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Home to a vast port, dedicated green spaces, sprawling waterways and more than 100 bars and clubs, Hamburg is now reachable in less than 2 hours, 4 times a week directly from Liverpool John Lennon Airport thanks to the huge expansion of Romanian based airline, Blue Air.
Blue Air announced last October that Liverpool would become their newest European base with flights to Rome, Milan, Hamburg and Alicante all starting at the end of March, with the airline unveiling a unique livery for this aircraft following a public competition.
Now you can follow in the footsteps of our beloved Beatles and explore this new destination, just perfect for a Spring city break or summer holiday.
The Kunstmeile are five famous art institutions in the centre of Hamburg. Positioned within easy walking distance of each other and also to Alster Lake which is said to encourage visitors alike to ‘take a stroll of discovery’. The five galleries exhibit a modern and eclectic mix of contemporary and historical art and are a must see for art lovers. Get a preview of the current exhibitions here.
The world’s largest model railway and Hamburg’s most popular tourist attraction is a great day out for families. Located next to the Elbe in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt, more than 13 million visitors have already explored this amazing miniature world. On more than 1,300 sqm the miniature world shows eight different worlds with more than 215,000 figures and thousands of moving trains, cars, ships and planes. Plan your trip here.
Take advantage of Hamburg’s coastal connection and enjoy all the delicious seafood that this city has to offer. Early every Sunday morning, around 70,000 locals and tourists visit the famous Fischmarkt in St Pauli. The market opened in 1703, and the ever enthusiastic market criers are a spectacle in themselves. To keep you distracted from the pungent smell, local live bands play classic German pop songs in the fish auction hall across the way.
Isemarkt – open for business on Tuesdays and Fridays, it is the longest open-air market in Europe, stretching along the banks of the Isebek canal. The market is covered under the U-Bahn tracks and offers everything from coffee, to books and fresh food.
This is one for the history lovers, as Auswanderermuseum is a similar concept to New York’s Ellis Island. Hamburg’s emigration museum focuses on the conditions that encouraged around 5 million people to leave Germany, for the US and South America in search of a better life from 1850 to the 1930s. The signs and displays are multilingual and express the hardships that were endured before and during the voyage to the ‘New World’.
Seven stories of red brick warehouses, Speicherstadt is the largest continuous warehouse complex in the world and in 2015 it was declared a UNESCO world heritage site. The warehousing complex is home to various shops, cafes and small museums, that can be enjoyed by walking or by Barkasse (flat tour boats). It also houses many other culutural activities such as: Hamburg dungeon and a night market. Plan your visit here.
John Lennon once said: “I might have been born in Liverpool – but I grew up in Hamburg”. But St Pauli is not just famous for the Beatles, it is also known for its colourful street art, cheap backpacker hostels, artisan boutiques, and the Reeperbahn. Reeper Bahn is the entertainment district of Hamburg, this is where the night really comes alive with bars, music, restaurants and of course, the red light district. St. Pauli was also recently voted as one of The Guardian’s ‘five best places to live in the world’. Check it out here.
Two thirds of Hamburg is dedicated to green spaces, so if you’re tired of seeing the red bricks of this German city, why not spend a day cycling or walking around a park instead? There are many parks to explore including Stadtpark which is a huge urban park and event venue that hosts festivals and music throughout the year. The small, friendly atmosphere has hosted many special guests such as: Bob Dylan, The Who, Paolo Nutini and Santana etc. This year the likes of Norah Jones, Amy Macdonald, Michael Kiwanuka amongst other artists will be playing here, and hopefully you’ll be following with a stein in hand. Find out more here.
Hamburg is crammed with shopping areas and the developed waterfront area of Alster Arcades is home to many luxury designer shops. There is also the Karoviertel Quarter, Moenckebergstrasse street, Spitalerstrasse street and Jungfernstieg promenade to check out for tourist knick-knacks, independent stores and original artwork. Click here to find our more.
Germany’s largest port is located in Hamburg and is the second busiest in the country. A cruise along the river is lovely whatever time of day, however, it is a little more romantic at sunset isn’t it? Passengers travel pass historic bridges and neighbourhoods while relaxing on the calm waters and enjoying the sun setting on this fascinating port city.
You can find out more about the Blue Air routes now available direct from Liverpool John Lennon Airport by clicking here. Head to www.blueairweb.com to book your flights and discover Hamburg for yourself.
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