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Day Trips in the Metropolitan Region

Discover and explore the surrounding area of Hamburg

The metropolitan region of Hamburg is always worth a day trip! In the immediate vicinity, there are many attractive travel, sports, cultural and leisure activities that are quick and easy to reach. In from minutes to only a few hours, you can relax and explore the North Sea or Baltic Sea or the only German island on the high seas, Heligoland, or you can go to small towns with winding alleyways, or see vast landscapes with many unique spots. Denmark, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony or cities such as Lübeck and Kiel, Bremen and Hanover can be reached in a few hours. Here are our recommendations for day trips outside the Hamburg city limits!

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1.Altes Land

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You can reach the nearby Alte Land, Europe's largest enclosed fruit-growing area, by ship or suburban railway. Freshly harvested fruit and thatched farmhouses, museums, churches and pompous gates, wide dike landscapes and the picturesque towns of Buxtehude, Jork and Stade invite you to discover them. You can experience the Alte Land from a different perspective with the Altländer Bimmelbahn train (only for groups).

 

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Altes Land

  • Address
    21635 Jork

Altes Land


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2.Heligoland with the Helgoland catamaran

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Beautiful Heligoland is also not far away. Germany's only deep-sea island is about 150 km from the Hanseatic city. Treat yourself to a view of the steep coast, enjoy the fresh North Sea breeze and discover the many special features of the island. From Hamburg, the boat trips with the Helgoland catamaran are a real experience!

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Heligoland with the Helgoland catamaran

  • Address
    27498 Helgoland

Helgoland


27498 Helgoland

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3.The Wadden Sea

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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 Bremerhaven

Das Wattenmeer


27632 Bremerhaven

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4.Neuwerk Island

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Neuwerk Island, an inhabited island just under three square kilometres in size, lies about 100 kilometres west of Hamburg, off the Elbe estuary in the Wadden Sea of the North Sea. Along with other islands, Neuwerk Island belongs to the Hamburg district of Neuwerk. The island became a seaside resort in 1905. Today, its 40 inhabitants live from agriculture and from the 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 attractions of the island.

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Neuwerk Island

  • Address
    27499 Hamburg

Insel Neuwerk


27499 Hamburg

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5.Cuxhaven

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Just over 100 km west of Hamburg on the North Sea lies the coastal town of Cuxhaven. The "Alte Liebe", a viewing platform with a wide view of the world shipping route, is particularly popular with guests. The adjoining Wadden Sea invites you to discover the flora and fauna of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

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Cuxhaven

  • Address Strandstraße 80
    27474 Cuxhaven

Cuxhaven

Strandstraße 80
27474 Cuxhaven

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6.Lübeck

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The Holstentor, the Buddenbrooks and the Niederegger Marzipan are famous landmarks of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, approx. 60 km north of Hamburg. The city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is a living monument to rich merchants as well as a cultural centre and a modern university town. At the gates of the city lies the popular Baltic seaside resort of Travemünde, which attracts bathers on sunny days.

 

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Lübeck

  • Address
    23552 Lübeck

Rathaus Lübeck


23552 Lübeck

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7.Lüneburg

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A little further south, the salt town of Lüneburg revives the Middle Ages: Ancient lanes and houses, a historic town hall and "Stintmarkt" as well as a picturesque old town provide insights into the roots of North German culture and the history of the salt trade. Furthermore, you can visit the original locations of the famous TV series "Rote Rosen" or, if you are lucky, even watch the shooting.

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Lüneburg

  • Address Rathaus / Am Markt
    21335 Lüneburg

Lüneburg Marketing GmbH

Rathaus / Am Markt
21335 Lüneburg

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8.Lüneburg Heath and Lüneburg Heathland

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The Lüneburg Heath with its quiet villages invites you to relax and go hiking, but with numerous attractions such as the Heidepark Soltau and the Snow Dome Ski Hall Bispingen, it also provides pure family fun. Cycling, sailing, canoeing and hiking are other excellent options for spending time in the Lüneburg Heathland in northern Lower Saxony.

 

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Lüneburg Heath and Lüneburg Heathland

  • Address
    29646 Bispingen

Lüneburger Heide


29646 Bispingen

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9.Stade

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A lively city with more than a thousand years of history: Stade, situated only 40 km upstream from Hamburg, is perfect for a day trip. Discover the historic city centre with its old churches and the "Leaning Tower of Stade". Learn more about the long history of the Hanseatic League, enjoy the Elbe panorama or start your trip to the "Alte Land" from here.

 

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Stade

  • Address Hansestraße 16
    21682 Stade

Stade Stadtführung

Hansestraße 16
21682 Stade

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10.Sylt

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More sea: Sylt, sand and sun, oysters and party. The "Hamburg's Island" is about 220 km away from Hamburg and can be easily reached by train, ship or plane. Stroll along dream beaches, discover the unique natural landscape or dance barefoot in the sand at one of the many trendy beach parties.

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Sylt

  • Address
    25980 Sylt

Sylt


25980 Sylt

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