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American Women's Club of Hamburg

Close to Hamburg

Some of my favorite Hamburg haunts include:

Seehof am Lütjensee

Seeredder 22, Lütjensee
041 54 71 00

Best German food in Northern Germany, lakeview, near Ahrensburg, need advance reservations for dinner.

Seehof Ringhotel Sierksdorf

Gartenweg 30, Sierksdorf
045 63 7031

A little drive past Travemünde, on the Baltic Sea, nice hotel. Restaurant has good to great food and best view of Baltic, particularly if warm enough to be outside. Best to call for reservation since it is often closed for weddings, etc. (You can first take a boat ride up the Trave River to get a nice view of the coast, tax free boat) Cake at Niederegger Cafe in Travemünde is terrific.

Holstein Therme

Bad Schwartau

Direction Lübeck, exit at Bad Schwartau and follow signs to Thermebad. Modern warm spring pools, indoor, outdoor, sauna.

Vogelpark Walsrode

A7 south to Fallingbostel, then direction Walsrode and look for bird park signs. Outstanding bird park.

St. Peter Ording

A town on the west coast, North Sea, wide beaches, the town has a great pool, good seafood restaurant on stilts that you can drive to directly in/on ocean depending on weather!

Helgoland

An island off the west coast, following the Elbe River to where it empties into the North Sea. Boat trips available, leave early, ca. 7:00 depending on tides, an all day trip to an island the Americans tried to bomb out of existence. It is a tax free zone with lots of liquor stores, nice cafes, takes an hour to walk around, can be an enjoyable boat ride in good weather take the train back from Cuxhaven (can also take a shorter boat ride if you want to drive to Cuxhaven) it is included in price.

Neuwerk

An island off the coast of Cuxhaven that you can actually walk to at low tide, about 11k, (keep a good pace before the water rushes in!). You have to call to find out when to walk as it depends on the tide; you can go with a guide or you follow bushes planted in the sand; stop for North Sea steamed shrimp direct from the sea, spend a few hours walking around the farm island and take a boat back at high tide.

Jork

Picturesque town just south of the Elbe, which to me was what I thought stereotypical Germany looked like.

Ahrensburg Schloss

An example of a noble manor with beautiful parquet floors, some period.

originally published in Currents June/July 2008

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