North, East, South and West of Hamburg:
When we first set out from Berlin and headed towards Hamburg, we only had a vague feel for the region. Having spoken to a number of friends who call home to Northern Germany, we received tons of tips for vacations in Schleswig Holstein at the North Sea and Baltic Sea’s beaches. When asked about their favourite lakes, however, people were only able to provide us with a handful of tips. This ignited our curiosity and longing to discover the region’s lakes and rivers even further. Nevertheless, in our hearts, we always knew that we would inevitably include a small selection of beaches from the North Sea and Baltic Sea’s shorelines in this publication. Today, we’re well-equipped with a wide collection of tips and recommendations for lakeside excursions outside the city. Starting out from the centre of Hamburg, we’ve selected four of our all-time favourite bodies of water in the region—one for each cardinal direction.
You’re based in Hamburg and looking for bathing spots near you? Head over to our Take Me to The Lakes – Hamburg Edition to discover our top 100 bathing spots and 50 lakes in the region. In this guide, not only do we zoom in on our favourite bodies of water, but we also show you where to find the best piers, beaches, and rope swings. Our selection features a mix of popular bodies of water, such as Boberger See, Plöner See and Elbe River’s beaches, alongside a list of lesser-known lakes that lend themselves to secluded day-trips. If you’re interested in spending an entire weekend at the water’s edge, take a look at our Take Me to the Lakes – Weekender Edition Hamburg. This unique hotel guide features 50 stunning, handpicked accommodations alongside an extended list of nearby lakes and bathing spots. All across Schleswig Holstein, Lower Saxony, and Mecklenburg Vorpommern, our welcoming hosts can provide more tips for regional excursions and day-trips.
Please note that our Hamburg Edition and Weekender Edition Hamburg are currently only available in German.