Dubbed ‘the gateway to the world’ by the locals, Germany’s largest port and second-largest city, is one of Germany’s most exciting destinations.
While Hamburg is some miles away from the mouth of the River Elbe, Hamburg has the atmosphere of a lively harbor town. Indeed, from its seafood-filled menus to architecture, Hamburg’s proximity to the North Sea is present all around.
Hamburg is served by Hamburg Airport (HAM) which is one of Germany’s busiest airports. There are a number of airlines which offer regular flights from the UK to Hamburg, including BA, Ryan Air and Lufthansa. You can expect a flight from London to Hamburg to take around 1 hour and 40 minutes.
What to Do in Hamburg
Hamburg’s Kunsthalle is one of the most important of Germany’s galleries and a must-visit for art lovers. The gallery is spread across two buildings connected by a concealed passage and has works spanning from the medieval period up until the 20th Century.
One of Hamburg’s key attractions is its nightlife. Much of the city’s nightlife can be found in the St Pauli area, particularly in and around the Reeperbahn red light district. While the Reeperbahn is infamous for its prostitutes, the bars and entertainment venues here are varied. Indeed, along this infamous street you can find some of Hamburg’s most exciting night clubs and a collection of lively music bars.
If you are going on holiday with children, be sure to check out the Tierpark Hagenbeck and Miniatur-Wunderland. Tierpark Hagenbeck is Hamburg’s zoo and has a fantastic collection of creatures including penguins, lions and elephants. Miniatur-Wunderland is Hamburg’s 1,300 sq meter miniature world and has a number of themed attractions for all ages.
Planten un Blomen in the center of Hamburg is a the perfect spot for a picnic or a break from the bustle of the city. The leafy 47-acre park dates back to the early 19th century and features lakes, fountains and carefully manicured gardens. You will also find Hamburg’s botanical garden here. During the evenings, the park is the stage for a stunning water show which incorporates light and music. Another popular park to visit is Stadtpark. Stadtpark is one of the largest parks in the city and has a number of routes perfect for walking or cycling and a lake for swimming in. If you are visiting Hamburg in the summer, be sure to check out the city park concerts.