On July 11th, my parents flew from Chicago to Hamburg to visit me in Germany. This was the first time I had seen them in exactly one year, and I had two whole weeks of activities planned.
I published a blog post just before they arrived with our planned day-by-day itinerary for their summer tour of Germany
. For the most part, we kept to this plan. There were a few cities added to list, however. So, here is week one of my parent’s summer tour of Germany in pictures.
Day 1: Arrival
We picked my parents up around noon from the airport in Hamburg. To my
embarrassment surprise, all three of us were matching.
Once we got back to our apartment from the airport, we made Wurstsalat
And although my parents were both pretty tired from their journey, Marco and I managed to keep them up until about 10 p.m. by taking a walk through the woods near our apartment.
Day 2: Lüneburg
For my parent’s first full day in Germany, we headed into Lüneburg’s city center. We walked through Am Sande, where a Kinderfest was going on, and then through Marktplatz, where the weekly farmer’s market was taking place.
Next, we headed over to the old water tower, which offers great views of the city. Oh, and if you are wondering: yes, the church (St. Johanniskirche) is a little crooked. It is not my bad photography.
We started off day three with a delicious breakfast buffet at a local restaurant in Lüneburg. Since it was raining, we then just hung out at home the rest of the day until about 3 hours before the World Cup finale. Then, with beer in hand, we headed over to a local club to watch the game.
Since they won (as if you didn’t already know), we then stayed in the city center celebrating until about 4 a.m.
Day 4: Hamburg
Despite a hard night of partying, we got our butts out of bed the next day and got on a train to Hamburg. Just a short walk from the train station is Hamburg’s main square, which is where city hall is located.
We then took the subway to the popular neighborhood of St. Pauli, which is home to the infamous red light district located along the Reeperbahn. Marco and my dad went for a short stroll along Herbertstraße, which is a street that only men over 18 are allowed to enter…
Hamburg is especially famous as the second-largest port in all of Europe. So, we also took the ferry along the Elbe to see all of the various ships and wharves located along the shores.
Day 5: Train to Würzburg
The next day, we took a taxi to the train station to catch our ICE (inter-city express) train from Lüneburg to Würzburg. The train ride was 3 hours long, and we arrived in Würzburg around 1 p.m. Marco’s father and his girlfriend picked us up at the train station and showed us around the city.
After some sightseeing in Würzburg, we brought the day to a close at a local beer garden just a short drive from their home near Bamberg.
Day 6: Munich
On the morning of day five, all six of us made the nearly three-hour drive from Bamberg to Munich in an eight-passenger van. We had a hotel booked for two nights in Munich, meaning that we would be spending three days there.
We got in around 4 p.m. and then went directly into the city center for a little sight-seeing. We swung by the Rathaus to watch the Glockenspiel, and we ate dinner at the Hofbräuhaus.
Day 7: Munich
We started off our full day in Munich with a trip to BMW World, which is located right next to Olympia Park.
In the afternoon, we took a stroll the through the beautiful Englischer Garten and enjoyed a nice cold beverage (read: beer) in the beer garden.
When evening rolled around, we headed back toward the city center.
Day 8: Nymphenburg Palace and Garmisch-Partenkirchen
For our last day in Munich, we drove to Nymphenburg Palace. Our parents took a tour of the inside of the residence while Marco and I walked around the grounds.
Originally, the plan was to drive directly back to Bamberg from Nymphenburg Palace. Marco’s father and girlfriend decided to surprise us, however, by driving one hour further south to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This quaint little town in the Alps is located right on the border of Austria and is a popular skiing destination due to its proximity to Germany’s tallest mountain, Zugspitze.
What cities would you visit if you were to do a one-week tour of Germany?
Make sure to come back on Thursday to see pictures from week 2!