Hamburg is a cozy city that invariably attracts tourists with its architecture. Often it is called “German Venice” because it is considered a large sea and river port. Arriving in Hamburg, immediately rent a car to catch sightseeing and picturesque surroundings. Be sure to inspect the city hall, built in the neo-Renaissance style, go to the church of St. Michael, which was not destroyed even during the war, look at the “Chilehouse”, which was built by order of a wealthy merchant. For shopping, head to the popular Hanse-Viertel Shopping Center. Of course, visit a variety of cafes and restaurants to feel the difference between traditional German cuisine and other cuisines of the world.
The international airport of Hamburg ( Hamburg International, Airport then ) - http://www.hamburg-airport.de/en/map.php
IATA code: HAM
Location: 9 km from Hamburg
Official website: http://www.hamburg-airport.de/de/
Information: +49 40 50750
The following companies provide car rental at Hamburg Airport: Avis, Budget, Buchbinder, Global Drive, Enterprise, Alamo, National. Racks for rental cars are located in terminal No. 2. There are several parking areas near the airport. Book your seat online for € 5 off.
One of the highlights of Hamburg is the Kunsthalle Gallery. She attracts attention from the outside. Three buildings, as if woven together, were built in different eras. During the tour you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with medieval art, Hamburg Baroque painting, a collection of prints. The gallery presents the works of Rembrandt, Goya, Van Dyck, Corinth, Rubens and many others. In addition to the classics, the new gallery building features works by contemporary authors. The Kunsthalle Coin Hall has a collection of coins and medals in excess of several thousand units. In addition, there are paintings by famous painters.
Hire a car and take a fascinating journey into the plant world. Once there was a small garden where herbs were grown for the production of medicines. Today, the Hamburg Botanical Garden occupies 24 hectares of land. There are walkways, cozy places to relax. On a vast territory grows 18 thousand plants. During the inspection, you will be able to see Chinese and Japanese gardens, an oasis in the desert, a rock garden with alpine plants of the Carpathians and the Alps. Entrance to the garden is free.
Holstenwall 24 http://www.hamburgmuseum.de/de/home
The Museum of History is an amazing story about how, over 12 centuries, a small fortress turned into a large port city. The most ancient exhibit is the skull of the famous pirate Klaus Stertebeker, who lived in the XIV century. The tourists are attracted by Europe’s largest model of the Spur 1 railroad and the “Port model on Alstrera in 1500”. The main goal of the museum is to acquaint the younger generation with the history of the city.
In the very center of the city lies a picturesque place with parks, alleys, trees. It is untouched by civilization, which is why it attracts residents and visitors to the city. Around the lake there is a health trail designed for a sports step or jogging. If you have neither the strength nor the desire to run, you can sit down on a bench and see the beauty. In the distance you will surely see a giant sculpture of a bather. To see the sights nearby, you can rent a catamaran or boat.
The Cap San Diego Museum is located on a cargo ship that was once used to transport large loads. Today, a museum is functioning here, where you can examine the ship's premises, cabin, exhibits telling the history of the German port. Interestingly, several times a year the ship makes a voyage. During the walk, tourists can explore navigation devices, visit the engine room, look into secret corners and cargo hatches. The most convenient way to get to the museum will be in a rented car.
Bergedorfer Schlobstrasse 4 http://www.bergedorfer-museumslandschaft.de/
On the outskirts of the city is Bergedorf Castle, whose history began in the XII century. Hamburg was a merchant city, which was reflected in the architecture of buildings of that time. The construction is devoid of pompous and luxurious attributes, however, its interior and exterior decoration deserves attention. The castle is large. Once a double moat with a drawbridge was made around it. Large stables, a spacious courtyard, beautiful fountains and numerous living quarters provided for a pleasant pastime. Over time, the appearance of Bergedorf changed, but the general features inherent in the Middle Ages were still preserved. Today, the castle houses a museum of the history of the city, where, in addition to the main exhibition, informative exhibitions and concerts of classical music are regularly held.
Billwerder Billdeich 72 http://www.malermuseum.de/
In the vicinity of the city is another interesting attraction - Glockenhaus - a museum that tells the 800-year history of the paint trade. Here you can get acquainted with the skillful imitation of marble, learn about ancient technologies for the production of wallpaper and the history of the guild of artists. The house in which the museum is now located belonged to a wealthy resident of Hamburg. At the end of the XVIII century, the structure was expanded, and to match the Dutch and French Baroque, a signal device and a clock were added. Interestingly, the museum regularly hosts various events, including company presentations and national holidays.
Wellingsbutteler Weg 75
If you want to know how interesting and diverse this world is by renting a car, head to the Alster Valley Museum. Here you can see the collection of old clothes of citizens, which displays exhibits from all cities of Northern Germany. History buffs will be interested to know little-known and amazing facts of the origin and development of the northern districts. After exploring, you can enjoy the beautiful nature and take some memorable shots.
After seeing the sights in Hamburg and on the outskirts, go on an excursion to the small town of Schwerin. It is surrounded by a picturesque system of lakes, so walking here is a pleasure. In addition, the city is famous for its attractions. It is worth visiting the Schwerin Castle, built in the 19th century, the Palace Garden, where there is a drawbridge with cast-iron railings, the Zoological Garden, which is especially appreciated by the younger generation. If you enjoy exploring church buildings, check out the Cathedral and the Gothic Church of Paul. If you have the time, be sure to inspect the island of Kaninhenververder and climb the television tower.
Bremen became famous thanks to the tale of roving musicians. Tourists come here every now and then to plunge into the magical atmosphere. Sightseeing itself fuels interest. The Fountain of the Seven Sloths, the house of Robinson Crusoe and other buildings from fairy tales are considered the most visited. After inspecting them, go to the Old Town. Here is located the town hall, the Roland statue and the market square, where you can dine in between excursions. If you want to relax in nature, you can visit Am Wall Park, and art lovers will appreciate the Bremer Kunsthalle Museum.
Ernst-Merck-Strasse 9 http://www.mutterland.de/shop/
Hire a car and head to Mutterland for a delicious breakfast. You will be offered croissants, scrambled eggs, cold cuts, different types of cheeses and desserts. To get the ordered salad, for example, you will have to wait a bit, but the taste of fresh vegetables and properly selected dressing will appeal to any gourmet. The secret of the institution's success is traditional recipes and natural ingredients. A nice addition - reasonable prices for all dishes.
Do you want a snack? Take a peek at Cafe Absurd. The menu offers German cuisine, in addition, there are dishes for vegetarians. Try schnitzel, fruit salad, pasta here. As a drink you can order tea, coffee, cocktail. If you have problems understanding the names of dishes or ingredients, the friendly staff will help to deal with all the subtleties. Unobtrusive music and a cozy atmosphere make a good impression.
If you want to dine in a cozy restaurant with an original interior and decent service, drop by the Apples Restaurant & Bar. Whatever you order will always be delicious, the design will be original, and the presentation will be delicious. The staff will make you feel comfortable, and the dishes are to your liking. The restaurant is located in the Hyatt Hotel, but this does not spoil the impression. This place is suitable for both a business meeting and a family meal.
Grosse Reichenstrasse 27 http://estancia-steaks.com/index.php
For delicious steaks, head to Estancia Steaks. The meat-eaters here can taste juicy steaks of varying degrees of roasting and taste snacks. Uruguayan beef, classic Ribeye, an Australian steak and properly selected dressing will appeal to everyone. In addition, the restaurant offers a wide selection of wine lists. The competent staff will help you choose the most suitable wine variety based on your preferences. A rented car can be parked nearby.
Turnerstrasse 9 http://www.philipps.restaurant/
Enjoy excellent food and have a good time at the Philipps Restaurant. The menu offers German, Mediterranean cuisine. There are also gluten-free and vegetarian options. In this restaurant you should try dorado, ceviche, bread with lavender, tuna steak. Properly selected marinade and seasonings add taste. To be sure to get to Philipps Restaurant, it is better to book a table in advance.
Neuer Steinweg 26
+49 40 2263500 Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Michel double room - from € 127
Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Michel is famous for its spacious rooms, varied breakfasts and convenient location. If you got a room with a balcony, then you can order dinner and enjoy it while looking at the surroundings of the city. Guests can also visit the fitness room, pool, jacuzzi, sauna. The rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay, and the competent staff will make sure that you have the best experience about the hotel.
Lemsahler Landstrasse 45
+49 40 608220 https://www.steigenberger.com/hotels/alle-hotels/deutschland/hamburg/steigenberger-hotel-treudelberg double room - from € 113
If you come to Hamburg for a couple of days and want to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city, stay at the Steigenberger Hotel Treudelberg Hamburg. In this hotel you will not only relax your body and soul, but also get aesthetic pleasure from the surroundings. In the warm season, you can actively spend time playing golf, exploring the area. In addition, at a convenient time you can visit the fitness center, spa, pool. To get to the hotel, you will need a rental car, which can be left in the free parking lot.
+49 40 899550204 http://www.aspria.com/de/clubs/aspria-hamburg-uhlenhorst/ double room - from € 170
The advantage of the Aspria Hamburg Uhlenhorst is its convenient location. In walking distance there is a park with a lake, a commercial center, restaurants, shops, attractions. Friendly staff is available to assist at any time. The rooms at the hotel are spacious and equipped with everything you need. The spa and pool are open until late, so you can attend the procedures even after long excursions. Thanks to good sound insulation your extraneous sounds will not disturb your dream.
Kieler Str. 171
+49 40 89720690 http://www.motel-one.com/de/hotels/hamburg/hotel-hamburg-altona/ double room - from € 62
If you do not care about the status of the hotel and all you want is to see Hamburg, opt for The Madison Hamburg. This is the best option in terms of price and quality. You will be offered a small room with all the necessary accessories. For breakfast you will enjoy delicious dishes, including famous cheeses, sausages. Thanks to a decent service, you will feel comfortable.
Billstedter Hauptstrasse 44-48
+49 40 733590 http://www.panorama-hotels-hamburg.de/billstedt/ double room - from € 89
Hotel Panorama Hamburg Billstedt is located in a calm quarter in a distance from the city center. Nearby are shops, several restaurants. The spacious rooms offer beautiful city views. It features a swimming pool and a fitness center. In addition, tourists with rented cars can use the free parking. Often, rooms are offered at a discount, so there is a great chance to save on accommodation.
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