Next we explore the city of Copenhagen, capital of Denmark. Having Eurail passes, we chose to go by rail, and it was certainly an experience. When we reached the North Sea, the train was ‘picked up’ by a giant ferry.
We went on a 45 minute ride across the sound.
Until the train ‘alighted’ on Danish soil, and meandered over the Danish countryside to Copenhagen.
Only in Europe, I think.
Our main reason for visiting Hannover though was to visit the grave of Hubby’s grandfather. In WWII his grandfather was an Englishman in a parachute regiment, meaning he was one of those soldiers who parachuted down behind enemy lines and fought there. He was killed in northern Germany a mere month before the end of the war, leaving behind a young wife and two small children. He was buried in this Allied War Cemetery, on the outskirts of Hannover.
The cemetery was easy to get to, and immaculately kept. The soldiers buried there came from all over the UK, different parts of the Commonwealth, as well as from all over Europe. All those young lives lost.
We found Grandfather’s grave quite easily. It was an emotional pilgrimage for Hubby, who had never visited before. We also found many other men who had died with him, from around the same period. There must have been carnage on both sides.
We were glad that the Germans have kept the cemetery is such good order, because it was a very special place. May they rest in peace.
Next, we travelled to the northern German city of Hannover. Like Dresden, it was bombed quite heavily during WWII, so it was also a mix of old…
And of new(ish)…
They rebuilt much of the new centre as a series of pedestrian malls. And as with all German cities, the transport was fantastic. We came in by train to the main station.
But got around mainly by tram, which went in all directions.
The city also had a comprehensive subway network that linked the city to surrounding towns. And of course, a great cycling path network. It made the public transport offerings in Sydney look very meagre indeed.