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Cities outside of Hamburg to visit

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Cities outside of Hamburg to visit

will be in Hamburg for 3 weeks. What are some places to visit outside of Hamburg? Will have a car. Interested in beautiful scenery, historical places, unique small villages.

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1. Re: Cities outside of Hamburg to visit

What about

Lübeck

Ratzeburg

Glücksburg

Helgoland (ok, car is useless in this case)

Lüneburg

St. Peter Ording

Westerland

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2. Re: Cities outside of Hamburg to visit

Let me add:

Schwerin: members.virtualtourist.com/m/f86bd/4be8/

Stade: members.virtualtourist.com/m/f86bd/43ca/

Wismar: members.virtualtourist.com/m/f86bd/1921/

Cuxhaven: members.virtualtourist.com/m/f86bd/111eb/

The hillas and lakes of "Holsatian Switzerland" around Plön, Eutin, Malente

Lüneburg Heath (the heather will be in bloom in August)

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Not only Ratzeburg but the whole Lauenburg lakes natural park deserves a visit with Ratzeburg and Mölln being the main towns. East of these is e.g. the impressive Schaalsee, south some lovely lakes near the village of Güster with also the Elbe-Lübeck canal near by (do not miss the ferry in Siebeneichen). Further south is the picturesque town of Lauenburg. 

East of it and along the Elbe is the Elbtalaue with the towns Hitzacker and Dannenberg being the main day tourist destinations.

Lüneburg heath is definitely worth a visit. The heath is blooming early though this year and started and is about to start already because of the mild winter.

Many villages as Amelinghausen and Schneverdingen have also special events usually in August where e.g. a 'Heath Queen' is crowned every year. 

http://www.heidebluetenfest.com/ the one in Amelinghausen

Best view over the heath is from the Wilseder Berg. You cannot get there by car though but will have to walk from e.g. Undeloh or Niederhaverbeck or get there by horse carriage from Undeloh.

North of this is the 'Alte Land' where e.g. Stade is but also Buxtehude and Jork and many picturesque old traditional villages and about 13 million apple trees (and a few million cherry trees) it being the biggest fruit farming area in Germany, even central Europe. Just been there again yesterday, the tree 'fields' look already impressive and will even more over next weeks with apples growing before being harvested in September and October.

www.tourismus-altesland.de/en/index.html

There is then e.g. a possibility to take a ferry from Wischhafen to Glückstadt, a most beautiful old town built at the Elbe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gl%C3%BCckstadt

Further up north there is not only St. Peter Ording but also Büsum, Heide and Husum. 

Westerland itself is imho not worth a visit but the rest of the island though I personally prefer Amrum and Föhr.

Along the Baltic sea coast there is also Schleswig with its beautiful castle, Kappeln and the Schlei, Eckernförde and Laboe near Kiel with the tower and the submarine. South of Kiel is Molfsee with its open air museum showing how people lived in region several centuries ago. http://www.freilichtmuseum-sh.de/

Edited: 20 July 2014, 10:27
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4. Re: Cities outside of Hamburg to visit

Thank you everyone for all the fantastic information. I have looked at all the places mentioned an put together 4 days of sight seeing from Hamburg. Would like to know one more thing? Coming from Eckerforde to Kiel, where outside the city can we park and take public transportation into Kiel. We didn't want to drive into the city.

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5. Re: Cities outside of Hamburg to visit

Driving in those towns is not difficult or finding parking unless there is some festival. Since you have a car, think about dinner in the garden at Wattkorn, north of Hamburg - Tangstedter Landstrasse 230. The food is very good and the setting memorable. Also check the concert schedule for Gut Frauenhof. It's near Esgrus, which, in turn, is near Eckernfoerder. Unless you already know the area, you will be amazed at the size of the farms and the agricultural character of the region. This is a region that doesn't get much American tourism. It's not flashy, but very rewarding.

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Is there any place closer to Hamburg that has the chalk cliffs like at Jasmund National Park?

I printed the menu as suggested to go to Wattkorn, north of Hamburg - Tangstedter Landstrasse 230 and it looks good and I checked out the concert schedule for Gut Frauenhof, Thanks for those suggestions.

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7. Re: Cities outside of Hamburg to visit

No.

There are actually plenty other nice restaurants (with better reviews also, yes location of mentioned one is nice but food is hit and miss) not in central Hamburg, in the countryside close and a bit further away from Hamburg.

In Hamburg there is e.g. the Zollenspieker Fahrhaus, the Faehrhaus Tatenberg

tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187331-… (both in the south east of Hamburg), Gasthaus Offen in the north or just south of Hamburg in Seevetal Gasthaus Horster Muhle and Die Muehle in Jork, east of Hamburg are the Fischerklause

tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g1929469…

and Forsthaus Seebergen

tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g1929469…

both in Lütjensee, having some of the most memorable locations and the food is exquisite at both... and and and...

Edited: 24 July 2014, 07:29
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