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Green Day Trips

Discover Hamburg's surrounding areas.

Unusual natural areas in and around Hamburg

The Hanseatic city and its surroundings offer a great variety of leisure activities. This makes the Elbe metropolis one of the most attractive cities in Germany and attracts many visitors to the nearby destinations in Hamburg's surrounding area. Not even counting the well-known nature hotspots in Hamburg such as Planten un Blomen or the Stadtpark, there are all kinds of natural areas to discover in the Hanseatic City that you might not expect. From sandy dunes to forests to moorlands - in Hamburg, many different biotopes collide.

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1.Boberg Dunes

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Boberger Dünen
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The Boberg Lowlands offer a completely different landscape. On Hamburg's inland dunes, you feel like you are right on the North Sea - only the sound of the ocean is missing. In addition, the Boberg Lowlands offers, a heath, marshes and a lake to swim in. A stroll through this area takes you to completely different and almost surreal worlds.

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Boberg Dunes

  • Address Boberger Furt 50
    21033 Hamburg

Boberger Dünen

Boberger Furt 50
21033 Hamburg

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2.Tropical greenhouse Planten un Blomen

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Exotic worlds in the middle of the city - the display greenhouses of the Botanical Garden of the University of Hamburg offer everyone the opportunity to dive into the realms of science. Divided into tropical, subtropical, cactus and fern houses, 2800 square metres of plants from all climate zones of the earth are exhibited.

Since the houses are located directly in Planten un Blomen, a walk through the green parks afterwards is recommended. 

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Tropical greenhouse Planten un Blomen

  • Address Klosterwall 8
    20095 Hamburg

Planten un Blomen

Klosterwall 8
20095 Hamburg

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3.Fischbek Heath

Fischbeker Heide

Watch glider pilots take off and land, enjoy the wonderful colours of Germany's second largest heath landscape and marvel at an archaeological hiking trail with finds from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages. You can do all this in the Fischbek Heath.

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Fischbek Heath

  • Address Fischbeker Heideweg 43
    21149 Hamburg

Fischbeker Heide

Fischbeker Heideweg 43
21149 Hamburg

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4.Finkenwerder

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In Finkenwerder, nature lovers get their money's worth: the district in Hamburg's southwest is characterised by a rural character and protected areas of Finkenwerder Süderelbe and Westerweiden. The "Finkenwerder Prinz" apple variety reminds one of the partial affiliation with the Altes Land cultural landscape. On a sunny day it is best to take your bicycle on one of Hamburg's scheduled ferries (regular HVV tickets, incl. free bicycle transport, are valid for all ferries!) across the Elbe to Finkenwerder. Once in town, there are many ways to spend the day, e.g. with picturesque bike tours along the Elbe dike to Stade or from Cranz through the Alte Land, including "apple tasting" in the harvest season until the end of October.

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Finkenwerder

  • Address Neßdeich, Neuenfelder Hauptdeich
    21129 Hamburg, Finkenwerder

Finkenwerder

Neßdeich, Neuenfelder Hauptdeich
21129 Hamburg, Finkenwerder

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5.Klövensteen Forest

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© Heidi Mayerhöfer

Only 18 kilometres from Hamburg's city centre, 580 hectares of pure woodland rise up in the middle of the Hamburg-Altona district. In addition to many kilometres of hiking trails, there are many ponds and streams as well as a game reserve, a forest school, a large playground and the Schnakenmoor nature reserve to explore. With a little luck you can observe many animals in their natural environment.

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Klövensteen Forest

  • Address Klövensteenweg 127
    22559 Hamburg

Klövensteen

Klövensteenweg 127
22559 Hamburg

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6.The Wadden Sea

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© 2011 Hans Joachim Harbeck
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© 2011 Hans Joachim Harbeck
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The Wadden Sea stretches over 500 kilometres along the coasts of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. The German-Dutch part, which covers almost 10,000 square kilometres, has been a World Heritage Site since June 2011 and is thus on a par with other world-famous natural phenomena such as the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef.

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The Wadden Sea

  • Address
    27632 Wurster Nordseeküste

Das Wattenmeer


27632 Wurster Nordseeküste

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7.Övelgönne Elbe Beach

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Fine sandy beaches like at the sea: Hamburg's banks of the Elbe offer some beautiful beaches. You will also find the very popular Café "Strandperle" there. The Elbe beach is a magnet for sun-seekers from Hamburg and all over the world, but is also a wonderful place for a walk at any time of year. 

 

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Övelgönne Elbe Beach

  • Address Am Leuchtturm
    22559 Hamburg

Elbstrand

Am Leuchtturm
22559 Hamburg

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8.Vier- and Marschlande

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© Claudia Timmann

Surrounded by reeds and floodplain forests, green meadows, old half-timbered houses with thatched roofs, colourful seas of flowers on the banks of the Dove Elbe, centuries-old churches in Baroque style and enchanting bathing lakes, the southeastern outskirts of Hamburg have a truly calming effect on the senses. To the north, you'll find the Holzhafen and Boberg Lowlands nature reserves , where - with a bit of luck - you may see white-tailed eagles circling.

 

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Vier- and Marschlande

  • Address
    21037 Hamburg

Vier- und Marschlande


21037 Hamburg

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9.Altes Land

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Between Hamburg and Stade along the Elbe, there is a very special area. The Alte Land, known as the largest fruit-growing area in Northern Europe, is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. This is mainly due to the colourful orchards, which bathe the Alte Land in a rich pink, red or white depending on the season. In July the cherry blossoms and in late summer the apples Before that, in May, the big flower festival with the crowning of the Altländer Flower Queen takes place. In addition to the fields, the Elbe, various half-timbered houses and old farms, some of which offer a rich selection of coffee and cakes, form a wonderful backdrop for a relaxing summer day.

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Altes Land

  • Address
    21635 Jork

Altes Land


21635 Jork

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10.HolstenTherme

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© HolstenTherme GmbH

If you enjoy splashing around in cool water and enjoying Caribbean flair, get going to the HolstenTherme in Kaltenkirchen. In addition to the leisure pool with water slide, the toddler area and the sports pool, the recreational centre has a great sauna area and offers every visitor fun and relaxation in a tropical ambience. The HolstenTherme can be easily reached by car via the A7 or HVV.

 

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HolstenTherme

  • Address Norderstraße 8
    24568 Kaltenkirchen
  • Opening hours
    • Mon10:00 - 22:00
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    • Fri10:00 - 22:30
    • Sat10:00 - 22:30
    • Sun10:00 - 22:00

HolstenTherme Erlebnisbad

Norderstraße 8
24568 Kaltenkirchen

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11.Neuwerk Island

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The inhabited island of Neuwerk - barely 3 km² in size - lies approximately 100 kilometres west of Hamburg in the Elbe estuary in the Wadden Sea area of the North Sea. Along with other islands, Neuwerk is part of the Hamburg district of Neuwerk. In 1905, Neuwerk became a seaside resort. Its 40 inhabitants live from agriculture and from tourists who appreciate the tranquillity, walks in the sea breeze and the vastness of the mud flats and the sea. Five restaurants, an old merchant's shop, the show collection in the "Haus Bernstein" and the new "Nationalpark-Haus Neuwerk" are among the island's attractions.

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Neuwerk Island

  • Address
    27499 Hamburg

Insel Neuwerk


27499 Hamburg

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Far away from the Elbe and Alster, Hamburg also offers many other places for relaxation, play and sports in large, modern but also historic areas.

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Parks & Green Spaces

Generous modern as well as historic gardens and parks in Hamburg offer countless opportunities for recreation, relaxation, games and sports.

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To the south of the Elbe, in the hinterland of the maritime metropolis, unique natural spaces await you in which there is much to discover for every generation - you can pursue sporting activities, enjoy culture in the open-air museum, marvel at animals in the wildlife park or simply enjoy the magnificent views of the Elbe valley.

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