After a long drive and a less than satisfying lunch at a quaint German restaurant called Burger King, we settled in to our hotel in Hamburg, Germany. The weather was grey and dull but that didn’t keep me indoors for long. With a tourist map in hand I ventured out into the city.
Outside the Rathaus I found this metal map of the city.
Hamburg was a very easy to navigate. You can walk anywhere or take the train and get around. I walked from one end of the city to the other several times over the few days I was there.
Throughout the city, there were reminders of it’s ancient history. Narrow alleyways opened onto the canals. Side streets still had half timbered houses and the remnants of World War I were everywhere.
Bronze statues stand guard outside the Kontourhaus of Laisez-Hof. Otto Fürst von Bismarck, German imperial chancellor from 1862 to 1890 and
Albrecht Graf von Roon, German Field Marshall watch silently from their perches. If you want to locate them yourself they are at Location N 53°32’52” E 9°59’31”.
The other side of the building facing the canal had a sculpture of a sailing ship on high.
The city was full of surprises, near our hotel, I watched this guy and his friends bounce their bicycles from post to post.