Pictures from the trip and explanations are given beginning with the links below the introduction on this page. The trip began with Continental flights from San Diego through Newark, New Jersey, to Hamburg Germany, beginning on the morning of June 27 and arriving Thursday, June 28, early in the morning. There were too many cabin sounds to get any sleep, but this writer at least closed his eyes for a number of hours.
A bus took me from the airport to the main train station ("hauptbahnhof"), which is a ten minute walk from the Hotel Novum Accord. The hotel is situated in a predominantly Turkish district that, it turned out, doubles as a secondary red light district. This is not to be confused with the Reeperbahn on the opposite side of town which has quite a reputation around Europe for the red light aspect as well as dozens of nightspots.
The hotel kindly held my luggage as a favor while I toured the town, since official check-in was not allowed until 2:00 p.m. The polite Turkish staff run a quiet and clean hotel with a good breakfast buffet. After three days and three nights in Hamburg, I took the 6:40 a.m. train to Berlin, arriving two hours later. I toured Berlin on foot, just like Hamburg, since everything is so close, but many travelers might prefer to learn the bus systems (S-bahn and U-bahn). After one night in Berlin and the following additional day touring, I boarded the evening train back to Hamburg, arriving around 10 p.m.
The next morning, Tuesday, July 3, I arose at 5:30 a.m. and caught the bus back to the airport in plenty of time for the 9:00 a.m. flight. This time, the layover in Newark was a full six hours before I boarded my connecting flight to San Diego, landing finally after 9:00 p.m.