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Bus tours

Not only do the Hamburg double-decker bus tours take you to the most interesting parts of new and old Hamburg, but they also give you the freedom to see and do what you want, when you want, by allowing you to disembark at leisure and pick up the tour later at one of the many designated stop points en route. Tickets are valid for 24 hours.

Tel: +49 40 3005 1701.
Website: http://www.hamburg-travel.com

Boat tours

Hamburg is aesthetically set around the two lakes - Binnenalster (Inner Alster) and Aussenalster (Outer Alster). Cruising the Aster Lake is an experience allowing you to view the city from a uniquely scenic perspective. One of the best boat trips is the Alster-Kreuz-Fahrten, which makes nine stops on its leisurely two-hour journey and where you can hopp on and hopp off wherever you like.

Tel: +49 40 357 4240.
Website: http://www.alstertouristik.de

Hamburg excursions

Blankenese

One of the quaintest and most charming riverside villages, and a favourite spot for city-dwellers on weekend breaks. Perched on the north bank of the Elbe, its narrow, winding streets lined with beautifully preserved fishermen’s cottages lead down to a picturesque harbour. From Hamburg, Blankenese is just a 35-minute ride on bus 36 from Mönckebergstrasse or via the ferry service from St Pauli-Landungsbrucken.

Tel: +49 40 4109 5330.
Website: http://www.blankenese.de

Lübeck

Located 60km (37 miles) northeast of Hamburg, with trains running half-hourly, Lübeck was head of the influential Hanseatic League controlling the highly lucrative Baltic Sea routes during the Middle Ages. Today, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, whose 16th-century Old Town, located on a central island, retains a unique architectural legacy as well as picture-perfect looks.

Tel: +49 451 889 9700.
Website: http://www.luebeck-tourismus.de

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Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

Old-fashioned opulence on a regal scale. Many regard this enormous 19th-century townhouse on the edge of the Inner Alster Lake, comprising 156 rooms and 32 suites, as the best hotel in Hamburg, and consequently there's a price tag to match. Well located for shopping but a little off the beaten track for much of the city's nightlife.

Fritzhotel

Located in the Sternschanze area opposite a park and just beside the U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations, this is a smart, modern and clean hotel in Hamburg that's intimate enough to have a character of its own. Its 17 single and double rooms are well proportioned, some even have balconies, and the local vicinity, which has a reputation as something of an artists' quarter, offers plenty of pleasant green spaces, cafés and bars.

CityHotel Monopol

For those who like to be in the thick of it, this cheap hotel in Hamburg is centrally positioned along the raucous Reeperbahn's nightlife mile. Fortunately, all of its 80-plus rooms are fully soundproofed, but this is certainly the perfect place to stay for the budget-conscious party crowd.

Hotel Wedina

A more intimately proportioned boutique hotel situated in a quiet residential area near Alster Lake, this Hamburg establishment's tasteful décor is more focused on comfort than cool. There's an attractive garden with a pool, Staff are friendly, and the hotel prides itself on providing sanctuary to a number of heavyweight literary guests.

Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg

Gastwerk proudly wears the mantle of being the city's first 'designer' hotel. Even those who don't speak German won't be surprised to discover that 150 years ago this grand brick building housed the city's first gasworks. Its proportions and the clever use of space in its conversion are the hotel's biggest attraction.

The Westin Hamburg

One of Hamburg's newest five star hotels, the Westin is located high up above the recently opened Elbphilharmonie concert hall complex, meaning that the views from its rooms and suites are pretty spectacular. It's also in the heart of the harbour district with all its attractions and points of interest.