We visited Christian’s parents in Hamburg over the weekend. It was beautiful weather, blue skies & mild temperatures. I think I have only been to Hamburg when it has been cold & usually rainy, so this was a nice change. Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the second largest port in Europe. It is located on the Elbe River.
Christian, my mom & I started our tour of the city with a harbor cruise on the Elbe River. We got to see a few cargo ships being unloaded, a cruise ship at port & all the tugboats lined up.
Our next stop was St. Michael’s Church, also known as the Michel. It is a Lutheran church in the Baroque style.
Christian & my mom went up in the spire to see views of the city, while I stayed below in the church. On a previous visit, I had been up in the spire but decided not to this time.
We strolled a bit more through the city before meeting up with Christian’s family. We enjoyed coffee, hot chocolate & cake as an afternoon snack & then went to see the Rathaus, town hall.
We walked by the Binnenalster, which is a lake near the middle of the city & the Außeralster, the outer lake. Both of these lakes were formed by damming the Alster River.
We ended our exploration of Hamburg with a delicious dinner at an Italian restaurant. My mom claimed that the lasagne was the best she had ever tasted!