10 Must See Things in Hamburg

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Martí Micolau

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We are going to talk about one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, Hamburg, which rises on the Elbe and is the second most populous center in the country, just after the capital Berlin. Known mainly for its port, the largest and most important in Germany and second in the entire European Union, the city takes its name from a castle built by Emperor Charlemagne in the year 810, called Hammasburg.
During the period of the Middle Ages, the city was part of the Hanseatic League, which gathered German and Baltic cities for commercial purposes, and has conquered its primary role (which it still plays today) both in terms of the economy and the commercial activities of the country. Much loved by young people for his cultural liveliness (museums, theaters, events of all kinds), Hamburg is there German media capital. Would you like to know which attractions Hamburg has in store? Here's one list of 10 things to see absolutely.


  1. City Hall
  2. The Church of San Michaelis
  3. Sant Pauli and the port
  4. The Kunsthalle
  5. The Speicherstadt
  6. HafenCity
  7. The Miniature Wunderland
  8. The Jungfernstieg (shopping street)
  9. Planten un Blomen Park
  10. Elbphilharmonie
  11. User questions and comments

1 - The Town Hall

The building differs from the sober architectural style that characterizes the city. It was rebuilt in 1500 only to be completely destroyed in 1842 due to a fire. The final reconstruction, begun in 1886, saw a showy mix of style Gothic, Baroque and Neo-Renaissance. Of considerable size, reflecting the particular wealth of the city, it has a main facade 111 meters wide and a central tower 112 meters high. seat of the city council and the senate of Hamburg, consists of 647 rooms used for the most disparate uses, even if only a few dozen can be visited.

  • Rathausmarkt, Metro line U3 Rathaus stop
  • every day from 7: 00 to 20: 00
  • Free, free visit

2 - The Church of San Michaelis

After the Town Hall, this building is the most popular with Hamburgers. This is the Protestant Cathedral of St. Michael, in the Baroque style. Its bell tower, 82 meters high and complete with a large clock, since 1658 not only communicates the exact time to the Hamburgers but also indicates the right direction to sailors returning to the port via the Elbe. It is possible to go up, either on foot (453 steps!) Or by elevator on the bell tower for a wonderful view over the city.

  • Englische Planke, Metro line S1, S3, U3, Bus 6 or 37
  • from November to April every day from 10:00 to 18:00, from May to October every day from 9:00 to 20:00
  • visit to the Tower and Crypt € 7,00

3 - Sant Pauli and the port

Although none other than the Beatles began their career in the premises of the Port of Hamburg, this area, together with the Red light district (Reeperbahn), maintains its reputation as a "forbidden area" and frequented by sailors from all over the world including prostitutes, beer and rock music.
The red light area of ​​Sant Pauli is also full of bars, casinos, restaurants and, although the entertainment is sometimes excessive, it is possible to count on the surveillance of the Davidwache police who do not hold back from arresting and fining those who carry out illegal actions.

  • Metro line U3 St. Pauli stop
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - The Kunsthalle

Museum of ancient, modern and contemporary art, houses the famous painting "The wanderer on the sea of ​​fog" by Caspar David Friedrich as well as many other masterpieces of European art from the Middle Ages to today. It also preserves masterpieces by various Italian artists (Tiepolo, Lorenzo Lotto, Bernini, Pontormo and Parmigianino, to name a few), French Impressionism and German Expressionism, as well as works by Rembrandt, Edouard Manet, Edward Munch, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann and several others.

  • Glockengießerwall, Metro direction Hauptbahnhof, Bus 112 to the Kunsthalle stop
  • every day from 10:00 to 18:00, Thursdays from 10:00 to 21:00, closed on Mondays
  • admission € 12,00

5 - The Speicherstadt

Literally "city of warehouses", this area of ​​Hamburg is exactly what it preserves the warehouses of the port. Built between 1884 and 1888 in order to store goods entering and leaving the Port, these eight-story high-rise buildings in red brick are enriched with valuable architectural elements and form the largest warehouse complex in the world. To date, they only partially retain their commercial purpose and are often used to host cultural and leisure events.

  • Metro line U3 Rathaus U stop
  • always accessible
  • Free, free visit

6 - Hafencity

Result of a profound redevelopment, this new district of Hamburg is the largest example, in Europe, of the conversion of a port area. The contrasts are still evident, especially those between green spaces, cycle paths and buildings with a futuristic aesthetic to the areas still abandoned. It is the ideal part of the city to mingle with the locals and observe the Hamburg lifestyle.

  • Metro line U3 stop Baumwall (Elbphilharmonie), Bus 6
  • always accessible
  • Free, free visit

7 - The Miniature Wunderland

It is a amusement park suitable for everyone, a true masterpiece regarding the art of miniature. Here you can admire the miniature reconstruction of the city of Hamburg, in 1:87 scale and with very precise details, and of other German towns, without forgetting the Alps, Switzerland, America and Scandinavia. Italy and France are still being worked on! The show continues with the various settings, full of sounds and lights, functioning trains, planes that run along the runway, taxis that really seem to wait for passengers at the exit of the airports… Wunderland is a real technical prodigy.

  • Kehrwieder 2-4, Metro line U3, Baumwall stop
  • every day from 9: 30 to 18: 00
  • adults € 13,00, children and teenagers from 0 to 16 years € 6,50

8 - The Jungfernstieg (shopping street)

The Jungfernstieg is the destination of luxury shopping, here there are shops and boutiques of all the most famous international brands, to satisfy the requests not only of the approximately 60.000 millionaires who live in Hamburg, but also those of luxury tourists.
It is literally called "road of the Virgins" and also known as "ascent of the spinsters" since it was long ago the way of the rub par excellence, where girls not yet married were looking for a husband.

  • Metro line U1, U2, U4 S1, S2, S3 Jungfernstieg stop
  • always accessible
  • Free, free visit

9 - Planten un Blomen Park

Hamburg is a green city and has large parks and meadows on the banks of rivers and lakes. The main park of the city, one of the most beautiful and extensive, is the Planten un Blomen Park, with its Japanese gardens, tropical plants and medical herbs. Concerts on the lake and activities for the little ones are frequently organized in summer.

  • Marseiller Str. 7, Metro U1 stop Stephanplatz, bus M4, M5 stop Stephanplatz
  • from January to March and from October to December open every day from 7:00 to 20:00, in April from 7:00 to 22:00, from May to September from 7:00 to 23:00
  • Free, free visit

10 - Elbphilharmonie

It is one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world, whose construction was completed in 2016 and the inauguration took place in January 2017 after ten years of work. It is located in the Hafencity district and stands out with the shape similar to that of a ship ready to sail, in full agreement with the port charm of the city.

  • Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, Metro line U3 stop Baumwall (Elbphilharmonie), Bus 6
  • Free, free visit

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