Making the most of its idyllic location on the River Elbe, Hamburgers have been holidaying at the riverside beaches since the 20th century and with temperatures soaring during the summer months, the waterfront bars and bathing areas make the perfect spot to cool off. Hamburg’s summer beach bars are renowned as some of the best in the country and whether you’re spending a weekend partying in the city or cruising along the Elbe, bar hopping along the coast is an experience not to be missed.
Once the country’s principal trade and transport routes, Germany has a long-established network of rivers and canal-ways traversing the length and breadth of the country, and there’s no more atmospheric way to discover the German countryside than sailing through its heart. From UNESCO-listed cities to cliff-top medieval castles and riverside Christmas markets twinkling with fairy lights, Germany’s best river cruises will take you to some of the country’s most breathtaking destinations. Not sure where to go first? Read on…
With its scenic canal ways and lakeside beaches, Germany’s largest cruise port offers the perfect setting for whiling away a summer’s afternoon and there are plenty of things to do in Hamburg in summer. From paddleboarding around the lake to watching a movie at an open-air theater, or letting loose at one of Hamburg’s top events and festivals; here are some ideas for making the most of the sun.
Traditionally held on the Tuesday after the Whitsun (Pentecost), Frankfurt’s unique Wäldchestag festival dates back to the Middle Ages and is one of the city’s most important folk festivals. While the Wäldchestag (‘Forest Day’) is no longer an official city holiday, the festival still draws huge crowds of locals, kicking off the summer season with a funfair, market and plenty of alfresco entertainment.
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Whether hosting the world’s largest port festival or a weekend of partying in the city’s notorious Reeperbahn red light district, Hamburg’s ‘work hard, play hard’ motto means there’s always plenty to see and do in Germany’s second city. From live music extravaganzas to old-fashioned funfairs, here’s our selection of Hamburg’s top festivals and events.