Hamburg, my pearl

If we recommend to make a visit to Hamburg, then there is a good reason for it. Or in the case of Hamburg – thousands. No matter if you are a musical fan, a shopping queen, a night owl, an architecture freak or a cultural aficionado – the Hanseatic city has something for everyone. And best of all: Hamburg is just 90 minutes away from Klagenfurt Airport.

If one thinks of the Hanseatic city, one immediately has the bright neon lights of the Reeperbahn, the hustle and bustle of the Altona fish market and the red brick buildings of the Speicherstadt in mind. In between these attractions there is also a cultural landscape, where everything from musicals to punk, from the harbor bar to award-winning restaurants and from a powerful “Moin, moin” to the world’s largest museum of model railways can be found. Everything (and much more) finds its place in Hamburg. With this variety it is sometimes difficult for the locals to find their way around, but do not worry, with these tips your trip to the Elbe is guaranteed to be unforgettable!

PS: With the Hamburg Card, you can not only travel cheaply by train, bus and all harbor ferries, you also get discounts and special offers at over 150 partners – even with harbor tours or musical tickets. You can book the card in advance via the Internet (link) or buy directly from us at the airport in the Buy & Fly shop in the departure lounge before you fly.

Skating in the Planten un Blomen park

Whether you are a national figure skating champion, an ambitious amateur or an absolute ice skating rookie, Europe’s largest open-air skating rink in Hamburg’s Planten un Blomen Park has plenty of room to let off steam. Also on offer: curling and a private skate service. The INDOO Ice Arena has been open daily from mid-November to mid-March from 10am to 10pm.

St. Pauli winter deck

On the winter deck at Schießbudenplatz in St. Pauli things get hot even at temperatures below freezing. The Hamburg interpretation of a winter market also heats up in the chimney lounge, but above all metaphorically from the inside – with numerous cocktail creations of rather frivolous nature, such as the snow blower or the nutcracker. Rocky’s Pun (s) ch and Bratapfelglühwein are also very popular.

Planetarium Hamburg

During a visit to the Planetarium Hamburg, which is located in a historic water tower in the Hamburg city park, wind and weather quickly become trivial. Newly opened in 2017, the Star Cinema is one of the most modern planetariums in the world and not only provides a 360 ° panorama view of the cosmos in its shows, but also deposits this voyage of discovery with 360 ° sound. So you will be completely satisfied!

Hamburg in Winter. This city does not leave anyone cold.

The city on the Elbe is known for a lot, but not necessarily for their friendly weather. Here it meets “notorious” already better. Since nobody is going to Hamburg due to the prevailing climate anyway, the Venice of the North is a good place for a winter trip. There is a lot to experience there. And of course enough opportunities to warm up in between.

In addition to the numerous museums and cultural attractions as well as the much more numerous shops and boutiques that attract visitors throughout the year, Hamburg vacationers also expect some very special Gustostückerl Hanseatic culture in the cold season: from Christmas and winter markets to romantic skating rinks all the way to the winter deck in St. Pauli, probably the world’s best address for baked apple mulled wine and Co.

Must Sees in Hamburg


If you hang around in the Hamburg harbor area, you can not get past the piers. The historic pier with its two towers and green domes is still an important transportation hub, except that today instead of steamships above all ferries, catamarans and subway and commuter train stop here. The numerous bars and beach clubs in the immediate area are also recommended. Not only the drinks, but also the view of the passing ships.

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Hamburg Fishmarket

Although it is called fish market, and this spectacle takes place every Sunday morning in front of the fish auction in Altona, this term probably does not go far enough. There’s just everything here: fresh fish of every shape and size, baskets full of fruits and vegetables, but also rubber trees, porcelain cups or curtains. The whole thing is rounded off with live music and first-class fish sandwiches. And since the market opens already at 5 o’clock in the morning, it is also very good for breakfast after a night of drinking on the nearby Reeperbahn.

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Harbour Cruise

If you really want to get to know the Port of Hamburg, you have to feel the spray and the waves. From the shore, this is difficult to accomplish, you simply have to get on a boat. But since Hamburg is Hamburg and a boat is not just a boat, there are many variations here. From the classic tourist cruise to the barges of Mrs. Hedis Dance Cafe, on which there is not only bar service but also live music during the round trips.

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