The 1st of May is Labour Day and a public holiday in Germany as in many countries, and it’s tradition for Hamburgers to go cycling in Altes Land on this day to see the apple and cherry blossoms. Altes Land is just southwest of Hamburg and is the largest fruit-growing region in northern Europe, with 3.5 million fruit trees (95% of which are apple trees).
There are designated bike paths everywhere so it’s very easy to cycle. The weather was perfect and we had a picnic. Carola brought potato salad and wiener sausages (very German!), Logan brought gummy bears and biscuits he bought at the train station minutes before we met up (very Logan), and I brought a smorgasbord of a salad and homemade brownies.
Main ways to get to Altes Land from Hamburg:
1) Take the regional train R50 or S-bahn S3 for 30 min, alight Buxtehude. Cycle north about 2km.
2) Catch ferry #62 from Landungsbrücken, alight Finkenwerder. Cycle east about 6km.
3) Take S-bahn S1 or S11, alight Blankenese. Catch ferry #48 to Altes Fährhaus.