Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is known as the City of Bridges; with somewhere between 2,300 and just under 2,500, the number is disputed, spanning the winding canals. Explore the city’s past by wandering the waterways and admiring art along the kunstmeile (a mile of museums and galleries), then come back to the future for a concert in the ultra-modern Elbphilharmonie in the happening HafenCity. So much cultural exploration can build quite an appetite; Hamburg has a great food scene to quell any hunger and multiple beer halls in which to quench your thirst.

When to go

Visit the city between May and October: in spring, Hamburg looks beautiful in full bloom. Temperatures rarely rise much above a comfortable 20 degrees in the summer months, but can dip below freezing in winter and snow is common. Arrive during December’s Christmas markets and a flask of glühwein and the sparkling Christmas lights will keep you warm.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Hamburg Airport (www.hamburg-airport.de) is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. International flights arrive regularly from all over the Europe, New York and as far east as Dubai. Give our Smith24 team of travel experts a call for specific flight times and routes.
  • Trains

    The city’s main station is Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. There’s a direct train to the airport (just 25-minutes) and trains connect with cities all over Germany; Hannover is 75- minutes away and the inter-city service to Berlin takes less than two hours. Within the city itself, there’s the HVV train system which runs with famous German-efficiency.
  • Automobiles

    There’s no need for a car in Hamburg as the city is easily walkable and where you can’t reach on foot, you can catch a HVV train or taxi to. A cab from the airport takes about 30 mins and costs around €20.
  • Taxis

    There are cab ranks on every street corner. If you can’t find a taxi, the nearest bar should be able to call one for you.