Hamburg Airport is located 8 kilometres north of the city. You can get to the city centre by taking line S1 of the S-Bahn underground or any of the regular buses that service the airport.
THINGS TO DO IN HAMBURG
They say that Hamburg is the German gateway to the world. With its suburban parks, artificial lakes, canals, bridges and history, this city leaves no one indifferent.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, today this old district of harbourside warehouses is one of the city's main tourist attractions. Hamburg has reclaimed these red brick, neo-Gothic buildings dating back more than a hundred years and given them a new life. One is now a theatre, another is a restaurant with a sea view, yet another houses the world's largest miniature train.
A good way to explore this port city is to take a ferry tour of its labyrinthine canals. The tours of the banks of the River Elbe start at the Landungsbrücken pier and the first stop is usually the city fish market. Along the way you'll see other buildings like Dockland, next to the Maritime Museum, and Altes Land, an apple and cherry growing area on the outskirts of the city which is well worth a visit in spring to see the blossom on the trees.
The Elbtunnel was a revolutionary feat of engineering in its day. Inaugurated in 1911, the tunnel is nearly 500 metres long and is situated 25 metres below the surface of the River Elbe. You can cross it on foot, by bike or by scooter. Of course, today there are other alternatives for crossing the Elbe, and once you cross Hamburg doesn't have a great deal to offer, but the views are spectacular!
Hamburg boasts the dubious fame of having a red light district that is even larger than the one in Amsterdam. Packed with bars and pubs, its streets are a constant flux of people strolling between the red neon lights of the sex shops and clubs. But this area also has a lively cultural life that many people don't know about, with theatres and concert halls that merit a visit.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best (who would later be replaced by Ringo Starr) arrived in Hamburg in 1960. It was here that the Beatles launched their career, playing their first concert at the legendary Indra club and making their first recording. Beatles Platz is the city's particular tribute to Liverpool's Fab Four, but there are references to the band all over the city.