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.
Check out Rome's St Peter's Basilica, one of the stunning miniature models of the Miniature Wunderland's latest addition. The new Italy section of one of Germany's most popular permanent exhibitions was opened in late September 2016, after 180,000 (!) hours of work and four years of construction. It's difficult not to get some joy out of this tiny, lovely and incredibly detailed parallel universe.
Eight years ago Hamburg's Gängeviertel area was reduced to a few old houses along Bäckerbreitergang, Caffamacherreihe, Valentinskamp und Speckstraße and was in danger of being almost completely demolished. A local initiative prevented the work of a property investor and the Gängeviertel is now a place of arts and culture with galleries, workshops and studios. Check out the website for their programme, there's always some concert or party going on. Try guided walking tours of the neighbourhood (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or simply roam the streets by yourself and explore the Gängeviertel's alternative spirit.
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