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Things to do in Hamburg

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The top 65 attractions in Hamburg

City Halls in Hamburg
Town Hall - Hamburg Rathaus
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This photo is from my first visit to Hamburg, Germany and it's the Town Hall or "Rathaus" as it's known in German. You can get there by taking the U3 that will drop you right next to the building. The metro station of the same name is "Rathaus" and it's very easy to get to. Impressive, don't you think? You can visit during day and you'll see some of the rooms of the building, but if your German is not very good, you will not be able to understand most of the explanations and history. Yet the building speaks for itself. Do not hesitate to visit.
Harbors in Hamburg
Port of Hamburg
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Being that it's a city right on the sea, it is easy to imagine that Hamburg once had a port. The reality is that it's one of the largest ports in the world and it really is. We scheduled or visit to coincide with the port's birthday. It was 823 years old that day! The atmosphere was festive. There was plenty of food and drink stalls (not just sausages and beer as it seems), live music, and a lot of boats from around the world, many of which can be visited. Especially interesting are the number of small sailboats.
Lakes in Hamburg
Kleine Alster Lake
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The Little Lake Alster, not to be confused with the giant Alster's in the region, is next to City Hall and is a perfect place to spend the day if there´s good weather. Birds, ducks and swans come to enjoy the area in large flocks, and the walk around the edge of the lake is an inexpensive delight. There are also bars, restaurants, and terraces that offer food and drinks at very high prices. It is, however, the best atmosphere in town. The lake is a sort of mixing point for people from all over Germany so there is food available from all the regions. Like a smaller version of Venice, Hamburg is a treat for all of us frustrated sailors. You can visit this beautiful city just from the maritime and commercial viewpoint and never want it to end.
Gardens in Hamburg
Old Botanical Gardens - Alter Botanischer Garten
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The city of Hamburg is known as the "Great German Garden" by the amount of green area in the city, canals, gardens and streets make this metropolis a place of great natural beauty. One corner in the heart of St Pauli combines a lot of trees, a lake and an important museum, the Museum of History of the City of Hamburg. This beautiful garden is located exactly where the famous Reeperbahn street starts, crossing with Avenue Helgoländer Allee, which leads to the port, to other beautiful gardens, those of Hafenkrankenhaus, where you can admire the great statue of Otto von Bismarck, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Prussia, and first Chancellor of the German Empire. This large statue was built in honor of the character of politics in this country. Right in front of this square is the St Pauli Underground Station, and to the east is located Holstenwall Avenue, leading to major tourist attractions such as the Museum of Hamburg History, the Laeiszhalle or Palace of Music, the Hamburg and the Fountain Memorial Wallanlagen. Just around the Museum of Hamburg History, beautiful gardens invite you to linger. The lake has beautiful bridges and you can find a bench to sit and contemplate natural beauty which gives the inhabitants of Hamburg a high quality of life.
Churches in Hamburg
St. Michael's Church
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San Miguel (Der Michel in German) it is one of the symbols of Hamburg and the pride of many citizens. The Protestant Church is named after the Archangel Michael and is under renovation. It has been rebuilt repeatedly as it was strongly affected during wars. Its location is unbeatable as if you see it from the coast of Rio Elva it stands with its imposing tower, and if you walk by St. Pauli on the avenue Neustadt you can easily get to it, also it's close to the port and the center of Hamburg. You can access the top of the tower by elevator and the view is unbeatable, especially to take pictures (as shown here). The climb is 4 Euros but it's worth it.
Churches in Hamburg
St. Peter's Church - Hauptkirche St Petri
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The Hauptkirche Sankt Petri is the oldest church in the city. Finished in 1195, it was rebuilt in the 14th century and made even bigger in the XV. In 1842, during the fire that devastated the city of Hamburg, it was destroyed, but was reconstructed between the years 1844 and 1849. It is also the highest point in the city. You can climb 544 steps to the top and admire the views from those heights.
Museums in Hamburg
Miniatur-Wunderland
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We know that one of the passions of the Germans are toy trains and miniature recreation of places where these trains can move. This passion of the twin brothers, Frederik and Gerrit Braun, led to the recreation of miniature German towns and cities so extensive that it had to be housed in a former warehouse in the city of Hamburg, which was turned into a museum. This adventure began in 2001 with the recreation of the German cities of Harz and Knuffingen and also the Austrian Alps. In 2002 a miniature recreation of the city of Hamburg was added and in 2003 a small section titled America, with a recreation of the American city of Las Vegas. In 2005 they opened a new section representing Scandinavia, where the snow, forests and landscapes typical of the European peninsula were recreated. Finally, in 2007 a spectacular section recreating Switzerland with its typical houses in the mountains, tunnels, ski centers and other tourist attractions, were added. Upcoming attractions include an airport and regions of France and Italy. Besides trains, mountains, cities, houses, cars, planes and ships, visitors can also see a great operating system to perfection the different sections, and all because of advanced technology and a team of people. We are facing something truly wonderful that includes more than 1,000 m2 of area to visit, about 10,000 feet rails for trains totaling approximately 1,000 pieces and half a million miniature figurines ... Is not it wonderful? If you have plans to travel to Hamburg and visit this amazing museum, I recommend entering the website to check the dates and days of the week when there is less flow of visitors visit I was placed on a Sunday, in an order week-long national holiday and it was very frustrating how many people attended that day ... From making a long queue and have to wait for people to move closer and take some pictures. The number of children attending, and how much they enjoy it, this museum is wonderful as it leaves you an unforgettable experience.
Churches in Hamburg
St Nicholas' Church
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The Tower of the ancient Church of San Nicolas, which was destroyed in the Second World War, remains a memory of the old church itself. You can climb all the way up and you will find a perfect vantage point of the city of Hamburg from where you see both the historic heart of the city and the port area. At about 300 meters away is the Cathedral of San Miguel.
Rivers in Hamburg
Elbe River
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The city of Hamburg in Germany, has two main characteristics: It is Hanseatic (or aquatic) and is also the greenest city in Germany. The way in which the water passes through this beautiful city through large and plentiful water channels, makes it similar to the old St. Petersburg in Russia, and both compete for beauty. Touring the city see the greenery and water, a very special atmosphere, but look closely at the port, with the important activity since daily tons of goods go from Europe to the world and the world to Europe, a German site, organized and efficient, a little bragging. Rotterdam Hamburg is one of the two main European ports, but much, much more than a port. It is a fascinating city, enjoy strolling along the banks of the Elbe River, right to the mouth. The walk takes about two hours, and you can choose between various tours that offer you the same thing: Walking along the coast of the port of Hamburg you can discover a myriad of attractions, from the huge ships and containers which move thousands of tons of various goods daily, impressive bridges that connect different areas of Hamburg, ancient and modern buildings, residential complexes and to the beautiful coast of Altona, with its elegant residential area. It is truly shocking to observe the process used by ships to load and unload goods. Huge cranes and machinery show what happens daily in port, but on the other hand, also enjoy the beauty of the city, its red buildings that have characterized it for centuries, and discover, its modernity and progress with new modern buildings and trendiness. At the end of the ride, buy some souvenirs, as the port is full of small shops with a huge variety of very original souvenirs .... Original and German things of Hamburg.
Of Touristic Interest in Hamburg
Hamburg Canal Cruise
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Hamburg is popularly known as "the Venice of the North" because it has a maze of water channels that make up the urban area which sits on the Elbe, Alster and Billey. The city has one of the largest ports in Europe and the world, and 2302 bridges over its network of canals and lakes. One of the typical tourist trips is to cruise along its canals, leaving the port opposite the Town Hall (Jungfernstieg spring). The journey takes about an hour and costs 12 € and you can see the towers of the churches, the old warehouses, bridges, old town houses and more.
Churches in Hamburg
Heilige-Dreieinigkeits-Kirche
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This is an old Lutheran Church, that was constructed in 1743 and destroyed by a bomb on July 24, 1943. It is very well situated as it is very close to the Municipal Palace and just two blocks from the park that surrounds the river Elbe. It was reconstructed in 1950 to give it its original image. It is surrounded by gardens and on one side there are many tombs that have survived the bombings of World War II. From the top you can see the banks of the Elbe and the whole city. Altona is a beautiful city, with a history between Germany and Denmark, and both roots are reflected in its buildings and its inhabitants.
Of Cultural Interest in Hamburg
St. Georg Neighborhood
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Each district of Hamburg has its own unique character. St Pauli is the most famous for its alternative vibe, but St Georg is also worth checking out. It's known as the Rainbow neighborhood for this is where the majority of Hamburg's gay community lives. It's conveniently located to the east of the station and towards the banks of the Alster Lake, where a lot of important buildings are located. The rest of the neighborhood, to the south, is simpler but equally enjoyable. There you can find everything from big-name stores to simple shops offering interesting knick-knacks. There are plenty of small cafes and restaurants, too, and in the streets you're sure to see people of different nationalities and cultures. The Lange Reihe is particularly notable for its rainbow flags, and gay-friendly establishments. The street art is worth seeing here, too. It's definitely worth taking a stroll through this part of Hamburg if you want to visit the city.
Museums in Hamburg
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Airports in Hamburg
Hamburg Airport
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Hamburg Airport is one of the largest in Germany, after Frankfurt and Munich. It has two terminals which are quite close to each other and is very well connected to the city center by metro line 1 (s-bahn) that leaves the main station (Hauptbahnhof). Something that is confusing is that only the first three subway cars arrive at the airport, since the train is splits in two and the last section goes in another direction, so be careful. Another warning is that the code for this airport is HAM (for Hamburg), and although Ryanair announces flights to Hamburg it will really be Lübeck (LBC), which is 60 kilometers northeast of Hamburg.
Museums in Hamburg
BallinStadt Emigration Museum
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BallinStadt Emigrant \ 's World is located in Hamburg. Note the careful reconstruction of the life of the three original pavilions for sleeping. The main exhibition is located in the second building, gives an impression of authenticity and touches on all phases involved in migration.
Of Cultural Interest in Hamburg
Berlin to Hamburg by Train
Train travel in Europe is very attractive because the scenery is usually very nice and, if you travel during the day, you can see a lot. German trains are excellent. It may be true that the most spectacular area of ​​Germany is Bavaria, but in spring the whole European countryside is green and you can spend the journey taking pictures. Hamburg to Berlin on the train takes two hours, but you can enjoy watching the roads, the fields, the people and the windmills. Upon arrival in Berlin, you will see the traditional urban graffiti and the dream ends ....
Of Cultural Interest in Hamburg
St. Pauli Neighborhood
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The city of Hamburg in Germany is certainly a major city, very old, beautiful, very green and with many stories to tell the world the truth is that it is a city that attracts much tourism from Germany (mostly) and the United Kingdom, who visit very often. But worth a visit, is one of those splendid cities, majestic buildings like the Town Hall "Rathus" and Rathausmarkt Square, Church St Michelle, the Alster lake and elegant swans, parks and gardens, green splendor, the incredible Fischmarkt, countless museums like the Hamburgmuseum (and many more). German pride in all its splendor, authentic, respectful, original, edgy ... In the district of St. Pauli, in addition to the famous team of Footbol and "Sinful Mile" with strip shows, sex shops and casinos, see an alternative cultural atmosphere with artistic performances of all kinds, especially theater and different bands concerts which are found here in a large projection space. At any time of day or night if you walk down Reeperbhan find people of all ages and nationalities interested in exploring this famous street in part because of its relationship with the British quartet The Beatles. The Beatles are a legend that is alive, reflected in street graffiti and the countless messages written on placards, posters and even officially in the city museum. Find restaurants, cafes and bars of all types and be served by friendly and sociable people. Many bars offer live music and it is rare to have recognized artists in the alternative setting and heavy rock. You can then walk calmly and amidst all this you will see police patrols and many who watch the city day and night. At night you will find some figures representing John, George, Paul and Ringo, well lit, take a souvenir photo. There are posters that will herald the Beatles Tour and offer to take you to the places that this quartet toured before being famous and known where they defined their image, especially their haircut that would travel around the world, and after 40 years remain valid for the new generations. In St. Pauli you'll run into a lot of graffiti with social and political messages; youth here are open, and not only them ... You will often see people on the streets (of different ages) whom are bizarre in the way they dress and have nothing to do with any current youth fashion in the world, people are in general, original, very liberal and open-minded. In St Pauli Street "Groβe Freiheit" (wide release) is not only a name ... Everyday life is reflected in the legends on poles, in subway stations or bus stops, cars driven on the streets, and cyclists wearing shirts with strange messages ... St Pauli a place where the "establishment" ... simply doesn't exist.
Streets in Hamburg
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The best things to do in Hamburg

Hamburg is a bohemian and cosmopolitan city full of interesting things to see. The Port is one of the most popular places to visit in Hamburg that still holds
a lot of
symbolism for its inhabitants. It's a set of canals, bridges and docks which you can explore and see the incredible ships docked in the area. These tours take place between the months of March to November around midday.
Heading towards downtown, you'll find the Hamburg Town Hall in the Altstadt neighborhood near Lake Alster. It's an impressive building and one of the most unique
attractions in Hamburg. Nearby, you'll also find the Deutsches Schauspielhaus, which means House of German Drama, and is the leading theatre in the city. Another of the most interesting
things to see in Hamburg
is Speicherstadt, one of the Europe's largest industrial complexes built in a neo-Gothic style with red brick architecture. It's home to a lot of top Hamburg activities like
several museums and the catacombs of Hamburg. During the walking tour, you'll find out about the area's industrial activity.
However, the city's most modern area is HafenCity, located in Hamburg-Mitte and home to big buildings, restaurants and shops. It's scheduled to be completed in 2025. Another of the best Hamburg attractions is Reeperbahn, a picturesque street in the St. Pauli district in the heart of the city. It's known for its restaurants, nightclubs, bars, clubs, sex shops, brothels, strip clubs and a quirky Sex Museum.
There are also plenty of things to do in Hamburg for art and culture fans. Visit the Hamburg Kunsthalle, a gallery featuring works by important German painters, French Impressionists and Andy Warhol. Or try the Panoptikum Museum which houses one of the oldest and largest wax figure collection in Germany. If you're still wondering what to do in Hamburg, have a look at all the reviews and recommendations from the minube community and find all the absolute best stuff to do in Hamburg.