Cheap flights to Hamburg
If you’re after a city with bags of style, romantic riverside walks and some of Europe’s most eclectic architecture then look no further than Hamburg.
Hamburg might not be the largest city in Germany, but it is certainly its wealthiest. And while Berlin and Munich typically get more attention, Hamburg is a sparkling and lively port town with a character all of its own.
Dating back to a 9th century fortress built by the Emperor Charlemagne, today it’s a cultural centre which boasts a high number of large world class museums and galleries, top notch theatre productions and pumping music venues.
Don't consider leaving Hamburg without trying a Franzbrötchen, a sweet pastry native to the city. Traditionally flavoured with cinnamon, the best ones are bought from Die Kleine Konditorei in the Eimsbüttel area. The queues can be long, so pass the time by admiring the shop's ornate pre-war architecture.
Hamburg's focal point is the huge Alster lake, and a walk around its west bank makes a picturesque way to wile away an afternoon. There is a large green area right on the lake shore, which ascends into the stylish, residential area of Rotherbaum.
This former machine factory is one of the most beloved cultural hubs in Hamburg. They host various musical and theatrical events throughout the year, and every Saturday hold Marktzeit, a large indoor farmers' market. This colourful event features delicious savoury and sweet treats, from fresh French pastries to lentil stews. Delicious breakfast baskets (while supplies last!) are perfect to enjoy with family and friends from the second-floor gallery, where you can listen to live music and take in the gorgeous architecture (36 Barnerstrasse , fabrik.de).