International flights to Hamburg arrive in Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel, the city’s main and largest airport. Direct flights to Hamburg are available from most major European cities as well as a number of world cities including Dubai, New York and Tel Aviv. Those travelling from Delhi, Toronto, Beijing or Hong Kong will need to transfer in London, Istanbul, Dubai or other major German hubs such as Berlin, Frankfurt or Munich. Passengers travelling from Sydney, Auckland, Cape Town or Johannesburg will need to board a connecting flight in Dubai. The airport is served by a number of major airlines including United Airlines, Lufthansa, Emirates, British Airways and Aeroflot. Hamburg Airport is 12 km from the city and a regular train service, the S1 U Bahn, runs between the airport and the city centre.
Viewed as Germany’s most independent and international city, Hamburg is home to one of the biggest ports in Europe, making it the country’s ‘Gateway to the World’. Hamburg is a grand and proud city with a fascinating mercantile and maritime history. Historical buildings worth visiting include the Renaissance town hall, the Baroque St Michaels Church and the ruins of St. Nikolai Church. Hamburg is home to an impressive number of quality museums such as the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Hamburg Museum and the Kuntshalle Gallery as well as more unique offerings such as the world’s only Spice Museum and a Miniature Wonderland. As a city that was built around its harbour, a boat trip or harbour tour is the best way to learn more about Hamburg. By night Hamburg comes alive with opera, ballet and theatre as well as live rock and electronic music.