The friends that we stayed with in Hamburg lived in a cozy apartment overlooking the most beautiful (and tidy) gardens. I peeked out the window in the morning to see the neighbor below giving a morning welcome with a colorful array of sheets drying in the breeze. I was enchanted.
We took the train into downtown Hamburg and spent the day walking around, taking pictures, drinking coffee, and sampling any bakery that we passed (which would turn out to be a recurring theme).
Welcome to Germany.