In the Hamburg Metropolitan Region there are countless opportunities for great shopping experiences. In cities such as Hamburg, Lüneburg, Lübeck or Wismar, you will find not only the well-known shops but also small boutiques and manufactories to bring back something very special from your trip to northern Germany. If you like bargain hunting, the outlet centres in Neumünster or Soltau are the place to be.
The Alte Land is only a short distance away from Hamburg, which makes it an ideal destination for excursions and vacations. The picturesque landscape on the Elbe river is gently incorporated between the Hanseatic city and the North Sea. For all those who still long to experience a charming city flair, the maritime Hanseatic cities of Stade and Buxtehude are not far away.
With its maritime charm and cosmopolitan outlook, the Hanseatic City of Hamburg is one of Europe's most beautiful metropolises and offers its guests pure experiences of the city and nature: a variety of hotels, restaurants, theatres and shops, chic beaches on the Elbe and the green banks of the Alster, a lively harbour and city sights encompassing over 1,200 years of urban history.
Neoclassical buildings, traditional half-timbered houses, the splendid red-brick cathedral, the fairy-tale castle and Lake Schwerin – the state capital of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania is the perfect place to relax and unwind for a few days.
With its hidden world of passageways and courtyards, proud merchants’ houses, the world famous Holsten Gate and the Old Town Island with its seven churches, designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987, Lübeck is simply unique. The former “Queen of the Hanseatic League” is a fascinating destination for city tourists and promises lovers of culture, history and the maritime way of life some moments of genuine pleasure.
Small and tranquil, Lüneburg is really quite old – over 1,000 years, to be precise. Salt once made the city rich, and you can still see this wealth today, reflected in the many beautiful patrician houses. In addition to all the fantastic gabled houses in the Am Sande area and around the marketplace the western old town also boasts houses that are positively picturesque and charming alleys along which you will be only too happy to stroll.
Although not far from the major cities of Hamburg and Berlin, you soon find yourself out in the middle of nowhere in Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Rivers cut their way through the landscape and informative nature trails take you through idyllic, protected areas that are home to beavers, white-tailed eagles and otters. Space to relax and be inspired.
There are lots of beautifully laid-out golf courses in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Golf has been played in Schleswig-Holstein for over 100 years, and it’s a wonderful place to play your favourite sport – out in the fresh air, between the North Sea and the Baltic and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here, you can truly unwind on some superbly-maintained fairways in the land between the seas.