Cheap flights to Hamburg (State)

Officially known as Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg), the city-state of Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany, the thirteenth largest German state, and the eighth largest city in the European Union.  It has a population of more than  1.8 million people, with the  Hamburg Metropolitan Region (including parts of the neighbouring Federal States of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein) inhabited by more than five million people. Hamburg is a major transport hub and is one of Europe’s most affluent cities. The port of Hamburg, on the Elbe River, is the second largest port in Europe and is the tenth largest in the world. 


What to see & do

Within Hamburg’s city centre, there are several areas where one can visit and explore. Around Mönckebergstraße are great shopping areas, especially in Spitaler Straße and Mönckebergstraße streets. Here, one will also find two of Hamburg’s five main churches, St. Jacobi (at road Jakobikirchhof) and St. Petri (at road Bergstraße). At the end of Mönckebergstraße is the impressive Neo-Renaissance-style sandstone city hall building built in 1897, which has guided tours. Other notable areas here are the House of Commerce; a little place called Rathaushof; the white arches at the Alsterarkaden canal, behind which are numerous indoor shopping arcades; and the artificial lake Binnenalster and the even bigger artificial lake, Außenalster. Visit the ruins of the St. Nikolai church, which is located at the other side of Trostbrücke; and Alte Deichstraße, where the harbour moved afterwards. Walk in the harbour area to see the Elbe River. Other neighbourhoods worth visiting include Sankt Pauli (one of the world’s most famous red-light districts), Schanzenviertel (a popular area among students, immigrants, and young creatives), Sankt Georg (the lively, trendy centre of Hamburg's gay scene), Ottensen (one of Hamburg’s most expensive neighbourhoods), Karolinenviertel (a quaint place known for its unique clothing stores), Blankenese (a fishing village), and Bergedorf (known as the “garden of Hamburg”).


How to get around within Hamburg

Getting around Hamburg is easy with its well-developed public transport system. Buses are available all day, while a special “Nachtbus” service connects the outlying districts and the city centre at night.

Meanwhile, the S-Bahn and U-Bahn (metro) train services (underground and overground) operate from approximately 5:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. in the central city. Past 11:00 p.m. however, there are usually no services in outlying districts; but on weekends, all-night services are available. You can also bike in Hamburg, although bikes are not allowed on subways before 9:00 a.m. and between 4-6:00 p.m., unless it is a folding bike. There are six ferry services that operate in the harbour and along the Elbe River, as part of the regular public transport system. If you prefer to take a taxi instead, taxi ranks are identified by a green box on a post. You can either wait there or phone a taxi company. 


How to get there

The city-state has Germany’s fifth largest international airport, Airport Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel, therefore making it easily accessible by plane from different parts of the world, but mostly connections within Europe. It is connected to the city by the S-Bahn S1 commuter train line, linking it to the Central Station, which is 30 minutes away from the city centre. Lufthansa is just one of the major airlines that operate here. There’s also Airport Lübeck-Blankensee (also known as Hamburg-Lübeck), which is located 65 kilometres from Hamburg via motorway A1. Wizz Air operates in this airport, offering flights to and from London, Dublin, Glasgow, Stockholm, Milan, Pisa, Kiev, and Gdansk. Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport, which is located just across the Elbe River, is the most convenient airport for travellers visiting Hamburg, but it is limited to Airbus employees only and for freight services. Lastly, there’s Hamburg-Uetersen Airport, which is served by Air Hamburg, which offers flights to and from numerous German islands. The only way to reach it is by taxi. Other ways to get in are by train, car, bus, and boat. 

Flights to Hamburg (State)

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