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Family friendly travelling in Hamburg

Hamburg is known for the friendly welcome it extends to visitors from all corners of the globe, and families are certainly no exception. With world-class attractions for the grown-ups, coupled with an abundance of parks and fun-filled museums for the little ones, Germany's second city is the perfect location for a happy, hassle-free vacation. So pack your bags and explore this exciting city with the whole family in tow!

Things to see in Hamburg

Kids of all ages will love a trip to Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg’s burgeoning Speicherstadt. This model railway museum is one of the largest in the world and is still growing. The journey winds through scale replicas of locations in Germany, Scandinavia, and America, with hundreds of trains covering thousands of feet of track, as well as an airport section modeled on Hamburg’s own airport. Have fun learning about the city’s past through the many child-friendly exhibits at Hamburg History Museum, or discover how previous generations of German schoolchildren lived at the School Museum, housing a classroom reconstruction from the early 20th century alongside many fascinating original artifacts. Younger children will love a trip to Hamburg’s famous zoo, which features pony rides, petting animals, and a huge aquarium. In inclement weather, head for Rabatzz!, a giant indoor play area where the kids can let off steam while the adults enjoy a peaceful break over coffee or a snack.

Family-friendly hotels in Hamburg

Family-friendly accommodation in Hamburg comes in all shapes and sizes—just like families themselves. And in this competitive market, it’s worth shopping around for a good deal, especially if you’re able to book well in advance of your trip. Stay in a good-value bed and breakfast to give the kids a flavor of local life and save your budget for sightseeing, or indulge the whole clan at one of Hamburg’s top family hotels with a range of recreational amenities such as swimming pools, 24-hour gyms, and spas. Many popular international chains have hotels in Hamburg, offering cost-effective family rooms and helpful services such as babysitting and free cribs.

Where to stay in Hamburg

The streets around the main train station, Hauptbahnhof, contain an abundance of hotels that won’t break the bank—perfect for a budget family break to Hamburg. Stay in style on the banks of the Alster lake for a high level of comfort and a chance to enjoy healthy family walks in the fresh air before breakfast. An interesting location that’s sure to impress style-conscious youngsters is HafenCity, Hamburg’s trendy new neighborhood rising from the ashes of its disused docklands. Here you’ll find high-rise hotels with state-of-the-art amenities and great city views within easy walking distance of all the sights.

How to get to Hamburg

Hamburg is easily reached by air or land. Many airlines offer budget flights to Hamburg, while the city is a major hub in the excellent German railway network. Give the kids a treat with a ride on a high-speed ICE train and see some of the countryside en route. The city center is well served by public transportation—consider buying a Hamburg Card for free travel and various other money-saving concessions, including reduced entry to museums. Older children will enjoy negotiating this flat city on two wheels—ask your hotel for information about bike hire.

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