Cheap Flights to Hamburg

Hamburg is both a state in Germany, and the capital city of that state. The main airport serving the state is Hamburg Airport, located within the city. Hamburg Airport is the only major commercial option in the area; the only alternative is the much smaller Lubeck Airport, which mostly handles charter flights and does not presently serve any major commercial carriers.

High and Low Seasons in Hamburg

Hamburg's tourist seasons are not much different than those of Western Europe in general. Summer sees the largest regular influx of visitors, hitting a peak in August as the season comes to an end. There is then a brief shoulder season in fall before the cold winter weather sets in (and the best airfare and hotel deals become available). Another shoulder season of more mild weather and tourist traffic runs from March to May before the summer crowds start to arrive again in June.

The biggest annual event in Hamburg is easily Hafengeburtstag, a massive three-day party that takes place over the first weekend of May. The Hamburg Harbor Birthday that follows it on the second weekend of May is also pretty large, usually drawing over a million visitors to the city. Other major events include the Christopher Street Day Parade in June, the aquatic Alster Fair in August and the Christmas celebrations and markets.

Hamburg Airport Tips

Hamburg is a modern and nice airport, a good thing since it is the only commercial option in the area. Dining options include Sashimi Sushi, Cindy's Diner, McDonalds, San Pino and a breakfast buffet at the Filini Restaurant. There are also six different places to get coffee including a Starbucks in Terminal 2. Amenities include a business center, a children's play area, several lounges, smoking cabins and a pharmacy. The airport officially closes between 1 AM and 4 AM, but if you are already inside prior to closing you are allowed to stay in the Arrivals area. The Scoom coffee stand is in this area and is open 24 hours.

Transportation from Hamburg Airport

Ground transportation options from Hamburg include the S-Bahn and U-Bahn rail lines, which both have connections at the airport. The S-Bahn will take you to into Hamburg, while the U-Bahn goes even farther to connect to stations that can take you to other German states. Hertz, Buchbinder and Europcar all have car rental offices at the airport.

Things to do in Hamburg

Though the region's name naturally calls hamburger to mind, the city is actually best known for high quality fish. If you like seafood, the Altona Fish Market (open every Sunday morning) should not be missed. Rail fans and fans of model trains will not want to miss Miniatur Wunderland. If you want something a little more unusual, try the Hamburg Dungeon, which is a unique combination of live show and haunted house that explores the darker elements of Hamburg's history. And kids will enjoy Heide Park, one of Germany's largest amusement parks that features rides, a replica historical village and a variety of daily shows.

Flights to Hamburg (State)

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