Tours en l'air organizes ballet-themed escorted holidays to see the best companies perform great ballets in beautiful places. You can join a trip from anywhere. A highly knowledgeable balletomane who has enjoyed 100s of performances in over 20 cities around the world,I speak English, French, and German, and am a Travel Industry Council of Ontario certified Travel Counsellor. I also teach ballet appreciation courses.
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Travel tips for ballet lovers: Hamburg

While the official Tours en l'air trips tend to stay in higher-end three-star and four-star hotels, for those of you who are happy with a more modest hotel for one of your own trips to see ballet, here are my recommendations.


A true find if you're visiting the Hamburg Ballet is the Hotel Pension Fink, run by the charming Korean Han family, Rothenbaumchaussee 73 | 20148 Hamburg | Tel. 040 / 44 05 71 | Fax 040 / 45 71 62 | eMail This former 19th century  villa in the leafy Rotherbaum area of Hamburg has the most stunning rooms with beautiful painted ceilings, and prices starting at 49 euros for a single and 70 for a double including breakfast. It's a while since I stayed there, but I think I recall the room I stayed in did not have an ensuite bathroom. It's steps from the Haller U-Bahn station which connects to the airport bus in one direction and to the Staatsoper and downtown in the other (which is about 20 minutes walk away, past the beautiful botanical garden). As I recall, one's Hamburg ballet ticket is valid also for public transit on the evening of the show. If you're visiting Hamburg, you definitely don't want to end up in some of the seedier areas, near the Hauptbahnhof or the Reeperbahn, and this is about as unseedy as you could possibly imagine. Hamburg is a surprisingly beautiful city, and it's got a great ballet company, so seize the opportunity to go there if you can, especially in June each year when they have their ballet-every-night "Ballet Days".

If you love ballet, please check out my season of outstanding ballet trips in 2012-13 by clicking here.


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