Around 900 exhibitors will showcase their latest holiday offers including cruises, caravanning and cycling from February 17-21, 2016 at Reisen Hamburg. The list of destinations ranges from places in the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and far beyond – from North America, India, Korea, Japan to China. Apart from exotic destinations, the focus will also be on Hamburg and the neighbouring states of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. Visitors can also find attractive offers for excursions and holiday between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, Heide, Harz and Weser Hills (Weserbergland). Residents of Hamburg alone undertake 19 million day trips and excursions in the metropolitan region.
“La Passione” in the Deichtorhallen
Fans of ships and culture can find out about exciting events in the city at Hamburg Tourismus’ stand. This year, the port celebrates an impressive 827th anniversary from May 5-8 with Hungary as partner country. The Sandtorhafen in HafenCity is also celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Ursula Wöst, spokeswoman for Stiftung Hamburg Maritim, said: “For this reason, a port festival is being planned from September 17-18, 2016, during which the Hamburg Maritime Foundation and the Oevelgönne Harbour Museum will parade their traditional tall ships on the Elbe.” During the International Music Festival Hamburg (April 21-May 22, 2016), the Hamburg State Opera will launch an unusual project in an even more unusual place. A performance of “La Passione” according to Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, overseen by the chief musical director, Kent Nagano, will be held in the Deichtorhallen.
From Hamburg to Helgoland
Representing Lower Saxony, the Lüneburger Heath will present its new Hiking Week à la carte (Wanderwoche à la carte) beginning in August. Hiking fans can go on a different guided tour every day when the heather blooms this year. Rangers, herb ladies or hiking guides will lead through purple brush and heather on a “Summit Tour” to the Pietzmoor bog. Novato, a holiday homes provider, is representing Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania at Reisen Hamburg. Their offers are likely to inject new life into a complex of buildings called “Koloss von Prosa“ on the Baltic beach near Binz on the island of Rügen. The Tassen Eins shipping company from Schleswig-Holstein will present news about the innovative, passenger ship Helgoland which runs on environment-friendly liquefied natural gas. Throughout the year, it travels along Germany’s only offshore island in the North Sea from Cuxhaven and as a novelty from Hamburg during the summer season.