Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city with its roots as a place of trade dating back to the Middle Ages as a member of the Hanseatic League. It is crossed by hundreds of canals, giving it the nickname of the “Venice of the North”.
The city is also very green, with the open spaces and woodland of the Stadt Park, and the inner city park Planten un Blomen (Plants and Flowers) whose lake offers nightly coloured fountain displays set to music. At its centre core is the Alster lake, where you can take scenic boat tours, and running alongside is the central Jungfernstieg boulevard that connects the Altstadt (old town), home to the beautiful 18th-century St. Michael’s Church with the Neustadt (new town).
The city is a major international port based on the Elbe river, and from Landungsbrucken you can regularly see huge supertankers and cruise ships cruise by, and every Sunday from early in the morning you can visit the bustling Fischmarkt (fish market) close by. Further along from here you can visit the new and expanding Harbour City complete with its newly opened ElbePhilharmonie concert hall.
The city has a very cosmopolitan and laidback atmosphere, with many bars and restaurants based in Sternschanze and the Reeperbahn, long famous for its Red Light District and entertainment venues that have acted as the birthplace of world famous bands such as The Beatles. Depending on when you travel, you can visit the Dom, the largest fun fair in Northern Germany which runs for a month every spring, summer and winter.
Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras International to Brussels Midi station, either in standard or Standard Premier class. On arrival in Brussels, change trains and board the ICE service taking you to Cologne Hauptbahnhof station, travelling in either 1st or standard class. On arrival in Cologne transfer to check in to your chosen hotel for an overnight stay.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Cologne Hauptbahnhof station for your journey to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof station by ICE train, travelling in either standard or 1st class. Once in Hamburg, transfer to your chosen hotel for the 1st night of your break.
Sightseeing at your leisure in Hamburg.
Sightseeing at your leisure in Hamburg.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Hamburg Haupotbahnhof station for your return journey to Cologne Hauptbahnhof station by ICE train, travelling in either standard or 1st class. Transfer to your chosen hotel for an overnight stay.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Cologne Hauptbahnhof station for your return journey by ICE train to Brussels Midi. On arrival in Brussels, change trains and board the return Eurostar service to St Pancras International.
The itinerary for this tour is offered as a suggestion for a short break, however should you wish to add additional nights in any of the locations provided these can be arranged for you to extend your stay.
Should you also wish to either change your times of travel from those suggested and/or change your hotel accommodation to a property not suggested, we will be happy to arrange this for you.
For Eurostar services, this will give the choice to travel in either standard or Standard Premier class, and for all other European trains you will have the choice to travel in either standard or 1st class.
Enroute to and from Hamburg, choose to stay at either the 3* Sandmanns am Dom, 4* Wyndham Koln or 5* Excelsior Hotel Ernst in Cologne
On arrival in Hamburg, choose to stay at either the 3* Furst Bismarck , 4*Europaischer Hof or 5*Atlantic Kempinski.
All hotels are hand-selected for their central location near to the train station and for their excellent customer reviews.
Please also make us aware of any additional requests required, ie arranging transfers between the train station and your hotel.
We are also able to arrange excursions and other transportation tickets for your destination if required.
Prices start from £580.00 per person, and are based on the current exchange rate.
All prices are based on two people travelling in standard class and sharing a 3* double bedroom, are subject to availability and alteration, and to terms and conditions.
Trade fairs and public holidays may also affect these prices.