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.
Northern Europe's largest fruit orchard is on the outskirts of Hamburg, an easy S-Bahn ride (S3) from the city centre to the old port town of Stade. Summer in the Altes Land (literally 'old land') is cherry time, with freshly picked cherries available from farmers at the roadside. Or get a basket, pick some yourself and explore this wonderfully traditional place with its fine half-timbered farmhouses.
The Hamburger Kunsthalle hosts the big Dalí, Ernst, Miró, Magritte... exhibition from 7 October. It presents 150 masterpieces of Surrealism from four major European private collections of the 20th century. Yes, there are the biggies, notably the iconic red lips sofa by Salvador Dalí, but also works by lesser known surrealists such as Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning.
With some Christmas markets opening as early as 17 November, there's no excuse not to sample some Glühwein (mulled wine) before the first snow has fallen. Hamburg has markets galore, all over town and it's difficult to pick the best. There's the historical one, set against the stunning backdrop of the town hall, the raunchy one in St Pauli (parts of it are already open on 26 Oct), the ones with a bit of maritime flair on the Fleetinsel and in Hafencity, the posh one on Hamburg's upmarket Jungfernstieg or the oldest in the Harburg borough south of the centre.
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