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It's true! With an annual average of almost 970 litres of rain per square metre, Munich is in fact wetter than Hamburg (770 litres). And last summer, some northern weather stations saw new records. The Baltic coast had up to 360 hours of sunshine per month, compared to around 230 hours for the same period near the Alps. And our northern neighbour, Schleswig-Holstein, had the least rain of any state in Germany last summer.
Merry Christmas! There’s always a surprise in store at the historic Rathausmarkt Christmas Market. Santa Claus himself soars in his sled above the marketgoers, pulled of course by his reindeer. Year after year, the children – and not just the children – stare at the scene in delight.
It’s true. Every August, “Wacken Open Air” takes place in the north German village village of Wacken, some 75 kilometers out of Hamburg. Around 75,000 music fans from all over the world take over the village, and a lot of them arrive in the area by plane. HAM becomes “Wacken Airport” and the terminals become a mosh pit. Fans just have to show their tickets to get discounts on food and drink, take photos at a special photo wall, and even use the showers free of charge on their way back home. Our staff love it, dressing in Wacken shirts and joining in the fun with the fans.
And that’s not all! In Hamburg, you have views over Austria, the USA, Switzerland and now even Venice. All of it from the restored docklands area, Hafencity – but not from Elbphilharmonie. That was pushing it a little, we admit.
Miniatur Wunderland, though, the world’s largest model railway exhibition, has outstanding views of world-famous buildings and sights from all over the globe – in miniature. And it’s in Hamburg, of course. In 2017, once again, it was voted Germany’s most popular tourist attraction. More than a million people come to visit every year. Would you like to join them on an upcoming trip to Hamburg? Get in touch with us and we will organise some free tickets for you!
Neuwerk has indeed belonged to the City of Hamburg for more than 700 years. Some 100,000 visitors come to the islet every year to see the historic lighthouse and the diverse birdlife and just to enjoy the peace and quiet. Hamburg is a city between two seas, with the Baltic just an hour’s journey by car or train, and the North Sea only 90 minutes away. It’s easy to combine a city break in Hamburg with a beachside holiday.