Explore the Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Hamburg Westansicht Der Elbphilharmonie Maxim Schulz

Hamburg – the Northern pearl

Beautiful period apartments or ultra-modern new buildings, the tranquility of parks and waterways or the hustle and bustle of the city centre: shaped by contrast, the Hanseatic City of Hamburg demonstrates that nature and urban life make a perfect match.

Speicherstadt and HafenCity: tradition and modernity

With the HafenCity Hamburg, an entirely new urban quarter of town is currently taking shape on more than 150 hectares of former port land. Located in the very heart of the city, the innovative architectural design of the HafenCity’s office and residential buildings and the spacious Magellan Terrassen and Marco Polo Terrassen directly on the waterfront make the HafenCity well worth exploring.
In the immediate vicinity you will find the historic Speicherstadt warehouse district with its beautiful canals, red-brick façades, winding bridges and picturesque views. The Speicherstadt, together with the Kontorhaus district and Chilehaus, was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites on 5 July 2015. It is the world’s largest coherent warehouse complex and includes a number of interesting museums and exciting exhibitions. These include e.g. the Speicherstadtmuseum and the Miniatur Wunderland – the world’s largest model railway and Germany's number one tourist attraction.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Hamburg’s iconic concert venue and new landmark, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, is located at the western tip of the HafenCity district. Ever since its official opening on 11 and 12 January 2017, the Elbphilharmonie has become a true magnet for Hamburg’s locals and guests from around the globe. Situated directly on the River Elbe and surrounded by water on three sides, the spectacular building includes three concert halls, a large music education area, a restaurant, a hotel, and the Plaza – a public viewing platform that offers a unique panoramic view of the city. The music programme of Hamburg’s new cultural landmark is characterised by high artistic quality, great diversity, and an open-house policy.

Rich choice of top-class cultural events

For all lovers of culture, Hamburg has plenty to offer: renowned orchestras and theatres, a vibrant museum landscape with spectacular exhibitions, as well as experimental dance theatre and world-class ballet productions reflect Hamburg’s great cultural diversity.
With their size and relevance, exhibitions at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Bucerius Kunst Forum contribute to the city’s excellent reputation as an arts and culture destination. In Hamburg’s city centre, a number of eminent art institutions have joined forces to form the “Kunstmeile Hamburg”. These include the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Bucerius Kunst Forum, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg with its Hall for Contemporary Art and House of Photography, as well as the Kunstverein Hamburg and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. Other museums, such as the Spicy’s Spice Museum, the International Maritime Museum, the Miniatur Wunderland and the Museum für Völkerkunde demonstrate that history and knowledge can be acquired in a fun way.
And for all those who are in the mood for light-hearted entertainment, Hamburg can offer as many as six major musical venues. In fact, Hamburg is Germany’s musical capital – with an ideal mix of exciting story lines, immaculate choreographies and wonderful sing-along tunes. Hamburg’s theatre landscape is just as diverse, with classical, modern and popular stage productions catering for literally every taste.

Cruise Metropolis

The Hanseatic City of Hamburg also known as the “Gate to the World” opens its doors for the Cruise liners of the world. In the end of the 19th century Alfred Ballin invented the cruise liners for everyone in the city of Hamburg. Since then an enormous number of the majestic and great cruise liners of numerous well known cruise lines start or end their journeys in Hamburg. More than 500.000 cruise tourists from more than 100 nations come to Hamburg each year and the number is increasing. Thereby Hamburg is the main cruise ship destination of Germany.

Shopping in Hamburg

Luxury shops on grand boulevards, a relaxed stroll through elegant shopping arcades, original, young fashion directly from designers, quirky antiques from Hamburg's rich past. Or maybe you would prefer eco-friendly garments straight from manufacturers and small specialist shops? In any event, when you go shopping in Hamburg, you are spoiled for choice.

Events and Nightlife

Around the famous street Reeperbahn in the district St. Pauli, bars, livemusic clubs, cocktailbars, theatre and comedy stages, dives, discos and underground clubs as well as burlesque bars follow one another. Yet also the districts Schanzenviertel, the Karolinenviertel, Ottensen, Eimsbüttel or Eppendorf have their very own spaces for night owls. During the summer many music and culture festivals, beach clubs and outdoor events at numerous public spaces can be added.

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