Culture, architecture, art, family attractions and nightlife - Hamburg holidays have a lot to offer. Nestling on the banks of the River Elbe, historic Hamburg is packed with lots of things to see and experience, making it an ideal destination for a city break. Explore the city?s colourful past at the Museum of Hamburg History, admire the art at Kunsthalle Hamburg or visit the city?s oldest buildings such as Rathaus and the Church of St Michael. For retail therapy, you'll discover designer boutiques and big-name stores along the Monckebergstrasse and luxury shops at Alsterarkaden, while a visit to the famous Sunday morning Fish Market is an experience in itself. Or why not combine museums with shopping at the Hamburg Warehouse District. Take a stroll in the Park Planten um Blomen with its fountains and ice/skating rink or along the Harbour Promenade. For family fun, visit the 9,000 model trains at Minatur Wunderland or the thrice-yearly Hamburger Dom Festival. Winter brings snow and sets the festive scene for Hamburg?s Christmas Markets. All of this is under a two hour flight away from the UK, making holidays to Hamburg perfect for short breaks and long weekends.
You'll be spoilt for choice of things to see and do during a holiday in Hamburg. Enjoy a picnic or boat tour at Alster Lakes. Explore the wonders of the solar system at Planetarium Hamburg. Get close to the wildlife at Tierpark Hagenbeck, Hamburg?s zoo. Climb the 453 steps to the top St. Michael?s Church for magnificent views of the city and the harbour. For a splashing time and relaxation, head to the Bodenwald Complex home to pools, waterslides, Turkish bath and saunas. Golfers can play a round at one of the six golf courses around the city.
Hamburg really comes to life after dark with a great choice of bars and nightspots to choose from. The St Pauli area is home to trendy nightclubs and live music venues, while the Reeperbahn is the city?s legendary entertainment and red light district. The bohemian Schanzenviertel district has great clubs and bars, while the bars and pubs on Lange Reihe Street and Grossneumarkt Square are popular too.
Hamburg streets are lined with tasty cafes and restaurants. From fresh fish and seafood dishes to pizza and pasta, with red berry compote as dessert ? there are many options to tempt your palate in Hamburg. Local German wines and beers make the perfect accompaniment to your meal.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk)website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
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