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Although it may be only Germany's second-largest city, Hamburg has a fine international reputation and is a fantastic place for a city break with family, friends or as a couple.
TravelSupermarket compares prices on a range of Hamburg city breaks. Read on to find out about some of the city’s highlights…
Located in the north of Germany, sitting on the mighty River Elbe, Hamburg is a great place to take a city break, whoever you are with. There is plenty on offer for people of all ages, such as museums and attractions, while couples and groups of friends will also enjoy the wide range of nightlife that the city offers. As a city with a long maritime history, the best way to experience this is by taking a boat trip along one of the canals, as the city has more bridges than Amsterdam, Venice and London put together. The artificial Lake Alster – along with the parks that surround it – is an important feature of the city.
If you’re looking for family-friendly places to visit, try the Hagenback Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. You might also want to visit the St Michaelis church and tower, as well as the Rathaus (Hamburg's Town Hall) and the Chilehaus, a unique example of Brick Expressionism architecture.
While there’s plenty on offer for families to enjoy, there’s much to attract those without children to Hamburg. Places include the Philharmonic Hall and the Reeperbahn, which has a great atmosphere and can help you find out more about the Beatles' connection with the city. Shopping in Hamburg is excellent; all the major German department stores, as well as a huge range of restaurants and bars serving all kinds of food (especially seafood), are represented here.
Book a Hamburg city break and you’ll fly into Hamburg Airport (HAM), which is a 30-minute drive from the city centre. Getting into Hamburg from Hamburg Airport is easy thanks to a range of public transport options, as well as taxis and hire cars. Hop on the S-Bahn train into central Hamburg from the airport and be in the city centre in 25 minutes. Alternatively, a number of buses stop directly outside the airport terminals and travel into the city centre. Depending on the route and the number of stops, this journey can take up to an hour, though it’s a reasonably priced option. Licensed taxis are available from designated ranks outside the arrivals terminals. Fix the price of your journey before you set off.
Getting around on Hamburg weekend breaks is also simple. An extensive network of buses and trains operate in and around Hamburg, with good links to most areas of interest. The central part of the city is well connected even in the early hours of the morning, with late-running and early-starting trains, and a night-bus service. A number of ferries run in Hamburg, though they do cost more than buses and trains. Taxis are reasonably priced and easy to find in Hamburg. For travel on two wheels, this bicycle-friendly city has a number of hire options, including the StadtRAD Hamburg scheme with hire stations throughout the city, if you’d like to see the sights by bike.
If you’re planning a trip to Hamburg this year and need some help, read our fact file below and use TravelSupermarket’s search tool to find the cheapest deals.
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