Day 2: Obernburg – Aschaffenburg – Frankfurt – Hamburg
After a good breakfast at my dad’s house, we started our first daytrip inside Germany. We left Obernburg-Elsenfeld station at 10:17. This time, we needed to change trains twice on our way to Hamburg in the North of Germany – in Aschaffenburg and eventually in Frankfurt where we took the high speed ICE towards Hamburg. The Intercity Express train we took was an ICE-4 type – the newest model in the family of trains with Deutsche Bahn.
The trip was comfortable and uneventful – we played cards, had lunch and arrived in Hamburg with a minimal delay at 15:35.
We checked in at the hotel “Europaeischer Hof”, just close to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof towards the East in the city quarter St. Georg. It is a well equipped 4-star hotel. We got a room with a view – and a balcony in the fourth floor. We also got free HVV-tickets for local transport during our stay – organised by the hotel. A very comfortable travel option inside Hamburg indeed!
After refreshing ourselves, we decided go for a walk towards “Landungsbruecken”, the touristical part of the port of Hamburg. Loads of people were around this place on this beautiful Sunday afternoon evening.
We had dinner in Hamburg’s “Hard Rock Cafe” with a lovely glass of beer and a nice view from its terrace. One large ship passed by on the Elbe river, a 200 meter car transporter, operated by GRIMALDI.
Later on, we continued our walk in a circle via Reeperbahn, Fischmarkt and Hafenstrasse to the U-Bahn stop “Landungsbruecken”. From there, we took the U3 back to Hauptbahnhof and enjoyed a nice Gin Tonic at our hotel bar to close the day. It did not feel like it – but we have been walking close to 14 km through the city.
More to come from Hamburg tomorrow!