In the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, holiday and leisure possibilities on the water are endless. Be it for leisure lovers or ship watchers, canoeists, sunbathers, cycling enthusiasts, hikers or nature discoverers – the way to the water is never far off. There are the two seas, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, plus countless large and small lakes as well as rivers and streams, not to mention the majestic Elbe.
The North Sea and Baltic Sea are ideal for walks along the coastline and long beaches, and for a refreshing swim in summer. Piers take you far beyond the Baltic Sea, and on the North Sea, mudflat hikes along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wadden Sea beckon.
The Elbe flows through the region from east to west, and meets the North Sea in Cuxhaven. Embedded in maritime landscapes like the Elbe marshes or the Elbe River Landscape UNESCO biosphere reserve, and lined with charming small towns and the metropolis of Hamburg, the river is the heartbeat of the metropolitan region.
This water-rich experience is made complete by the three waterscapes in Holstein Switzerland, the Duchy of Lauenburg and Schwerin. Here, too, historical cities worth seeing await to be discovered. Picturesque cycling and hiking trails wind through the regions and lead to relaxing beaches, through enchanted forests and green meadows, while passenger ships sail to landmarks and hidden coves.