Hamburg airport with kids
Living in Aarhus, Denmark, flying out from Hamburg is usually a cheap alternative to the Danish airports, but flying out on the 16th of July from Hamburg was a mistake. That weekend the traffic in Germany was crazy, because all the Germans were off on summer holiday. Besides that there was massive road construction in Northern Germany making the traffic slower than usually. So we were in “stau” from the second we hit the Germany border. We had researched the traffic situations some days before departure and had decided to take off a day before planned and have a night in a hotel near Hamburg. We had no idea how long the drive was going to take during the circumstances and we couldn’t afford to miss our flight.
The drive to Hamburg took us 4,5 hours from Aarhus compared to usually 3 hours, so it wasn’t that bad after all. We were lucky with the kids. Our baby girl slept for 2 hours, when she woke up, we had a short break with some snacks. During the break we made the kids climp a stair and run around trying to burn off some energy, so they would be able to sit still and drive for some hours. We succeeded in our plan. Our 3 year old was quietly watching his ipad for the next 2 hours of driving. We had uploaded some new movies and apps the night before and he was lost in the world of Disney. We had done the same with an ipad for our baby girl. Tried to find some baby apps. We had chosen the LEGO Duplo apps and she was very fascinated by them at least for an hour. Then we played with a doll and we had brought raisins and other snacks to make the time fly.
The last 30 minutes of our drive none of our children wanted to be in their car seat anymore. They wanted out. Our baby girl was worming in her seat wanting to get out and our 3 year old couldn’t sit still any longer. He was asking the critical question: “When are we there?” Stuck on the freeway in a line so long no one knew the end of it, that is a though question to answer. But all of the sudden the traffic moved and we were at the hotel within 30 minutes.
Most hotels in Hamburg was fully booked because of the summer holiday, so I had booked a hotel 10 minutes north of the airport. We stayed the night in the very basic hotel.
Being at the hotel we were informed, that we were facing another challenge. There were absolutely no parking available in Hamburg airport. No shuttle parking, no sleep/park – no nothing. We asked our hotel for advice, but they had none. So we were forced to park the car on a random street north of Hamburg and hope for the best. We took a taxi to the airport. The taxi drive took us 10 minutes and cost 20 Euros. Being away 3 weeks, it was a huge risk to leave the car on a random street north of Hamburg, but if the car was unharmed, it was a great and cheap solution. The car was actually unharmed after 3 weeks of holiday, but if we were to fly from Hamburg in July again, I would order parking in connection with ordering flights.
Arriving ahead of schedule in Hamburg airport is a great idea. There is a kids area on the first floor in connection to a Mc. Donalds restaurant.
The kids area has a huge spaceship with a slide inside, it has interactive displays, an air balloon and much more. The area was full of kids in all ages playing. Our son Victor actually found a new Danish friend named Thor in the 30 minutes, we spent there. It was perfect for the kids to burn of some energy playing in the kids area before being strapped to a seat in the plain for hours.