Hamburg

Despite being a large, sprawling city that covers almost as much ground as Berlin, Hamburg feels a lot more compact. The bulk of its major attractions and sights are between the Alster lakes to the north and the city’s harbor and the Elbe River to the south. At the center of the city are the Altstadt and Neustadt—the city’s hist
Despite being a large, sprawling city that covers almost as much ground as Berlin, Hamburg feels a lot more compact. The bulk of its major attractions and sights are between the Alster lakes to the north and the city’s harbor and the Elbe River to the south. At the cent
Despite being a large, sprawling city that covers almost as much ground as Berlin, Hamburg feels a lot more compact. The

Despite being a large, sprawling city that covers almost as much ground as Berlin, Hamburg feels a lot more compact. The bulk of its major attractions and sights are between the Alster lakes to the north and the city’s harbor and the Elbe River to the south. At the center of the city are the Altstadt and Neustadt—the city’s historical core. East of the Altstadt is St. Georg, a major gay neighborhood. To the west of the Neustadt lie the nightlife district of St. Pauli and its neighbor the Schanzenviertel, while farther down the river are the more multicultural areas of Altona and Ottensen, and the quaint settlement of Blankenese. Just south of the Altstadt are the port-side districts of the Speicherstadt and the HafenCity.

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  • Alster Lakes

    1. Alster Lakes

    Altstadt | Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The twin lakes of the Binnenalster (Inner Alster) and Aussenalster (Outer Alster) provide Hamburg with some of its most celebrated vistas. The...Read More

    Alster Lakes
  • Chilehaus

    2. Chilehaus

    Altstadt | Building/Architectural Site

    Almost 5 million bricks went into the construction of this marvelous building at the heart of the Kontorhausviertel, a collection of handsome...Read More

    Chilehaus
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  • 3. Deichstrasse

    Altstadt | Neighborhood/Street

    The oldest residential area in the Old Town of Hamburg now consists of lavishly restored houses from the 17th through the 19th century. Many...Read More

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  • 4. Historischer Weihnachtsmarkt

    Altstadt | Festival–Sight

    Hamburg's Historischer Weihnachtsmarkt enjoys a spectacular backdrop—the city's Gothic town hall. The market's stalls are filled with rows of...Read More

  • Miniatur Wunderland

    5. Miniatur Wunderland

    Speicherstadt | Local Interest–Sight

    You don't need to be a model-railroad enthusiast or a 10-year-old to be blown away by the sheer scale and attention to detail of the Miniatur...Read More

    Miniatur Wunderland
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  • Rathaus

    6. Rathaus

    Altstadt | Government Building

    To most Hamburgers this impressive neo-Renaissance building is the symbolic heart of the city. The seat of the city's Senate (state government...Read More

    Rathaus
  • 7. Reeperbahn

    St. Pauli | Historic District/Site

    The hottest nightspots in town are concentrated on and around St. Pauli's pulsating thoroughfare, the Reeperbahn, and a buzzing little side...Read More

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  • 8. St. Michaelis Kirche

    Neustadt | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Michel, as it's called locally, is Hamburg's principal church and northern Germany's finest baroque-style ecclesiastical building. Its first...Read More

  • 9. Alex im Alsterpavillon

    Neustadt | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Perhaps Hamburg's best-known café, the Alex im Alsterpavillon sits on the edge of the Binnenalster at Jungfernstieg. Its curving terrace and...Read More

  • 10. BallinStadt

    Veddel | Museum/Gallery

    This museum and family-research center tells the story of European emigration to the United States and elsewhere. The complex on the peninsula...Read More

  • 11. Beatles-Platz

    St. Pauli | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    At the entrance to Grosse Freiheit stand life-size steel silhouettes commemorating the five original Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George...Read More

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  • 12. Bucerius Kunst Forum

    Neustadt | Museum/Gallery

    This independent art gallery, considered one of the leading exhibition houses in northern Germany, has staged four major exhibitions a year...Read More

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  • 13. Cap San Diego

    St. Pauli | Museum/Gallery

    Close to the Rickmer Rickmers ship at Hamburg's piers sits the handsome 1960s freighter Cap San Diego , nowadays a seaworthy museum and hotel...Read More

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  • 14. Deichtorhallen

    Altstadt | Museum/Gallery

    A pair of large markets built in 1911–12, not far from the main train station, now house two of Germany's largest exhibition halls for contemporary...Read More

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  • Fischmarkt

    15. Fischmarkt

    St. Pauli | Market/Bazaar

    A trip to the Altona Fischmarkt is definitely worth getting out of bed early—or staying up all night—for. The Sunday markets hark back to the...Read More

    Fischmarkt
  • 16. HafenCity Infocenter Kesselhaus

    HafenCity | Information Center

    In an old 19th-century boiler house, this popular information center documents the HafenCity urban development project. In addition to changing...Read More

  • Hamburg Hauptbahnhof

    17. Hamburg Hauptbahnhof

    Altstadt | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    This central train station's cast-iron-and-glass architecture evokes the grandiose self-confidence of imperial Germany. The chief feature of...Read More

    Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
  • 18. Hamburg Museum

    Neustadt | Museum/Gallery

    The museum's vast and comprehensive collection of artifacts gives you an excellent overview of Hamburg's development, from its origins in the...Read More

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  • Hamburger Kunsthalle

    19. Hamburger Kunsthalle

    Altstadt | Museum/Gallery

    One of the most important art museums in Germany, the Kunsthalle has 3,500 paintings, 650 sculptures, and a coin and medal collection that includes...Read More

    Hamburger Kunsthalle
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  • 20. Holsten Brauerei

    Altona | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Until the 20th century, German beer consumption was a regional thing. A thirsty German would walk in to a pub and say, " Grosses Bier, bitte...Read More

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