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With a population of 1.8 million, Hamburg is the second biggest city of Germany and 8th in the EU. Hamburg was first mentioned in the 8th century and was also a member of the Hanseatic league until the 17th century, which was a trading alliance between the dominant cities along the north coast of Europe. The harbour, the biggest in Germany and 2nd biggest in Europe, has always been of great importance and remains a significant trading spot even today.
Quick Guide to Hamburg
- Must Know: The city of Hamburg has an extensive transport system and so it is easy to get around, although it is most pleasant to explore the city by foot.
- Must See: Take a stroll to see the famous port of Hamburg, grab some ice cream on a sunny day and take an hours boat tour with an English speaking guide.
- Must Do: Climb the stairs of St. Michael’s Church to get a stunning view of the whole city.
- Did You Know: Hamburg has more than 2,300 bridges - more than both Venice and Amsterdam combined.
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Where is the airport and what is the best way to get there?
Public transportation between Hamburg Airport and the city centre is easiest using the S1 line, which goes directly to the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. Trains run every 10 minutes.
Hamburg, ZOB am Hbf. (über Magdeburg)
Travel to Hamburg
It's easy to take a train direct to Hamburg city centre from the local airport. The train station is close to the airport terminals and easily reached via elevators or stairs. The journey to the city centre takes about 25 minutes and trains leave every ten minutes. Buying a HVV ticket entitles users to access any public transport options in Hamburg, including trains, buses and passenger ferries. If you arrive at the ferry port you can take the U-Bahn U4 line into the city centre or catch a bus.
Travelling around Hamburg
Some of the most popular ways to see the sights of Hamburg include sightseeing buses and harbour or canal boat tours. There are a variety of popular walking trails through the city, with different distances to cater for people at any fitness level. It's possible to buy a Hamburg Card, rather than HVV tickets, for unlimited transport throughout the HVV area, as well as discounts off entry to a variety of local tourist attractions and money off deals at retailers in the city.