Germans love a good walk. What better place to stretch one’s legs in Hamburg than in a huge park. Planten un Blomen is a huge green space in the St Pauli district. Handy for us as we were staying in the nearby Superbude.
St Pauli U-bahn station is right on the corner to the entrance of Parken un Blomen. If you’re a little further north you can also reach the park through the entrance beside Stephansplatz U-bahn station.
On our visit during a leisurely Sunday in the city, the snow had fallen. The lakes and ponds were all iced up and brave German youngsters decided to try and walk across them while poking the surface with sticks.
This is a great place to bring the family out for a day. The wide open spaces were being used by cyclists, rollerbladers (brave in this weather!) and also the playground areas were nicely busy.
In the centre of the park, during the winter months, there is a centre set up for ice skating. A large rink complete with skate hire and a cafe was packed out by people enjoying their Sunday morning.
The views from the north end of the park are stunning as bridges over the lakes provide the perfect platform. Calm and tranquil in atmosphere, it’s little wonder so many people from around the city come here to relax and have fun.
Towards the Stephansplatz station, there is a small Japanese Garden. Sadly on our visit we didn’t get the benefit of the flowing streams traditionally associated with a Japanese Garden. That didn’t take away from the natural beauty of this spot in the park though.
For a free attraction within Hamburg, Planten und Blomen has to be on everybody’s list. The peace and quiet within the leafy green park is a satisfying change of pace from the hustle and bustle of central Hamburg,
When the majority of shops close on a Sunday and there’s a gap in your itinerary, this is the perfect spot to fill it with.
Nearest U-Bahn for Planten un Blomen.: St Pauli/Messehalle/Stephansplatz