When we were planning a trip to Germany, we considered Hamburg as a place of residence, because we arrived at the Hamburg airport. By the way, it is very easy to get from the airport to the Hamburg - the railway station adjoins directly to the airport building (Hamburg airport site), you do not need to go out. Well, more precisely, it is in the tunnel under the airport.
So, in the endwe chose the neighboring Lübeck.
Hamburg is a big city and very much stretched. It was not possible to find an affordable housing close to the center, but I did not want to travel 30-40 minutes from the suburbs every day.
And most importantly, Hamburg, like most other major industrial centers in northern Germany, was practically wiped off the face of the earth by British-American bombing at the end of the Second World War. There are practically no preserved historical sights. An exception is the port area and several churches. The rest either was built almost anew, or never restored.
So we went to Hamburg twice from Lübeck to visit what was planned in advance - a zoo and a Miniature Wonderland. The second time they got on the weekend and again were glad that they did not settle in Hamburg - the main street was so crowded that there was not enough free space.
From the railway station you need to go by subway, and from the metro it's close. Everything is simple enough, there are no problems.
Hagenbeck Zoo. Door leading to crocodiles :)
The zoo consists of a tropicarium, an oceanarium and the zoo itself. The ticket can be taken and immediately at all, and only in one of the parts.
The zoo, in principle, is organized with fiction - it is divided into different territories, each with its own design. There is a Japanese part with sakura, Indian with an appropriately decorated temple, German, natural, etc.
Small rodents are allocated a whole German village with a mill and other household buildings.
And there is also a corral with dinosaurs. With mock-ups, of course, but if you do not approach closely, just like real ones.
Well, a favorite corral with goats and other, which allowed everyone to communicate with animals.
In general, in terms of organization, done well. For example, I remember a minister specially set up in the tropicarium, who pointed out passing on some winged beast, sitting upstairs in the branches.
But as far as content is concerned, animals are ordinary enough and not so many.
The tropicarium is quite ordinary, but the oceanarium really liked it. Also, by the way, with the invention of organized - aquariums imitate the flooded premises of some technical building.
But most of all I liked the hall, made in the form of a small amphitheater, one wall of which is a huge aquarium.
Such a special place for relaxation - sit (or even lie down) on the steps of the amphitheater and admire the swimming sharks.
Miniature Wonderland (Miniatur Wunderland).
From the railway station it is quite possible to walk, it will take about twenty minutes.
In the same building is some cave of horrors, but we purposely went to Wunderland. Prior we read in Internet that you can pre-register for a visit, but did not pay attention to it. But in vain. The registered people are immediately going at the appointed time, and the rest are either registered on entering and then walk to the required time, or wait in the live queue. We preferred the second option and waited a long time - about an hour. So, here is the website of Wunderland.
There are many people inside. But the sight is entertaining. Different halls depict different countries in miniature. And it's not just landscapes, but some events are simulated, for example concerts, football matches, strikes, airport work with take-off planes, etc.
Everywhere buttons, when you click on which something is happening - the skier is rolling down from the springboard, the train is sent, etc. Everything is very natural.
And the creators approached the matter with humor - in abandoned houses roam ghosts, criminals escape from the prisons, near the spacecraft a UFO flies ...
Ore you come across an unknown country where animals are big, and people are small.
In general, it is really interesting and not only for children.
It's a pity, there are a lot of people, sometimes it's just difficult to get to the place of interest.
Yes, there is also a change of day and night, everything is like in life.
In general, we all really liked it, I advise you to visit.
So, as for Hamburg, in general, there is certainly something to see there, despite a small number of historical sights. But we did not become its main place of residence and, I think, it is right.