{Travel} Weekend Getaway to Hamburg

When I was asked a few months back at church if I wanted to join the UK/Ireland youth to join the Northern Germany youth in Hamburg I couldn’t say yes fast enough. The blind yes was said without thinking or even planning from my side but I was lucky because our youth leaders where doing the bookings and necessary preparations for the trip and all we the youth had to do was turn up.

Hamburg

Hamburg is a city I have only ever transit through on our way to Düsseldorf a couple of years back for another European youth service. If I was to say that after accepting the chance to visit Hamburg, I sat down and searched places which are a must see in Hamburg then I would be lying because this time instead of thinking about the tourist spots to visit I knew it was a church event and though sightseeing had been included in the program I went as a blank canvas and wanted to see whatever we would get the chance to see.

Our flight from London Heathrow terminal 5 was scheduled for after 3pm, we boarded the flight and arrived just after 6pm (Germany is an hour ahead). We quickly rushed to the train station at Hamburg Airport and headed for Hauptbahnof Stud where our hostel Generator was located, a mere minute from the station. Allocated our rooms, we met our new roommates for the weekend, freshened up and then made our way to Neustadt, Hamburg where we had a restaurant booking.

  • From Hauptbahnof Stud use the underground U1 line to head to Neustadt a 5-10 minute train ride
Hamburg

Hamburg Central – Nightlife

Hamburg

A shot for Friendship and a toast to the future

After the meal we went back to the hostel, chilled a bit before we headed to Hamburg central to see and enjoy the night life in Hamburg. It wasn’t anything special so we headed to a nice cool bar, sat down and hard long chats before we went back to the hostel past midnight and called it a night.

Saturday came by and we were up by 7.30 for our breakfast and to start the program at 9am. After breakfast we took a train from Hauptbahnof Stud used the underground U1 line to Stephanplazt  where the CCH (Congress Centre Hamburg) building is located next to the Raddison Blu hotel. After a couple hours stint at the CCH building with other church members we left and embarked on a walk to the Alter River where we spent the day on the river paddle boating.

Hamburg

Alster River, Hamburg

Hamburg

Paddle boating in Hamburg

We had had enough of paddle boating so we headed off for some sightseeing (wondering aimlessly), walking from the Alter river we came across the Hubertus-Wald-Forum building around Alstadt. Our aimless walk then took us to Hafencity, a part of Hamburg with so many beautiful buildings one of which amazed me lots.

Walking past Hafencity, we came across the side of Rathausmarkt  the most central part of Hamburg in front of the city hall in the Old town. I wish we had more  time to explore this part of Hamburg as this part is most common for hosting huge events but because it was too hot and we had walked aimlessly for over an hour, the heat was starting to take its toll.

Rathausmarkt, Hamburg

Rathausmarkt

Walking past the Rathausmarkt, city hall and town hall we came across the Nikolaifleet and we just had to stop for some pictures. I am not one for posing so here is one of me awkwardly trying to pose without scaring people.

 

nikolaifleet, Hamburg

Nikolaifleet

Hamburg

We manage to stop by a number of places including a few shops where we picked up some essentials before we headed back to the hotel to cool down from the heat. When I say cool down I literally mean dunking into a pool of cold water to just bring back the body temperature to normal. It was an amazing weekend, so many amazing memories were made and I can not wait to meet up with the girls (& dude) again in July for our Dublin weekend getaway.

Have you ever been to Hamburg or Germany before?

What is your favourite place to visit?

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  1. June 22, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Shame the heat prevented you from exploring the Old Town but the rest of the trip looked amazing! !

    • June 22, 2016 / 10:09 pm

      Thanks Laura, it got unbearable but would love to go back and check out the old town

  2. June 21, 2016 / 1:45 am

    Cool post. I definitely have Hamburg on my list! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

    • June 21, 2016 / 6:30 am

      You’re most welcome and hope you are able to go one day

  3. June 19, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Wow that looks lovely, your photos are great! I’d love to visit Hamburg.

    • June 19, 2016 / 12:53 pm

      Thanks Emily

  4. June 17, 2016 / 11:48 am

    What a brilliant trip – looks like a great city and it’s always nice to visit places with great company 🙂

    • June 17, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      Absolutely, I think having company can make or break a trip

  5. June 17, 2016 / 4:42 am

    Hamburg sounds and LOOKS amazing! You are so fortunate to have gone! I’m definitely jealous!

    • June 17, 2016 / 6:22 am

      It’s an amazing place and I feel honoured to have gone

  6. June 16, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    I’ve never been to Germany before but I would love to go. It sounds like you had a great time!

    • June 17, 2016 / 6:21 am

      I did thanks and hope you get to go one day

  7. June 16, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    I’ve never been to Hamburg before (or Germany at all if I’m honest) but it’s somewhere I would really like to visit. It looks like you had a lovely time 🙂

    Louise x

    • June 16, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      I did thanks Louise and I hope you get a chance too

  8. June 16, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    I wasn’t aware that Hamburg is such an amazing place for a weekend getaway! I loved the architecture of Rathausmarkt. Thanks for sharing about your trip with us!

    • June 16, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      I wasn’t either until I went it’s gorgeous

  9. June 16, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    I have never been to Hamburg! It’s a beautiful city, can’t wait to visit

    • June 16, 2016 / 6:09 pm

      Hope you get a chance

  10. June 16, 2016 / 3:55 pm

    I was planning to stay in Hamburg for six months, beginning October but plans changed so might just visit it for some days. Would love to see the port capital of Germany. Hehe

    • June 16, 2016 / 6:06 pm

      Aww bless but I hoe you manage to visit

  11. June 16, 2016 / 11:03 am

    Ahh all this travelling makes me jealous! I think it would be amazing to visit here – maybe when the kids are older. H x

    • June 16, 2016 / 11:14 am

      Aww bless

  12. June 16, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Loving your pictures. I haven’t been to Hamburg but always wanted to travel this beautiful place.

    • June 16, 2016 / 10:26 am

      Thanks Jasmine it’s more beautiful than the pictures

  13. June 16, 2016 / 6:50 am

    I haven’t been to Hamburg yet, I took a day trip to Hitler’s hideaway in the Bavarian Alps years ago, and visited Berlin when I was pregnant with my eldest daughter. I’d love to see more of Germany! x

    • June 16, 2016 / 9:20 am

      Oh wow I would live to visit the Bavarian Alps and Berlin too

  14. June 16, 2016 / 2:10 am

    What a wonderful weekend you had in Hamburg. Germany is definitely on my bucket list.

    • June 16, 2016 / 9:15 am

      Thanks, lots of memories were made

  15. Jeni
    June 15, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    It’s so beautiful! I’ve always wanted to travel to Hamburg. The paddle boarding sounds awesome.

    • June 16, 2016 / 9:11 am

      It’s so gorgeous and I hope one day you get a chance to see it for yourself

  16. June 15, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    What a beautiful place! I would have loved to paddle boat down the river!

    • June 16, 2016 / 9:06 am

      It sure is and a must do in Hamburg

  17. nicol
    June 15, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    beautiful weather there! i do like the look of hamburg. another place to ad to my to visit list

    • June 15, 2016 / 3:42 pm

      It was definitely the best weather ever

  18. June 15, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I’ve got to say, I’ve never considered somewhere like Hamburg for a weekend away but your post has made it look great so I might have to keep it in mind for my next break!

    • June 15, 2016 / 2:19 pm

      I never did either until an opportunity arose 😊

    • June 15, 2016 / 2:18 pm

      How awesome and thanks

    • June 15, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      It is such a lovely city and thanks I had too much fun

  19. Robin Ruehrwein
    June 15, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    I would love to have the chance to see this part of the world one day! Germany is definitely on my list.

    • June 15, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      And I hope it’s a chance you get to my dear

  20. June 15, 2016 / 11:28 am

    Yes, I’ve been to Germany before when I spent sometime in Zurich I took a day trip! I wish it was longer. Someday I’ll go back!

    • June 15, 2016 / 11:30 am

      I am yet to visit Zurich, wishing you the best.

  21. June 15, 2016 / 10:56 am

    I used to travel an awful lot when i was younger, seeing your post makes me think that I ought to try and venture out and about again:)
    looks like you had great weather too!

    • June 15, 2016 / 11:18 am

      Thanks, yes it was good weather and you should definitely venture out more

  22. June 15, 2016 / 10:28 am

    I have never been to Hamburg but it looks absolutely beautiful and it sounds like you had such a lovely time xx

    • June 15, 2016 / 11:17 am

      I did thank you

  23. Bonnie @wemake7
    June 15, 2016 / 2:15 am

    I’ve never been to either place but would love to someday. That’s amazing you had that opportunity, so cool.

    • June 15, 2016 / 6:01 am

      Thanks Bonnie it was a lovely opportunity

  24. June 15, 2016 / 1:37 am

    I have never visited Hamburg, but would have jumped on it without thinking as well. The architecture is breath taking.

    • June 15, 2016 / 6:00 am

      I know right, it so beautiful

  25. June 14, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    Paddle boarding sounds like great fun and I’m loving the architecture you snapped – great weekend!

    • June 15, 2016 / 5:59 am

      It sure was fun, can’t wait to do it again

  26. Jeanine
    June 14, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun! Would love to spend a weekend in Hamburg. Would for sure be an amazing adventure!

    • June 15, 2016 / 5:57 am

      It sure was and thanks

  27. June 14, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    Hamburg looks lovely and sounds like you had a really good time x

    • June 15, 2016 / 5:56 am

      I sure did and thanks

  28. June 14, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Sometimes it is our most aimless wanderings that take us places! I love the look of Hamburg and its nice that you went as a community.

    • June 15, 2016 / 5:56 am

      Thanks Ana, it was lovely being with other youth members

  29. June 14, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Wow it looks like you had an amazing weekend there I hope I get a chance to go sometime.

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      I did thanks and hope you do in the future

  30. Pam
    June 14, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    It looks like a fun weekend. My family is originally from Germany so I have always thought it would be fun to visit there.

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      You should definitely visit it’s better than the pictures

  31. June 14, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    What a beautiful city. I did not know there was so much water around the city. The night life looks pretty happening too.

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      Yea there is a lake which is huge enough

  32. June 14, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Sounds like you had a fab weekend, I can’t wait to go away soon x

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      I had the best time and hope you do too soon

  33. June 14, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    It looks and sounds as if you had a lovely time, your pictures are fantastic! Its not somewhere I have ever been but it looks beautiful and a day on the river paddle boating sounds amazing! x

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:09 pm

      It truly was, I love paddle boating

  34. June 14, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    What a nice time! The nightlife looks great out there. Getting out on the water must have been great too.

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:09 pm

      It was fun being on the water and the night life wasn’t too bad either

  35. June 14, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place I love the buildings they look amazing.

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:12 pm

      It’s beautiful indeed

  36. June 14, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    Oh wow what a lovely looking place – it looks like there is so much to do and see there – beautiful. x

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:08 pm

      There truly is and I didn’t even cover half

  37. June 14, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    It definitely looks and sounds like you had a fantastic time, I have never been to Hamburg, but I do love the sound of the paddle boats x

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:08 pm

      It was so much fun especially the weather and paddle boating

  38. June 14, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    It sounds like an amazing trip, I have never been here before but I think I am adding it to my list of places to visit x

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:07 pm

      It was indeed

  39. June 14, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    This looks like it was such a fun trip! I’d love visit Hamburg! Paddle boating is so much fun!

    • June 14, 2016 / 6:24 pm

      Paddle boating is always fun and can’t wait to do more this summer

  40. June 14, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Looks like you had a great time. I have never visited Germany but I would love to. Even more after reading this!

    • June 14, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      It was such an amazing time

  41. June 14, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely time – Was a weekend long enough?

    • June 14, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      It was too short lol

  42. June 14, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    your adventures sound so fun. We have not been to Germany yet but it looks fabulous. GREAT PHOTOS TOO!

    • June 14, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      Thanks Angela and hope you’re able to go

  43. June 14, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Looks like a lovely time. What beautiful photos to capture the visit!

    • June 14, 2016 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks Sarah

  44. June 14, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    I have never been to Germany but some of the architecture in your photos is amazing. I am not sure what I was expecting Germany to look like but it wasn’t like that.

    • June 14, 2016 / 2:55 pm

      Yea Germany has some great architecture

  45. June 14, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    Those are some great pictures! I would love to be there right now! I miss my European traveling days before the kid was born!

    • June 14, 2016 / 2:54 pm

      Awww bless

  46. June 14, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    I have never been to Hamburg Germany. I have been to another part of Germany, but I need to go back and explore some more stuff.

    • June 14, 2016 / 2:53 pm

      Germany is such a beautiful country, I love it every time I go

  47. June 14, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    I am so jealous of all your travels. I still haven’t been to Germany, but it’s at the top of my list. I hadn’t really thought of Hamburg, but it looks lovely.

    • June 14, 2016 / 1:55 pm

      Awww thanks, I hadn’t thought much of Hamburg prior to going too but now I want to go back

  48. June 14, 2016 / 9:52 am

    This looks like so much fun! I’d say yes too in a heartbeat if someone asks me if I wanted to go on a weekend trip abroad 😉 x

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:53 am

      It truly was so much fun and yes I didn’t even blink to a trip abroad lol

  49. June 14, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Such a lovely place to travel to! How I wish I could go there too!

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:50 am

      It sure is and I hope you make it to Hamburg one day

  50. Rebecca Swenor
    June 14, 2016 / 8:59 am

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time in Hamburg. I have never traveled with a youth group through our church nor did my sons. It would indeed be so much fun to visit Hamburg some day. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:28 am

      Thanks Rebecca, it was such a lovely experience and I can not wait to go back again soon

  51. June 14, 2016 / 6:41 am

    Never been to Humburg, but it is in my list, as other thousands of places in Germany, Europe and in the world.

    • June 14, 2016 / 7:16 am

      It’s an amazing place and I hope you get a chance to visit it

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