Although there are no direct trains to Hamburg from the UK, it is still possible to travel to the German city via an indirect route. The major UK departure station for trains to the continent is London St Pancras International. It is possible to reach this station directly from Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Sheffield. From other UK locations, it is necessary to travel to other stations in the capital, such as Euston, and then utilise the underground to arrive at St Pancras. There is a regular Eurostar service which departs St Pancras International for Brussels Midi seven days a week. From Brussels Midi, both Thalys and Intercity-Express operate services to the German city of Cologne. At Cologne Central, it is necessary to change once more. Intercity-Express run regular services throughout the day from Cologne to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, the major train station in the city of Hamburg. Due to its central location, the majority of the major attractions in Hamburg are within easy reach of the station.
The second largest city in Germany, Hamburg also happens to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. One of the city's best kept secrets is the sheer amount of bridges that exist here. A relaxing boat trip along one of the many city canals will take you through more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined. Refreshingly for a major city, there are few skyscrapers spoiling the skyline. Instead, visitors get the opportunity to stroll through streets lined with historic buildings and ancient churches. The proliferation of scenic parks throughout Hamburg simply adds to the beauty of the city. In addition, Hamburg is home to a pleasing amount of museums and galleries, including the world's largest model railway museum.