The German city of Hamburg is situated on the River Elbe in the north of the country and is home to the second largest port in Europe. With a mercantile history linked to the port since the 1100's, Hamburg is very much a maritime city.
Nowadays, media is big business and the city is home to over 6000 businesses including leading European publishing house Gruner + Jahr and German TV & Radio broadcaster NDR. As well as media, Hamburg's economy is built around shipping, engineering (including a big base for Airbus) and the banking industry.
From a leisure perspective, Hamburg is a great tourist destination with grandiose architecture and the pretty river Elbe running through its centre. the planetarium, open since 1930, offers you the chance to see the night sky in the unique setting of the Winterhuder Water Tower. Head to the town hall in the centre of town and you'll find yourself in the heart of the shopping district. Hamburg is internationally regarded as a shopping destination and there are shops to suit all tastes and budgets.
Catch the S-Bahn (suburban rail network), line S1 from directly outside the terminals and in 25 minutes, you'll be at the central railway station in Hamburg. The journey takes approx 25 minutes and trains leave every 10 minutes. There are taxis, numerous buses and airport shuttle services also readily available and reasonably priced.
Home from home - flights to Hamburg
Ranked #1 on Tripadvisor, the Park Hyatt Hamburg is centrally located near to the main shopping street and within easy walking distance of Hamburgs main sight seeing areas.. The The hotel has everything you'd expect from a 5 star establishment including spacious, modern rooms, a spa, pool and gym. Park Hyatt Hamburg
The Hotel Alsterblick is situated on the shores of the Lake Außenalster. slightly further out of town than the Park Hyatt but set in a beautiful historic building, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi and business facilities and the rooms are reasonably priced. Hotel Alsterblick
If fine dining is what you're after, look no further than the 2 michelin starred Restaurant Haerlin. The traditional oak panelled dining room is elegant and sophisticated and the food, french, traditional, is of exceptional quality. You will need to book ahead.
Hamburg is well known for its seafood and there are many fish restaurants to choose from. A particular favourite on trip advisor is Fischereihafen which is actually situated in the Port of Hamburg. So, whislt you're eating your oysters or fish soup, you can sit and look at the water.
Hamburg Christmas market:
Choose Hamburg, home to several Christmas Markets, the best-known and prettiest of which is held at the Town Hall. It’s bursting with history, tradition and a proud Hanseatic heritage, all hosted by the renowned Circus Roncalli, where visitors can discover lovingly decorated stalls, warm punch served by clowns and entertainment from circus artistes.
Every day at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm Father Christmas flies in on his reindeer sleigh above the roofs of the Christmas Market cottages, telling the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Enjoy one of the many Christmas markets over Hamburg, with the largest set outside the impressive town hall.
Dates: 24 November until 23 December 2014.