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Moin moin - what can you do in Hamburg? Germany's second largest city is full of things to do when you visit - As well as visiting museums and sights, we've collected some of the top ideas for ventures and activities in Hamburg.
Maurizio MassaroBy Maurizio Massaro

7 Things to do in Hamburg

Inspiration for activities during your stay in Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie Plaza, Hamburg | Flickr: Aleksandr Zykov CC-BY-SA 2.0

Experience the sunset on the Elbphilharmonie observation deck

The modern concert hall of the Elbphilharmonie (also called Elphi among locals) was completed in 2016 and has with the Plaza a publicly accessible platform. From here you can enjoy a panoramic view of the port of Hamburg and the city and perhaps a refreshing drink!
Speicherstadt in Hamburg | Ulmon CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Visit the Speicherstadt

Since 1991, the largest complex of former warehouses in the world has been under monument protection: the Speicherstadt in the Hamburg Harbor. During guided tours, you'll gain insight into the history of the use of the timelessly beautiful red-brick warehouse buildings, which are crisscrossed by canals. In addition, the buildings of the Speicherstadt are now home to many museums and attractions, such as the Miniatur Wunderland, the Speicherstadtmuseum or the Hamburg Dungeon.
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Reeperbahn in Hamburg | Flickr: Mettte1977 CC-BY 2.0

Explore the infamous Reeperbahn

Kieztouren, guided tours with drag queens or Beatles tours show the colorful diversity of the most hedonistic district of Hamburg, Reeperbahn in St. Pauli! Let quaint locals introduce you to the world of nightclubs and bars, bouncers and travesty, music and eroticism. The Entertainment and Red Light District of Hamburg is shrill, colorful and full of interesting anecdotes.
Hamburg harbor cruise | Flickr: Peter Wendel CC-BY 2.0

Get a taste of world trade and adventure: harbor tour

Part of the absolute must-do program of a visit to Hamburg is of course a round trip by boat through the Hamburg harbor. Harbor tours are offered in Hamburg by some tourism companies in different variants - there is the right thing for every demand and every time budget!
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Knuffingen Airport at Miniatur Wunderland | Flickr: Ashwin Kumar CC-BY-SA 2.0

Marvel at the model airport in Miniatur Wunderland

The Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg is a world in miniature: 9 ready-made areas depicting different continents and countries of the world make the hearts of small and big model building fans beat faster. You should pay special attention to the largest model railroad layout in the world as well as the spectacular Knuffingen Airport, where planes take off and land on schedule! This activity is especially suitable for families with children in Hamburg.
Planten un Blomen Park | Flickr: Tony Webster CC-BY 2.0

Enjoy the tranquility of the Planten un Blomen park

Hamburg's old botanical garden Planten un Blomen, including a Japanese-style bonsai garden, has been an oasis of calm in the middle of the city center since 1821. With attractions such as the waterlight organ and cozy seating furniture, the park is the ideal place to relax and unwind in Hamburg, especially with children.
Mural in Hamburg | Pixabay: ElisaRiva

Admire street art in the trendy districts of Hamburg

Both the Schanzenviertel and the neighboring Karoviertel are home to urban art by local and international stars (including Banksy). A walk through Hamburg's hippest alleys is worthwhile - for deeper insights it is worth booking a guided tour.
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The 9 most important attractions in Hamburg

Sights and attractions in the second largest city in Germany, Hamburg
St. Pauli Elbtunnel

Old Elbe Tunnel

With elevators going directly underground, you descend to the St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel. Built in 1911, the tunnel was once a technological achievement, but today it is only used for inner-city traffic on foot, by bike, and by car. On a tour through St. Pauli, you'll learn more about the history of this landmark, which has been under monument protection since 2003.
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Jörg Immendorf, Malerstamm Andre, Hamburger Kunsthalle | Flickr: Alexander Svensson CC-BY 2.0

Hamburger Kunsthalle

Located directly next to the main train station is the ensemble of the Hamburger Kunsthalle with its three buildings, which are not only architecturally valuable but also house collections from the Middle Ages to the modern and contemporary art. The museums are among the most important attractions in Hamburg.
Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wunderland

The Miniatur Wunderland in the Speicherstadt is a great attraction for families with children: Various themed areas have been lovingly and intricately recreated in miniature. The model railway here is the largest in the world, and at the airport, planes even take off and land using refined model construction technology!

Warehouse district

Part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 2009 and part of the former free port, the Hamburg Warehouse District is the largest historic warehouse complex in the world. The red brick buildings are an essential part of every city tour through Hamburg and the HafenCity, are highly worth seeing and now house several museums and attractions.
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Reeperbahn in Hamburg | Flickr: Mettte1977 CC-BY 2.0


Historically, ropes for ships were manufactured here, around the street named after the craftsmen who made them. Today, the name Reeperbahn stands for the entertainment and red-light district of Hamburg around the street in St. Pauli, which is a central attraction in Hamburg.
St. Michaelis Church


The city of Hamburg's landmark is the Baroque main church of St. Michaelis, popularly known as Michel. After a fire in 1906, the most significant Baroque church in Northern Germany was rebuilt by 1912.
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The modern concert hall of Hamburg, completed in 2016, features a publicly accessible observation deck called the Plaza, from which you can overlook the city of Hamburg.
Fish Market in Hamburg @ Flickr: Christoph Scholz CC-BY-SA 2.0

Fish Market

An attraction for early risers: the Fish Market in Hamburg-Altona, held every Sunday since 1703. Here, market criers outbid each other with bargain prices, and not only fish, fruits, and vegetables but a variety of goods, including flea market items and vintage parts, change hands.
Hamburg Rathaus

Hamburg City Hall

The Hamburg City Hall, built in the neo-Renaissance style in the 19th century, with its 112-meter high tower, can be visited as part of guided tours. As one of the tallest buildings, this striking building is one of the landmarks of the city of Hamburg.
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Maurizio Massaro
Written byMaurizio MassaroMaurizio is a cosmopolitan, a musician and comes around. In his role as a content manager at TicketLens, he is always striving to find new offers as well as writing about sights all over the world.
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