Attractions in Hamburg
Hamburg is a big city which offers attracrions and toursfor all kinds of people. At this page you can read about some of the attractions Hamburg has to offer, and we continously add more.
Quickfinder: Alster | Davidwache | Erotic Art Museum | Fischmarkt | Hagenbeck Zoo | Hamburg Dungeon | Hans Albers Museum | Heinrich Hertz Tower | Landungsbrücken | Miniatur Wunderland | Speicherstadt | St. Pauli Museum
Lake Alster and the city channels
Alster is a lake in the central parts of Hamburg which consists of two parts, the larger Außenalster (outer Alster) and Binnenalster (inner Alster) which is smaller and closest to the city centre. The both parts is separeted by as narrow strait where the bridges Kennedybrücke and Lombardsbrücke runns over the water.
In year 1190 the Alster river was dammed to power a nearby mill. In the year 1235 an additional dam was constructed to power another mill, creating a lake in the river. Today these lakes and the surrounding parks form a important recreation area for the inhabitants in Hamburg
Hamburg have more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam together, due to the extensive channel system spreading out from the Alster lakes. Several times a day departing from steamboats Jungfernstieg for further travel on the lake and canals. These tours offer a charming, interesting and educational journey through the city.
Around the Alster, mainly on the west side, there is many buildings from the late 1800s until the 1920s. Pöseldorf, Rothenbaum and Winterhude are some examples of these old neighborhoods. These neighborhood and its beautiful buildings are well worth a visit.
Here you will find Hamburg's old warehouses that are built of bricks in neo-Gothic style. The area is located on a 1.5 kilometer long island, which is crossed by several channels. Speicherstadt was built to store goods such as spices, coffee and tea. The area is well worth a visit for it's fine buildings and many attractions are located here. Speicherstadt Museum is one of the most popular tourist destinations, likewise Hamburg Dungeon, the Spice Museum and Miniatur Wunderland which you can read more about below.
St. Pauli Museum
St. Pauli Museum is a museum with photographs from the district. These are taken by the legendary photographer Günter Zinta. A visit here is a must for the St. Pauli fan. The museum is located at Hein-Hoyer-Straße.
Step into a world of nightmares and experience the same horror that struck the residents in Hamburg a long time ago. Inside Hamburg Dungeons walls real stories about horrific disasters and events once again come to life, right in front of the visitor's eyes.
The Great Fire
It is 1842 and Hamburg has been turned into a burning inferno. The large the fire devours the city's houses and spreading death in it's rampage. People are fleeing for their lives and thousands of firemen fighting the fire.
The Great Flood
In 1717 Hamburg was paralyzed by a major storm. Devastation and the large losses of life haunts the town. Jump aboard your boat in Hamburg Dungeon and witness when the sky opens up and shakes the ground in the great storm of year 1717.
Travel back in time to the year of 1530 with Hamburg Dungeon and experience when the black death reaches inside Hamburg's city walls. Experience the terror that residents felt for this repulsive disease.
January and February: 11.00-17.00
July and August: 10.00-18.00
Landungsbrücken is Hamburg's old port terminal located on the river Elbe in the south of St. Pauli district. Previously, this was the gateway to the New World in America and many vessels with emigrants took away. At the same time, it was also the final destination for all those visitors who came from these areas with the vessels back to Hamburg. More than five million people sailed from Hamburg to start a new life in America.
Today Landungsbrücken a major tourist destination where many cruise ships stop make their stop in Hamburg.
Fischmarkt (Fish Market)
At Hamburg's fish market "Fischmarkt" on the shore of river Elbe, the market is open from 5:00 in the morning in summer, and at. 7:00 winter. It has been so ever since year 1703. Many tourists visitis this ancient market, as well as partying people from the nearby Reeperbahn who continue partying and dancing in the market auction.
Davidwache (Police District no. 15)
The legendary police station Davidwache is famous from movies and television. The police station is located at the address Spielbudenplatz 31 at the corner to Davidstraße. It is a remarkable building from 1914 by architect Fritz Schumacher.
Davidstraße continues south and crosses the Bernhard-Nocht-Strasse and Geest-height from which it has great views over the River Elbe. On Davidstraße 99, the major Bavaria St. Pauli brewery with restaurant Bavaria Blick is located, which offers an impressive view of the harbor.
Hagenbeck Zoo (Tierpark Hagenbeck) in Hamburg was founded March 11, 1874 at the former Neue Pferdemarkt in Stellingen. Carl Hagenbeck and his father Gottfrid had both been involved in trade with exotic animals, which they found on their journeys since 1848. Hagenbeck Zoo became an example to many other zoos since the first so-called liberal orientation schemes had it's beginning here.
Erotic Art Museum
In November 1992 the property owner Claus Becker opened a private museum called Erotic Art Museum at Bernhard-Nocht-Strasse 69. The restored warehouse building from 1869 houses the museum on four floors and the total exhibition area is 2000 m². The museum's collection consists of erotic art from the 1700s to today.
Japanese wood carvings, silk paintings, lithographs, etchings, sculptures and paintings by old masters the Barents von Orly and Paris-born Rococo artist Jean-Frederik Schall is to see here.
The classic modern are represented by Otto Dix, impressionism of Felicien Rops and Lovis Corinth. Works of Tomi Ungerer, donated to the museum is displayed in a special gallery.
Opening hours: Every day 10.00 - 24.00 hrs
Hans Albers Museum
In early April 1993 Felix Felzmann opened the Hans Albers Museum on the top floor of the nightclub and pub Große Freiheit No. 7. Here you'll find numerous recollections of the famous German actor Hans Albers.
Heinrich Hertz Tower
Heinrich Hertz Tower is a 271.5 meter high TV tower and the tallest building in Hamburg. The tower is no longer open to the public. The restaurant and overlooking the site was closed because the tower had to be decontaminated of asbestos and shortly thereafter the former stuntman Jochen Schweitzer opened a bungee jumping platform in the tower. However the bungee jumping operations ceased in autumn 2001. The restaurant and overlooking site will not open again because new requirements for emergency exits in public buildings.
Miniatur Wunderland is a large and incredibly impressive model railway landscape. Here you will find the fictional town of Knuffingen but also many other real cities and countries are represented, among others the eternal snow covered Sweden. The model railway consists of over 10 km rail tracks and the landscape has 200000 inhabitants. It's locatde in the warehouse district (Speicherstadt) of Hamburg and the address is Kehrwieder 4, 20457 Hamburg.