Harburg Hills

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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.

Hamburg has more to offer than HafenCity, St. Pauli and musicals! Anyone who likes it a bit quieter will be thrilled by the Harburg mountains, which invite you to hike.

Hiking in the Harburg Mountains

Those who really want to get to know Hamburg should not shy away from a trip to the outer areas of the city. The Harburg mountains with their dense mixed forest and heath landscape have well marked hiking trails and hiking has long become a tradition there. From the Opferberg or the Paul-Roth-Stein vantage point you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view as far as Altona! The journey to Altona is easy with the S-Bahn, for which the purchase of a Hamburg Card was advisable. The hikes start at the Neuwiedenthal stop in Hausbruch, and since the mountains are up to 120 metres high, you should be in good shape and consider in advance how long the desired hiking route should be. However, every physical exercise is rewarded with idyllic views of nature and wonderful silence.

Harburg mountains: Hiking as a voyage of discovery into nature

But in the south of Hamburg you can not only hike, but in the Harburg mountains there are more attractions for young and old. In the Black Mountains Game Park you can see wolves, bears and wild boars and take part in feedings and flight shows. In the open-air museum Kiekeberg the cultural thirst is quenched and the nature reserve Fischbeker Heide is a close relative of the Lüneburger Heide. During a picnic, one can enjoy the landscape to the full; but one can also satisfy one's hunger in an inn at the roadside. Those who cannot get enough of the hiking in the mountains of Harburg should take a hotel in the south of Hamburg.

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