Should you be looking for ideas for winter getaways in Europe that offer culture without the crowds, here is a new package combining Hamburg with Sylt, Germany’s northernmost island.  Sylt has direct train links to Hamburg, making this a classic city and beach combination for travellers in the know.

Two independent waterfront hotels, The Fontenay in Hamburg and The BUDERSAND Hotel in Sylt, have partnered up to offer a four-night ‘Hamburg Meets Sylt’  package of accommodation and return Deutsche Bahn train tickets.

These two luxury hotels have much in common, sharing a focus on art, culture and cuisine, as well as contemporary German architecture and design.  They also share the luxury of space and are both waterfront properties, with The Fontenay located at the edge of Lake Alster at the heart of Hamburg, and the BUDERSAND Hotel overlooking the sea and the small harbour in Hörnum.

The new ‘Hamburg meets Sylt’ travel experience starts in the city with two nights at The Fontenay. Located overlooking Lake Alster and within walking distance of the city centre, The Fontenay is a real city resort.   Within the hotel, guests can enjoy spacious rooms with balconies, an al fresco garden terrace at the Parkview restaurant and a 500 square metre rooftop bar terrace.  Beyond the hotel, Hamburg with its café culture, independent shops, canal district, museums and cultural institutions is all within easy reach on foot or by bike – or even by water.

A speedy and efficient three-hour train journey on the DB Auto Shuttle brings travellers directly to Sylt.  The BUDERSAND Hotel – Golf & Spa – Sylt is located on the quiet south of the island with wide sweeping views of the sea and acres of deserted dunes to explore.  Here, travellers can enjoy two two nights in a room or suite flooded with natural light. During the day, the rugged kilometre-wide dune landscape beckons for walks. Or with use of a premium electric bike from RIESE & MÜLLER included for one day, there is always tailwind on the 200 km of bike paths.

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