London Hamburg Flights
Hamburg, one of the most charming German Bundesländer, is a great place to find out more about the German open and yet discreet people.
Germany’s second largest metropolitan area is said to be an international city, because of its place in the worldwide trade and also because of its political importance. Being one of the most significant harbors in the world, it is considered a city-state, which can sustain its financial independence. Nowadays, the harbor in Hamburg ranks second in Europe and sixth in the whole world. Moreover, the city is believed to be one of the richest in the European Union, as it has an essential place in the mercantile network. The heart of the city is represented, therefore, by the harbor.
On the other hand, Hamburg is an important media hub in Germany. Most of the national magazines and newspapers originate in the city.
The city architecture matches the main activity of its citizens: the most representative building in Hamburg being the town hall, house of the citizen’s parliament and the senate. However, considerable areas of the city were destroyed during the second World War.
An interesting fact about Hamburg- its citizens are known as Hamburgers, even if you won’t find a traditionally cooked hamburger there. On the other hand, this type of food was actually named after Hamburg.
A tourist can do lots of things in Hamburg: there are many museums, including Deichtorhallen, Altonaer and Hamburg Museum where one can discover the history of the city. Moreover, there is a large number of churches, synagogoues and mosques where you can admire the specific religious architecture and learn more about the people’s beliefs. If you are a nature lover you must not miss the splendid “Planten un Bloomen” park. Hamburg is also a place where tourists can relax and have fun on many different beaches.
For the shopaholics, the best place to spend money is the Europa passage, a popular shopping complex. Schanzenviertel is also a great place to shop, provided that money is no object for you.
When to visit:
Hamburg is great all year long. Whether you plan to laze on its sunny beaches in summer, sing carols along the Mönckebergstraße street in winter, or participate in Hamburger Dom in autumn or Kirschblütenfest (Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival) in spring, Hamburg accomplishes your desires.
Being the second largest city in Germany, Hamburg has a well developed public transportation system. There is even a “Nachtbus” (night bus), which, during the night time, connects the city center and the outlying districts. However, a tourist should avoid rush- hours, before 9AM and between 4-7PM.
In the harbor and along the River Elbe, there are six ferry services which function as part of the regular public transport system.
On the other hand, the bicycle is a must in Hamburg in the warmer months. Most of the “Hamburgers” love to use their bikes as a normal form of transportation. Tourists can also rent bikes for a few hours or for several days.
Flights to Hamburg:
One can travel by plane from London to Hamburg through British Airways or Lufthansa.
The British Air company offers tickets to Hamburg starting from 86 pounds in the economy class. However this ticket price is going to be available starting from the 2nd of October. First flight departs from London at 7:50 am. Moreover, British Airways is a great option for those who often travel to the German city.
Another option for those who wish to travel by plane is Lufthansa. The starting price for a one way ticket is 143 dollars. This company operates every day visits to Hamburg, from 7:15 am.
The fares of these flights are between 48.47 £ and 62, 47 £ for the entire journey.
However, the most convenient option to travel from London to Hamburg is Eurostar train. The starting price for a ticket to any place in Germany is 49 euros eachway.
First class tickets include free drinks and a snack. Second class is perfectly adequate for most travellers throughout Europe.
Many long-distance expresses travel overnight therefore extensive distances can be covered while the passengers sleep, using up less daytime time than flying and often saving a hotel bill also. On overnight trains you can choose from a normal seat, a couchette, or a berth in the sleeping-car. A second class sleeper can be more comfortable than a first class couchette!
Kids love traveling by train, and for them, the journey is also part of the holiday. Taking the train means spending quality time with your family, sitting together, talking or playing. Kids adore sleepers or couchettes, where they get to sleep in a bunk bed on a train.
Travelling by train means also that you can keep your luggage with you throughout your journey, placing small and medium sized items on the luggage racks above your head and larger items on the racks at the end of the coach. Unlike travelling by air, you do not have to check your bags in, and there is usually no separate baggage car. Thus, you have access to your bags throughout the journey, and there is no chance for them to end up in other place than your destination! Moreover, you can take your bicycle with you- especially to Hamburg, where riding the bike became a trend.
As a tourist you should take the Eurostar train from London to Brussels( arriving there in just 1 hour and 55 minutes), switch to a high speed Thalys or ICEtrain from Brussels to Cologne(1hour 57 minutes trip) and then take a comfortable German InterCity train from Cologne to Hamburg.
Unlike the flying companies, there is no baggage fees, no airport taxes, no expensive journeys to and from airports, children under 4 travel free.
The departure hours from London St Pancras are: 07:30, 08:27, 11:04, 12:57,from Monday to Friday, 07:57 08:57 10:57 12:57 on Saturday, 08:57 11:57 on Sunday.
You will get from London to Hamburg in a single day!