Hamburg

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The city could keep you occupied for days, but getting outside of Hamburg is easy with the German rail system and there’s plenty to discover outside the town limits.

Day Trips from Hamburg

German Immigration Center in Bremerhaven

Maritime Bremerhaven is home to Europe’s largest emigration museum, where visitors can learn about the trials and tribulations endured by the 7 million people who set sail from this very spot to Ellis Island between 1830 and 1974.

About 110 miles west of Hamburg, www.dah-bremerhaven.de
Tags: history | day trip | museum

Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park

Migrating birds and seals inhabit the pristine dune-backed beaches in this beautiful national park on Germany’s north sea coast. Stroll along the sand, climb the dunes or explore the area with a horse and carriage tour.

About 140 miles northwest of Hamburg, www.nationalpark-wattenmeer.niedersachsen.de
Tags: beach | family | outdoors | day trip | park | national park

Helgoland

The tall red cliffs on Germany’s only high sea island are like no place else in the country. Here, the gulf stream maintains a temperate climate and what is touted as Germany’s freshest air. Boats make daily departures from the Landungsbrucken ferry docks (www.frs.de).

44 miles off the coast west of Hamburg; accessible by boat from April-Nov, www.helgoland.de/en
Tags: beach | island | smart splurge | outdoors | day trip

Lubeck

This fairytale-esque 12th-century city has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site thanks to the area’s 1,000 well-preserved buildings. The favorite local treat, marzipan, seems to be for sale in nearly every shop in the old city.

About 41 miles northeast of Hamburg, www.luebeck-tourism.de
Tags: historic | day trip

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