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Excursions in and around Hamburg: the Hanseatic City's best day trips

The green oases of the city, such as the areas around the Außenalster or the Elbe beaches, are ideal during summer. But the Hanseatic City has even more to offer in the far north: A ferry trip on the Elbe can take you to the marina in Wedel, and you can enjoy the sun on deck the whole time. Active holiday-goers will appreciate a bike tour to the mill in Wohldorf, because here you can relax on a picturesque lake in the middle of nature.

Here, you can just relax and enjoy...

The undisputed classic for excursions in Hamburg is the Außenalster. Especially the eastern bank of the Alster, with its Alsterpark in the middle of the city, provides relaxation and recreation. Formerly private gardens, this area was converted into a public park in the 1950s after the horticultural exhibition. A picnic with the whole family is especially fun here, as children have plenty of space to play. If you are travelling with friends, you should stop by in the "" on the Elbe - one of the most popular meeting places on long summer evenings. Beach parties also take place here. If you like, you can bring your own food to barbecue or simply take advantage of the local gastronomic offers.

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Get to know maritime Hamburg and its surroundings

Many destinations in Hamburg and its surroundings can be explored along the Elbe. The ferry takes you quickly from the Landungsbrücken to Övelgönne, where you can eat delicious fish sandwiches or grill and chill on the beach. A little further by boat brings you to Finkenwerder and Teufelsbrück, where the beautiful Jenischpark stretches along the river banks. You can visit the small town of Wedel by bike or S-Bahn. Nearby is the ship welcoming facility Willkomm-Höft, which greets all steamers with the national anthem of their home port. In the Elbmarsch behind Wedel one can undertake long bicycle tours. The surrounding area of Hamburg offers something for every taste. Excursions in and around Hamburg can also be made along the Alster, whose source is in Henstedt-Ulzburg in the north of the city. Excursions in the nature reserve can be made by bike or canoe.

Altes Land - The green lung surrounding Hamburg

It doesn't matter whether you're young or old: the Alte Land has something for everyone, because there are countless opportunities to spend leisure time. The best way to explore the orchard landscape is by bike, but a stroll along the Lühe or Elbe dikes is also fun. Historic half-timbered houses in the suburbs of Hamburg and cosy cafés invite you to stroll and linger. This area is ideal for a Sunday excursion: the Alte Land is one of the best ideas for a day trip near Hamburg.

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Discover the fruit paradise. Altes Land bei Hamburg

Nordic fruit orchards, pink fields of blossoms and a fresh Elbe breeze – the Alte Land is one of the prettiest day trip destinations far away from the massiveness of the Hamburg metropolitan area.

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Got a taste for it? The most beautiful destinations at a glance...

... can be found in our TOP 10 travel tips in the surroundings of the Hanseatic city. We show you clearly and compactly where an excursion or day trip is particularly worthwhile, which destinations could be the right ones for you, and which regions you should definitely have on your screen.

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Breath of fresh air Idyllic nature areas in and around Hamburg

From sand dunes to forests to marshes - Hamburg has a diverse array of biotopes to offer.

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Our tip for you: the Hamburg CARD plus Region

Travelling has never been more carefree: with the Hamburg CARD plus Region, the Hamburg public transport network is open to you. No train connections, no stress, explore the metropolitan region in comfort at any time.

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