My mum spent a lot of her youth living in Hamburg, Germany, and brought me back to visit many times as a child. It's where her best friend lives, and many other of her close friends, so all in all, it's a pretty special place to our family.
So when the chance to spend a long weekend in Hamburg popped up, I immediately booked a flight and headed up to northern Germany for a beautifully autumnal coloured weekend in one of Germany's best cities, and the second largest after Berlin.
How to Get to Hamburg
Hamburg's international airport is serviced by direct flights from across the country, Europe and abroad. From Hamburg Airport, you can easily hop on the S1 S-Bahn which gets you to the Hauptbahnhof in just 25 minutes.
Alternatively, you can also arrive directly to the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof by taking a train from almost anywhere in Germany, as well as connecting from across central Europe.
Hamburg is a very walkable city and the best way to get around is on foot. However, they also have an excellent U-Bahn (underground) running through all neighbourhoods.
What to Eat in Hamburg
I went out for dinner with my mum's best friend and childhood friend Elena, who I've known since birth, at Greentable, an entirely vegan asian-fusion restaurant with loads of mouthwatering dishes on the menu. The best way to eat there is to select a number of their small bowls and get thte chance to taste lots of their offerings.
A local Hamburger suggested that I get a Franzbrötchen at Franz & Friends inside the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof and boy was it delicious. An absolute must-have for a sweet afternoon pick-me-up.
Best Things to See in Hamburg
We only had two days in Hamburg, so we spent the first one wandering the entire way around the Aussen-Alster, which was full of runners and dog walkers on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Later, we wandered through the historic Speicherstadt, where one of the most famous views in Hamburg can be found.