Welcome to Hamburg Region
Although dominated by its namesake city, Hamburg State does encompass part of the Altes Land, a fertile area reclaimed from marshy ground by Dutch experts in the Middle Ages. Flatness as a terrain feature here takes on its own certain stark beauty. The towns in this region are more than mere Hamburg shadows, with both Stade and Lüneburg retaining charming and architecturally rich medieval cores. Stade is the prettier of the two, but Lüneburg is quietly earning plaudits as a culinary superstar in the making. More sobering, KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme, Hamburg's little-known concentration camp, is a haunting, silent place.
Germany's excellent train system and great-value day passes make most destinations in this region easy to visit on a day trip from Hamburg.