Parks and gardens in Hamburg

Right in the heart of Hamburg, there are a lot of green spaces which not only add to the scenic beauty of the city but also provide lot of opportunities for recreation, outdoor activities and family bonding. Hamburg’s Hayns Park, City Park (Stadtpark) and Volkspark Altona are known for sunbathing, picnicking, cycling, jogging and even boating. Some of the choicest parks and gardens in Hamburg are:

Planten un Blomen
Klosterwall 8, Hamburg, D-20095, Germany, DE

the name of this garden draws inspiration from the old Hamburg vernacular for ‘plants and flowers’. The garden has a varied range of flora and is best known for its Japanese garden and the spectacular water show, which combines both light and music, and is held in the evenings. The park draws visitors especially in summer when a lot of recreational activities are held. Also lying within the park is an adventure playground for the kids. From May to September, the park is open daily from 07:00 to 23:00 and from October to April, it is open daily from 07:00 to 20:00.

Arboretum
Thinsen 17, Ellerhoop, Schleswig Holstein, D-25373, Germany, DE

A true paradise for green lovers, this park lies on the north-western outskirts of Hamburg. The landscaped gardens have summer flower borders, the bamboo walkways, a wide variety of flora and the children’s play area. The admission is without charge and is open daily from 09:00 to 19:00.

Klein Flottbek Botanical Gardens (Botanischer Garten Klein Flottbek)
Hesten 10, Klein Flottbek, Hamburg, D-22609, Germany, DE

The Klein Flottbek Botanical Gardens lies near Central Hamburg and features many exotic plants. The garden spans to a wide area of more than 50 acres / 20 hectares of themed gardens, featuring include walking trails, seating areas, picnic spots and various events, such as regular talks and workshops. The admission is for free daily from 09:00 to dusk.

Hayns Park
Eppendorfer Landstrasse 148, Eppendorf, Hamburg, D-20251, Germany, DE

Standing close to a number of local neighbourhoods within the Eppendorf area of Hamburg, this is a popular recreational spot with a boating lake, which is especially popular with local canoeist, a number of eating joints, lawned areas, and walking trails suitable for jogging.

Various zoos and parks at Hamburg

Hamburg, lying on River Elbe, is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The city is known for its various attractions like Elbe, Alster, HafenCity (Harbour City), Speicherstadt (Warehouse City), the Fish Market and the Reeperbahn. Be it culture, musicals, entertaining theatres, a great variety of hotels, excellent restaurants, exquisite shopping possibilities, exciting nightlife and loads of historical landmarks- Hamburg has everything to offer to its tourists.

The city has various modern and historical gardens and park areas along with a lot of zoo. Some of the famous ones are:

Tierpark Hagenbeck

The park has animals like giraffe, monkeys, tigers and many live in their natural habitat conditions. Tourists love to feed the elephants here in their outdoor enclosure – but only with fruit and vegetables or special food bought from the souvenir shop at the entrance gate to the Zoo. The site also has a newly built Aquarium which hosts life forms from the deepest tropical oceans.

Planten un Blomen

located within the heart of the city, it features a botanical garden, tropical green house and the biggest Japanese garden in Europe. The lake in the park also displays musical fountain. From May to September water games take place here by day and in the evening there are coloured illuminated fountain concerts.

City Park

The city park is a favourite choice for football games, a picnic, a sunbathe or to have a trip on the Park Lake in a pedal or a rowing boat. The City Park also has an Open-air concert “hall” with many international artists and bands performing there. The park also has one of the oldest Planetariums in the world.

Ohlsdorfer Friedhof (Ohlsdorf Cemetery)

Stretched at a span of 405 hectares, Ohlsdorfer Cemetary is the main cemetery of Hamburg and also the second largest in the world after Chicago. From here you can also visit the nearby Hamburgian “park” which has numerous ponds and old trees to offer.

Best places to see in Hamburg city

Hamburg is huge city that comes after Berlin as with respect to population and size but has credible and better rankings with respect to the tourism industry. Though it is a different city yet it has harbors that are found in Europe as well as winding waterways and large lakes that even involve the Elbe River.

There are many places to see at the city center of Hamburg that let and proves a real treat for the tourist to watch and enjoy. The tour of city center can be started from Mönckebergstraße, the area which is located at the west of Hamburg’s central railway station and primarily is a shopping area with streets Spitaler Straße and Mönckebergstraße, leading to Hamburg’s town hall. In proximity to Mönckebergstraße is located the churches St. Jacobi (at road Jakobikirchhof) and St. Petri (at road Bergstraße), that are among five prominent churches of Hamburg. Located close to Hamburg is situated St. Petri where is the Hubelhaus that dates from the beginning of the 20th century as most buildings around.

After Monckebergstrabe at city center another attractive place to visit around is the city hall. The Mönckebergstraße ends at Hamburg’s impressive city hall, the Rathaus. The city hall was constructed around in 1897 of sandstone especially about in neo-Renaissance style, and has about one 112 meter tower. Inside the tower there are many magnificent halls that are there used for representative purposes and for the sitting of government and parliament. Behind the city hall is located the Hamburg’s House of Commerce (“Börse”). As behind the buildings, there is situated a little spot known to be as Rathaushof with its fountain Hygieia-Brunnen.

The next attractive place to worth roaming around is the Rathausmarkt, which is located as in front of the city hall. It is known for organizing various events and programs especially in summer. North of the Rathausmarkt, one will find the white arches at a canal named Alsterarkaden. The whole area behind it is full of indoor shopping arcades. The most well-known area there is the Hanse Viertel.

Area around St. Nikolai from the House of Commerce into the road, Börsenbrücke is another favorite spot frequently visited by tourists. There you will get the house of the Patriotische Gesellschaft. From, behind the building to the right you will get the bridge Trostbrucke with the statues of Graf Adolf III and Bishop Ansgar at the both sides. There on the water to left is situated, the Hamburg’s oldest and remaining bridge known as to Zollenbrücke that is about from the 17th century. Area around Harbor is another place worth visiting in Hamburg. The places that a tourist must visit at Harbour Area are The Hamburg Dungeon, The Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg’s HafenCity, The Hamburg Cruise Center and many other attractive places as well.

Reeperbahn Street Guide

Reeperbahn Street Guide The Reeperbahn, a street in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg, is one of the main centers of Hamburg’s nightlife and also the city’s red-light district. A police station, the Davidwache is a famous landmark of this street. During certain times of the day, Street prostitution becomes legal on Davidstraße. Restaurants, night clubs, discotheques and bars are found all along this street. Strip clubs, sex shops, brothels, a sex museum etc form a part to of this street.

A musical theatre, The Operettenhaus, which plays musicals like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, Mamma Mia!, an ABBA-musical and “Ich war noch niemals in New York” is also found here. Other theatres like – St. Pauli Theater, Imperial Theater, Schmidts Tivoli – are also found at the Reeperbahn. Several bars, clubs and a Catholic church are found at The Große Freiheit, a cross street on the North Side.

Safari, the only live sex theatre left in Germany is found in this street. Due to high crime rate and other problems there is a weapons ban in this area. A Beatles-Platz as a memorial of the time when the Beatles performed in this street has been built at the cross of Reeperbahn and Große Freiheit.

The name Reeperbahn comes from an old Low German (Plattdeutsch) word. In the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the street was a ropewalk where these ropes were produced for the nearby harbor.

Hamburger Dom Funfair

Hamburger Dom Funfair The city of Hamburg is known for the Hamburger Dom, the large funfair held at Heiligengeistfeld area, in the North of Germany. Nowhere else in Germany is so large and big a fair held. With three fairs (spring, summer and winter) per year, it attracts approximately ten million visitors annually. The fair is located in the center of Hamburg on the Heiligengeistfeld flak tower.

Winterdom or Dommarkt (winter fair or cathedral market)is held for 30 days in late autumn, Sommerdom or Hummelfest (summer fair or Hummel market) is held for 31 days during summer and Frühlingsdom (spring fair) is held for 30 days in spring. The Spring Fair is opened to visitors for a whole month from mid March to mid April. The events and the various exhibitions attract lot of visitors. The fun fair suggests various families’ activities and mass of stands spread along more than two miles (3.5 Km). Fireworks are shot on Friday’s evenings.

Hamburg City Information

Hamburg CityHamburg is a large city that comes in second after Berlin in terms of population and size. However, it rates highly in tourism, as it is a different city since it houses the largest harbors that are found in Europe as well as winding waterways and large lakes including Elbe River.

The merchant district is the heart of commerce in the city. This is dominated by numerous companies and ancient red bricks architecture. The popular red district, fish market, fine dining, boating and a huge collection of night spots makes it one of the best tourist spots in the world.

City tourism and Top Hamburg sites

Most of the visitors who tour the city prefer to use the discount cards that are bought in the city like the power pass and Hamburg card which help them to save a lot of money when they use public transportation to get them from one place to another. Once can get the cards in various tourism information centers (Hamburg tourismus) that are well spread within the city. They are also sold at the Hauptbahnhof as well as all the major hotels and youth hostels.

The city attracts tourists from all parts of the world, as it is an interesting place where all people regardless of their age can have a good time while in the city. The place is filled with very many dazzling attractions. This ensures that one does not get bored when they are in the city. Some of the major tourist sites that visitors can enjoy are the huge Alster Lake that is surrounded by huge grounds of recreational space. The historic old Elbe tunnel (Alter Elbtunnel) that opens up to the island of Steinwerder. Hamburg Don amusement park that is seasonal, as well as plant and horticultural collections that is found in the Klein Flottbek botanical gardens and the arboretum.

There are loads of interesting landmark features that are found well distributed in Hamburg City as well as stunning attraction sights. One of the things that you will come across while in the city is the Hamburg Hertz TV tower, which is a large sky scraper that dominates the city’s skyline. You will also lay your eyes on ornate buildings that are a part of the court buildings. Ensure you don’t miss the red brick speicherstadt building that is found in the free port area on the harbor side, which has great importance to the locals.

If you love culture, this is one of the greatest destinations as Hamburg has a fantastic collection of museums that have a lot of educational information on the local as well as other subject areas. There are numerous guided tours in most of the museums to ensure you get to learn as much as you can on the trip. When looking for a scary experience take part in the Hamburg dungeon guided tours that will give you a scare. One also gets to learn a lot of information on zoology and botany where there are museums set aside for this. There are also lots of art galleries and museums with unique art pieces found between Glockengiesserwall and Deichtorststasse.

Located in close proximity to Hamburg, there are many places that tourists can visit to have a good time. These include several neighboring islands that can be easily accessed by boat. The islands offer vast stretches of sandy beachfronts. One can also visit Stade city that is found next to Hamburg. Here you will find beautiful waterfront attractions that are located in the busy harbors. To enjoy German Scenery and many medieval villages, you can visit Lunerburg Heath, which offers these attractions. This ensures that visitors are well occupied at all times to have a memorable experience.