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One week in and around Hamburg! any advice greatly welcomed.

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1. Posted by inthemerde (Budding Member, 26 posts) 27 Aug '09 02:43

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Hello fellow travelers,

I live in Paris, the first week of November I m invited to a wedding in Hamburg. I will stay one week and I ll have 4-5 days free time to enjoy it with a friend of mine.

I don't know that part of Germany. I d greatly appreciate if you could me give some advice on what not-to-miss in the city or vicinity of it.
I don't mean only sightseeing, for example a suggestion on a beer definitely to taste or a bratwurst definitely worth trying kind of stuff would be also great. Or lets say going to Kopenhagen for a day trip would be worth trying??

PS: I ve found Paris-Hamburg 99euros/return by Lufthansa, I think it s a very good deal, could you think of any other option to beat that one?

thank you
Oz

2. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 27 Aug '09 03:02

I ve found Paris-Hamburg 99euros/return by Lufthansa, I think it s a very good deal, could you think of any other option to beat that one?

www.bahn.de - EuropaSpecial France, from 39 EUR one-way if you book in advance. If you are lucky you might find this special offer for the day you want to travel.

www.skyscanner.net - budget flight search. There might be some flights for 20-40 EUR one-way, but watch out for cost of transport to and from the airport, especially with Ryanair.

Aside from that I agree that the 99 EUR return a very good deal and I recommend that you take it.

www.hamburg.de should give you some idea what is there to do and see in the city.

3. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 27 Aug '09 04:58

And around Hamburg there is Luebeck, Lueneburg, the thermal spas in Bad Bevensen and Soltau - and of course, Berlin is not too far either.

4. Posted by inthemerde (Budding Member, 26 posts) 29 Aug '09 02:29

Yes I will stick to the 99 EUR deal, I checked the trains, it takes 9 hrs from Paris, so it s not worth it for the slight difference.
Berlin is a good option but I think I wont go that far.

Travelers, any other ideas to spend time in Hamburg?

Do you recommend the rent-bike service? We have it here in paris and its great. is it user friendly for a tourist?

What about the lake in the city? Can we rent some boat or canoe or a even a sailing boat? (a laser class maybe, 1 sail only)

Any museums absolutely not to miss in Hamburg?(we have enough museums here in paris, it should be sth. really special!)

Is it a walking friendly city, how do you recommend we move around?

Thanks in advance

5. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive, 698 posts) 29 Aug '09 05:44

It is bitterly cold in Hamburg that time of year. The wind off the North Sea and the chilling breeze from the east cuts right through you on a November day. Take plenty of warm clothes and thermals. -15 to -20c is not unusual. Of all the big German cities, Hamburg is one of the dreariest. For a city of nearly 2million people, it has nowhere near as much interesting stuff going on as Bonn or Munich.
My suggestion if you are there for nearly a week is to do Copenhagen as you have already mentioned or maybe a trip to Amsterdam by train. Neither destinations are that far away and you will have much more to enjoy in both of them then being stuck in Hamburg.
5 days in Hamburg in the middle of winter? I think you will be struggling to enjoy yourself after day 3.
So sorry if I have offended anybody who lives there. No offence intended, but to say Hamburg is full of lots of things to do and see and there are endless things going on, would not be striking the right note when trying to advise a first timer there.
Sorry again.