We’re staying at the elegant Hotel Eilenau which is roomy and grand, comprising two Art Nouveau buildings from the 1890‘s. It’s a couple of stops by train from the city centre. Breakfast was lovely, fish salads in mayonnaise, eggs with caviar, brown shrimps and so on.
We followed a Telegraph walking tour through the Hafen old warehouse area from the beautiful Chile Haus, past canals and walkways to the harbour. Explored the harbour through a one hour tour (in German language) that took us through a lock gate and passed by container docks. Tried for lunch on an old fireboat, but left after about 10 mins and no attention for the waitress.
Lovely lunch in a little cobbled street at Deichstrasse: currywurst was excellent and Michael has some pink sailors’ Labskaus mash. Some nouvelle cuisine matjes for Adam.
Had a look at the grand Rathaus after lunch: inside matched the grandeur of the outside. Back to our hotel for a rest and a great sauna and steam forAdam, Michael and I, then a rest in the garden in the late afternoon sun to cool down.
Walked along the river that runs along Eilenau, to reach the Außenalster lake. Great atmosphere in the sun and yachts there, along with numerous lake-side joggers. We headed over to Lange Reihe in St Georg for drinks and dinner in a lovely corner pub with a rainbow flag. St Georg is the understated gay area of Hamburg. I made a mistake in having the schweinhaxe, which was ½ a knuckle but still big, and Michael had a cordon-blu schnitzel. Barry had more pork, in a different way. Good beer. We then moved over to the famous Reeperbahn in St Pauli, which was lively but not quite the red light district we’d imagined. We explored a couple of faded leather and sex shops.
Thursday of to the Miniatur Wunderland http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de. 13 km of train track, 1,300 trains, pulling 14,500 wagons, 3,000 switches, 335,000 lights and 215,000 figurines. Estimated it took 580,000 hours to construct. There are 8 theme worlds, including operating air and sea ports, both impressive. Adam enjoyed the figurine diorama jokes (such as a guy photocopying his bum, and a porn shoot in one of the Hamburg Buildings). Lots of photos and a video of the impressive set up.