Hamburg Christmas Market
We always love a trip to Germany in December (well, Stuart loves a trip to Germany any time of the year) as the Germans know how to do a Christmas Market. Hundreds of stalls filled with beautiful crafts, delicious bratwurst sizzling around every corner and gluhwein flowing by the gallon. Hamburg Christmas Market was no exception.
The main market was in the square in front of the Rathaus (town hall) and provided the most beautiful backdrop. If you are a Christmas Market novice then you should know that my golden rule is to only visit the market after dark as this is when it has that magical Christmas feel.
When Stuart suggested that we go and see the Elbe Tunnel my first questions was “what’s that?”. After finding out that it’s a really old, really long tunnel I instantly thought “this will get me out of walking around in the drizzle for a good half hour” so off we went.
Ok, so it’s not the most interested thing I’ve ever seen but you can see that it would have been pretty impressive when it opened back in 1911. And I did stay dry for at least half an hour.
Plus we saw this lovely bridge on the way and I’m a sucker for a bridge covered in padlocks!
Ranked number one on Trip Advisor, Miniatur Wunderland is the world’s largest model railway exhibition. A friend of mine had also suggested that we go there. I did think it was going to be a little bit crap and I really couldn’t see how a model railway exhibition could be the number one attraction in Hamburg but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was great. The model railway track runs through different model villages which replicate various towns and cities from around the world. There is so much detail in each of the models that you could go back ten times and still see something new that you’d never spotted before.
I had read that if you book tickets in advance online you avoid having to queue so that’s a handy tip if you are planning a trip.
Stuart is a massive fan of steak. For me, they are too ‘meaty’ but Stuart loves them. He had an amazing steak in Rome in 2014 and all steaks are compared with this. Nothing will ever live up to the memory of this steak but the search continues. Meatery did rank pretty well in Stuart’s steak chart and even broke into the top 10. Not top 5, but a solid contender.
Of course, I kept it classy and asked for the burger menu.
December in Hamburg
It can get pretty cold in the winter in Germany and unfortunately for us it was drizzly for most of our time there. It was still really enjoyable to sit outside under the umbrellas with the warmth from the heaters and watch the world go by with a coffee or two.