Where: Hamburg, Germany
Who: Mr & Mrs Wanderlust & the whole fam gang
When: Oct 2019
What: Whole fam gang goes to EU Trip
On to the second part of our trip in which the first was Copenhagen. Hamburg is the next stop according to our planned itinerary. Hamburg is a pretty chill city in Germany. And from what we have observed the weather there is really contrasting, one minute it is sunny, then next it is raining. Maybe it was because it was October, but even the locals have come to accept that their weather is just like that.
Also the city is pretty chill and being a port city, there are many canals in the city and pretty much the vibe was the same with Nyhavn, Amsterdam, Brugges with all the canals and the way they utilize it to from transport to tourism is just lovely.
How To Get There:
Getting there is really easy especially if it is not your first destination in EU, coming from Copenhagen, it is around 4-5 hour train ride but the train ride is really relaxed and easy so not much hassle
*PROTIP: Buy your tickets at an accredited rail ticket distributor online early to get them at a lower price.
Always bring your passports and other documents that might be needed when crossing borders/country.
Where To Stay:
Mr & Mrs Wanderlust's Review
Hotel Marriott Hamburg
+ Staff were all helpful
+ Easy check-in in their lobby, and their cafe/breakfast also located in the foyer
+ Clean, Spacious and nice room, comfortable bed with huge window with city view
+ Bathroom was also spacious and has everything we need
+ Bathroom was clean and no leaks from shower
+ Breakfast from lounge was also nice, very much satisfied.
+ WiFi was working great and fast, but not so reliable as connection drops
+ Open 24/7 reception
+ Excellent location in the middle of the GanseMarkt
+ Near lots of shops, and even the attractions nearby are within walking distance.
+ Really great value for money
- Not much negative review, except that their staff wasnt able to help question regarding shipping packages home, but its alright we now have google.
- Breakfast at the lounge was okay, but it is better to have breakfast in the foyer as there are a lot more choices.
- The view on our window was fantastic but the wires (to avoid birds not sure) kinda ruins the photo as much as I would love to make a timelapse video of the area, I was unable to because of the said wire, but no big deal maybe for safety purpose.
Price: €€ €180 - €200 / night for 2 room suite
Service: 4 Star - Service & staff were all very helpful and welcoming
Facilities & Amenities: 5 star - Spacious, hip & clean room and bathroom, comfy bed, great stay
Restaurant (foods): 5 star -Free breakfast was amazing, many choices, all of which delicious!
Bar: 5 star - No bar in the hotel yet they serve beer. And since we are in Germany, 5/5 for beer
Overall: 4.75 /5 A quiet hotel in a lovely quiet place, with 5 star facilities and service. Love their food, their room, the view
What To Do:
1. Go Around the City
Going around the city of Hamburg is pretty easy, transport, HoHo Bus, or even around the canals. You would see medeival and old buildings as well as new and modern ones. The vibe of the city is pretty quiet, or probably it is not a tourist peak season, eitherway we have enjoyed what the city has to offer.
2. Experience Nightlife at Reeperbahn
As mentioned above, the time of the year was probably less tourists, but that didn't stop us from trying to experience their city has to offer at night time. So a little bit of research leads us to Reeperbahn, which is the city's red light district, but more than that, it is also the place where it is most lively at night, so we decided to grab a couple of beers on each bar we might want to try then still roam around.
3. German Food... and Beer!
As we all know it Germans take pride with their beers, so we everytime we get the chance we always try their beers. as well as their delicious cuisine.
4. Chill along the Canals
As it is a port city with that is connected to the North Sea by the river which is also crossed by hundreds of canals, it is nice to go around the canals and see other parts, though we decided to skip the part because it was raining crazy that day and the kids (and even us adults) were having none of it.
On to the next leg of our family EU Trip - Amsterdam.. and for us to get there it would be around 6 hours of train travel split into 1 stop.. So it is a bit convenient for the kids. Hamburg - Osnabruck then off to Amsterdam
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