“Little Venice”: German, from the heart … Scandinavian!
Hamburg, the second most populous city in Germany, after Berlin is in effect the largest port of the whole nation. It might seem like a contradiction, considering that the sea is far from here over 100 kilometers! Yet, by its conformation, the Elbe river forms a sort of immense navigable fjord and the Alster it widens until it forms large lakes.
Therefore, it is precisely water that is the predominant element of this marvelous metropolis. The Alstadt with the imposing town hall, Mönckebergstrasse or the Gothic St.Jakobi, the city center with the beautiful St. Michael Church or, again, the port.
Hamburg is today a city that deserves to be visited and experienced. The most northerly of the Germans or, if we want, the southernmost of the Scandinavians.
HOW TO GET TO HAMBURG
Hamburg Airport, is the city’s international airport, just a little less than 9 km from the center of Hamburg. It is one of the largest airports in Germany, in the first positions for passenger traffic.
The Airport is connected to the main destinations in Europe and the world. From the Big Capitals to the small cities. The S1 S-Bahn metro line connects the airport with the city in just over 20 minutes. The bus stop is right in front of the Terminal. It is easily accessible, in a short time, with elevators, stairs and moving walkways.
The rides depart in front of the Terminal every 10 minutes and the one-way ticket costs 3.30€. Tickets can be purchased at the many vending machines at the station and in the area. Please note that the ticket MUST be validated before embarking on the journey.
The German city boasts the presence of five railway stations. All are connected to the U-BAHN and the S-BAHN metro line. Hamburg Hauptbanhof, Central Station, is one of the largest stations in Germany and Europe. This is an international first-class hub for passengers from Scandinavia. In addition, there are numerous InterCityExpresses to Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Copenhagen. There are also several InterCity-EuroCity.
There are various motorways that connect the city to the rest of the country. The A7, which crosses the Elbe with a tunnel, is the most important artery that connects the North to the South of the country. Copenhagen and Berlin are about 300 kilometers away. From Munich, you have to travel a little less than 800 kilometers; 600 from Prague and 470 from Amsterdam. It must be said that German motorways, in addition to being efficient, are free on almost the entire territory!