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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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