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Flights to Hamburg, Germany

Between history and contemporaneity

It is often said that if you visit Hamburg once, you will certainly return for another visit. Germany's second city in terms of area and population (after Berlin), it also boasts the second-largest port in Europe. No surprise then, that Hamburg should be the home of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. In fine weather, the best way to explore Hamburg is by bicycle: ride through its numerous parks or take a stroll along the shore of the Außenalster, the larger of the two lakes formed by the river Alster. In the 1960s the city's Japanese community planted cherry trees there and since then the city has hosted the Kirschblütenfest, or cherry blossom festival, every May.

Bordering Schleswig-Holstein to the north and Lower Saxony to the south, Hamburg is a city in which a rich past blends with the present. It is also a very diverse city, which makes it even more attractive. Hamburg is one of Germany's sixteen states, so its city council is at the same time the state parliament. Greater Hamburg is one of the most important industrial areas in Germany.


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St Michael's Church

Despite being badly damaged during the Second World War, St Michael's Church remains an eternal symbol of the city of Hamburg. Considered one of the most beautiful churches in northern Germany, it boasts a 132-metre steeple that towers high above the roofs of the city. From the top, you can enjoy a marvellous view of Hamburg in every direction.

Green parks

Hamburg is one of the greenest cities in Europe, with parks, meadows or forest accounting for almost a fifth of the total area of this German metropolis. In the summer months these green areas are especially attractive for picnics and people enjoy the natural surroundings on a daily basis for recreation and relaxation.


Hamburg's imposing Rathaus (Town Hall) is a postcard-worthy sight. Built in 1897 in neo-Renaissance style, it is a beautiful presence in the city centre. It also houses the city parliament and senate and the mayor's office. The Rathaus is open to the public so why not join one of the guided tours of its 647 rooms or visit an exhibition.


Hamburg's seven districts contain 60 museums, 60 theatres, 30 cinemas and more than 100 music venues. Numbers that indicate that Hamburg is truly a city of culture. Citizens are particularly proud of the Elbphilharmonie, the new concert hall complex whose rooftop terrace offers stunning views of the city.

A modern port

This north German city's connection with the world is measured in big numbers. More than 13,000 ships from all over the world call at Hamburg every year. And while the port is interesting in itself, other attractions include the Harbour Museum and an annual festival known as the Port Birthday, which takes place each spring and attracts over a million visitors.

Speicherstadt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hamburg's Speicherstadt or "warehouse district" – said to be the world's largest warehouse complex – is a tourist attraction of national importance. Built on thousands of oak piles sunk into the Elbe, its thick walls are of red brick, particularly beautiful when floodlit at night. Today these warehouses with their rich history house numerous museums.