We arrived early morning Thursday, taking a red-eye from NYC to Germany.
Hamburg is a bicycle city, women in dresses, men in suits... they bike to work. It's such an odd sight, at 7:30am, to see 50+ bicycles at a stoplight when you look out the taxi window.
After dropping off our luggage and enjoying a European breakfast, we climbed to the top of the church tower behind our hotel, a lovely 360 view.
I remember seeing Lake Alster from the tower, it looked like it was ten miles away but was less than a mile walk from our hotel.