“Experience” Hamburg again with the ticket of 9 euros

Hamburg.Without a car to the Hanseatic city: Thanks to the 9 euro ticket, visitors to Hamburg can go on a journey of discovery cheaply and without having to look for a parking space. There are worth seeing excursion destinations away from the tourist hotspots … we mention nine tips for spring!

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1. Ohlsdorf Cemetery

Arrival from the main station: U1 or S1 direction Ohlsdorf, exit Ohlsdorf. From there, walk about five minutes to the main entrance on Cordesallee.

A walk in the cemetery, is not it a little morbid? Not in the case of the Ohlsdorf cemetery. With an area of ​​389 hectares, the largest park cemetery in the world is also Hamburg’s largest green area and home to eagles, hares, bats and foxes. If you come without a car, you have the advantage that you do not have to look for your vehicle after entering the area: If you have not got lost on the vast grounds, you are doing something wrong. Ponds and streams, picturesque gardens, stairs, enchanted corners with ancient chapels and weather-beaten tombstones, sculptures (800 in total), ancient and modern mausoleums: Even those who simply drift off without a plan will gather countless impressions. If you prefer to take in certain places, such as the tombs of celebrities, you should download the app “Friedhof Ohlsdorf”. The museum is open Sunday, Monday and Thursday from 10:00 to 14:00. Important to know: Dogs are not allowed in the cemetery.

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2. Wilhelmsburg Island Park

Arrival from the main station: S3 or S31 in the direction of Neugraben, get off at Wilhelmsburg. From there, walk about five minutes to the entrance at Kurt-Emmerich-Platz.

The approximately 100-hectare island park was created for the international garden show in 2013 and has over the years flourished into a popular meeting place, especially for younger visitors and families. The reason for this is not least the free sports and gaming offers. There are six basketball hoops alone, a skate park and “aqua soccer” on shallow water. A climb through Hanserock’s high ropes course is not free, but it’s worth it for everyone from that scare cat to the adrenaline tab. The youngest guests enjoy five playgrounds. If you want to experience frisbee in a new way, you can try the freely available disc golf course. At Café Willi Villa there is canoe rental, and here you can also rent SUP boards. Extra tip: The many slippery paved paths are also good for inline skating.

3. Hannoverscher Bahnhof monument in Lohsepark

Arrival from the main station: U4 towards Elbbrücken, exit at HafenCity University. From there two minutes on foot.

Lohsepark is located in one of the newest districts of HafenCity, which is easy to explore from here. With just over four hectares, it constitutes the district’s largest contiguous green area. In addition to lawns, benches, playground, slacklines, trampolines and a basketball hoop, there is a moving memorial here. This is where Hannover train station once lay. Jews, Roma and Sinti were deported from here during National Socialism between 1940 and 1945. Plaques with the names of 7,741 children and adults illustrate the scale of horror.

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4. Heuckenlock Nature Reserve

Arrival from the main station: S31 towards Neugraben, change at Wilhelmsburg, bus 351 towards Freiluftschule Moorwerder, get off at Heuckenlock. From there along the dike to the small path through NSG.

The Heuckenlock Nature Reserve (NSG) stretches for a length of three kilometers and is within walking distance of the Bunthäuser Spitze, where the Elbe divides into the northern and southern Elbe for 15 kilometers and thus flows around the districts of Wilhelmsburg, Veddel, Kleiner Grasbrook and Steinwerder. Hardly a hiker disturbs those seeking peace and quiet. Heuckenlock is located between river and land and is one of the last river plain forests in Europe and is flooded by spring or storm surge about 100 times a year. Heuckenlock is considered to be the NSG with the most species in the Hamburg area. Plants such as the water fennel or the consumed reed is threatened with extinction, the latter being found only here in Germany. Tip: Inform yourself about the water level in the Elbe before the excursion so you do not get wet feet on the walk!

5. Hamburg Bypark

Arrival from the main station: U3 direction Barmbek, exit Borgweg, then walk 3 minutes; alternatively by bus 6 in the direction of U Borgweg.

“Sierichsche Geholz”, the original name of the park in the Winterhude district, was opened in 1914 as a so-called Volkspark. To the west, at one end of the park, lies the water tower, which houses a planetarium with a variety of shows. The central and main attraction for barbecue fans when the sun is shining is the huge exhibition area. At the other eastern end of the 148-hectare area lies the Stadtparksee with the adjacent natural summer outdoor pool (already open). Right next door: A large beer garden. Several SUP rentals are vying for stand-up paddlers, and pedal boats and rowing boats can also be used for a ride through the canals towards the Alster. Kids love the mega paddling pool on the playground. Extra tip: In the green areas around the concert arena in Stadtpark-Open-Air you can enjoy the music without a ticket.

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When the weather is good, it is very busy: there is a barbecue on the large lawn in Hamburg’s Stadtpark, and canoes, SUPs and inflatable boats are out driving on Stadtparksee.

6. Elbe Ferry and Blankenese

Arrival from the main station: U3 direction Schlump / Barmbek, exit Landungsbrücken. Alternatively S3 towards Pinneberg or S1 towards Wedel.

A trip across the Elbe that does not incur additional costs? No problem with one of the HVV ferries, the cheap alternative to the classic harbor cruise. The harbor ferry’s route 62 leads from the starting point at Landungsbrücken (bridge 3) up the Elbe past many sights. The ferry stops at the fish market, at Cruise Center Altona and at Övelgönne museum harbor. From here you can take a lovely walk along the Elbe beach – with the cult snack bar Strandperle – in the direction of Blankenese. If you come to Falkensteiner Ufer (approx. 10 kilometers), you can even pitch your tent in the sand at the campsite “Elbecamp” overlooking the large pots – or at least get something to eat in Café Lüküs. If you like, you can also take the HVV ferry to Finkenwerder on the other side of the Elbe, from where you can return to Landungsbrücken. Once there, it’s worth a walk through the old Elbe tunnel (free of charge): the views from the balcony on the other side of the Elbe of the harbor landscape are spectacular.

7. Hamburger Kunsthalle & Triennale of Photography

Arrival from the main station: walk in five minutes via the exit Spitalerstraße / Mönckebergstraße, alternatively bus 112 in the direction of Blankenese, get off at Kunsthalle.

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Not only do you get there “for free” with the 9-euro ticket, you also save on admission: This applies to everyone up to and including 25 years all year round in the Kunsthallen! The contemporary gallery celebrates its anniversary and invites young people to the “Free under 25” campaign. The retrospective of the German artist Ernst Wilhelm Nay can currently be seen (until August 7, 2022). “The Triennial of Photography” is also running. Under the title “Currency”, the topics of money, value and power are put up for discussion.

8. Plants and flowers

Arrival from the main station: S21 direction Elbgaustraße or S31 direction Altona, exit Dammtor (Messe / CCH), from there 5 minutes on foot. Alternatively take bus 112 in the direction of S Blankenese, get off at Stephansplatz and walk 2 minutes away.

In the winter, the ice rink entices, in the summer months the arena becomes a roller skating rink – there is free admission! Many other offers in the park are also free, such as the water light shows, which attract visitors during the day (14.00, 16.00 and 18.00) without light shows and in the evening at 22 as a colorful illuminated spectacle accompanied by music. Hamburg’s “green lung” is a particularly varied park area that makes every trip a little adventure. The plant un Blomen is also home to the city’s largest playground. The park offers enough to spend an entire day here, such as concerts in the stands, tea ceremonies in the Japanese garden, pottery courses or herbal walks. The program can be found here: https://plantenunblomen.hamburg.de/Events/Calendar/

So much water: The plant un Blomen, Hamburgparken in the shadow of the TV tower, offers a particularly large number of water areas.  Marcus Brandt / dpa

So much water: The plant un Blomen, Hamburgparken in the shadow of the TV tower, offers a particularly large number of water areas. Marcus Brandt / dpa

9. Hansa Harbor and Harbor Museum

Arrival from the main station: S31 towards Neugraben or S3 towards Stade to Veddel / BallinStadt. Use the northern (Hafen) exit, then bus 256 to Australiastraße / Hafenmuseum. The bus does not run on Sundays – but then HVV special line 856 runs from the new S \ U train station Elbbrücken. Alternatively: Walk from Veddel train station in about 20 minutes.

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The cargo ship

The cargo ship “Peking” at the quay of the German Port Museum. Guided tours can be booked online in advance.

Visitors to Hamburg can take a relaxing stroll through the Hansa harbor in the former free port and see the legendary cargo ship “Peking” up close. The tall ship, built in 1911, has been here since September 2020, and although guided tours are still rare at the moment – can be booked via the website https://shmh.de/de/baustellenfuehrung-peking – “Peking” is also impressive, when seen from the historic quay. In one of the quay shelters is the German Harbor Museum (closed on Tuesdays, free admission for under 18s) with further exhibitions on maritime history. It is currently still under construction and a visit is especially worthwhile on the weekends, offering guided tours and hands-on activities for children, such as the “Basic Harbor Course” on Sundays from 2pm to 5pm.

By Annika Langhagel

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