In Your Pocket
September - October 2008
ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
Summer’s over and it’s a matter of weeksbefore people move to indoor activities rather than relying on the weather to be good enoughto stay outside for dining and events. There’splenty to do in Hamburg, as always, and youcan refer to our events overview as well as theSeptember to December events preview page tose what suits your taste. Music fans are in for agreat weekend on 25-27 September, when theReeperbahnfestival sees over 100 upcoming international bands play in venues all over thedistrict – a must-see and must-hear experience if you’re in town (see p. 9).As always, we’d be happy to hear from readers,so if you have tips or comments after using thiscity guide to Hamburg, send us an email so wecan help future visitors. Emails are welcome at email@example.com.
Arriving by plane
Hamburg’s Fuhlsbüttel Airport is an efficient, busy internationalairport 8 kilometres from the city centre. To get to the centre, takethe Airport Express bus N°110 to Ohlsdorf station and change for the U- or S-Bahn to the city centre. A €2,50 single ticket is required for the trip which takes 20-30 minutes. There’s also a direct Airport Express bus to the main station; tickets €5 (children €2), €4 if you’rein a group of six or more. Buses depart every 15-20 minutes.
Arriving by train
InterCityExpress (ICE), EuroCity (EC) and InterCity (IC) trains ar-rive at one or more of Hamburg’s three stations: Hauptbahnhof main station, Altona or Dammtor. All stations have shops, lug-gage lockets and other facilities, with Hauptbahnhof the best - it also houses the main tourist information centre.
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Welcome to Hamburg
With over 11 million passengers a year, Hamburg’sinternational airport is Germany’s fourth largest airport. Starting off in 1910 as a zeppelin field,the modern airport now has two terminals with 70airlines serving 120 destinations worldwide, andemploys 12000 people. The main airlines are Luf-thansa, Air Berlin, HapagFly, Condor, dba and BritishAirways. At just 8.5km from the centre of town it’s just a quick trip to town, soon to be made easier yet with the opening of a new S-Bahn connectionwhich will whisk passengers to the city centre in23 minutes. For more information, visit www.ham.airport.de.
© Hamburg Tourismus GmbHWhether for a daytrip, holiday or business trip, every year 20 million passengers use one of the 12 Scandlines ferry connections in the triangle between Germany, Denmark and Sweden and the Baltics. The Rostock-basedshipping company has one of the best performing and best connected route networks in the Baltic Sea. Thereand back on different routes, individual trips through the Scandinavian and Baltic countries – no problemwith Scandlines. Together, we can plan your personal trip using our ferries as well as those of our shipping partners, allowing for attractive tickets for Finland.www.scandlines.de – The virtual gangway to your ticket: informative, fast and available 24/7.
Around the clock to Scandinavia and the Baltics
This remarkable orange viewpoint,built on a pier at the end of Großer Grasbrook in HafenCity, is the per- fect spot to watch the activities inHamburg’s busy harbour, from shiptraffic to the steadily progressing buildings that are transforming theHafenCity area. At 13 metres talland built with 12 tonnes of steelit’s a functional yet quirky struc-ture. In the room at the top there’sa telescope and a text explaining what you see. Ship ahoy.