With a population of 1.8 million, Hamburg is the second biggest city of Germany and 8th in the EU. Hamburg was first mentioned in the 8th century and was also a member of the Hanseatic league until the 17th century, which was a trading alliance between the dominant cities along the north coast of Europe. The harbour, the biggest in Germany and 2nd biggest in Europe, has always been of great importance and remains a significant trading spot even today.
It's easy to take a train direct to Hamburg city centre from the local airport. The train station is close to the airport terminals and easily reached via elevators or stairs. The journey to the city centre takes about 25 minutes and trains leave every ten minutes. Buying a HVV ticket entitles users to access any public transport options in Hamburg, including trains, buses and passenger ferries. If you arrive at the ferry port you can take the U-Bahn U4 line into the city centre or catch a bus.
Some of the most popular ways to see the sights of Hamburg include sightseeing buses and harbour or canal boat tours. There are a variety of popular walking trails through the city, with different distances to cater for people at any fitness level. It's possible to buy a Hamburg Card, rather than HVV tickets, for unlimited transport throughout the HVV area, as well as discounts off entry to a variety of local tourist attractions and money off deals at retailers in the city.