Day 4: Hamburg – Ostseebad Binz

by bretzelitos

Today, we have taken the train from Hamburg to Germany’s biggest Island: Rügen.

After once again a great breakfast in our hotel in Hamburg, we packed up and checked out. The kind hotel crew of ‘Europäischer Hof’ was very helpful again with some questions we had.

First, we took S21 from Hauptbahnhof to Bergedorf where we boarded the Intercity train. The ride was very comfortable and spaceous. Unfortunately, still due to the bad weather events last week, our train needed to take a detour and arrived 45 minutes late. We had great seats with a table – and the people charge was pretty minimal.

After checking in with ‘Strandhotel Arkona’ – same as I had booked during my stay here in Binz in 2018 – we took a short rest in the room, followed by a playful refreshing bath in the Baltic Sea just in front of the hotel.

We took dinner in the hotel as it is included in the room price. The restaurant chef spoke fluent Spanish with us which I enjoyed a lot – as he has been working on the Islas Canarias and Costa del Sol earlier. Buffet service with high quality food was offered for starters, salad, main course and dessert. We enjoyed a glass of Störtebecker dark beer with it. Lovely service indeed!

After dinner, we took a short walk through Binz, visited the pier and had some cocktails in town while listening to some nice live played Piano music.

We will stay two nights in Binz. Tomorrow, a day on the beach is foreseen. The weather is calm and partly sunny, the sea water has 22 degrees. We are all set for a relaxing day.

I have also taken two videos of trains in Bergedorf, one a passing Polish Container train and one an arriving ICE3 train: