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Relaxing in Hamburg

I did a lot of relaxing in Hamburg, cruising parks, walking around lakes, strolling through tunnels and stuff like that. Some of the highlights included the Park Planten un Blomen botanical garden, the old town of Deichstrasse, Miniatur Wunderland, novelty sized chess against myself, the old Elbe Tunnel and the Speicherstadt warehouse district. I also stumbled across the arrival of the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth ocean liners down at the harbour. It took me a while to work out why there were such huge crowds down there but I caught on eventually. There was a huge fireworks display but my camera battery inexplicably ran out just as it started, leaving me with just one stinking photo from the performance (and it doesn’t even really feature fireworks!). Running out of battery right at the start of a surprise fireworks display is truly a photographers nightmare.

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The Old Elbe Tunnel

The old Elbe Tunnel is a great place to go for a walk in Hamburg. It’s not going to change your life or anything but it’s a really nice space (that was a technical marvel when built in 1911).

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Speicherstadt – The Warehouse District

On my way home from the mind-altering Miniatur Wunderland, I stumbled across Speicherstadt, or for the 98% of you out there that don’t understand German, the warehouse district. It’s a really cool spot and offers plenty of opportunities for photography. Never one to say no to a photo I took this snap as the light was fading, it’s nice but I can only imagine how it would have turned out with a camera that performs better in low light, sigh…

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Miniatur Wunderland

You don’t have to be a fan of model railways and miniatures to appreciate the incredible Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, an attraction that is the largest of its kind in the world (yet specializes in all things small, go figure). The level of detail put into this place is incredible, I can’t even imagine how many hours have gone into it. I mean, there’s an airport, an actual working airport with real arrivals, departures and everything. I just did a little research and apparently there are over 200000 human figurines, wowzers. As mind-boggling as it was, I think my favourite thing was watching dads who were even more excited than their kids, “get out of my way I want to see it first!!”.

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Ich bin in Berlin

Ich bin in Berlin, according to Google Translate that means “I’m in Berlin”. Now that we’ve cleared that up I can say that Berlin is a lot of fun (even if they are apparently a little sick of tourists), there were lots of interesting things to see, including the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Dome, Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island etc and it wasn’t hard to find a good spot for a drink later on. Obviously there’s also huge amounts of history here in Berlin and you can learn a lot at the various museums and memorials. Among more somber things, I learned that the mayor once described Berlin as “poor, but sexy”, brilliant.

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The Reichstag Dome

Thanks to some local knowledge from a friend I’d applied in advance to see the the Reichstag Dome while I was in Berlin. You get some beautiful views of the city on top of the Reichstag building so I made sure to book a time around sunset to maximize the awesomeness. I must have been up there for well over an hour in the end, walking up and down the spiral walkways and looking over the city. The dome is a really unique structure and looked even better as the sun went down, if you’re into photography it’s an absolute must see while you’re in Berlin.

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Train over the Spree River

A train makes its way over the Spree River in the early evening near Museum Island in Berlin.

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Ampelmännchen – Little Traffic Light Man

Communist East Germany may be a thing of the past but these little guys remain. Ampelmännchen (meaning little traffic light man) can be seen on traffic lights at pedestrian crossings in East Berlin (West Berlin has fairly standard looking crossing symbols). They survived the fall of the Berlin Wall and have achieved something of a cult status, popping up on t-shirts and other souvenirs, as well as seeing to their important crossing responsibilities of course.

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What I Really Did in Munich

What I really did in Munich was drink beer, lots and lots of beer. I drunk at beer gardens, beer houses, hostels, pubs and everywhere in between. Naturally I didn’t take my camera with me on such adventures but I did find a few pics of the Hofbrauhaus (I always write Hasselhoff for some reason) on my iPhone when I woke up a few days later. It’s a German beer house with huge drinking halls shaped like barrels, I’m pretty sure I had a good time.

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Downtown Surfing in Munich

Surf’s up dude! I had no idea about downtown surfing in Munich until I casually walked past and noticed a crowd gathered around the canal. Turns out surfing in the ocean is so last year, these days it’s all about surfing rivers, waterfalls and whatever else is extreme to the max. It looked like a lot of fun so I was kinda jealous, until they wiped out and were thrown down the river screaming…

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