Hamburg Airport is situated in the north of Germany, just 10km outside the city. Hiring a car is the best way to make the most of your trip here.
Things to See and Do in Hamburg
Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city by population but it doesn’t feel overwhelming. There is a delightful atmosphere in and around the waterway networks that almost contradicts its status as the second largest working port in Europe.
The Hamburg Fish Market is a legendary institution in the city and it is a must see for all visitors. Although its name suggests it has a food niche, the market sells anything that you can imagine and it is worth visiting just to see the range of products on offer. The hustle and bustle of the market is captivating and if you are a fan of ‘people watching’, grab a coffee and take a seat.
If you are interested in visiting beautiful religious buildings then you should definitely seek out the Church St. Michaelis. It is the most famous of the five main churches in the city and as soon as you get close it is easy to see why. The 132m high spire is an iconic part of Hamburg’s skyline and as you get closer you will see the bronze statue of Saint Michael dramatically conquering the devil.
As you step foot inside the church, the stunning white walls and ornate gold decorations are quite magical. You will be able to spend an age looking around the interior of the church and if you have some time make sure you go to the top of the spire to take in one of the best views in the city.
The Miniatur Wunderland is a fantastic family attraction. A model railway exhibition which is one of the largest of its kind in the world, it consists of 7 distinct sections based on locations around the world including Hamburg, America and Switzerland. The exhibition is a great half day trip and the attention to detail in the models is staggering.
Hamburg Day Trips
Hamburg is known as Germany’s gateway to the rest of the world, and the same could be said in reverse. The city is perfectly located to give you access to all of the delights of the region.
The city of Bremen is only around a 1 hour drive from Hamburg along Autobahn 1. The city is a great place for a day trip and there are lots of things to see and do here. The Rathaus is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and is widely regarded as one of the finest in Europe. You should also visit the Cathedral of Saint Peter and take a walk in the charming cobbled streets of the Schnoor area to see the world’s smallest hotel.
Just over an hour’s drive to the east of Hamburg is Schwerin, one of the most photogenic cities in Germany. The city has picturesque lakes, fairytale castles and brilliant museums. The most popular attraction in the city by far is the Schweriner Schloss.
The city’s fantastic castle is built on a small island in the middle of the Schweriner See, a large lake in the middle of the city. It is an amazing sight and it will keep your camera busy all day as you stroll around the immaculate gardens and into the castle itself.