The Gateway to the World, Hamburg has been a major port metropolis since joining the Hanseatic League in the medieval era. Now Germany’s wealthiest city, and an important media hub, Hamburg has retained its connection to the sea and its important status within the country. If you are visiting Hamburg for a weekend break, make sure your itinerary allows time for these top ten attractions.
The world’s largest complex of warehouses and a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Speicherstadt is full of narrow cobbled alleyways, lined with 100-year-old red brick buildings. Visit after sunset, when enchanting light projections bring the bridges and buildings to life.
Hamburg Fish Market
From 5am until 9.30am on Sundays, this 300-year-old market sets up outside the fish auction house on St. Pauli Fischmarkt to sell just-landed seafood, fresh produce and traditional German snacks.
St Michael’s Church
Hamburg’s most iconic church has dominated the city’s skyline since the 17th Century. Admire the bronze statue of the Archangel Michael defeating the devil, then buy a ticket to climb to the top of the tower and take in fantastic views over Hamburg and the Elbe River.
Elbe Boat Tour
No visit to Hamburg would be complete without exploring the 800-year-old harbour area, and the very best way to do that is from the water. There’s a wide selection of boat companies offering tours, some along the Inner and Outer Alster tributaries which run through the heart of the city.
Kunstmeile (Art Mile)
Five renowned art galleries are all located within walking distance of each other: the Bucerius Kunst Forum, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. Each one offers something different, with collections ranging from historic to contemporary, line drawing to photography, and painting to sculpture.
Hamburg’s newest neighborhood is one of Europe’s largest rebuilding projects, and is already becoming a hub for business and entertainment. Walking tours are available from the company behind the project, or you could rent a bike and explore on two wheels.
Hamburg’s liveliest nightlife can be found along the Reeperbahn, where The Beatles frequently played before they were famous. The area has since become a pop culture favorite, frequently featured in films and songs.
Hailed as a technical marvel when it opened in 1911, today this tunnel deep under the river is a national monument. Look out for whimsical artworks adorning the walls of the tunnel; representing the varied residents of the Elbe, you’ll see fish, crabs and even the odd discarded boot.
Planten un Blumen
Renowned as one of Europe’s best parks, Planten un Blomen is a wonderful oasis in the city, with a botanic garden, Japanese pavilion and extensive greenhouses. During the summer months there are often free theatre performances, concerts, and festivals.
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