Tourist Attractions and Things to do in Hamburg

Information about the main tourist attractions and must-see sights in Hamburg...

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Main Tourist Attractions

Church St. Michaelis

The Church St. Michaelis is a Baroque church with three naves and an impressive tower. It is Hamburg's landmark and very popular with residents, who call it "Michel". From the 82m viewing platform, visitors have a scenic view over Hamburg and the harbour. (There is an elevator available). Many famous Hamburg residents are buried in the crypt. A trumpeter plays from the tower from Monday to Saturday at 10:00 and 21:00, and on Sunday at midday.

  • Church St. Michaelis (in German)
    At: Englische Planke 1, 20459 Hamburg
    Tel
    : 040 376 780
    Open: Church, crypt and tower from November to April: 10:00-18:00, last entrance at 17:30. From May to October: 09:00-20:00, last entrance at 19:30
    Getting there: S-Bahn station (S1) Stadthausbrücke, U-Bahn (U3) Baumwall or Rödingsmarkt station

Port of Hamburg

The best place to start exploring Hamburg's port is at St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (the floating piers), a pontoon bridge with small shops, take aways, and a landing stage for harbour boat trips and public harbour ferries.

  • Port of Hamburg
    Getting there: U- Bahn (U3) and S-Bahn (S1) Landungsbrücken station

Speicherstadt and Hafen City

Speicherstadt, the historical warehouse district, is located east of Landungsbrücken. It is characterised by numerous fleets and bridges, and is perfect for exploring by foot or boat. Many of the warehouses are still used by import and export traders and carpet dealers. Several museums and the famous Miniatur Wunderland (model railway) are located in Speicherstadt.

To the south-east of Speicherstadt are buildings featuring modern architecture, restaurants, office buildings and spacious condominiums, where the city is expanding into the new dockland neighbourhood, HafenCity. Towering over the area is the Elbphilharmonie construction site, the new Hamburg landmark taking form on top of the old Kaiserspeicher warehouse.

  • For further information about Speicherstadt: Click here
    Getting there: U-Bahn (U3) Meßberg or Baumwall stations
  • Miniatur Wunderland
    At: Kehrwieder 2-4 Block D, 20457 Hamburg
    Tel: 040 300 6800
  • HafenCity
    Getting there: Bus No. 3 from Rathausmarkt, get off at Auf dem Sande

Reeperbahn

The red light Reeperbahn district in the St. Pauli neighbourhood is famous for its nightlife, but also features variety theatres such as the Schmidt and Operettenhaus, musicals and restaurants. There are organised Reeperbahn tours, many of which are hosted by locals, who tell vivid stories from nineteenth-century history until today. In the early 60s, the Beatles performed every night in the Große Freiheit Music Hall.

  • For further information about the Reeperbahn district: Click here
    Getting there: S-Bahn (S1, S3): Reeperbahn station, U-Bahn (U3): St. Pauli station

Chilehaus

Built in an impressionist style and in the shape of a ship, the Chilehaus is classified as a monument. Finished in 1924, it now houses offices and is open to visitors. It was a symbol of the post-war boom, displaying the wealth of a Hamburg merchant who emigrated to Chile penniless and returned 60 years later, a rich man.

  • Chilehaus
    At: Fischertwiete 2, 20095 Hamburg
    Tel: 040 349 194 247
    Getting there: U-Bahn (U3) Meßberg station

Old Elbe Tunnel

The Old Elbe Tunnel (officially known as the St. Pauli Elbtunnel), connects Landungsbrücken to the harbour area in Steinwerder. Completed in 1911, the tunnel measures 426m and is an engineering masterpiece. Visitors can use the tunnel to cross the Elbe free of charge on foot or bicycle, but for cars there is a small charge. Cars are lifted and lowered by hydraulic lifts on both sides. Today the tunnel is a tourist attraction rather than a traffic route.

  • Old Elbe Tunnel
    At
    : Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken 1, 20359 Hamburg
    Tel: 040 428 474 742 (tickets and tourist information)
    Open: One-way street for cars Monday to Friday: St. Pauli to Steinwerder 05:30-13:00; Steinwerder to St. Pauli 13:00-20:00
    Getting there: U-Bahn (U3) and S-Bahn (S1) Landungsbrücken station

Hamburg City Hall

The Hamburg City Hall or Rathaus and the open space in front of it, called the Rathausmarkt, are in the centre of Hamburg. The City Hall is the seat of Hamburg's government and parliament, called the Bürgerschaft. An impressive building which dates from the beginning of the 1900s, it is built in sandstone and granite in the Italian and northern German Renaissance styles. The hall displays portraits of important Hamburg citizens, while in the courtyard a fountain is dedicated to Hygieia stepping on a dragon. Guided tours are available.

  • Rathaus
    At: Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg
    Tel: 040 428 312 409 
    Open: Monday to Friday 07:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-18:00, Sunday 10:00-17:00
    Getting there: S-Bahn (S1, S3) Jungfernstieg station, U-Bahn (U2, U3) Jungfernstieg or Rathausmarkt station, bus lines 3, 4, 5, 6, 109

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