From the rich merchants to the working class sailors who have visiting the city over the centuries, Hamburg has long been a city of contrasts. Today, it is an accessible, modern city with a rich maritime history. It is a great place to visit for a few days, whatever your mobility needs, and is packed with plenty of historical and cultural highlights. So, here is Quingo Scooters’ take on the very best places to visit in the north German port city of Hamburg.
Sample the delicacies of the Fischmarkt
There was a time when it felt like all of the sailors in the world ended up in Hamburg at one time or another. And while that is no longer the case, the wonderful Fischmarkt is a reminder of Hamburg’s close relationship with the sea. You’ll need to get their early on a Sunday morning, but it is well worth it. If you like your fish and seafood fresh, there really is no better place to sample it. You can either use the accessible metro, or take one of the public buses (number 112). Once you’re there, it’s completely accessible to all.
Take a harbour tour
While you’re down by the seafront, why not head out on a harbour tour? Seeing Hamburg by boat really makes sense as you’ll see what generations of sailors have experienced over the centuries. There are lots of different operators but this one offers accessible tours for those of us with different mobility needs. Our advice is to email them to make specific arrangements before you book just to make sure they are ready for your visit.
Visit the city’s oldest warehouse
Visiting a warehouse might not sound like fun, but this one is home to the International Maritime Museum of Hamburg. It is barrier free and fully accessible with discounted entry for those of us who use a mobility scooter. The museum itself is incredible and is the work of one enthusiast who made it his lifetime’s work to bring together the collection here. The museum grew gradually out of the founder Peter Tamm’s obsession with the sea, and it is a remarkable tribute both to him and the city’s maritime history. It also has an excellent fish restaurant, called ‘Catch of The Day’!
Feel like a giant at Miniature Wonderland
Hamburg is home to the most popular tourist attraction in Germany: the Miniature Wonderland. As you might have guessed this is a vast collection of miniature models of everything from Hamburg itself to the Austrian Alps. It is also home to the largest (small) railway in the world. It is accessible and barrier free, but we can guarantee it will be busy too. So, to avoid the crowds book ahead, and use the guide to waiting times to help you plan your trip.
Did you know?
Hamburg is home to the first hotel in Germany to commit to employing a high proportion of people with disabilities. The Stadthaus Hotel was founded by a group of parents of disabled kids, and is – no surprise – completely accessible to all.
Getting to Hamburg
There are plenty of cheap flights from the UK to Hamburg, with BMI Regional, British Airways, Sun Air of Scandinavia, easyJet and Eurowings all offering a range of options. Once you arrive at the airport itself you’ll find a modern, accessible facility with an assistance service for those of us who need it. As is usually the case you will need to let them know your requirements up to 48 hours before you fly so that they will have everything ready for you on arrival.
There are accessible public buses and a regular train service into the city. For more information on times and prices, take a look here.
Once you’re in the city itself you will find it relatively easy to get around. The public transport system is modern and efficient. Many of the stations on the underground (U-Bahn) have lifts, and the public buses all have ramped access. For more details on accessible transport in and around Hamburg, there is lots more useful information here.
Travelling with scooters
The great news for those of you travelling abroad is that Quingo Scooters are all approved for air travel by IATA so you won’t have any problems taking them on the plane. That said, it is always well worth getting in touch directly with any train, bus and airlines you want to use just to double check their rules on scooters before you go. For more handy tips on travelling with your scooter by air, take a look at our page here.
Share your accessible getaways abroad with us
Do you have any accessible getaways abroad recommendations? In Europe or perhaps further afield? If you do, we’d love to hear from you, so drop us a line and we’ll feature them.
About Quingo Scooters
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