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 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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  • 1. Alster Lakes

    Altstadt

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

  • 2. Chilehaus

    Altstadt

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

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  • 3. Deichstrasse

    Altstadt

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

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  • 4. Historischer Weihnachtsmarkt

    Altstadt

    Hamburg's Historischer Weihnachtsmarkt enjoys a spectacular backdrop—the city's Gothic town hall. The market's stalls are filled with rows of candy apples, chocolates, and doughnuts. Woodcarvers...Read More

  • 5. Miniatur Wunderland

    Speicherstadt

    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...Read More

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  • 6. Rathaus

    Altstadt

    To most Hamburgers, this impressive neo-Renaissance building is the symbolic heart of the city. The seat of the city's Senat (state government) and Bürgerschaft (parliament), it...Read More

  • 7. Reeperbahn

    St. Pauli

    The hottest nightspots in town are concentrated on and around St. Pauli’s pulsating thoroughfare, the Reeperbahn, and two buzzing side streets called Grosse Freiheit (Great...Read More

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  • 8. St. Michaelis Kirche

    Neustadt

    The Michel, as it's called locally, is Hamburg's principal church and northern Germany's finest Baroque-style ecclesiastical building. Its first incarnation, built between 1649 and 1661...Read More

  • 9. Beatles-Platz

    St. Pauli

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

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  • 10. Cap San Diego

    St. Pauli

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

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  • 11. Das Auswanderer Museum BallinStadt Hamburg

    Veddel

    This museum and family-research center tells the story of European emigration to the United States and elsewhere. The complex on the Elbe island Veddel, completed...Read More

  • 12. Deichtorhallen Hamburg

    Altstadt

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

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  • 13. Elbphilharmonie

    Speicherstadt

    Hamburg’s newest landmark (and tallest building) is an impressive merger between the distinctive northern European redbrick architecture and a modern glass facade. The Elbphilharmonie, or...Read More

  • 14. Fischmarkt

    St. Pauli

    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

  • 15. Gängeviertel Cooperative eG 2010

    Neustadt

    Before Hamburg's destruction in World War II, large parts of the Altstadt and Neustadt were dominated by tightly-packed mazes of half-timbered working-class homes called Gängeviertel...Read More

  • 16. HafenCity Infocenter im Kesselhaus

    HafenCity

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

  • 17. Hamburger Kunsthalle

    Altstadt

    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 exhibits...Read More

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  • 18. Holsten Brauerei

    Altona

    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

  • 19. Jungfernstieg

    Neustadt

    This wide promenade looking out over the Alster lakes is the beginning of the city's premier shopping district. Laid out in 1665, it used to...Read More

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  • 20. Konzentrationslager Neuengamme

    Neuengamme

    Hamburg is a city of great beauty but also tragedy. On the southeastern edge of the city, between 104,000 and 106,000 people, including children, were...Read More

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