From the Hautbahnhof we caught a train to Hamburg, with a 30 minute changeover, to catch our second train to Oldenburg on the Ostsee. In Summer, the Ostsee is famous for having a beach covered wall to wall with Germans (or their towels, which they put down early to reserve their places!). We then caught a taxi to a beach resort about 10 minutes away. Alan, Sonia, Bradley, Stuart and James travelled with us, but were in separate compartments. They had been to this resort before in the Spring and this was the reason we chose it for our New Year break.
We had to walk about a kilometer from the reception to our apartment! Apparently, there are between 2500 and 4000 people booked into the resort (apartments, caravan park and hotel) at any one time. We had 4 adjoining apartments - the McLiesh's (who drove up), us, Alan, Sonia and BJ, and then Stuart and James in their own apartment. They were all up on the top (3rd) floor - which was a bugger for carrying bags, but the safest place when the fireworks were going off (more on this later!)
On the first afternoon, we had a nice stroll around and saw all the attractions - Tennis, Badminton, Minigolf, a massive swimming centre, kiddie rides, playgrounds, trampolines... and of course the beach. There were also plenty of restaurants and shopping, including its own supermarket and newsagent! Check it out on Google Earth (54 18'38.24N, 10 48'04.87E)
Our apartment was newly refurbished and very comfortable (in fact, better than many hotels I stay in!). It had its own kitchen, so we could do our own breakfast.
Meghan, Alexander, Cameron and Bradley in front of a large Gingerbread house. It was so tempting to snap a piece off to eat.....we had to make sure the kids didn't do it!!!