Lucy is our Come to Hamburg author. Originally from the UK she is now based in Hamburg. She knows both angles – the touristy one and the one of a Hamburg citizen.
Hamburg is the perfect place to visit for a weekend break this summer, between the beaming sunshine and the cheap ﬂights, it’s a perfect escape when you just fancy getting away. Just a short 1hr ﬂight from most London airports and many European airports, and you can be in the heart of the city feasting on the tasty ﬁschbrötchen or checking out the sights. Planning a visit? If that summer sun is shining, look no further than this guide for some great tips for making the most of the sunshine during your visit.
Not only are these huge lakes a perfect place to spend an afternoon strolling around in the sunshine, but they also have the option of trying out Stand-Up Paddle Boarding or even canoeing. Hitting the water is a great way to cool down in the hot sun, and to check out the city from a different angle. And don’t forget to pick up a tasty ice-cream from Jungfernstieg afterwards.
Hamburg boasts some lovely parks, from the beautiful botanical gardens at Planten un Blomen to the perfect for picnics Stadtpark, to one of the best open spaces, Jenischpark. With no end of bakeries and shops nearby, it’s easy to pick up a tasty picnic or all the ingredients you need to whip up a tasty barbecue in the sunshine.
Hamburg’s river is impossible to miss, from huge container ships to sail boats, everything comes ﬂoating along. But how about if you were to join the boats? Visitors can enjoy harbour boat trips at sunset with Frau Hedi, which are a fantastic way to see the city from a new perspective, or, if you prefer to stay on dry land, why not take a walk along the paths on the city-side of the river. Expect to ﬁnd hidden beaches, cute little beach bars and much more along the way. Make the most of the sunshine and head to Entenwerder Elbpark for great views of the city, but the feeling of escaping the busiest parts. Just two stops on the train from the city, visitors will ﬁnd several barbecue areas, a beach volleyball court, soccer goals and a playground, plenty to keep the whole family entertained.