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What to see in Hamburg

Hamburg Attractions

Hamburg is a diverse and entertaining city, with plenty to see and do. Attractions include world-class museums, wonderful art galleries, an upbeat nightlife, excellent restaurants and first class shopping. Also popular with tourists is the notorious Reeperbahn red-light district.

Many of the things to see and do in Hamburg revolve around the famous harbour. Every Sunday morning the banks of the river Elbe play host to Hamburg's Fish Market, where tourists can barter for fresh produce and soak up the lively atmosphere. Speicherstadt, Hamburg's warehouse complex, is the largest in the world and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors can admire the neo-gothic architecture and visit Miniature Wonderland, the world's largest model train system.

There are many beautiful gardens and parks in the city. Perhaps the best of these is Planten un Blomen. Visitors looking for a break from museums and activities can stroll through the tropical greenhouse and Japanese garden, or catch a concert on the lawns in the summer months.

Once restored, tourists can delve into Hamburg's past at the Museum of Hamburg History, or enjoy the extensive collection and themed exhibitions of the Hamburg Kunsthalle.

Hamburg is also conveniently located for excursions to nearby attractions. Some of the best daytrip destinations for visitors to Hamburg are the quaint towns of Blankenese, Lubeck and Hameln, which all offer great sightseeing opportunities. The island of Sylt, Germany's most northern point, is also extremely popular.

A Hamburg holiday offers something for everyone, from children who will revel in attractions like the world's largest model railway, to raucous groups of young travellers heading for the famous sex shows of the Reeperbahn, and everyone in between.

Hamburg Warehouse Complex

The world's oldest warehouse complex, built of red brick with Gothic gables and turrets, is a century old and still in use for storing exotic goods from around the world, like tea, cocoa, silk and…

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Hamburger Kunsthalle

Hamburg's premier art gallery offers the chance to view works across the time spectrum from the Middle Ages through to the present day. The Kunsthalle's main aim is to educate about art, rather than…

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Miniature Wonderland

Train enthusiasts will love Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg, but so will almost everybody else. With more than 4,000 square metres of floor space, there is much to see with tiny models of various regions,…

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Museum of Hamburg History

The Hamburg Museum gives a detailed description of the city of Hamburg from the 8th through to the 20th centuries. Scale models have been used to illustrate the changing shape of the city's famous…

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Planten un Blomen

In the middle of Hamburg is an oasis of green lawns and trees, with colourful flowers and fountains providing a lovely backdrop to relax in. You can stroll around the Japanese garden and enjoy the…

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Hamburg's notorious red light district, to the east of the city centre in the St Pauli zone, has become one of its greatest tourist attractions. The Reeperbahn (Rope Street) is where rope used to be…

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St Michaelis Church

St Michaelis began as a humble little church, which was extended in 1600. In 1647 construction began on the grand building that stands today as possibly Hamburg's most recognisable landmark. Like many…

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