Alfresco beers and tiny trains: make tracks to Hamburg for a city break

St Pauli’s left-wing football, a great brew outdoors and the biggest model railway in the world … there’s plenty to explore in Germany’s bustling second city

A recent family trip to Hamburg to visit friends and wrap ourselves warm in the spirit of gemütlichkeit (a more sociable version of hygge) was all the more special for being our last cold winter holiday before we move to New Zealand. Snow fever had been rising for several weeks and our daughters were delighted to see snow symbols and freezing temperatures on my weather app. Alas, though it was certainly very cold, the snow was a no-show and there was only freezing fog. Still, our five-year-old seemed to find saying, “Ich bin ein Hamburger” endlessly hilarious, so who needed snow to keep them entertained?

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