Hello blog! This week I travelled to Germany! I first took a bus to Rødby, where I got on a train that then went into a ferry! It was pretty cool.
I arrived to Lübeck Hbf around 16 on Monday, and found my way to the Stadt-gut-Hotel Baltic. My room was on the top floor, and I cannot tell you how happy I was to have the bathroom and shower all to myself after now sharing them with the housemates for over a month. 😀 Not that it has been that bad. I just like my own space.
After dropping my things at the hotel I headed to the city center. The whole old town/center of the city is on an island, and to get to it you get to walk past Holstentor, the old city gate. Wikipedia tells me that it was built in 1464, which is crazy. The towers do look a bit crooked though, so I guess the age explains that.
The first night I got dinner at a restaurant called Yachtzimmer. It was really nice! Although I realise that is what I keep writing about every restaurant I go to… But it was! I did the whole 3 course meal thing again… I think that I’m used to going out with people who don’t want to spend all their money on food, and now that I’m eating at restaurants alone I think I have to start being that person for myself. Or not. Eating is important. And fun.
On Tuesday I ate breakfast at the hotel, because it was included in the price. Then I headed to the old town again and did a “Time Travel” walking tour I found from the Lübeck website. It took me around most of the sights in the city (of which most were churches).
All the walking made me pretty hungry, to the point that I was getting frustrated when I walked around and didn’t find a cafe. In the end I went to a place where I bought a hot dog thing (it wasn’t that good).
After my sad lunch I hopped on a boat tour around the city island. The tour was in German, so I just mostly focused on drinking sparkling wine and taking pictures.
After the tour I was tipsy and happy, and decided to see what the city looked like from above, from Sankt Petri’s tower.
Tuesday’s dinner was pizza at L’Osteria, which was not as good as Gorm’s was last weekend. The pizza was huge though, and the starter salad as well. After dinner I found my way back to the train station, and travelled to Schwerin.
On Schwerin I had an interesting start – I was welcomed to the hotel where I was staying with a note on the door that asked me to go to a “Lounge Bar” to find the person who would check me in. 😀 As a bonus, she didn’t really speak English, but there was a guy who helped me, and it all worked out. Although the room was in a different address than I expected, next to the bar. But it was a nice (big!) room, and I slept like a log.
On Wednesday morning I checked out, and dropped my stuff at a locker in the train station. Then I headed to Schwerin Castle, as it was the whole reason I had decided to come to the city. It was so cool! Straight out of a fairy tale or a Disney movie. Crazy to think that the people who lived there weren’t even kings or emperors, but dukes and grand dukes (more specifically the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg and Mecklenburg-Schwerin).
After touring the castle and it’s garden I visited Staatliches Museum right next to it.
I had my dinner at a restaurant called Bolero (which was kind of like Amarillo), and then jumped on a train towards Berlin.
I think that the one day that I spent in Schwerin was quite enough. The city wasn’t that big, and the fact that people didn’t really speak English made some things a bit difficult. But the castle is definitely worth visiting!
The contrast between Schwerin and Berlin was pretty huge. The central train station was sooo big, and to me felt more like an airport than a train station. 😀 From the station I took a taxi to my hotel, and went straight to sleep.
On Thursday I had the whole day to spend in Berlin, and I tried to do as much as I could. I started the day by walking to the Victory Column in Tiergarten, and from there to the Brandenburg Gate. Then I followed the mass of tourists to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It was cool to see all these places in person, after of course seeing so, SO many tourist pictures from when friends have visited them. Of course I had to take pictures as well, so here are mine:
I had just finished the book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr on the way to Berlin, and because it is set to Germany and France during World War II, it made the visit to Berlin actually a lot more interesting. Not that the city wouldn’t have been interesting on its own, because my god is it so much bigger than Copenhagen or Helsinki.
Next I walked to the Berlin Wall Memorial, and then took a train back to Alexanderplatz. After being a tourist I did a bit of shopping, and then met up with Suvi, who moved to Berlin on Tuesday! We visited a few second hand shops (I found a jacket!), and then had dinner at a nice tapas place called (imaginatively) Tapas.
On Friday I enjoyed a lovely breakfast buffet at the hotel, said goodbye to my week of luxurious private bathrooms and hotel beds, and took a taxi to the bus station.
On the way back to Copenhagen I stopped in Hamburg for a few hours. My Flixbus was an hour late, so the 3,5 hours that I was supposed to have in Hamburg turned into 2,5… But that was OK. I walked around the city a little, enjoyed the sun (of course it shined now, on a day that I’m mostly spending on trains and buses, and not when I was out taking pictures…), and ate lunch at a burger place (had to have a hamburger in Hamburg 😀 ).
The place I found, Burgerlich, was so cool! All the tables had tablets that you used to place your orders using these little cards, and then when you left the restaurant they checked the card to see what you had. Also, the food was so good that I actually had to check if they had restaurants in other cities, because I would definitely go back if I ever found one again. I found out that there is one in Dresden, and one in Köln.
On the way back I got to enjoy the most beautiful sunset from the ferry. A great ending for my amazing trip! I was really surprised how well everything went – I was totally expecting something to go wrong.
Weekend! My friend Juulia from Finland was visiting her Danish friends, and invited me to hang out with them on Saturday and Sunday. We drank wine, played pool (and the Danish variation which is apparently called Skomager), and had a good time. 🙂 Not much to say about it, an awesome way to end the (already) really great week.