Top 26 attractions to explore in Hamburg
One of Germany's 16 federal states, Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin and the 7th largest city in the European Union with a population of over 1.84 million. The city's metropolitan region is home to more than five million people. Hamburg has Europe's third-largest port and it is a major European science, research, and education hub.
Attractions in Hamburg
Alster Lakes are two artificial lakes in Hamburg, and the lakes are surrounded by trees and green gardens that offer stunning views that give you a place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The lake is also famous for its water sports activities, and it is an ideal place for cycling.
Cap San Diego is a former cargo ship built in 1961, the ship now is moored at the port of Hamburg as a museum, visitors can explore all decks and learn about Cap San Diego's history, they also can book cabins for overnight stays.
A must-visit place for chocolate lovers, the museum takes you in 90 minutes tour to display the process of making chocolate from cocoa harvest to the chocolate bar. Visitors also can make their own chocolate bars. Located in the Kontorhaus district of Hamburg.
Elbphilharmonie is a World-class concert hall, opened in 2016. It is one of the largest and acoustically most advanced concert halls in the world. It is the tallest inhabited building in Hamburg. This magnificent structure contains concert halls, a hotel, and an observation deck that offers a beautiful panoramic view of Hamburg, it also has restaurants and a gift shop.
Elbe Tunnel is a 426 m tunnel for pedestrians and vehicles in Hamburg, Germany. The tunnel was opened in 1911, and in 1970 the tunnel became a tourist attraction after several bridges were built. The Elbe tunnel has four large elevators that carry both for pedestrians and vehicles, it connects central Hamburg with the docks and shipyards on the south side of the river Elbe.
Fischmarkt opens only on Sunday mornings. Even though it’s a fish market, you can find fruits, vegetables, clothes. The market is distinguished by the unique and funny selling style, the sellers outshout to each other which result in loud and verbose crescendo.
Hamburger Kunsthalle is an art museum founded in 1850. It is one of the largest museums in Germany. The museum highlights a collection of artworks dating from the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries, and from present day. The Kunsthalle consists of three connected buildings, dating from 1869, 1921 and 1997.
The Internationales Maritimes Museum is a private museum located in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg, Germany. It was Opened in 2008. The museum has 9 floors that display the maritime collection of Peter Tamm, a german journalist and a collector. It has a total of 40,000 items and over 1 million photographs.
Miniatur Wunderland is a museum that presents models of the most famous sights in Germany, and sights from around the world. The museum features the world's largest model railway, 15,715 meters of track and more than 1200 trains. All these models were built with high accuracy.
Ohlsdorf Cemetery was established in 1877. It is the largest rural cemetery in the world and one of the largest cemeteries in the world. Most of those buried are civilian citizens, others are war victims, all are from different religions and ethnicities. The cemetery notably includes the Old Hamburg Memorial Cemetery that has the graves of many notable Hamburg citizens.
Park Fiction overlooks the Elbe river. Visitors love to come here and enjoy the sunset, and it is also a great place for a walk or take a drink and enjoy watching the huge ships in the harbor. Park Fiction is an art project shaped like a park. The lawn is shaped like a magic carpet and the plastic palm trees stay green all year.
Planten un Blomen is a must-visit park. The estimated area of the park is 47 hectares (116.1 acres), the park contains a large playground and the Old Botanical Garden of Hamburg. The park houses children's shows and concerts, and the visitors can see the first plant in the park that was planted in 1821 by Johann Georg Christian Lehmann.
Port of Hamburg is the largest port in Germany and the third-largest in Europe with an area of 73.99 square kilometers. The port includes recreational and cultural facilities, such as Warehouse District which houses museums and some entertainment centers. Visitors can enjoy the port by exploring it in a boat. The port is located in the heart of Hamburg city.
Speicherstadt (Warehouse district) is a free customs zone built in the late 19th century, and it’s the largest warehouse district in the world, where the buildings stand on timber-pile foundations. Speicherstadt houses several museums such as the Miniatur Wunderland and the Hamburg Dungeon, Speicherstadt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The buildings are also used as warehouses.
St. Michael's Church is considered as one of the most important icons in Hamburg city. The church is built in the Baroque style between the years of 1649 and 1661. The church has a 132-meter high tower that stands out on the Hamburg skyline.
St. Nikolai Memorial is a church in Hamburg. Built in 1195, the church was destroyed and rebuilt several times. During the World War II, the church was destroyed but the spire remained relatively unscathed. There is also a museum inside in the church crypt dedicated to World War II.
Stadtpark is an urban park located in the district of Winterhude, it is the third-largest park in Hamburg with an area of 148 hectares. The park features beautiful landscapes, playgrounds, and the park’s main attraction is the Planetarium a former water tower which illuminates in different colors at night. Since 1930 the tower has housed Germany's largest planetarium.
Tierpark Hagenbeck is a 100 year old zoo, it covers an area of 25 ha ( 62 acres ). This unique zoo features a children’s playground, Japanese park, and an aquarium, and it is home for more than 2500 animals. Its a great family destination, the park is located in Stellingen, a quarter in Hamburg, Germany.
U-434 Submarine is a former Soviet submarine for the Russian navy, built in 1976. The submarine now is moored in front of the Fischmarkt and turned into a museum allowing visitors to experience the harsh living conditions within the narrow corridors.
Map of attractions in Hamburg