The origins of the infamous Hamburger in Hamburg
It was a typical weekend when one of my friends, Gabe, appeared from nowhere with his car. He wanted to go on an adventure (like most people with cars do). I hopped in, and we hit the road, speeding down the Autobahn faster than Usain Bolt on a horse. Hahaha.
The problem was Gabe wanted to go to Hamburg. It wasn’t the closest city within our vicinity, but we opted to take a look for the first time anyway. The only thing we knew about Hamburg was that it was the Hamburger’s origins, a valid reason for an excursion.
A couple of hours passed, we arrived in Hamburg just before lunch. The city was surprisingly green, and there was water everywhere. Hamburg has around 2000 bridges and more canals than Venice. We couldn’t believe we were still in Germany. A local fisherman we spoke with informed us that the city’s architecture is relatively new, as in all of it. Hamburg was destroyed during World War II, which explains its unique modern vibe.
Gabe and I took a walk along many of the canals, rivers, and ports, stunning scenery, to say the least. At one point, we both looked at each other mischievously when we came across a boat tour. We both nodded in unison that this was a fitting activity. Yeah! The boat took us through a collection of historic towns around the city. After a few hours, we were starving, apparently because we haven’t had lunch yet.
Fortunately, a fish market close by that boasts “best fish sandwiches in the world,” surprisingly, this wasn’t a lie. The fish market had remained an integral part of Hamburg for over 300 years. It seemed quality food doesn’t seem to have diminished throughout the centuries.
Fish sandwiches are good, but a traditional hamburger, the primary reason for visiting, was still on the agenda. Gabe and I happened to get directions to Oberhaffen Kantine restaurant. This place was established in 1925 and supposedly was the origin of Hamburgers. Excited and eager to try, we leaped inside and ordered without even glancing at the menu for a second. The hamburger came with a rich gravy and a side of vegetables, not what we had initially expected; however, it delivered on taste.
While in Hamburg, Gabe and I went to Prototyp – Personen.Kraft.Wagen, a German sports and racing car museum. Check out the admission prices here! The cars are dope! Too bad, we only had approximately 90 minutes there because the museum was closed at 6 PM. Later on that evening, we stopped by at The Beatles-Platz, you can find Steel statues of the Beatles. Apparently, this area is always crowded on Saturday evening because it’s basically the Hamburg Red Lights district.
Gabe and I decided to stay overnight around Elbe Beach so we could enjoy the sunrise the next morning. We went out around 6 AM to snap some photos, back to the hotel, had breakfast, then off to Frankfurt. Hamburg trip gave us solid proof that the great hamburger wasn’t an invention by Americans. It was originally from Hamburg, Germany.
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