The 7.20am departure from Paris took us via Karlsruhe, Frankfurt and Hannover, to arrive at Hamburg by 3.30pm. Again we had to reserve the TGV leg of the trip – mind you, the difference between the classes is negligible. From the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof we caught the train two stops to our accommodation – ninth day of our Interrail pass.
Hamburg was the last stop on this trip. Our final AirBNB apartment was really good. Big king size bed, full kitchen, washing machine, and all the mod cons for only €49 per night inclusive of cleaning and service costs.
The weather deteriorated so we spent two wet and rainy days in Hamburg. We did manage to get out and see the town centre, the Rathaus, the Elbphilharmonic and waterfront area. We also took a U train out to the seedy Reeperbahn area, where The Beatles made their mark, but at 11am in the morning, there was little happening except the washing down of sidewalks. The day was a cold 7degC and with rain looming, we grabbed some lunch then headed back to our accommodation.
I think also after Paris our enthusiasm had waned and after 27 days training around, we were keen to get back to our floating home, located only two hours away.
The train to Flensburg was direct and by early afternoon we had returned to Blue Heeler. We were anxious to see how the boat had faired during our absence, and once inside, we relaxed as we could see everything was dry and just as we’d left it, although it was a chilly 9degC inside.
So, that is the end of this trip. A most unusual deviation for us to travel by train, but I’m so glad we did it. Visiting so many countries in such a short time frame is not normally how we like to travel, but in Europe it’s possible to see a lot in a short timeframe. Although the weather was cool, it was quite comfortable enough to walk around and we had very few rainy days. Unfortunately the trees were bare and fountains were shut off for the winter; some places hadn’t begun operating for the spring and summer seasons. The opportunity to travel without the masses of tourists was a bonus.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my trip notes and perhaps you’ve been inspired to do some train travel too.
Now I must put away my laptop and focus on our next journey – this time back aboard the Blue Heeler for summer 2019.