The Anonymous Widower

Would I Go Back To Hamburg Again?

Hamburg disappointed me.  I think most of this was because I couldn’t get a decent pocket guide and it was just so hot and humid.

I suspect, I won’t return, as if I want to spend a night in that part of Germany, I’ve found a good alternative in Osnabruck. But I would take the Bird Flight Line again!

June 20, 2013 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

From Hamburg To Osnabruck By Train

Although, I was intending to go from Hamburg to Amsterdam, as I said in this post, things didn’t work out as I and probably Deutsche Bahn intended.

The train was a few minutes late out of Hamburg and my First Class carriage seemed to be missing  from the German IC train I was on. (Note the missing E!)  Or possibly I couldn’t get near it, as the aisles were blocked with cases. If I’ve complained about Virgin’s services to Glasgow in the past, then this was complete travel hell, that I’ve never encountered on British trains in the worst of times.

At Osnabruck, I was supposed to change onto another IC train for Amsterdam, but of course by the time we got there I’d missed it.

I waited for perhaps two hours on the station at Osnabruck and nothing seemed to be happening.  There was no information posted and those in Information, told me to wait for the next Amsterdam train.  But they had no idea of when it would arrive.

One lady, who lived locally, had told me that the hotel by the station wasn’t at all bad, so as I had nothing to do I took the precaution of seeing if they had any rooms. A pleasant fraulein told me they had a few at €80 including breakfast.

So about ten, I put myself out of my misery and booked into the Advena Hotel Hohenzollern.

Advena Hotel Hohenzollern

Advena Hotel Hohenzollern

It was a decision I didn’t regret.

I thought that I might regret going to McDonalds for a bite to eat, but the fries and Coke had no effect. The trouble was that the information on the back of the paper on the tray is unreadable because it’s so small. So I assumed that they were as in the UK, and gluten-free! I did think though, that McDonalds were showing some very unsuitable adverts for their target clientèle.

On the other hand, breakfast in the hotel of fish, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee was excellent.

I would certainly use this hotel or one of the other, Advena hotels again. Also as a lot of the trains seem to go through Osnabruck, this hotel is a convenient place to break a journey.

June 20, 2013 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , | 10 Comments

German Trains Don’t Have A Coach 13

German stations like a lot of continental ones, have a poster showing where your coach will be on the platform.

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German Trains Don’t Have A Coach 13

It looks to be a good idea, but just imagine the system at somewhere like Clapham Junction or Crewe, where we seem to run many more trains than our European cousins.

Incidentally, I don’t think we have a coach 13, as we give coaches on long trains, like those out of Kings Cross and Euston, letters rather than numbers.  Several times though, I’ve travelled in coach M.  Is that unlucky?

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No Maps At Hamburg Station

There were no maps at Hamburg station. But there were cigarette adverts.

No Maps At Hamburg Station

No Maps At Hamburg Station

In fact, there were cigarette adverts all over the city.

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A Few Hours In Hamburg

I got to Hamburg about eight in the evening and my first priority was to get a hotel. It was a new hotel by the station and I booked for two nights.

Hamburg Station

Hamburg Station

The hotel was a disaster, or more likely the weather was, as my meter was showing 32°C and 70% humidity. I had to wedge the window open with my shoe and that just made the room hotter, as the air outside got in.

When the Tourist Office opened at ten, I was outside and got myself a free map, after a breakfast of orange juice and coffee, as true to form, there was nothing gluten-free in the station.

The map wasn’t the best, as it was far too large and was gradually disintegrating in the heat and humidity.

Hamburg's Street Map

Hamburg’s Street Map

As the picture shows, it was impossible to hold with one hand. Luckily there were a few decent signposts and maps.

A Map In Hamburg

A Map In Hamburg

Eventually, I found my way to the impressive Rathaus.

Hamburg's Impressive Rathaus

Hamburg’s Impressive Rathaus

I had heard of a restaurant called Rudolph at Hafen City, that did gluten-free pizza.  If this was as good as those in Munich, then this looked to be worth investigating for supper in the evening. The Internet entry said, that it was near to the U-bahn station. So I went into the U-bahn, quickly and easily bought a ticket and then spent thirty minutes wandering underground trying to find the platform for Hafen City. If I sometimes find Green Park and Kings Cross stations bad in London, they have nothing on the Rathaus station in Hamburg.

Eventually, I didn’t get tpo Hafen City, as the station hasn’t been built yet. So was this a case of “We have ways of getting you lost!”.  It was also so unlike Munich, where things the information systems seemed to work well.  But I also had a good map from the hotel.

It was then that I said that I should cut my losses and move on. So I went back to the hotel, packed my bag and then returned to the station, where I bought a ticket for Amsterdam.

June 20, 2013 Posted by | Food, World | , , | 1 Comment