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By Air

Hamburg Airport is the oldest airport in Germany still in operation.There is also the smaller Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport, used only as a company airport for Airbus.Some airlines market Lübeck Airport in Lübeck as serving Hamburg.

By Train

Nine mass transit rail lines across the city are the backbone of Hamburg public transportation.The Hamburg S-Bahn (heavy railway system) system comprises six lines and the Hamburg U-Bahn three lines. U-Bahn is short for Untergrundbahn (underground railway).Approximately 41 km (25 mi) of 101 km (63 mi) of the subway is underground; most of the tracks are on embankments, viaducts or at ground level. Older residents still speak of the system as Hochbahn (elevated railway), also because the operating company of the subway is the Hamburger Hochbahn. Another heavy railway system, the AKN railway, connects satellite towns in Schleswig-Holstein to the city. On certain routes, regional trains of Germany's major railway company Deutsche Bahn AG and the regional metronom trains may be used with a HVV public transport ticket, too.Except at the three bigger stations in the center of Hamburg, such as Hamburg central station, Hamburg Dammtor station, or Hamburg-Altona station, the regional trains hardly stop inside the area of the city.The tram network was shut down in 1978.

By Bus

Gaps in the rail network are filled by more than 600 bus routes, plied by single-deck, two-, three- and four-axle diesel buses.Hamburg has no trams or trolley-buses, but has hydrogen-fueled buses operating pilot services.The buses run frequently during working hours, with some buses on some routes arriving as often as every 2 minutes. In suburban areas and on special weekday night lines the intervals can be 30 minutes or longer.

By Ferry

There are six ferry lines along the river Elbe operated by the HADAG company.While mainly used by Hamburg citizens and dock workers they can also be used for sightseeing tours.

By Road

Hamburg is a major transportation hub in Germany.Hamburg is connected to four Autobahnen (motorways) and is the most important railway junction on the route to Scandinavia.Bridges and tunnels connect the northern and southern parts of the city such as the old Elbe Tunnel (Alter Elbtunnel) now a major tourist sight and the Elbe Tunnel (Elbtunnel) the crossing of a motorway.

Key places to visit
The English Theatre, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg State Opera, Port of Hamburg, St. Michaelis Church, Thalia Theater, Altona Volks park


Places to Visit

The English Theatre

The theatre was started in 1976 by two Americans, Robert Rumpf and Clifford Dean, who trained and worked professionally in the United States before coming to Hamburg in the mid-1970s. They share the general management responsibilities, plan the artistic program and direct most of the productions. The theatre is located at Lerchenfeld 14, 22081 Hamburg, Germany.Our audiences come from all parts of the world and include students of English as well as native speakers.We present distinguished plays of all genres in the original English on a professional basis in our efforts to contribute to international communication through language and the art of the theatre.The company performs from September through June, giving eight performances per week. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. every evening (except Sundays) and at 11:00 a.m. twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays).

Kunsthalle Hamburg

is an art museum in Hamburg, Germany.The art museum focuses on painting in Hamburg in the 14th century, paintings by Dutch and Flemish artists of the 16th and 17th centuries, French and German paintings of the 19th century, modern, and contemporary art. It consists of three connected buildings located in the city center, near the Central Station and the Binnenalster lake.The first museum was built from 1863 to 1869 by architects Georg Theodor Schirrmacher and Hermann von der Hude. Architect Fritz Schumacher designed the second building, erected in 1919. Planned and constructed from 1976 until 1997, the Galerie der Gegenwart was built by O. M. Ungers.The museum houses an important collection of painting from the 19th century with works from Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth, Philipp Otto Runge, Caspar David Friedrich, Adolf Menzel. The Gallerie der Gegenwart is devoted to modern arts from the early 20th century, e.g. Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Max Beckmann, and art after 1945.

Hamburg State Opera

is one of the leading opera companies in Germany.Opera in Hamburg dates back to 2 January 1678 when the "Opern-Theatrum" was inaugurated with a performance of a biblical Singspiel by Johann Theile. It was not a court theatre but the first public opera house in Germany established by the art-loving citizens of Hamburg, a prosperous member of the Hanseatic League.The Hamburg Bürgeroper resisted the dominance of the Italianate style and rapidly became the leading musical center of the German Baroque. In 1703, George Friedrich Handel was engaged as violinist and harpsichordist and performances of his operas were not long in appearing. In 1705, Hamburg gave the world première of his opera Nero.

Port of Hamburg

is also one of Hamburg's largest attractions, both as a living, industrial and logistic center but also as a backdrop for modern culture and the ports history. Among these are various museum ships, musical theaters, bars, restaurants and hotels - and even a floating boat church.Tour guides on boat tours in the harbor are called he lüchts (Low German for he is lying) after an often used call of dock workers when they overheard the stories told to tourists.

St. Michaelis Church

is one of Hamburg's five main Protestant churches (Hauptkirchen) and the most famous church in the city. St. Michaelis is a landmark of the city. It is dedicated to the archangel Michael. A large bronze statue, standing above the portal of the church shows the archangel conquering the devil.The 132-metre high Baroque spire totally covered with copper is a prominent feature of Hamburg’s skyline and has always been a landfall mark for ships sailing up the river Elbe.Offering 2,500 seats, the Michel is the largest church in Hamburg. The spire, which offers an excellent view over the city and the harbour, can be climbed, but there also is a lift.

Thalia Theater

is one of three Hamburg State Theater, a theater stage with a voice strong and highly acclaimed ensemble.The Big House on Alstertor in Hamburg's Old Town can accommodate about 1,000 spectators.The repertoire includes about 20 productions that are played daily alternately or in blocks.Each season there are approximately nine firsts in the Great House, about six premieres to come in at the Thalia Gaubstrabe in Altona.The old building of the Thalia Theater was designed by architects Francis George Stammann and Auguste de Meuron designed and built in 1843. This building stood opposite the present building (now there is the Thaliahof ).On 9th November 1843 founded Cheri Maurice (real name Charles M. Schwartz Berger) with the license of the deceased widow Handjes theater, the Thalia Theater.Schwartz chose to name as Berger Thalia, the muse of poetry and comic entertainment art, the others Thalia is also one of the three Graces.

Altona Volks Park

The 205-acre public park in Altona Bahrenfeld is Hamburg's largest public park the core area since September 2002 is a historical monument.As early as 1895 a private committee met with the demand up to the Altona magistrate to resolve the glaring open space deficiency in the interest of an active health care: the industrial in character until 1938 autonomous Altona / Elbe at the time was the next to Wroclaw most densely populated major city in the German Reich.The municipality acquired since that time numerous private land at the periphery and in adjacent rural communities including in 1903 the Bahrenfelder firs where people came later much of the park.

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