Hamburg boasts 31 theatres, 6 music halls, 10 cabarets and 50 state and private museums. Of the 4,000 restaurants in Hamburg, 2,400 offer foreign cuisine.

The banks of the Elbe and the Alster rivers are perfect for a stroll. The port sight-seeing trips are impressive and offer a special perspective on the panorama of Hamburg.

Right in the heart of the city, there is a large lake: the Alster. A boat tour on the Alster ends in the city centre, where one can shop or simply relax in a street café. Hamburg's modern busses and underground trains (S-Bahn) will take you anywhere fast and for a small fare.

The area around Hamburg is especially delightful. The fruit-growing area of the "Altes Land" with its old farmhouses is especially suited for excursions by bus or on bicycle. The historic old towns of Stade and Lüneburg can be reached in half an hour, and a trip to Lübeck or the beach on the Baltic Sea takes only one hour by car.