In a little over a month, I shall be embarking on my third trip to the continent this time, I will be using Hamburg as my base of operations, with trips planned to take me to collections within the surrounding states of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, along with the enclave state of Freie Hansestadt Bremen. As Hamburg itself possesses the rank of a state, this means that I will be visiting a total of four German states during my travels. Once again, I will be travelling with my girlfriend Helly, her parents and the old family friend, Claire. However, this time Helly's parents have also convinced her aunt, Marg, to tag along. As with previous trips, however, we will pretty much be going our seperate ways whilst in Germany. My itinerary is roughly decided, but the precise order of events is quite plastic. The current plan is as follows, with fixed points in bold and those events which could be shuffled around in italics: June 2: Flight to Hamburg June 3: Vogelpark Walsrode June 4: Vogelpark Walsrode June 5: Tierpark Hagenbeck June 6: Wildpark Schwartze-Berg June 7: Zoo Hannover June 8: Vogelpark Niendorf June 9: Zoo am Meer June 10: Flight home The fixed points within my travels, by the way, are due to having booked advance train fares to Walsrode and Hannover, and having arranged to meet up with Animal at Tierpark Hagenbeck. So, I am once again starting this thread to obtain advice and tips on visiting any of the above collections, along with suggestions for alternative collections I could visit instead of any of the above, advice about food I should try in the area, and general advice about spending time in Hamburg and the surrounding area. This time, I also intend to do a fair bit of wildlife-watching in the evenings, as I am aware of a few good places to do so in the outskirts of Hamburg. Any tips or advice here would be good too. After my trip (and once I'm finished my Bavaria report!) I shall provide a full account of my travels within this thread.