Things to do & places to visit in Hamburg, Germany

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Second only to Berlin in size and population, the city of Hamburg is home to one of the biggest harbors in Europe. A stroll along its many waterways and canals illustrates why it has been called the "Venice of the North." Don't miss a trip to the local fish market (Fischmarkt), the Merchants District (marked by its imposing red-brick architecture), a fine dining experience along the river or a night out in the university quarter. And did we mention the Reeperbahn (red light district)? It's quite famous for its… red lights.

Hamburg #5 destination in Germany 2023. The average rating score is 4.66 based on 74.6k traveler reviews, of 30 attractions. Timezone: Europe/Berlin, current date and time: Sunday, April 21, 2024, 7:07.

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57°F - 38°F
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15.7 mph
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Top things to do (20)

Upcoming events in Hamburg 10

Date Event Location Price Category
Sat Apr 27 2024 at 09:30 pm OUTSIDE WORLD FESTIVAL HAMBURG 2024 Hamburg Parties
Sun Apr 28 2024 at 09:00 am Hamburg Marathon 2024 - 48. BSV Hamburg CS Hamburg Sports
Thu May 02 2024 at 08:00 pm Disney in Concert - Believe in Magic 2024 | Hamburg Hamburg Trips & Adventures
Thu May 09 2024 at 08:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Max Raabe & Palast Orchester | Hamburg (1. Show) Hamburg Literary Art
Thu May 23 2024 at 08:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Serdar Karibik - Hamburg, Markthalle Hamburg Theatre
Fri May 24 2024 at 05:00 pm (GMT+00:00) Mirja Regensburg • HAPPY. • Hamburg Hamburg Comedy
Wed May 29 2024 at 08:00 pm to 11:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Howard Carpendale - LIVE – DAS IST MEIN LEBEN 2024 I Hamburg Hamburg Trips & Adventures
Sun Jun 02 2024 at 07:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Emilio • Tour 2024 • Hamburg Hamburg Theatre
Sun Jun 02 2024 at 08:00 pm to 10:59 pm (GMT+02:00) Alain Frei - Hamburg, Fabrik Hamburg Comedy
Wed Jun 12 2024 at 08:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Hélène Grimaud | ProArte Hamburg Hamburg Fine Arts

Top places to visit (30 attractions) view more »

  1. 5.0 Miniatur Wunderland (23.0k reviews)
    - Impressive work of art and a must for any model fans
    Sunday: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM Spent More than 3 hours Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Miniatur Wunderland is the world’s largest model train exhibit, and still growing. See trains running through recreations of Hamburg and the coast, Austria, the Grand Canyon and Scandinavia. See more..
  2. 5.0 Dialog in the Dark (704 reviews)
    - Fantastic.
    Sunday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Speciality Museums
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    An experience in complete darkness which you cannot explore on your own. An impact which lasts a lifetime. Your blind host will guide you through a completely darkened exhibition. Equipped with a blind cane, you discover the world that we usually take for granted in a completely new way. Hear, feel and find your bearings in various situations of daily life. Going for a walk in the park, crossing a busy city-street, and many more. Blind and visually-impaired guides ensure your well-being at every step through this unfamiliar landscape. At your last stop, the Dark Bar, you can talk about your experience over a drink with your host and guide. He or she will answer the questions which naturally arise during the tour. It’s also fun to compare notes with your fellow visitors at this point. This fascinating experience comes to an end after about 60 minutes. Slowly you return to the well-lit foyer. See more..
  3. 5.0 Panik City (403 reviews)
    - good show
    Sunday: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Speciality Museums • Character Experiences
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    The Panik City is a unique multimedia experience about the life and work of Udo Lindenberg - one of Germany’s most prolific, famous and successful performing artists. Situated in the St. Pauli Klubhaus at the heart of Hamburg’s entertainment district on the Reeperbahn. Visitors are invited to take a 90 minute tour through Panik City in groups of up to 20 people. Tours start every half hour and are held in German language only. Through multivision storytelling, 270° video projection, singing with a virtual Udo, augmented reality, interactive painting and virtual reality, visitors get to touch, hear and see Udo as they have never seen him before in six rooms over 700m². Panik City reveals the personal and political side of the man behind the rock legend and is designed for all age groups, fans and anyone interested in rock n’ roll, pop music, art, culture and German history. See more..
  4. 5.0 Miniatur Wunderland (23.0k reviews)
    - Impressive work of art and a must for any model fans
    Sunday: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM Spent More than 3 hours Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Miniatur Wunderland is the world’s largest model train exhibit, and still growing. See trains running through recreations of Hamburg and the coast, Austria, the Grand Canyon and Scandinavia. See more..
  5. 4.5 Port of Hamburg (7.297 reviews)
    - Use the Ferries for a great Trip
    Bodies of Water
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    The port is the heart of Hamburg with so much to see and do. If you’re tempted onto the water don’t pay for a cruise round the harbour when you can do much of the same by taking one or two ferries for far less. The star trip was on #73.This was great and went in amongst narrow waterways, past old buildings that would have hummed in the port’s heyday. #62 was pretty good too. See more..
  6. 4.5 Alter Elbtunnel (5.346 reviews)
    - A Nice Walk
    Spent < 1 hour Historic Sites • Historic Walking Areas
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    The Elbtunnel is one of the nicest ways to cross the river in Hamburg and the entrance is located near bridge 6 in Landungsbrücken. Entry is free and you have elevators and stairs to get down but beware that the tunnel is closed from 7 p.m. The length is about 1 km and and you could either walk or cycle (you need your own) across. The view of the city from the other end is spectacular and there is an actual observation deck with some boards describing the history of the city and the port. See more..
  7. 4.5 Speicherstadt (5.048 reviews)
    - A must to go
    Historic Walking Areas • Architectural Buildings
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    This historic part of the ancient harbour warehouse area is an impressive view as well as a cool place with lots of museums (minatur wondeland, ship-paintings, tee ....), amusement (Hamburg Dungeon, Dinner in the dark, ...). Further it is very close to the Elbphilharmonie which has been built on top of a former warehouse in that area. Special boat tours are available at Landungsbrücken to have a look at the old buildings from the waterside. See more..
  8. 4.5 St. Michael's Church (4.301 reviews)
    - Beautifull organ music
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM Spent 1-2 hours Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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    This huge 18th-century cathedral is Hamburg's best known architectural landmark. See more..
  9. 4.5 Hamburg Town Hall (4.075 reviews)
    - Beautiful Interior and Fascinating Tour
    Sunday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
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    We were really thankful for the opportunity to take an English tour. We simply had to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask during the tour. The interior of the building is amazing for a government office. Each room is decorated in a different way and many of the doors and wall coverings are very intricate. The tour guide provided a great sense of the history of Hamburg and the use of the building, as well as information concerning the art works and interior decorations. See more..
  10. 4.5 Planten un Blomen (3.691 reviews)
    - a very pleasant surprise in the city center
    Spent More than 3 hours Parks • Gardens
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    The botanic garden Park Planten un Blomen (plants and flowers) has fountains, a playground, and a rink for ice skating or blading. See more..
  11. 4.5 Tierpark Hagenbeck (2.464 reviews)
    - Walk on the wild side
    Sunday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Spent More than 3 hours Zoos
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    The Hamburg Zoo, opened in 1863, has a new elephant pavilion and new tropical aquarium. Animals are in naturalistic enclosures. See more..
  12. 4.5 Harbor Piers (2.111 reviews)
    - A must for any Hamburg trip
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Looking around at Hamburg harbour is always impressive and worth going there. We did a very nice short harbour cruise by boat which for fantastic photo opportunities of the city skyline and the Elbphilharmonie, the new concert hall and centre with its modern architecture. Walking up the riverfront of the Elbe from St. Pauli Landungsbrücken up to Speicherstadt is a very nice walk. See more..
  13. 4.5 Alster (1.537 reviews)
    - Beautiful Lake
    Neighborhoods • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Hamburg's outer port area provides visitors an escape from the crowds of the downtown area, featuring a number of recreational paths. See more..
  14. 4.5 Schmidt Tivoli (1.375 reviews)
    - Wear something with Glitter
    Sunday: 11:00 AM - 11:55 PM Spent 2-3 hours Theaters
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    Unter dem Motto „schräg, schrill und scharmant“ bieten die Häuser am Spielbudenplatz seit 1988 beste Unterhaltung für Herz und Bauch! Bühnenstars wie Helge Schneider, Bastian Pastewka, Eckart von Hirschhausen oder Cindy aus Marzahn waren hier schon zu erleben, als sie noch kaum jemand kannte. Heute ist das Schmidt – bestehend aus Schmidt Theater, Schmidts Tivoli und Schmidtchen – mit jährlich über 400.000 Besuchern Deutschlands erfolgreichstes Privattheater. See more..
  15. 4.5 Chocoversum (1.321 reviews)
    - Chocolate tour
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Speciality Museums
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    This irresistible tour through Hamburg's Chocolate Museum really packs a punch! Because with us, snacking doesn`t happen secretly but instead is celebrated as a true experience. Our Choco-guides will take you on a tour of 90 sweet minutes through the museum while encouraging you to have a nibble, snack or taste at each step along the way. Let your imagination run wild in our chocolate workshop whilst creating your own chocolate bar and take home your own “happiness-to-go” at the end of the chocolate tour. Until then, chocoholics of all ages get to experience every single step in the production process of chocolate first hand and up close - from the bitter cocoa bean to the sweetest gold. Recharge your Choco-battery with us! See more..
  16. 4.5 International Maritime Museum (1.267 reviews)
    - Intense Exploration of Maritime History
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent More than 3 hours Speciality Museums
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    Learn about the history and future of shipping, and Hamburg’s importance, at this tremendous museum. Artifacts include ship models, paintings, uniforms and nautical devices. See more..
  17. 4.5 Jungfernstieg (1.145 reviews)
    - A place to hang out
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    This street is famous for its concentration of quality fashion stores. See more..
  18. 4.5 HafenCity (1.114 reviews)
    - "Schanzenviertel " in German
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    UNESCO heritage , former stocking facilities for goods from and to oversaes contries, today well renovated, hosting MiniaturWeld and Doom installation; for fotographs: Go there in the evening/night See more..
  19. 4.5 Alster Lakes (1.065 reviews)
    - A walk we will never forget
    Spent More than 3 hours Bodies of Water
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    You can take a guided boat tour of the lake, or rent a canoe. There are running/walking paths through the park, along with bars and cafes. See more..
  20. 4.5 St Nikolai Memorial (980 reviews)
    - Detour worthy to look at
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Historic Sites
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    St. Nikolai Memorial is Hamburg’s most important memorial dealing with the war and its dictatorship during 1933-1945. The original main church was destroyed in the air raids on Hamburg in 1943. In the church ruins a museum reminds us of the disastrous air war over Europe. It questions the impact of war in former as well as in present times and deals with aspects of the memories of the victims of World War II. A glass elevator takes visitors up the fifth highest church tower in the world. A viewing platform at 76 metres overlooks the harbour, the Alster lakes and Hamburg’s city centre. Historical photos of past destruction add up to the impressions. Our program offers discussions in current events, supports research on German history and promotes international peace movements/ peace and understanding of nations. See more..
  21. 4.5 Rathausmarkt (936 reviews)
    - Excellent and must go
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Excellent place to visit rather must visit beside harbor. Nice view with small lake on the opposite side. Fantastic architecture of the building. Wash rooms were closed after 18:00 on Sunday. See more..
  22. 4.5 Kunsthalle Hamburg (846 reviews)
    - Worth the visit even if for only 1 to 2 hours
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Art Museums
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    This huge art museum specializes in European painting. The historic building itself is worth the price of admission. See more..
  23. 4.5 Treppenviertel Blankenese (654 reviews)
    - A great city hike
    Spent 1-2 hours Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Walk the staircase area in the Blankenese neighborhood. The winding streets and hills offer Elbe views. See more..
  24. 4.5 Hamburger Dom (641 reviews)
    - Something for everyone
    Sunday: 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM Spent More than 3 hours Cultural Events
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    The summertime Hamburger Dom is a carnival with rides, games, typical German food and fireworks. See more..
  25. 4.5 Binnenalster (602 reviews)
    - Picturesque
    Bodies of Water
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    The city's inner port area also serves as its commercial center with a wide range of shops and restaurants. See more..
  26. 4.5 Portugiesenviertel (539 reviews)
    - Portugal brought to Hamburg
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    I visited this place for the breakfast, lunch and dinner on a different occasions. I would suggest to visit restaurants in the portuguese district as they offer delicious & authentic dishes Must do See more..
  27. 4.5 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (376 reviews)
    - Beautiful, calm and relaxing
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Speciality Museums
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    The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, like the Victoria & Albert in London, specializes in fine & decorative art. See more..
  28. 4.5 Chilehaus (361 reviews)
    - unique architecure - must see
    Architectural Buildings
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    a magnificent and unique architecture, not in vain elevated to world cultural heritage. You have to walk around this building to see this dimension and art (you can't do that from the harbour tour). Also the interior view (the courtyards, and the few staircases you can look at) is valuable. It is hard to imagine that there was an ensemble of some of these houses. If you love architecture, you have to go here. See more..
  29. 4.5 Ohlsdorf Cemetery (350 reviews)
    - Is it a cemetery or is it Hamburg's most beautiful park?
    Sunday: Cemeteries
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    There are so many things to see and do in Hamburg, but if you are here on a longer stay or have a particular interest in cemeteries, or the unusual, you must see this one. There is nothing like it that compares anywhere in the world. More a like a park, maintained to perfection, so large it has bus stops inside, there is an S Bahn stop directly in front of the main gate. If you have a rental car, take a drive in, stop and stroll around. During opening hours, there is no gate or required stop when you enter by car or foot. If you have family roots in Hamburg, chances are you have family buried at this site. See more..
  30. 4.5 Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial (217 reviews)
    - Wish list
    Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM History Museums
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    Jean-Dolidier-Weg 75 21039 Hamburg Germany Tel.: 49 40 - 4 28 13 15 00 Fax: 49 40 - 4 28 13 15 01 E-mail: [email protected] See more..
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