Alter Elbtunnel (Old Elbe Tunnel)
The Old Elbe Tunnel which opened 1911, is a pedestrian and vehicle tunnel in Hamburg. The 426,5 m long tunnel was a technical sensation; 24 m beneath the surface, two tubes with 6 m diameter connect central Hamburg with the docks and shipyards on the southside of the river Elbe. The tunnel is open 24 hours for pedestrians and cyclists. For motorized vehicles opening times are limited.
Hamburg‘s new landmark
The dazzling glass structure of this new prestigious landmark sits high above the Elbe and the entrance to the HafenCity: The Elbphilharmonie is truly an amazing structure , aiming to be named among the world’s 10 best concert halls.
The Plaza invites not only concert visitors, hotel or restaurant guests, but is open to anybody looking to enjoy the fantastic panorama views of the city.
For many early risers and night owls, the traditional Sunday morning fish market, a legendary is an institution and a must. This vibrant market exists since 1703 and was originally established to provide local residents with fresh fish. Already in the early 18th century fruit, vegetables and plants were added. In the summer months the spectacle starts at 5:00 am, in the winter months at 7:00 am. The market ends at 9:30 am. Besides being a touristic attraction, the market also serves as meeting point for local vendors and customers.
St.-Pauli Landungsbrücken (Harbour)
The St. Pauli Landing Stages are a major tourist attraction and central transportation hub, with U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Bus and boat stations. The current piers built in 1907 consist of floating pontoons, which are accessible from land by 10 movable bridges. The 688 m long landing place originally served the passenger steamers of the overseas lines. Among others, the great Hapag-Lloyd liners landed here. Today only the HADAG ferries, harbour tour ships and motor launches, passenger ships serving the lower Elbe, and catamarans to Stade and Helgoland still travel the piers. Ships shuttle daily to the musical theater “Lion King”.
The Speicherstadt (meaning warehouse district) in Hamburg is the largest timber-pile founded warehouse district in the world and a true Hamburg landmark. It is located in the port of Hamburg – within the HafenCity quarter – and was built from 1883 to 1927 as a free zone to transfer goods without paying customs. Since 1991 the Speicherstadt is listed as heritage site in Hamburg. The district features waterways which depending of the tide can be used by ships. With the beginning of dusk, the Hamburg Speicherstadt is wrapped in a mysterrious glow with the illumination of the red brick buildings and steel bridges. Enjoy the fairytale atmosphere with highlighted facades, reflections in the water and smells from around the world. The Speicherstadt is home to such attractions as the Deutsche Zollmuseum, Dialog im Dunkeln, Fleetschlösschen, Gewürzmuseum and Hamburg Dungeon.
Aladdin Musical Show
Beginning in the fall of 2015 you will be invited to experience the extravaganza of Disney’s ALADDIN in Hamburg. This musical, based on the world-famous and Academy Award-winning Disney Blockbuster, will celebrate its European premiere this December. With just one rub over the magic lamp ALADDIN takes you into an enchanting and magical world full of amazing moments. Disney’s ALLADIN is the romantic story two people overcoming family obstacles for their love, and it is also the fairy tale of young Aladdin and his three wishes from a genie. This timeless story is loved by generations across all borders. Be swept off into the magical world of ‘Arabian Nights’ by beloved songs and many new compositions.
The name Reeperbahn means ropewalk, which is a place where ropes are made. This approx. 930 m long street is the center of Hamburg’s nightlife and red-light district. Among the attractions on the Reeperbahn are night clubs, bars, theaters. Many of the establishments are located in the smaller side streets and the Hans-Albers-Platz and the Beatles-Platz. On Spielbudenplatz you will find the Tui – Musical Theater, Schmidt Theater and Schmidt’s Tivoli as well as Germany’s most famous police station, Davidwache. Parallel to the Reeperbahn is the infamous Herbertstraße – a street with brothels – that can only the entered by foot through two gates.
Tierpark Hagenbeck (Hagenbeck Zoo)
The acclaimed zoo located in Hamburg Stellingen and Tropical Aquarium next door which opened in 2007 are both family-owned. The park was founded by Carl Hagenbeck 1907. It is known for being the first zoo to use open enclosures surrounded by moats, rather than barred cages, to better approximate the animals’ natural environments. The zoo is 25 hectars in size, featuring 7 km of walkways. Next to many panorama exhibits, visitors can view plants from around the world. In the year of Hagenbeck’s Tierpark centennial celebration in 2007 the Tropical Aquarium opened as an additional attraction.
St. Michaelis – Hauptkirche
St. Michael’s Church, colloquially called Michel , is one of Hamburg’s five Lutheran main churches and the most famous in the city. It is dedicated to the Archangel Michael. A large bronze statue, standing above the portal of the church shows the archangel conquering the devil. The 132 m high church tower is one of Hamburg’s foremost landmark and was considered an orientation aid for the ships sailing to Hamburg on the Elbe. In 106 m height is a viewing platform, open to visitors for a spectacular view of the city. The platform can be reached by climbing the 453 steps or by elevator.
Deutsches Zollmuseum (German Customs Museum)
The museum opened in 1992 in the former customs administration at Kornhausbrücken in Hamburg’s historic warehouse district, Speicherstadt. The German Customs Museum features an exhibition hall, 800 sqm in size with more than 1,000 objects. The ground floor is dedicated to the various tasks of the current customs administration. The “border-free” customs administrarion of the European Union, social justice, world trade, product piracy, species conservation, weapons and narcotics as well as varies custom duties are highlighted and confiscated, smuggled goods are on display. The top floor of the exhibition hall is dedicated to customs of the past from Roman provinces to the time of the customs administration in the former DDR.
Spicy’s Gewürzmuseum (Spice Museum) is a private museum in Hamburg, founded in 1991. A 350 sqm exhibition hall features all aspects of spices. Visitors are invited to touch, smell and taste more than 50 spices. Impact and utilisation, as well as the origin of spices are displayed and presented. 900 exhibits from 5 centuries give insights as to how spices are cultivated, harvested, processed and transported.
Chocoversum by Hachez
Chocoholics welcome! At CHOCOVERSUM you discover the secret of the world´s finest chocolates with all your senses. For 90-minutes we take you on a guided tour that leads from the cocoa tree to freshly wrapped chocolates. See historic machines live at work while having a taste at every produciotn step. Finally you even create your own bar of chocolate!
A spine-chilling historical experience! On a 90-minute interactive tour professional actors take you on a facinating journey into Hamburg’s dark and insalubrious past, from the pirate Störtebeker and the great fire of 1842 to the inquisition and the plague. With special effects and two exciting rides, this close-up encounter brings the more grisly parts of Hamburg’s history to life.
The Miniatur Wunderland hosts the largest model railway in the world. It is located in the historic warehouse district of Hamburg (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015).
It took a staff of 360 close to 760,000 man hours to put together this attraction consisting of 1,050 trains with approximately 10,000 wagons and 130,000 trees, 260,000 figurines, 9,250 cars, 15,400 m track length, 4,110 buildings and bridges. In this miniature world of superlatives you will enjoy computer operated trains complete with day and night simulations, every 15 minutes.
A visit to Miniatur Wunderland is not only a must for children.