River Elbe, Hamburg

Day 3. Visiting Chocoversum and Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

There were more foodie treats in store for us to experience during our Hamburg city break with a morning visit to Chocoversum, the city's chocolate museum.  It's located in the Kontorhaus district with the nearest U-Bahn station being Meßberg on the U1 Line.  We joined one of their 90 minute chocolate tours which are offered …

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Elbe River, Hamburg

Day 2. A culinary tour of Hamburg

After a good night's sleep in my lovely room at the Scandic Hamburg Emporio I enjoyed breakfast along the corridor in the hotel's 'Living Room' which is for the exclusive use of guests staying on the upper two floors of the hotel. Here I enjoyed a selection of cold cuts of meat, mackerel and smoked salmon …

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Alster Plaza, Hamburg

Day 1. A culinary tour of Hamburg

With three days to explore a world of culinary delights and top sightseeing spots in Hamburg I couldn't wait to get off the plane!  I'd travelled with KLM from Leeds/Bradford connecting via Amsterdam and with direct flights available from both London and Manchester, the city is easy to reach for a short break from all …

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Leonardo Royal Hotel, Nuremberg

Leonardo Royal Hotel, Nuremberg

Hotel Review Location: Nuremberg is situated in Bavaria, southern Germany and is a delightful place to enjoy a city break with its impressive old town, Imperial castle and wealth of museums.  The Leonardo Royal Hotel is a newly opened hotel (2021) located in the city centre just a few steps from the railway station.  As …

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Entrance to Gdansk Shipyard sign

Day 4. Gdansk Shipyards and Amber Museum

We started off the final day of our weekend in Gdansk with a short tram ride to the European Solidarity Centre which was constructed alongside the historic shipyards.  It is free to enter the building but tickets are required for the permanent exhibition 30zl (£5.55). The exhibition begins with the widespread strikes of August 1980 following …

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Sopot, Poland

Day 3. Oliwa, Sopot & Gdynia – Poland

It was a bright, sunny morning just perfect for our planned trip to the neighbouring towns of Oliwa, Sopot and Gdynia.  As they are located close together it's very easy to combine a visit to all three by taking the SKM train from Gdansk Glowny station.  Our Gdansk Cards included the use of transport in the …

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National Maritime Museum, Gdansk

Day 2. Exploring Gdansk

Our day began with a visit to the National Maritime Museum along the historic riverside.  A combined entrance ticket 35zl (£6.50) can be purchased to include the museum ship Soldek moored alongside. Entrance is also included in the Gdańsk Card. The museum located in three restored old granaries is devoted to Gdańsk's role as a Baltic seaport …

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Long Market, Gdańsk

Day 1. Gdansk City Break

It was another early morning start for our journey to London Stansted airport for our 8.25 a.m. Ryanair flight to the Polish city of Gdansk.  We managed to catch up on some sleep during the flight and it seemed no time at all until we were touching down into Lech Walęsa airport at 11.30 a.m. …

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Central Warsaw

48 Hours in Warsaw

With cheap air fares, Warsaw is perfect for an inexpensive weekend break.  The Polish capital has much to offer with its picturesque old town, historical landmarks, museums and parks yet is often overlooked in favour of Krakow. Getting there: We took an early morning flight with Ryanair from Leeds-Bradford airport, arriving into Warsaw Modlin 35 …

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Furth, Nuremberg

Day 3. Nuremberg Rally Grounds and Courtroom 600

Nuremberg's history is complex with its symbols of power from the days of the Holy Roman Empire in Germany to its dark Third Reich history as the 'City of the Nazi Party Rallies'.  On our final morning in the city we took a tram to to the south east of the city to view the …

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