Tips for outdoor activities for a young family

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Hello all,

I am moving to Hamburg with young family in several weeks.

We are very keen on outdoor things. Walking, cycling, climbing, harvesting fruits for jam...

What is the outdoor scene around Hamburg, say within 1hr travel?

I know mountains or even hills are far, but there is plenty of lakes, I guess this gives chances for all sort of water sports, canoe/kayak, fishing...?

Any comments, inf, all welcome...

Thanks,

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Flying :)

... although not appropriate for youngsters.

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Hello all,

I am moving to Hamburg with young family in several weeks.

We are very keen on outdoor things. Walking, cycling, climbing, harvesting fruits for jam...

What is the outdoor scene around Hamburg, say within 1hr travel?

I know mountains or even hills are far, but there is plenty of lakes, I guess this gives chances for all sort of water sports, canoe/kayak, fishing...?

Any comments, inf, all welcome...

Thanks,

Welcome. Hamburg and the neighboring region are all great for outdoor activities.

Regarding fishing. If you want to fish in any place in Germany you have to do the fishing exams (usually after following a brief course). No matter what you try you have to give the exams. Then the best choice is to join a club in order to be able to fish at the clubs lakes and river parts, otherwise you have to fish in the "free" waters of hamburg (parts of Alster, parts of elbe and 2-3 lakes). Even most fishing put&take lakes for trouts now require the fishing licence.If you are still interested and you want any more information I would be glad to help. The alternative is to drive 2 hrs to Denmark and have some great fishing.

Outdoor activities with children. Great resources:

http://hamburgreloca...-with-children/

http://www.hamburg.de/kinder/

http://www.kindernet...urg.de/list.php

Walking (Parks everywhere, Wedel, Klövesteen, Niendorff, Holmer Sandberger, just to name a few nice places), cycling (you can rent free city bicycles in various part of the town) : everywhere.

Climbing : Offered in many sports club, check older forum posts as other members are involved

Fruit/Veggie harvesting : http://www.gutwulfsdorf.de/ (we have been to potato harvesting and it was great, they also have fruit harvesting depending on the season, their Bio markt is also great and they make the best bread I ever had in Germany)

Water ski : www.wasserski-hamburg.de, http://www.wasserski-pinneberg.de/

watersport : http://www.hamburg.de/wassersport/

Many indoor/outdoor swimming pools too (Hamburg, Norderstedt, Wedel,and others)

Ice skating at Planten and Blomen is also very nice

That's good for starters I think.

Cheers,

Alex

PS: I also recommend this book : http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/3939716995/

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This is also a great place for young and old http://www.weltvogelpark.de/

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There are a lot of biking and walking paths through the Luneburger Heide. There are also long-distance bike trails in the region such as the one along the Elbe and the North Sea biking trail. Enjoy and welcome!

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the planten and blomen park in the centre of Hamburg has a lovely big playground. there are also game/ animal parks like schwarze Berge (in the south of HH) or niendorfer Gehege (in Niendorf)

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My 4 y/o loves the weltvogelpark in Niedersachsen (mostly the playground, and it is a relaxing place for adults to get a quiet evening) and the indoor Spielplatz in Hamburg. And she loves Festland (mostly indoor) (I like the warm water there). Outdoors she likes to run on the Elbe, even when it's snowing. In the park near the metro station St. Pauli is a playground with slides my daughter likes a lot but it must be real cold in the winter so I don't want to go in the winter. In the summer we just go down our street to the north side of Sternschanzenpark and brave the druggies/alcoholics so my kid can go on the wood hanging bridge and the cliff-like slide there. It's near the station Schlump. And for hot days there is a park with a water pump in the Sternschanze area and on my street a splish splash toddler wading pool that seems to be open on hot summer Saturday afternoons but not worth a long trip just for that. Popular also is to rent a little cottage in the North or even Denmark but the good spots fill up fast and I don't know one offhand. Then there's Legoland in Denmark. If you like the outdoors maybe a year ticket to the Hagenbecks zoo in Hamburg? Planten un Blomen I second - my kid could be happy there every day all day in the summer.

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Try the Snowdome at Bispingen - before it closes at the end of the month.

There is another wintersports centre here: http://www.alpincenter.com/hamburg-wittenburg/skihalle/

Ain't much in the way of hills here - the Harz area is a bit more than an hour's drive 'tho.

The lakes tend to be a bit "regulated" - not so much over east 'tho.

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There is also a bilingual Facebook blog which gives recommendations for families in German and English. It's called HamburgKinderKinder.

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Hamburger Hafengeburtstag 10 / 11 / 12 May.

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Flying

... although not appropriate for youngsters.

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I did search for this thread in the hopes of finding out what to do with a young family but got distracted by your post above. Is this something you do and I hear its cheaper to do a PPL in HH and surroundings. Any tips...?

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