Flights to Hamburg
The second largest city in Germany is Hamburg and it’s located in the north of the country. Hamburg is one of Germany’s top tourist destinations, featuring beautiful architecture and plenty of culture, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The main airport for flights to Hamburg is the Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel Airport (airport code: HAM), a major airport that serves more than 10 million passengers each year. There are both rail and bus services into Hamburg from the airport. Flights to Hamburg from South Africa usually have 1 connection, such as a stop in London with British Airways. Swissair connects in Zurich, and South African Airways goes through Munich. Lufthansa also has a flight to Hamburg that goes via Munich.
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The Tourist Attractions of Hamburg:
Hamburg is an ancient city that first came into being in the year 808AD when a fortress was built here. Through the centuries the city grew but numerous raids and disasters always reduced Hamburg back to a smaller size again, including a Great Fire in 1842. Despite all these problems Hamburg has grown to become Germany’s second largest city and the seventh largest in the European Union. Tourists will find there are numerous things to see and do here including the following:
Historic Warehouse District
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hamburg’s historic warehouse district features an abundance of old warehouse buildings that were once at the heart of the city’s trade and industry. Based in the harbour area of Hamburg, the older parts of the city can be seen well by boat, and in fact Hamburg is home to the third largest port in Europe. It’s not unlikely to see huge cruise ships docked here!
Within this district there are also several of Hamburg’s tourist attractions such as the Hamburg Dungeon and the Minatur Wunderland. This is the world’s largest miniature railway and includes scenes from Hamburg itself as well as from the Alps, Scandinavia, and parts of the US.
Hamburg City Hall
Amongst the impressive landmarks in Hamburg is the City Hall (called Rathaus in German). This beautiful building is still home to the government of Hamburg and was built when the original town hall was destroyed by the Great Fire. Construction of this one began in 1886 and was completed in 1897. Parts of the City Hall are open to the public and with its many impressive features this is a popular tourist destination.
Museums in Hamburg
Hamburg’s museums are another popular stop for tourists. There are numerous museums within the city so you can pick and choose those that are of interest to you. If art is your thing there’s the Kunsthalle which features paintings from the 19th century, and a contrasting collection of modern art. Also for art is the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe. The Hamburg Museum is a good one to visit as it focuses on the city’s history.
When Should You Visit?:
Rainfall is fairly evenly spread across the year in Hamburg so come prepared for at least some rain while you’re here. For warmer weather the summer months of July and August have average highs of around 22C. May, June and September are also warm. The rest of the year is mild to cool, dropping to an average high of 3.5C in January.