On the outskirts, Hamburg
In the old centre of Bergedorf you may see many old halftimbered houses and also that beautiful half-timbered church. Unfortunately the church is not open to the public, but it looks great already from outside. Opposite of that church you will see an old inn, also with a beautiful and ornate facade. A bit outside of the city-centre of Bergedorf there is also an old wind-mill.
You may get easily to Bergedorf by S2 or the regional-train R20. Both are leaving at Hauptbahnhof. Bergedorf is still inside the tarif of section A+B, that is included in the day-tickets of the HVV and the Hamburg-card !
Schulau is a small village, about 25km west of the city of Hamburg and it has a very special meaning for all sailors : In Schulau there is the so-called "Welcome-Hoeft" , a great restaurant with a lovely view on all the ships passing by. There is also a ship-station that will show the flags and play the national anthem of the home-port of all ships passing by no matter if they are arriving or leaving, and they will also announce a message of welcome or fare-well.
You may get to Schulau best by S-1 from Hamburg to the terminus Wedel and then go on by bus #489. Wedel & Schulau are still included in the day-tickets of Hamburg !!
Of course plenty of local people will be there, when the biggest cruise-ship of the world is leaving Hamburg there : M/S Freedom of the Seas
I was 3 minutes too late :-(((
In my last picture : M/S VISTAFJORD leaving the port of Hamburg in Schulau . This picture was taken by my mother on my very first day onboard in 1978
Near Billstedt or Jenfeld there is a nice Lake with a big park: Oejendorfer See. There you can bath in the fresh water or have a party on the gras around.
It can only be reached by car or bicycle. No public transport.
Yes, Hamburg has a sandy beach. It is very small, but it is definetly worth visiting because there is always something happening :)
how to get there:
I recommend going there by ferry from Landungsbrücken. There are public transport ferry going to Neumühlen (Direction Finkenwerder)
On the outskirts of Hamburg is the WWII work camp of Neuengame. Now it's a well-done museum where you can see the camp pretty much as it was during the war. It's not a very cheerful place, but it's an important part of the area's past. To get there you need to take the train and the bus; I can't remember the actual route, but you should be able to find the information easily enough once you get to Hamburg. The ride there and back takes you through some beautiful farmland.
Check out Schloss Ahrensburg, just out of town. It's not far from an S-Bahn station, if you don't have a car.