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Sightseeing and highlights of Hamburg


“22 things to see and do in Hamburg”

Culture

Elbphilharmonie

Towering above the Elbe and HafenCity is the city’s newest landmark — the impressive concert venue Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.


Reeperbahn

Nightlife District

The famous street in the heart of St. Pauli offers everything from theatres and galleries to trendy nightclubs and smoky sailor bars.

Komponistenquartier

Explore 200 years of musical history from Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Adolf Hasse, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms and Gustva Mahler! And there also has been a women living and working in Hamburg: Fanny Mendelsohn.

Sights/Landmarks

Old Elbtunnel

Always free to pedestrians, the Alter Elbtunnel (lit. ‚Old Elbe Tunnel‘) connects the Landungsbrücken piers with the port.

World Heritage Kontorhausviertel and Speicherstadt

Explore an outstanding city ensemble, honored as world heritage site with stunning brick facades and canals The world’s largest warehouse complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see on every trip to Hamburg.

Landungsbrücken Piers

Spectacular views, historic waterfront buildings and a public transport hub? Look no further than St. Pauli’s Landungsbrücken.

St. Michael's Church

The ‚Michel‘ is Hamburg’s largest church and one of the city’s must-see sights. Its bell tower offers a stunning view over the city.

Planetarium

Standing proudly in the centre of the Stadtpark, the planetarium has been shining new light since its grand reopening in 2016!

City Hall

The impressive Rathaus (City Hall) is Hamburg’s seat of government. Hamburg’s parliament and senate assemble here.

Fish Market

Every Sunday morning, the Hamburg Fish Market by the Elbe attracts thousands of visitors, night owls and early birds alike!

Neighborhood Schanzenviertel

Sternschanze has long been considered the counter-cultural centre of the city. You can browse independent record stores and boutiques or enjoy the cosy cafés, lively pubs and bars around the Schulterblatt street, all with a quirky vibe by day and a cool alternative atmosphere by night.

Outdoors

Boating

Rent a rowboat, canoe or kayak, take a tour of the port area, or get around on one of Hamburg’s ferry lines.

City Park

The „Stadtpark“ is Hamburg’s recreation destination: Swim, have a BBQ or enjoy open air concerts, sculptures and the observatory!

Hagenbecks Zoo

Hagenbeck Zoo houses 210 different animal species from all over the world, a tropical aquarium and the new Arctic themed Eismeer section.

Neighborhood Blankenese

Escape the big city by visiting Blankenese’s narrow winding alleys, beautiful captains‘ homes, mansions, and river views.

Rent a bike and explore Hamburg on your own

Bike-lovers can explore Hamburg on two wheels when they sign up for the city’s public bike system: StadtRAD Hamburg. Hamburg is a very cycle-friendly city, with many wide avenues, bicycle lanes and parks.

Museums

Miniatur Wunderland

Welcome to Miniatur Wunderland, the world´s largest model railway! According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg is the world’s largest model railway. It is located in the historic warehouse district

Hamburg Museum

Opened in 1922, the beautiful Hamburg Museum brings the city’s fascinating 1,200-year history to life through events and exhibits. Will be soon in renovation. Please check before publishing

Kunsthalle Hamburg

The permanent collection of the Hamburger Kunsthalle reflects art from eight centuries and ranks among the most substantial public art collections in Germany. The Kunsthalle also belongs to the few museums to offer its audience a richly layered tour through European art history from the Middle Ages through to the present. Also, don’t miss the special exhibition [Information for June/July 2022 tbc in the beginning of 2022]

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

The museum is one of the most influential museums for arts and crafts in Europe. Opened in 1877, the MKG tells the remarkable story of human creativity. The top-class collections range from Ancient art to Contemporary art and include the European, Islamic and East Asian cultural regions. Also, don’t miss the special exhibition [Information for June/July 2022 tbc in the beginning of 2022]

Deichtorhallen

The museum is specialized on contemporary arts and photography – and consists of three halls at two locations. Also, don’t miss the special exhibition [Information for June/July 2022 tbc in the beginning of 2022]

Jenisch Haus

The neoclassical country house built by Hamburg Senator Martin Johan Jenisch 1831 – 34, stands in its own extensive park next to the Elbe and, with much of its original interior intact, it gives us a vivid impression of the grand lives led by well-to-do Hanseatic merchants in the middle of the 19th century.

Automuseum PROTOTYP

‘People, power, cars’ – HafenCity’s Automuseum PROTOTYP is at the top of every car enthusiast’s must-see list.

Cap San Diego

Opened in 1922, the beautiful Hamburg Museum brings the city’s fascinating 1,200-year history to life through events and exhibits.

Ballinstadt

Join emigrants on their historic journey to the New World. Hands-on, exciting, and rich with history