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.
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* Wedina An Der Alster , 4*Europaischer Hof or 5*Atlantic Kempinski.
Prices start at £512.00 per person*
*Based on two people staying in a 3 star hotel and travelling in Standard class.
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