The free city of Hamburg at the end of the 12th century was a prosperous and independent settlement. Princes and kings have never ruled here, so centuries-old freedom has left a deep imprint on these lands. From the Middle Ages, Hamburg has become a multicultural and multinational city. Nowadays, vibrant life continues to boil in its squares and port streets.
Hamburg is very different. On the one hand - the historical center with a picturesque town hall and buildings of the Renaissance, on the other - the dynamic industrial quarters of the Barn City, but on the third - the magnificent Alster Lake and large park areas in the city. The cultural traditions of past centuries are carefully preserved in Hamburg museums and galleries.
What to see and where to go in Hamburg?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a brief description.
1. Hamburg Town Hall
The majestic historic building of the city council, decorated with statues of German emperors. Today, the Town Hall is the residence of the burgomaster. The town hall square hosts year-round festivals, festivals and fairs. In the courtyard of the building is an elegant fountain with a statue of the goddess of health Gigeya, built at the end of the XIX century in honor of the end of the cholera epidemic.
2. Port of Hamburg
The cargo harbor on the Elbe River, Germany’s largest port and the “German gate to the world”. Ships and tankers from many countries moor here, and the port takes the 9th place in the world in terms of congestion. The length of the marina is 46 km. The harbor began to function in the XII century under the ruler Frederick I. Thanks to its convenient location and convenient port, Hamburg quickly became rich and by the 17th century turned into a major European transport hub.
3. Lake Alster
A lake in the center of Hamburg, around which the prestigious areas of the city are concentrated. On the banks of Alster are luxurious villas of wealthy citizens. An almost 6-kilometer coastal zone has been turned into a public park. The lake regularly hosts competitions in water sports. Those who wish can take a boat trip on a regularly scheduled ferry and enjoy the surrounding landscapes.
4. Jungfernstig street
Alley in the historical part of Hamburg on the southern shore of Lake Alster. Jungfernstig became the first paved street in Germany. In past centuries, noble and wealthy families staged a promenade here, simultaneously showing the public their unmarried daughters. Today, the street is an important transport hub in Hamburg, a business center and the best place for shopping.
5. Reperban Street
Hamburg Bohemian Life Center in the waterfront of St. Pauli. The street gained its “frivolous” fame from the past, when city blocks in the port area were considered a place of rampant vices and fornication. Today, the appointment of Reperban has not changed much - this is the focus of nightclubs, entertainment venues, erotic show cabarets and legal brothels. The place was given the unofficial name of "The Sinful Mile."
6. Hamburg Kunsthalle
City Art Museum, created on the initiative of members of the Union of Literature Lovers. In the middle of the XIX century, the authorities allocated a land for construction, and work began under the leadership of architects G. Schirrmacher and G. von der Hood. In 1995, another building was added to the museum, which housed the “Gallery of Modernity”. The Hamburg Kunsthall contains works of various eras, starting from the Middle Ages.
7. Hamburg History Museum
The museum was built at the beginning of the 20th century, where you can learn a lot about the history of Hamburg. The exhibits will tell the visitor how from a small fortress the city turned into a rich and prosperous European center of trade. The exposition opened thanks to the activities of members of the historical society. Here are parts of ancient buildings, panoramas, ship models, costumes and the largest railway model in Europe.
8. Museum of Arts and Crafts
Museum of Applied Arts, which has a collection of 500 thousand exhibits. This is one of the most complete collections in Europe. Here are stored collections of textiles, furniture, interior items made at the best factories in Italy, Belgium, France. The museum also has antique musical instruments, rare costumes by French fashion designers, and porcelain and faience collections.
9. Panopticon Wax Museum
The museum exposition is based on a private collection of wax figures by Hermann Weber, who was also the creator of all of his exhibits. The first figures were copies of criminals and the stealing burgomaster of Hamburg. After the fire of 1943, only 19 items remained from the museum collection. They formed the basis of the updated exposure. Now the museum exhibits about 120 figures of famous people.
10. Rikmer Rickmers Ship Museum
Former cargo bark, which made long voyages across the Atlantic Ocean in Chile, as well as the Far East. At the beginning of the 20th century, British troops seized the ship, and after World War I transferred it to Portugal. In 1983, Germany bought the bark, which worked properly all this time. The ship was restored and converted into a museum dedicated to the history of the ship and the Rikmers shipping company.
11. Hamburg Dungeon
A popular horror museum, where the colors and faces tell of the "dark" periods of the city’s history: public executions, epidemics, big fires and other joyless events. Theatrical performances, interactive shows and a completely eerie surroundings await visitors, from which it becomes uncomfortable even with the most indifferent. The museum is housed in gloomy stylized catacombs.
12. Miniature Wonderland
A fabulous city, which is the surrounding world in miniature. Models of German railways (with real stations), airports, Scandinavian harbors, Alpine mountains, the American continent and much more are placed here. The territory of the “wonderland” is divided into thematic sections, which miniature entire states. In this unique space it will be interesting to visit both children and adults.
13. Hamburg Opera House
Germany's oldest musical theater, founded in 1678. The scene was originally intended for the general public, and not just for a narrow circle of noble families. Until the middle of the XVIII century, the opera was located in a wooden building, in 1827 the troupe moved to a new building, but it was destroyed during the Second World War. The opera was restored for almost ten years.
14. Monument to Otto von Bismarck
A gigantic monument in honor of the outstanding chancellor of a united Germany (and later the German Empire) Otto von Bismarck. This politician stood at the basis of the transformation of disparate German states and small principalities into a single and strong country. He was an honorary citizen of Hamburg, so the authorities decided to erect a worthy monument in his honor. The monument was inaugurated in 1906.
15. Church of St. Michael
The temple of the XVIII century, built in the Baroque style. It is considered one of the most picturesque in Hamburg. The church is crowned with a 132-meter bell tower with an impressive clock on the facade. At the top there is an observation deck overlooking the Elbe, Lake Alster and Hamburg. During the Second World War, the building was severely destroyed, so I had to seriously work on its restoration.
16. Church of St. Nicholas
Lutheran church, from which only a 147-meter bell tower remained. Once it was a beautiful neo-Gothic church. The first building appeared in the XIII century, in the middle of the XIX century a new structure was erected in its place, damaged by the 1943 bombing. After the war, the temple was not completely restored; only the tower was left. The ruins of the church of St. Nicholas serve as a memorial to the victims of bloody battles.
An impressive space theater, where projections of the starry sky are demonstrated. The planetarium began operating in 1930 and is the oldest in Germany. The monumental historical building is equipped with modern technology, with which you can see the whole starry worlds. A powerful planetarium projector is capable of displaying several thousand stars at a time on the dome.
18. Fish market
Commercial area where you can buy fish, seafood, smoked meats, fruits, souvenirs, as well as good food. The market has existed since the beginning of the XVIII century. Trade is conducted from five to ten in the morning. Tourists bring whole buses, skillful sellers make exciting show presentations to potential buyers. The market is worth visiting for the sake of surroundings, atmosphere and mood, even if there are no plans in the plans.
Eleven-story building of the early XX century in the style of expressionism. The unofficial name of the structure is “ship's nose” due to its characteristic shape resembling a ship's cape. The chilehouse was built by order of the major merchant G. Sloman, who made capital on the trade in Chilean nitrate. The house is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as an example of Hamburg's port architecture.
20. Barn city
The complex of warehouse and administrative buildings of the port area of Hamburg. The buildings are made mainly of red brick. Between them laid numerous metal bridges. Thanks to such industrial architecture, the port area has acquired a unique flavor. The barn city arose at the end of the 19th century, when it was decided to create a free trade zone outside of Hamburg.
21. Castle Bergedorf
The only castle preserved on the territory of Hamburg. It is located in the old part of town. It is believed that the castle was built in the 13th century, since there are written documents in which it is referred to as a “strong house”. Today, the building is located a branch of the Museum of the History of Hamburg. It hosts exhibitions introducing visitors to the cultural heritage of the region.
22. Old tunnel under the Elbe
An underground passage under the Elbe River 426.5 meters long, connecting the port area of St. Pauli with the center of Hamburg. It was designed and built at the beginning of the 20th century. Engineering solutions implemented during construction were considered breakthrough and progressive for that time. The idea of laying the tunnel arose after the strike of 1896, when dissatisfied port workers demanded to solve the problem of unloading the port.
23. Olsdorferfriedhof Cemetery Park
The old cemetery of the late XIX century, where more than 1.5 million burials are located on the territory of almost 400 hectares. You can move around the cemetery by car and public transport, as the length of the alleys is more than 17 km. Numerous mausoleums, chapels, memorials are built here. For visitors equipped benches and places for walking. The cemetery has long turned into a landmark, it is visited by more than 2 million people a year.
24. Hagenbeck Zoo
Private zoo of the Hagenbeck family, opened in 1907. The zoo was the first in the world to create natural living conditions for animals. The territory is home to more than 200 species of animals. One of the interesting places in the zoo is a tropical aquarium, which is home to a wide variety of species - from small fish and tropical insects to gigantic crocodiles.
25. Plantin un Blomen Park
Hamburg's Botanical Gardens and the Green Heart, a favorite place for walks and picnics in fine weather. The park hosts exhibitions of gardeners and landscape designers, flower fairs, musical performances and art exhibitions. Plantin un Blomen is located west of Lake Alster. It includes several gardens, united by a common concept.
When in 1888 Hamburg finally joined the German customs zone, the authorities immediately began work on the creation of a new warehouse area for its port. The residential areas on Zollkanal were demolished, and in their place were built massive storage on oak piles in the style of the Gothic revival.
Today, Speicherstadt or the “City of Warehouses” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has its own unique atmosphere.
Simply walk along the magnificent red-brick buildings, cross the canals and admire the glazed décor of the gabled facades of Speicherstadt to experience the spirit of the city.
Some of the warehouses have recently been converted into residential apartments, others into tourist attractions, and some still fulfill their original purpose, providing storage space for spices, tea, coffee and electronics and much more.
Address: Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany.
Hafen City Quarter
Hafen City is the new coastal quarter that was officially opened in 2008. It is located on the site of the old city port and will grow steadily over the next 15 years, providing housing for more than 12,000 people and creating jobs for 40,000 employees.
Glossy office blocks, elegant residential complexes and advanced leisure facilities - literally everything is designed here taking into account the latest trends in aesthetics and maximum comfort. So far, the main attraction of Hafen City is the Elbe Philharmonic, which deserves a separate description.
Address: HafenCity, 20457 Hamburg, Germany.
The Elbe Philharmonic was officially opened in 2017. At the moment, this is the highest residential building in Hamburg - its height reaches more than 100 meters. Despite its impressive size, the project, implemented by the Swiss bureau Herzog & de Meuron, has a light and weightless profile that resembles either sea waves, or the sail of a ship, or a bright crystal of transparent quartz.
The sparkling facade of the building consists of 1000 curved windows, and at the very top there is a plaza, an observation deck and cozy cafes open to the public.
The large concert hall can accommodate up to 2100 spectators, and if you really love music, you simply have to hear how the local orchestra sounds in one of the most acoustically perfect concert halls in the world.
Address: Elbphilharmonie, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, 20457 Hamburg, Germany.
Church of St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas Church was the tallest building in the world from 1874 to 1876, and it still remains the second tallest building in Hamburg (after the TV tower). The church was badly damaged during World War II, and now it is a huge memorial (Mahnmal St. Nikolai) in memory of the victims of the war.
You can take a glass elevator to the observation deck at an altitude of 76.3 m inside the surviving spire to look around the center of Hamburg.
The crypt houses an interesting underground exhibition dedicated to the horrors of war. The museum’s exposition is dedicated to three events of World War II: the 1940 Coventry bombardment, the destruction of Warsaw and Operation Gomorrah, as well as the joint three-day British-American bombing of Hamburg in 1943, which killed 35,000 people and burned most of the center.
Address: Mahnmal St-Nikolai, Willy-Brandt-Straße 60, 20457 Hamburg, Germany.
Hamburg Botanical Garden (Plantin un Blomen)
If we were ordered to make a list of the best city parks in Europe, then the magnificent Plantin un Blomen with its 47 hectares of gardens, lawns, ponds, greenhouses and botanical plantations would surely be among the leaders in the rating. On the territory of the park is the Old Botanical Garden, which was built in 1821 on the site of the former city wall.
Pay attention to the unique ecosystem, which consists of five interconnected greenhouses: in the largest of them, Schaugewächshaus, plants from the Mediterranean strip live, including laurels, olive trees, palm trees and eucalyptus.
Kakteenhaus with its outlandish plants brought from the desert strip is just as charming. In summer, a rose garden blooms in the park of incredible beauty, and a colorful musical fountain brings a touch of real magic to the local atmosphere.
Address: Planten un Blomen, Marseiller Str., 20355 Hamburg, Germany.
International Maritime Museum
Kaispeicher B is the oldest warehouse on Speicherstadt, which has 11 floors and features an original neo-Gothic facade. A huge propeller, installed near the building, hints that the building houses the Hamburg Maritime Museum (opened in 2008).
The basis of the collection was created by Peter Tamm, chairman of the largest publisher in Europe, Axel Spriner AG - he was an avid collector of ship models and naval antiquities.
Lovers of high seas romance will surely be impressed by the abundance of exhibits: whole sailboats and all kinds of interesting artifacts are stored here, such as letters from Admiral Nelson, a reproduction of Ernest Shackleton's lifeboat and a 3,000-year-old canoe found in Hamburg harbor.
Address: International Maritime Museum, Koreastraße 1, 20457 Hamburg, Germany.
Here is the perfect reason to stay up on Saturday night: every Sunday, from the very early morning, about 70,000 locals and visitors descend to the famous Fishmarkt in St. Pauli to buy some delicious delicacies.
The market has been operating since 1703, and its undisputed stars are the frantic marktschreier (market barkers) who sell their products with jokes, songs and high-profile phrases. In a nearby building of the former fish auction, local musicians perform cover versions of old German hits.
Address: Fish Auction Hall, Große Elbstraße 9, 22767 Hamburg, Germany.
St. Pauli Quarter
If you think that St. Pauli is another clean business district, then you will be very disappointed. The quarter, located east of the center and going down to the Elbe, differs more in graffiti on the walls and neon on the buildings than in neat office complexes. It is here that the famous Riperban Street is located, which is famous for its abundance of porn shops, prostitutes and strip clubs.
However, it is precisely these features that attract many people to the area, since the rebellious and creative atmosphere of St. Pauli makes this area a great place to live (especially if you are young). Beatles fans can take an independent tour of the memorable places of the city.
The three clubs in which the Gorgeous Four played in the early 60s are still operating: Kaiserkeller / Große Freiheit 36, Indra and Moondoo. Decades after the breakup of the group, Paul McCartney sent the owner of the Gretel & Alfons bar 200 marks for a check that the group never paid at its last dinner at this place.
Address: St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany.
Art Museum Hamburg Kunsthalle
Kunsthalle is a treasury of works of art from the Renaissance to the present day. The museum consists of two buildings connected by an underpass. In the main building, paintings are presented - from medieval portraits to classical works by such masters of the 20th century, such as Klee and Kokoshka.
There is also a magnificent room with paintings by the famous landscape painter of the 19th century Caspar David Friedrich.
In 1997, not far from Kunsthalle, in an unusually cubic building, a gallery of contemporary art opened, displaying the works of contemporary German artists, including Rebecca Horn, Georg Baselitz and Gerhard Richter, as well as paintings by world stars such as David Hockney, Jeff Koons and Barbara Krueger.
Address: Hamburg Kunsthalle, Glockengießerwall, 20095 Hamburg, Germany.
Hamburg Town Hall
The magnificent building of the Hamburg Town Hall with its magnificent coffered ceiling is one of the most luxurious office buildings in Europe. It gained fame thanks to its grandiose halls - the Great and the Imperial.
40-minute tours allow you to see only a small part of the rooms, because there are 647 in all! Be sure to check out the cute patio where you can relax and take a breath. To the north of here you can take a couple of memorable photos against the background of the white arches of Alsterarkaden, under which shops and cafes are hiding.
Address: Hamburg Town Hall, Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg, Germany.
Church of St. Michael
Michel, as the locals affectionately call it, is one of Hamburg's most recognizable sights and the largest Protestant Baroque church in northern Germany.
Climbing the tower (by stairs or by elevator) rewards visitors with magnificent panoramic views of the city and its canals. An exciting multimedia exhibition dedicated to the history of the city awaits you in the crypt.
Address: St Michaelis Kirche, Englische Planke 1, 20459 Hamburg, Germany.
Museum of Thumbnails
What to see young tourists in Hamburg? Of course, a miniature wonderland! Visits to this huge miniature world can melt the hearts of even the most inveterate young cynics. Train models passing through the Alps look great, but nothing more.
But the descent of the A380 from the sky and the landing in a fully functional model of Hamburg Airport is really impressive! The current miniature city occupies almost 1300 square meters. m of area, while there is even provided for a change of time of day, as a result of which the city is significantly transformed.
Address: Miniatur Wunderland, Kehrwieder 2-4 / Block D, 20457 Hamburg, Germany.
Warehouse building Chilehouse
One of the most beautiful buildings in Hamburg is the pearl of the new Kontorhaus quarter, marked by UNESCO. The dark brick Chilehouse was built in 1924 in the shape of an ocean liner with unusual curved walls found on the bow of the “ship” and stepped upper floors resembling decks.
The building was designed by architect Fritz Heger specifically for one merchant who earned his wealth from trading with Chile. Occasional visitors are not much respected inside the building, but isn’t its appearance the most interesting?
Address: Chilehaus Hamburg, Fischertwiete 2A, 20095 Hamburg, Germany.
Museum of Immigration BallinStadt
BallinStadt is a peculiar German analogue of the immigration museum on Ellis Island in New York. The Hamburg Museum of Expatriation demonstrates the conditions and circumstances that caused about 5 million people to leave Germany from the 1850s to the 1930s and travel to the United States and South America in search of a better life.
Video in several languages describes the many difficulties that immigrants faced during the flight, as well as upon arrival in the New World.
Address: BallinStadt - Auswanderermuseum Hamburg, Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany.
Jungfernstig is a magnificent promenade by Lake Binnenlaster, located in the dynamic commercial center of Hamburg. Its name comes from the historical tradition of wealthy Hanseatic families to openly marry their unmarried daughters (Jungfern) to worthy bachelors.
There are flagship stores and trendy department stores, such as the legendary Alsterhaus, located in tall buildings in neoclassical and historical styles. Also pay attention to the graceful white arcade opposite Klein Alster, built in the middle of the XIX century.
Opposite Lake Binnenalster there is a comfortable terrace, where in the summer you can bask in the sun or enjoy a cup of coffee with a croissant in the famous Alster Pavilion cafe.
Address: Jungfernstieg, Hamburg, Germany.
Old tunnel under the Elbe
This 426-meter tunnel, laid 24 meters below the level of the river, opened in 1911, and at that time the world had not seen anything like it. He immediately changed the life of port workers in Hamburg, who had previously been forced to sail from the right bank to the left.
The northern entrance to the tunnel is located at the Landungsbrücken station, whose bright green dome is hard to miss. The tunnel has two parallel lanes for cars and pedestrians / cyclists.
If you go on foot, we advise you not to rush so that you can appreciate the scope of this project and enjoy the old signs and glazed tiles.
Address: Elbe Tunnel, St. Pauli 1, 20359 Hamburg, Germany.
If you really love animals, you probably do not favor zoos, but Hamburg has always attached great importance to comfortable living conditions for its animals. Karl Hagenbeck and his son, who founded the zoo, organized the so-called “panoramic exhibition”, in which almost completely natural living conditions were recreated for animals, and wide ditches were used as natural barriers.
All this allowed visitors to the zoo to get a better idea of how different animals behave in the wild. The zoo is located on 24 hectares of Planten un Blomen park, and its hiking trail is more than six kilometers long.
Among the 510 inhabitants of the zoo are Asian elephants, Rothschild giraffes, impala, leopards, orangutans, zebras, ostriches, lions, porcupine and alpacas. More than half of all species of the zoo live in the aquarium - from spiders to sharks, and all of them are kept in terrariums and 29 separate reservoirs with fresh and sea water.
Address: Hagenbeck Zoo, Lokstedter Grenzstraße 2, 22527 Hamburg, Germany.
The Dialogue in the Dark Museum
Speicherstadt also houses one of the few museums that truly can change your outlook on the world. The Dialogue in the Dark puts you in the place of a blind person - you will move around the museum blindfolded as part of a small group led by a blind or visually impaired guide.
The strength of the museum lies in the fact that it temporarily changes the natural state of things, since now you will be in the position of a vulnerable person, completely dependent on his guide. Andreas Heinecke created this museum, trying to cope with the oppressive thought that his family members were killed during the Holocaust.
Address: Dialogue in the Dark, Alter Wandrahm 4, 20457 Hamburg, Germany.
Museum of Contemporary Art Deichtorhallen
Between the central station and Hafen City, there is an exhibition center for contemporary art and photography, which is located in the glass, brick and steel trading pavilions that appeared on this site in the 1910s.
Deichtorhallen was built in an industrial style and successfully combines the features of German Art Nouveau and such post-war styles as the Bauhaus and Art Deco.
It is also one of the largest exhibition spaces in Europe, where over the past few years exhibitions of masters such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Gilbert and George, Sarah Moon and Anthony Gormley have been held.
Address: Deichtorhallen, Deichtorstraße 1, 20095 Hamburg, Germany.
Old Treppenviertel Blanese
This quaint old district is located ten kilometers from the city center on the right bank of the Elbe. Treppenviertel literally means “The Quarter of Stairs”, and it really lives up to its name.
Rayonchik is a chaotic interweaving of winding alleys surrounded by beautiful whitewashed houses and connected to each other by stairs. Here you will not find a single level place - everywhere there are only ups and downs.
On Easter in the Blankenese area, locals make some of the largest bonfires in the city.
Address: Treppenviertel Blankenese, Am Hang 9, 22587 Hamburg, Germany.
In Hamburg, entertainment venues can be found in the most unexpected places, but you will still be quite surprised to see the Kampnagel Theater on Osterbekkanal. Halls, similar to hangars, were recently used to manufacture port cranes, and now it is the largest center for contemporary performing arts in Europe.
The nature of the performance is almost irrelevant: it does not matter whether you come to a performance, concert, exhibition, film, symposium or concert - in any case, you can feel the scale and power of this place.
In August, the Kampnagel Theater hosts the International Summer Festival, which hosts more than 50 productions in the genres of dance, cinema, visual arts and theater.
Address: Kampnagel, Järrestrasse, Hamburg, Germany.
Museum of Arts and Crafts
The Hamburg Museum of Art and Crafts, located next to the train station, has one of the richest collections of exhibits of German, European and Asian arts and crafts - only the Bavarian National Museum in Munich can compete with it.
The Hamburg Museum was founded in 1874 on the model of the London Victoria and Albert Museum and is known for its exhibits of porcelain, furniture and silver from northern Germany, applied art from East Asia and a collection of works by Oscar Kokoschka.
Music lovers will surely enjoy the rich collection of keyboards.
Address: Museum of Arts and Crafts, Steintorpl., 20099 Hamburg, Germany.
Olsdorf Cemetery is not only the largest rural cemetery in the world, but also one of the most significant - it covers an area of almost 4 square kilometers, has 12 chapels and more than 1.5 million burials on 280,000 sites.
Here is a war memorial of the soldiers of the Commonwealth with a separate cemetery, where more than 400 prisoners of war of the Allied forces are buried, as well as those of the Allied soldiers who died in battles on German soil.
Other famous memorials are dedicated to victims of Nazi persecution, Hamburg bombing during World War II, and members of urban anti-Nazi resistance. Today, this cemetery has become a real attraction: more than two million people visit its memorials, monuments and museum every year, strolling through the green gardens.
Another important memorial is the Bismarck monument - the most famous of many towers in Germany, dedicated to the memory of the most respected politician in the history of the country.
Address: Ohlsdorf Cemetery, Fuhlsbüttler Str. 756, 22337 Hamburg, Germany.
Altona is a lively and extremely picturesque district of Hamburg, famous for its neoclassical houses, many of which have the status of historical monuments. It is here that the famous Museumstrasse street, which goes north from Palmayle Avenue, and the Alton Museum with its various exhibits relating to the geology, landscape, and economy of Schleswig-Holstein and the Lower Elbe region are located here.
After visiting the Altona Museum, be sure to take a stroll around the surroundings, drop into the Altonaer Balcony and enjoy its beautiful views of the river and port, and then go to the fishing harbor and fish market.
Address: Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
Not far from the tunnel under the Elbe in the Klein Flottbeck district, there is a beautiful Jenish Park, which is one of the largest open public spaces of the city. Here you will find the magnificent neoclassical house of Jenisch of the XIX century, whose rooms reflect the aesthetic tastes of successful representatives of the middle class of that time.
You will be able to appreciate the combination of its various styles - from Art Nouveau from the times of Louis XVI to the eclectic Art Nouveau. Further, we advise you to look into the house of Ernst Barlach and get acquainted with his collection of sculptures, drawings and printed graphics.
Address: Jenisch House, Baron-Voght-Straße 50, 22609 Hamburg, Germany.
Town Hall (Rathaus)
The Hamburg Town Hall is not only the seat of the Senate and Parliament, but also one of the most beautiful and impressive buildings in the city. The building was erected from 1884 to 1897.
In addition to the neoclassical-style facade, the internal halls of the town hall deserve special attention. Various exhibitions are held here regularly. And two of the 647 rooms of the town hall - the Great Front Hall and the Kaiser Hall - are decorated with numerous authentic paintings and portraits of the former burgomaster.
- Address: Rathausmarkt 1
- Schedule: Mon-Fri 7:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 17:00
- Admission: Free
Port Hamburg (Hafen Hamburg)
To experience the life of Hamburg, go to the port. Here life is in full swing day and night.
You can wander along the coastal streets, and on the pier, take a boat or a sailboat and go on a sea voyage along the city canals. It will definitely not be boring in the port!
Address: Pickhuben 6
A huge lake with an area of 160 hectares in the city center is a true paradise for yacht, boat or kayak trips. Moreover, the depth of the lake does not exceed 2.5 m.
If you do not want to wet your feet and jump into a boat, then there is an alternative: in the south of the lake there are Kennedy and Lombard bridges that divide the lake into two parts.
Address: Jungfernstieg 1
Horror Museum / Hamburg Dungeon
Take a look at one of the most terrible places in Hamburg - the city dungeon. In the catacombs from 13, professional actors recreate the dark atmosphere of medieval torture, unfair trials and simply disgusting events that have taken place in prison for its entire 600-year history.
- Address: Kehrwieder 2
- Schedule: daily, from 10:00
- Entrance fee: € 25.5
Theater on Elbe (Theater an der Elbe)
On the opposite bank of the Elbe is the new stage of the Theater on the Elbe with its unique views of Hamburg.
It is complemented by an interior with a two-story foyer, enticing bars and contemporary art. The magnificent hall, accommodating 1,850 spectators, allows you to enjoy musicals at the highest level.
Address: Rohrweg 13
Hamburg Kunsthalle is a very significant art museum of various eras, where you can visit both temporary exhibitions and appreciate permanent valuable collections. The latter are numerous works - to a greater extent, paintings - of famous artists such as Renoir, Monet, Klee, Edward Munch, Caspar David Friedrich.
The museum itself consists of 3 buildings connected with each other and is located in a picturesque area near Lake Alster.
- Address: Glockengiesserwall 5
- Schedule: Tue-Sun 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00
- Admission: € 14 for adults, free for children
Museum of the History of Hamburg (Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte)
The museum, founded in 1908, presents an eventful history of the development of Hamburg from its origins, more than 800 years ago, to the present.
The museum is considered one of the largest museums of urban history in Europe. The museum’s exposition covers numerous exhibits on the subject of shipbuilding, port and travel through Hamburg, household items from different eras, fashion from different millennia, the history of music and theater, as well as the exhibition “Jews in Hamburg”.
- Address: Holstenwall 24
- Schedule: Mon, Wed-Fri 10:00 - 17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00 - 18:00
- Admission: € 9.5 for adults, free for children under 18
Museum of Erotic Art
This is the place where international erotic art is presented. The museum was opened in 1992 by one of the Hamburgers, but in its collection there are exhibits dating from the 16th century.
Here you can familiarize yourself with this piquant facet of art. A regularly held exhibition of contemporary artists, sculptors, photographers will allow you to take a fresh look at erotic art.
- Address: Bernhard-Nocht-Strasse 7
- Schedule: Mon-Fri 11:00 - 18:00
- Entrance fee: from € 5
Auto Museum Prototype (Automuseum Prototyp)
The museum, working under the motto "People. Force. Automobiles ”, not only exhibits about 50 interesting vehicles, but also reveals the secrets of legendary racing cars and structures. The story comes to life before your eyes.
The museum has no barriers and glass caps, so nothing will stop you from touching the bewitching and, for the most part, very rare exhibits and taking unusually beautiful photos.
- Address: Shanghaiallee 7
- Schedule: Tue-Sun 10:00 - 18:00
- Entrance fee: € 10 for adults, € 4.5 for children 4-14 years old, free for children under 4 years old, € 22 family ticket (2 adults and 3 children)
Barn City (Speicherstadt)
The barn city is the world's largest ensemble of storage facilities, erected on a wooden foundation, which covers an area of 26 hectares.
An amazing contrast to neo-Gothic architecture is made up of modern buildings made of glass and steel. It’s better to see it with your own eyes once than to read fascinating descriptions.
Address: between Baumwall und Überseequartier
The Beatles Square (Beatles-Platz)
There is no other city that, along with Liverpool, would play such a significant role in the career of the legendary Beatles band as Hamburg. By the beginning of the 1960s, the Beatles had conquered the hearts of the Hamburgers with their many-hour (up to 8 hours) performances in such institutions as Indra, Top Ten and the legendary Star-Club. Therefore, it is not surprising that now in the center of the city there is a monument to the famous four.
Throughout the area between the tiles, steel plates with the names of 70 songs of the Liverpool Four are stretched. The unconditional highlight of the square are sculptures of famous musicians, presented in the image of their outlines of steel. You can stand between the sculptures and introduce yourself as one of the members of the group.
Church of st. Michael (Hauptkirche St. Michaelis)
Wikipedia calls this church the “hallmark” of Hamburg. It is especially impressive with its five-nave naves, vault and fantastic view from the bell tower. Over its nearly 400-year history, the church had to be rebuilt twice.
The church keeps up to date: you can install the free application on your smartphone and, by launching it, point the smartphone at the items of interest in the church, the application will show their history. At the moment, the application works in English and German.
- Address: Englische Planke 1
- Schedule: November-March 10:00 - 18:00, April and October 9:00 - 19:00, May-September 9:00 - 20:00
- Entrance fee: to the church - free of charge, to the tower - € 5 for adults, € 3.5 for children 6-15 years old
Church of st. Catherine (St. Katharinen Kirche)
Another major Lutheran church in Hamburg is St. Catherine.
The church was named after the daughter of the King of Cyprus Katarina. A special attraction of the church is its tower with gold and copper elements, which is considered the most beautiful in all of Hamburg. According to legend, pirate treasures are hidden in its walls.
- Address: Katharinenkirchhof 1
- Schedule: Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00, Sat-Sun 11:00 - 17:00
- Admission: Free
Castle Bergedorf (Schloss Bergedorf)
In the vicinity of Hamburg, tourists can visit the only castle preserved in this area - in the heart of Bergedorf. For the first time this castle is mentioned in various sources of the XIV century. Until 1420, it served as the residence of the dukes of Lower Saxony, and then for almost 400 years hosted the city of Lübeck and Hamburg.
A beautiful park adjoins the castle, which at the end of the 19th century was transformed into an amazing garden with gorgeous landscapes.
- Address: Bergedorfer Schlossstrasse 4
- Schedule: Tue-Sun 11:00 - 17:00
- Entrance fee: € 5 for adults, free for children under 18
Lean back in your seats, enjoy a walk through the sky above Hamburg, travel to distant galaxies and planets in the Hamburg planetarium.
Under a huge dome, small astronomers will be able to study the map of the starry sky, explore unknown dimensions and watch animated films about space.
- Address: Otto-Wels-Strasse 1
- Schedule: from April to September: Tue 9:00 -17: 00, Wed-Thu 9:00 - 21:00, Fri 9:00 - 22:00, Sat 12:00 - 22:00, Sun and holidays 10:00 - 20:00
- Entrance fee: from € 5
Miniature Wonderland (Miniatur Wunderland / MiWuLa)
A miniature wonderland is a place of the very best: tiny cars, trains, planes, toy houses and attractions.
Here you can allow yourself a trip to medieval Germany, to modern America, Switzerland or Italy, to explore Hamburg and Venice - and all this without leaving one small museum.
- Address: Kehrwieder 4
- Schedule: daily, 9:30 - 18:00
- Entrance fee: € 15 for adults, € 11 for students and schoolchildren over 16 years old, € 7.5 for children under 15 years old, free for children under 1 m
Museum of Chocolate (Chocoversum by Hachez)
Hamburg is the chocolate capital of Germany. About 150,000 tons of cocoa are imported into the country annually through the port. How bitter beans make sweet gold can be seen with your own eyes at the Chocolate Museum.
At the entrance, visitors will be greeted by a chocolate fountain with a height of 1.43 m. During a 90-minute tour of the museum, little travelers and their parents will be able to learn the whole technology of chocolate production - from collecting cocoa beans to their processing and obtaining the finished product.
Visitors are given the opportunity not only to taste chocolate, but also to participate in the process of its creation. Everyone will be able to go home with a bar of their own made chocolate.
- Address: Messberg 1
- Schedule: daily, 10:00 - 18:00
- Entrance fee: € 17 for adults, € 12 for children 6-17 years old, free for children under 6 years, € 46 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children)
Panoptikum Wax Museum (Panoptikum Wachsfigurenkabinett)
This is a special kind of entertainment that you should not miss. The Panopticon in Hamburg is Germany's oldest wax museum.
Want to shake the Beatles again? Or meet Harry Potter and Queen Elizabeth herself? The wax museum has many faces. In 1 day you can see various historical figures, famous musicians and modern politicians.
- Address: Spielbudenplatz 3
- Schedule: Mon-Fri 11:00 - 21:00, Sat 11:00 - 0:00, Sun 10:00 - 21:00
- Entrance fee: € 6.5 for adults, € 4.5 for children under 17 years
- Sergey, St. Petersburg
- Anastasia, Moscow
- Maxim, Murmansk
Hamburg is perhaps the perfect combination of completely different cities: this is the seaport, the largest in Germany, and the cultural center famous for its musicals, and the city of historical glory, albeit many buildings were destroyed by the war.
Hamburg is the city that will win your heart in just three days staying in it.