The museum of shipping business Lauenburg
Lauenburg is located in the east of Hamburg at the Elbe river bank and well worth a visit at Christmas time, with or without children. The historic city center is really worth seeing and is deap down on water level (the city is sometimes in the news because of flooding). If you decide to undertake the trip on a weekend, then go early afternoon for the Christmas market is very popular and it is often packed in the narrow streets. With a buggy not really fun. A few slightly stale restaurants featuring North German cuisine invite for lunch or dinner – and they aren’t bad, I ave tried a couple of them, because my parents live nearby).
The Elbschifffahrtsmuseum (museum of Elbe shipping business) has only been very recently opened again after extensive modernization measures were carried out. Now, with its experiential rooms they represent an attractive exhibition. It allows to imagine quite well how the river boatsmen felt at the time. Also very impressive: a real great marine engine – well, for me it’s more of a baby (I work in the shipping industry and the engines of our ships are 5x the size – at least!). In addition, it answers so funny questions like “Why in ancient times nudes regularly swam in the Elbe?”, or “Can you drink ass back broth (Arschbackenbrühe)?”, and “What does a “Treckbüdel” do aboard the Elbe vessels?”. In the summer the one and only Elbe steamship complements the exhibition. And you can even sail with it down the Elbe. A real experience.