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Day 3 - Cologne - Hamlin - Hamburg

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On the bus again was the theme of today! We were on the bus for a very long time as we had quite the drive ahead of us. We both enjoyed our time in Cologne, but it was very crowded and different to what we both thought.

Our first stop was Hamlin, a small town known for the story of the Pied Piper. The town is a small, old town with most of their buildings dating back to the 1500s. They were gorgeous, hand carved buildings that were in pristine condition. It made us wonder how on earth they did it on such a grand scale - they were perfect!

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We explored the streets of Hamlin and admired the architecture and churches. There are Pied Piper memorials and souvenir shops everywhere in Hamlin. There are also rat tiles in between the cobblestones through the main walking ways which were interesting to see, between the old buildings and sculptures of children, which are there to show the story to people.

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We went into the main church, which was pretty but small compared to the huge cathedral we saw in Cologne. We quickly grabbed a bite to eat on the go from the bakery, it was delicious, and headed back to the coach to continue our journey to Hamburg.

Kayla slept a lot of the way, but the scenery was similar to that we see on Australia on the way to anywhere. We soon arrived in Hamburg and were marvelled by the HUGE town hall that sits pretty in the centre of town. We both knew that this busy city was one we would both love.

We were right - as we arrived in Hamburg and got off the coach, we both fell in love with this gorgeous city. The buildings, the scenery and all the canals are amazing. We wandered through the streets admiring the expensive shops that we couldn't afford, but enjoyed looking at all the same. We visited the River Alster in the centre of town and took some amazing photos.

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So we weren't joking when we said we couldn't afford anything on a particular street ...

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After a couple of hours of free time we hopped back on the coach and headed to the port of Hamburg - the 2nd largest in Europe! Wow!! They weren't joking - it is huge!! We cruised along the river with an informative guide to the city, enjoying the sites and remembering the sheer size of the ships that were in front of us.

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We both loved the city and it is definitely on the 'come back' list!!

Posted by Kris and Kayla 00:17 Archived in Germany Tagged europe

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