The long way from New York to Dortmund

It’s kind of fun trying to find the most affordable way to travel. While travelling on a budget, you often see more places, meet more people and experience more things. I knew I needed to be in Dortmund on Saturday but decided to do a little tour north of the German city first. Mostly this was due to Dortmund not being a huge city, so flying there directly from New York wouldn’t have been possible anyway. The cheapest flight from New York to anywhere nearby Dortmund was to Copenhagen. I crossed the atlantic with Norwegian Air, landed in the capital of Denmark and took a train from the airport to the city centre. Having a few hours before my train to Hamburg would depart, I had time to eat lunch before continuing my journey.

Having flown all night and being jet lagged, I fell asleep quickly after getting on the train to Hamburg. I woke up some time later to the repeating announcement of how it’s not allowed to stay on the train. Half asleep and having no idea what was happening, I followed the other passengers up some stairs. We were in some kind of lobby with shops and restaurants. Suddenly we started moving. The train had boarded a ferry!

After the ferry ride and a while longer on the train, I arrived in Hamburg where I had booked a hotel room for one night. It was such a strange feeling: within 24 hours, I had gone from an apartment in Brooklyn to a hotel room in Hamburg. I had been in three countries on two continents using three means of transport.

I stayed in A&O Hostel and Hotel near Hamburg central station. While the hostel has dorms, I opted for my own hotel room after a whole night and day of travelling. A private room set me back 36 €.

I had the following day in Hamburg all to myself, because I wasn’t continuing my journey towards Dortmund until the evening. Hamburg is an easy city to walk around in, but public transport is also good there. I bought a day pass for 5,90 € that allowed me to travel as much as I wanted on the S-bahn and the U-bahn.

St. Michael's church is a symbol of the city. But on a day like this - not so much.
St. Michael’s church is a symbol of the city. But on a day like this – not so much.
The Rathaus, or city hall, is 111 meters wide with 647 rooms.
The Rathaus, or city hall, is 111 meters wide with 647 rooms.
Next to Rathaus, in the basement of Buckerus Kunst Forum, you can fill a plate of vegetarian food for 10 € at Restaurant Season.
Next to Rathaus, in the basement of Bucerius Kunst Forum, you can fill a plate with vegetarian food for 10 € at Restaurant Season.
The Old Elbe tunnel was built in the beginning of the 20th century as a means to link the port and the shipyards together.
The Old Elbe tunnel was built in the beginning of the 20th century as a means to link the port and the shipyards together.
Before moving on to my next destination, I sat down at Café Koppel for a bowl of vegetable soup.
Before moving on to my next destination, I sat down at Café Koppel for a bowl of vegetable soup.

In the evening, I took the final train to the last leg of my three month trip, Dortmund.

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