Hamburg - visiting the neighbors
For those of you who cannot count on a decent vacation this summer or simply prefer the north of southern Europe, we recommend Hamburg. It is a city worth visiting not only during a city break, but also for recreational purposes!
There is a quiet and peaceful place in this German metropolis, surrounded by greenery, lying on the Elbe. This is Camping Stover Strand .
Nature and a big city
Recognized in 2011 as the Green Capital of Europe , Hamburg proves that the metropolis does not exclude coexistence with nature in harmony. Almost half of the city's area consists of green and recreational areas, as well as nature reserves and forests. The port, the Elbe canal system and the Alster river give it a unique nautical atmosphere.
When visiting Hamburg, be sure to visit the huge harbor and the historic Speicherstadt district while admiring its old bridges. Apparently, there are as many as 2,302 of them throughout the city! The symbol of "music of the future" is the Hamburg Philharmonic in the port of "Elbphilharmonie" . Together with the impressive concert hall, it is now the new symbol of the city in the HafenCity district.
It is worth visiting the Cudowna Kraina Miniatury (Miniatur Wunderland) - the world's largest railway model. It shows selected parts of the globe in a zoomed out. Everything is spread over three floors.
Hamburg is a must-see for car enthusiasts. Original, often unique vehicles are located in the historic Speicherstadt district of the Automuseum "Prototype" , not far from another, also appreciated - the Maritime Museum . The huge exhibition space covers as many as 9 floors! Not only historical collections are presented. Many exhibitions are devoted to current research on the bottom of the seas and oceans.
While walking around Hamburg, it is worth having a bird's eye view of the city, actually from one of the viewpoints. The tower of the church of St. Michael, viewing platform - Stintfang Aussichtsplattform, viewing tower of the ruins of the Main Church of St. Nicholas, as well as the Aussichtspunkt - Steinwerder observation deck.
The Treppenviertel , a former fishing village in the Blankenese district, is also worth a stroll. You can get lost in the maze of winding streets lined with white houses, and descend many stairs leading from the slopes straight to the banks of the Elbe. The buildings are immersed in greenery and the gardens are surrounded by colorful flowers.
For lovers of greenery, the Park Planten un Blomen park will be a must-see. On 47 hectares there are romantic ponds, various themed gardens, including one of the largest Japanese gardens in Europe.
Relax on the Elbe - Camping in Hamburg
Camping Stover Strand covers a total area of 30 hectares, offering space and freedom. There are special places for tents, caravans and motorhomes there, directly on the Elbe . In total, the resort offers 450 places with full infrastructure, such as electricity and water connections, bathroom blocks and a self-service laundry room. The camping also provides WiFi access throughout the area.
Those who do not come with a camper or a trailer can use a mobile home . Each has a living room, a bedroom with a double bed, a second bedroom with bunk beds or two single beds, a kitchenette and a bathroom. There is a garden adjacent to each house.
Those who prefer a real home or come with a larger group of people should choose a wooden house in the Swedish style - one of those located on the Elbe, just a few minutes walk from the beach. These cottages can be rented all year round. Like mobile homes, they have a garden. Each accommodation has a living room with a TV and a kitchenette, two twin bedrooms and a bathroom.
There is also the possibility of long-term rental of a place at the campsite, where you can put your own mobile home, caravan or motorhome. You can also rent the cottage itself. The rental places are just a few minutes walk from the beautiful beach.
What's on the campsite?
The Stover Strand restaurant offers 120 seats inside, a conservatory, a terrace with another 40 seats and a large fireplace that warms the conservatory when it gets cold. Guests are not only vacationers, but also locals and newcomers from the vicinity of Hamburg, tempted by the taste of the dishes. The menu includes local and international dishes.
The Unsinkbar restaurant is located on the boat. It can be hired for various celebrations with catering service.
The campsite has a supermarket that offers a large selection of basic food items (including fresh bread) as well as specialized camping and water equipment.
Attractions at a campsite in Hamburg
First of all, the beach on the Elbe should be mentioned. It has a sandy and grassy part, so you can choose a place to spread out with a blanket or a picnic basket. There is a small marina for sailboats and boats nearby. There are also many different places to rent a kayak close to Stover Strand.
Die Insel Water Park is an alternative to the beach on cooler days. It offers sports, themed, children's and outdoor swimming pools, a jacuzzi, a giant slide and saunas.
Fishing enthusiasts will not be disappointed. The Elbe is home to over 20 species of fish, incl. eel, perch, pike, bream, pike perch and burbot. Freshly caught fish can be prepared on one of the barbecues on the banks of the river.
You won't be bored at Strover Strand campsite . After intensive sightseeing, you should treat yourself to peace, tranquility and relaxation by the river.
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