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Hamburg, the ‘Venice of the North’, is a leading international trade city as well as the cultural and commercial centre of northern Germany. While it is not a top sightseeing destination it is the home of two of Germany’s top attractions. Hamburg offers the perfect stopover on the way to somewhere else.

One of Germany’s most populated cities, Hamburg is situated on the Jutland Peninsular upon the Elbe River 109 kilometres from the North Sea. Water is very much a focal point here in the city centre, for this is where the Rivers Elbe, Alster and Bille meet and where the stunning lakes Ausenalster and Binnenalster lie. Its deep water port is the ninth largest sea port in the world.

Although, not one of the most popular of tourist destinations, Hamburg has a lot to offer in terms of architecture, parks and culture. Its harbour and Reeperbahn (the red-light district) are considered Germany’s top tourist attractions. Visitors to the city tend to come for a few days and only then when they happen to be in the north of Germany. There is a wealth of art galleries, museums, theatres and music venues for all preferences. No matter what your interests there is something here for everyone.

One thing to bear in mind is that Hamburg is not all conveniently concentrated into one district. Many of Hamburg’s attractions are a fair distance from one another and will require a well versed knowledge of the public transport system. Luckily this is not a difficult task and it is very efficient system! The U-Bahn is the subway, the S-Bahn is the city rail system while the A-Bahn is the commuter railway system. All, as well as the buses and ferries are run and controlled by the same company, HVV. Although the U-Bahn is excellent, the buses provide the best opportunities to familiarise yourself with the city.

While in Hamburg, you will enjoy the experience of a boat ride on the lake Alster. Many of the city’s important buildings sit on its shores and are best enjoyed aboard a small cruising vessel otherwise head over to the ‘Maiden’s Path’ for breathtaking views across the lake from the land.

For an enjoyable walking tour of Hamburg, a good place to begin is at its city centre. This is the main shopping district and the place to come for the finest restaurants. Here the views are stunning with plenty of lakeside settings and photo opportunities. A popular haunt is where the Binnenalster meets the Ballindamm as well as the Colonnaden found where the Jungfernstieg crosses the Neuer Jungfernstieg. The Colonnaden is an interesting place to visit with its inviting cafes, shops and lively atmosphere. Not far from here is where the opera house, the Hamburgische Staatsoper is situated.

A visit to Hamburg is not quite complete without taking in the harbour or at the very least taking a boat ride. It is the world's fifth-largest harbour, the busiest international trading centre in Europe and is responsible for Hamburg being one of the wealthiest cities in Germany.

Did you know that Hamburg has more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam put together? There are 2300 bridges in Hamburg compared to 400 in Venice and 1200 in Amsterdam. A visit to the city is going to be strongly influenced by the water in one sense or another. Even one of Hamburg’s chief attractions, St Michaelis Church with its 132 metre copper spire dominates the skyline and is the first sight inbound ships have been greeted with for many centuries as they pull in to Hamburg Harbour.

Another easily visible attraction and landmark is that of the Heinrich-Hertz Tower. Built in 1965, it serves as a radio telecommunication tower and once accommodated a restaurant near its summit.

Hamburg’s Zoo, the Tierpark is a beautifully landscaped home to in excess of 2,500 animals. Built in 1848, the zoo is famous for its 360 species and is considered to be one of Europe’s finest.

Lovers of art will enjoy the domed , one of Germany’s top art museums. Built in the nineteenth century, exhibits here include Max Liebermann, Philipp Otto Runge and Adolf Menzel as well as a comprehensive collection of modern art. If art isn’t your thing, don’t worry for Hamburg is packed with museums on everything from Archaeology to Ethnography. While in Hamburg, the Neuengamme concentration camp is a consideration for the ‘places to see’ itinerary. Today, the buildings of the old camp which existed between December 13th 1938 and May 4th 1945 have been conserved and serve as a memorial.

On a more upbeat note, Hamburg has a lot to offer lovers of night time entertainment and the performing arts in particular. With many to choose from, the main one is the state owned Thalia Theatre, situated near to the Alster which offers 9 new plays a season and is home to one of Germany’s top ensembles.

When in Hamburg, take advantage of the Hamburg Card. It costs only 7.30 euros for a day and allows you free admission to 11 of the top museums, free transport all day and 30% discount of city and port tours. These are available from hotels, the U-Bahn stations and tourist information offices.

Last but not least, a well timed visit to Hamburg would take place if not in the Summer, then in the Spring for this is when the city really shines.

Hamburg Airport

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The airport is situated 8 kilometres outside of the city centre.

A shuttle bus, the Air Express bus (no. 110) service runs every 10 minutes. This bus links passengers to the Hamburg’s rapid transit rail service, the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn.

Airport buses going to the Hauptbahnhof leave regularly throughout the day from 5 o’clock am to 9:20pm. The price of a one-way fare is 2.20€ for adults. From the Hauptbahnhof, a bus leaves the airport every 15 minutes daily from 5:40am to 11pm.

Note there are two principle rail stations, the Hauptbahnhof in the centre of Hamburg, and the Hamburg-Altona serving the west of the city. Most trains however arrive at the Hauptbahnhof, while trains from Germany’s north stop at Altona. These two stations are connected by train and S-Bahn.

For those preferring a taxi ride to their destination, a fare into the city centre usually sets you back about 16 euros. The duration of the journey is approximately half an hour.

If travelling by car, the A1 Autobahn takes you into Hamburg from the south and west. If coming in from the North or South, the A7 will enable you to do that while the A23 and A24 comes in from the northwest and the east respectively.

It is possible to travel to England from Hamburg aboard a ferry. Travelling from St. Pauli Landungsbrücken in Hamburg the ferry service links up with Harwich in England.

Getting around Hamburg couldn’t be easier. The public transport system all run by HVV is so efficient it is better to park up your car and travel into the city aboard the S-Bahn, U-Bahn or bus. Tickets for these journeys are sold at Automats and any railroad ticket counters.

For an efficient journey through the city, Hamburg's U-Bahn, is the fastest way to get around and is said to be one of the best in Germany. It connects the entire central region and easily connects with the S-Bahn surface trains in the suburbs.

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