Halfway betwixt Amsterdam and Copenhagen

Mar 21st, 2006, 10:04 AM
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Halfway betwixt Amsterdam and Copenhagen

I'm planning a trip where the family and I fly into Amsterdam. There are nine of us going and flying non-stop to AMS will be cheaper and easier than flying into Copenhagen. Rental of a big van in Amsterdam is half the price of one in Copenhagen. So no need to try to talk me out of it.

I'm looking for suggestions on an intermediate place to stop for an overnight between those two cities. Hamburg seems a bit expensive and seedy at the same time. Can anyone recommend Schleswig, Flensburg or another halfway point? Oh yeah, and we are looking for cheap accomodations, but not a hostel.
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Mar 21st, 2006, 10:07 AM
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You could try Bremen, although I think there's actually less there than Hamburg. What's wrong with Hamburg, besides the fact that it's a modern city, not the classic German charm or anything (because the Allies flattened it)?
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Mar 21st, 2006, 11:35 AM
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Last time I was in Hamburg it seemed like the whole town revolved around the porno and prostitution industries. It seemed kind of run-down compared to other German cities. That was back in the mid 80's. Has it gotten nicer? I don't want to take my parentin-laws into another sleaze zone after visiting Amsterdam. They'll really start wondering what kind of perv their daughter married!
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Mar 21st, 2006, 01:20 PM
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You're going to Amsterdam and you think Hamburg might be seedy? That's like not going to Disneyland because you think it might be cheesy.

In addition to Bremen as Grsing suggested, you might consider Lubeck.
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Mar 21st, 2006, 01:47 PM
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I've only changed trains there but Michelin gives Bremen 2 stars, worth a detour.

Why the angst over hostels? With 9 in your group I think you could hardly do better. Hostel rooms have 3 to 15 bunks in my experience. They are cheap. They have kitchens. They have free internet connections. They have cheap drinks, washing machines, and strict rules to control the unwashed over-active backpackers. You will love it.

As for porn in Amsterdam, and I assume Hamburg as well, you can spend a week in Amsterdam and never find the sex district unless you are looking for it. Perception is not reality. And many cities, not just the capitals, in northern Europe have a red light district. You can easily stay away from it unless you seek it out.
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Mar 21st, 2006, 01:52 PM
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From what I've read, Hamburg definitely has gotten nicer (haven't been there myself, probably will at some point in the next few months).

hopscotch: those are some pretty big generalizations about hostels, which definitely don't always hold true (except the cheap part).
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Mar 21st, 2006, 01:59 PM
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We did a half way stop for two nights in Breman going from Copenhagen (well actually from Odense). We thought it was a nice city and had plenty to do there.
For an overnight? Sure, go for it.
Mar 22nd, 2006, 03:32 PM
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Bremen it is - Hopefully we'll find something reasonably priced. Thanks!
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 08:44 PM
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I've been to Bremen twice and enjoyed the small old town and Schnoor fisherman village which contains a few quaint tourist shops. There is also a new space/aeronautical museum. Bremen's smaller city feel may provide a nice contrast to Amsterdam & Copenhagen. You should stop for lunch or dinner in the Ratskeller below the cityhall. They serve 300 kinds of German wines (red & white) to go with the typical German food or Bremen specialty dishes.

BTW I took my wife & in laws to Hamburg and had a nice comfortable stay there. After staying in Copenhagen, we really noticed the energy and prosperity of Hamburg. I really think you were stuck in the wrong area when you were in Hamburg last time. It is not run down at all.
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