Cheap Flights to Hamburg
- Area City : 755 km² (sq mi)
- Area Codes : 040
- Currency : Euro (EUR)
- Population City (2015) : 1,774,242
- Official Language : Low German, Standard German
- Time Zone : CET (UTC+1) / Summer CEST (UTC+2)
- Airports : Hamburg (Flughafen Hamburg) International Airport
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Airlines that land at Hamburg International Airport, direct from the United Kingdom, comprise:
- British Airways
- BMI regional flights
Other airlines include:
- Air France
- Smart Wings
Reasons to Visit Hamburg
- Hamburg is a charming city with striking contrasts of old and new, beautiful verdant parks, lakes and marvellous baroque churches, mansions once homes to Roman noblemen and fairytale castles. The city’s rivers, streams and canals have around 2,500 bridge crossings and within the city limits Hamburg has more bridges than any other city in the world. Located on the River Elbe Hamburg comprises a rich, interesting and tumultuous history going back centuries with Viking ships, raids, occupations, the burning of the city and the Black Death in 1350 that claimed 60% of the population.
- To glean more on history, visitors have a choice selection of outstanding museums, buildings, landmarks and historic streets to enjoy including over 20 fabulous art galleries, a string of remarkable theatres that stage opera, musicals, comedy, drama and more. For English visitors, the English Theatre of Hamburg is the oldest professional English theatre in Germany.
- Pleasant days call for meandering through lush, colourful parks, shopping in Mönckebergstrasse (Mö), relaxing river boat cruises down the Elbe, along the canals or barge tours of the harbour, all affording a glimpse into history with breathtaking views.
- When flying into Hamburg you will land at Hamburg (Flughafen Hamburg) International Airport. Using our site you should get great deals on cheap flights to and from Hamburg.
- Hamburg offers an exciting mixture of nightclubs with many located in the St Pauli area and plenty of activity around Reeperbahn, today regarded for its historical features rather than its sex trade. The famous street has theatres, hip nightclubs and music bars. Also popular is the bohemian Schanzenviertel district while Lange Reihe Street and Grossneumarkt Square are great for pubs and bars.
Places to Visit Hamburg
- The art museum Kunsthalle Hamburg founded in 1817 by the Hamburg Kunstverein held regular exhibitions from 1850. The Kunsthalle was built in 1869 and is Germanys largest art museum showing a variety of fantastic pieces from medieval, romanticism, impressionism, classic and contemporary periods.
- Not to be missed is Deichtorhallen Hamburg, one of Europe’s largest art centres, located in two fine-looking historical buildings (1911-1913) it affords a wonderful variety of contemporary art and photography.
- St Michaels Church, a major landmark in Hamburg and its most famous Lutheran church, opened in 1669. Take in unrivalled vistas of the city, harbour and beyond from the 106-metre-high observation deck or enter the crypt for a 30-minute film, Hamburg History, that takes you through an eventful 1,000 years of history (in German).
- The Gothic Revival Church of St. Nicholas has a sad and tragic history. First erected as a wooden chapel in the latter 12th century, the structure suffered burning, re-erecting, collapsing, turning to ashes, being rebuilt in neo-gothic style only to be bombed in July 1943. Today the only remnant, its magnificent spire stands as a memorial against war with an inside elevator that affords impressive views of the city.
- A great attraction, especially for dads and sons is the Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg housed in a beautiful neo-Gothic style warehouse, the oldest preserved warehouse in Hamburg. It shows Peter Tamm’s collection of construction plans, model ships, uniforms and maritime art and has more than 40,000 items with over a million photographs.
- Docked in Hamburg’s harbour, the Soviet submarine B-515, built in 1976 and active until 2001, is now a public museum. Its the largest espionage and hunting submarine in the world, well worth a visit.
- Ahrensburg Castle, a striking white Renaissance water castle built in 1580 is a landmark that’s dominated the city for over 400 years. It shows off extensive porcelain, furniture and paintings with the first floor comprising a Rococo and early classicism style. Experience another world by walking up the magnificent Rococo staircase. With its beautiful garden, chapel and castle cellar, its hosted many celebrations and weddings. There are activities geared specifically for children with highlights for all such as the cinema summer music event or the medieval market.
- Schwerin Castle and Park, home for centuries to the Dukes of Mecklenburg is one of the city’s most photographed attractions. With five wings and 653 rooms it provides some of the finest examples of historical architecture in Europe. Climb the Schwerin Cathedral tower for a stunning 360 degree view of the city, relax on the observation deck with panoramic vistas or enjoy a scrumptious meal in the restaurant 100 metres up. During summer, don’t miss the popular opera festival for an awesome evening under the stars. A worthwhile stop at the castle is at the State Museum, possessing Europe’s biggest Dutch art collection.
- A must experience is Lübeck. Founded in 1143 as the first western city on the Baltic coast, it still embodies a remnant of medieval ambiance with marvellous historical and cultural attractions. The Holsten Gate is a reminder of when it was a free imperial Hanseatic city. Surrounded by water, the old town with its 7 towers, churches and abbeys, merchants houses, narrow lanes and streets, baroque, Renaissance, Gothic and neo-classic buildings, brings a thousand years of history to life. It has since 1987 been a protected UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Arise early on a Sunday to visit Hamburg’s legendry Fish Market. Trading since 1703 its an experience with a difference as traders vie for buyers of their produce. End off with a meal in the historic fish hall with country and western or jazz music.
- Historic streets provide pleasurable strolls. Bäckerbreitergang 49 to 58 comprises a continuous row of plain, restored half-timbered houses dating back to the 18th and 19th century. Built as early as the 17th century are houses and the office of the Deichstrasse that today has this old merchants street filled with a variety of pubs and restaurants. Worth a visit is the residential area of Peterstrasse, Neanderstrasse and Hütten, particularly the baroque Beylingstift at numbers 35 to 39, also home to the Johannes Brahms and Telemann museums that attract music lovers from around the world.
- The Hamburg Rathaus is the town hall of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Constructed in 1886/87 it’s a handsome building comprising historicism, Renaissance Revival architectural designs.
- A great place for relaxing with friends and family is the 148 hectare Stadtpark that opened in 1914. Sunny weekends attract more than 200,000 visitors, young and old of all cultures who picnic, fly kites, sunbath, play football or just relax while children have fun in the giant playground. Summer has the massive open-air swimming pool open with rowing and paddle boats available. A worthwhile visit is to the planetarium in the former water tower.
- The 47 hectare Planten un Blomen is an oasis of beauty with fountains, lawns, colourful flower displays, a rose garden with 300 different types, a botanical garden that houses a tropical greenhouse and the biggest Japanese garden in Europe. Not to missed, from May to September, is the water light shows with music and the fountains alight in colours.
- A must for beer drinkers is Gröninger Privatbrauerei located in the Old Town where theyve been brewing their own beer since 1750.
Getting Around Hamburg
The Hamburg HVV (Hamburger Verkehrsverbund) is superbly efficient with its system of rail, buses and ferry transportation all through Hamburg and surrounding areas. Tickets can be procured from machines in stations, rail-road ticket facilities and in buses. To keep travelling costs low, visitors can purchase well priced travel cards suitable to their specific needs.
The U-Bahn & S-Bahn:
The U-Bahn has four underground lines, the S-Bahn six suburban lines with nine regional rail services providing direct and rapid links within the Hamburg region. Over weekends and on public holidays, major U-Bahn and S-Bahn services run all night including a network of buses that connect with the rapid transit and rail services.
Complimenting the rail network is a great range of bus services that comprise metro buses for direct and frequent travel, express buses for more comfort, sprinter and regional or town buses that connect to stations and surrounding suburbs. Fast and well-organised, they travel throughout the city in designated bus lanes.
The city has six ferry lines operating the harbour and River Elbe and your HVV ticket can be used for a trip to sea or a short trip around the harbour.
As Hamburg is a cycle-friendly city with bicycle lanes and lots of wide avenues, cyclists have the lucrative public bike system of StadtRAD Hamburg. With about 80 stations, bikes can be borrowed and returned to any station with your first 30 minutes free. Telephonic bookings can also be made. A bank, credit or customer card is required.
Taxis can be found all through the city and operate 24/7.
Visitors wanting to hire vehicles can do so from Europcar, Sixt, Avis, Hertz and Budget with branches in the city or at Hamburg International Airport.