsoper next time we're in town.
We'd love to return to Hamburg, what should be on our must-see list?