1.St.Pauli-Landungsbrücken and Hamburg port – This is the most popular landmark in Hamburg you should not miss to visit. This can be the first impression you take on Hamburg, if your city sightseeing tour starts from here. Several times per day many cruise boats take visitors for a tour around the port. The trip includes the Fish Market, the container docks with tens of ships all around, the sandbars, and the time of one hour is enough to realize that the size of the port and the activity there are really huge! Many souvenir and marine shops are gathered around Landungsbrücken and you can discover some really unique items among the mass of traditional souvenirs and take them home to remind for your Hamburg trip :).
2.Speicherstadt – the historic warehouses district in Hamburg. This is in facts the biggest complex of warehouses in the world. The buildings in a typical Brick Gothic style were constructed on the base of oak beams in the 19th century. Surrounded by canals and bridges, they represent a wonderful and unique attraction. And the whole Speicherstadt district is now the newest addition to UNESCO World Heritage list (July, 2015). You can take a closer look at the warehouses from a boat and if it is in the evening, you can take advantage of the artistic light show that takes place regularly and see the facades and the bridges illuminated by special lighs and to smell the aroma of different spices from all over the world. Mentioning spices, do not miss to visit the Spice Museum that is located in the same district.
3.Miniatur Wunderland. It is indeed one of the modern Hamburg attractions as well as one of the most impressing and unique museums with great focus on detail and imagination. The realistic miniature compositions present places in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, America and Scandinavia. At the moment of our visit they’ve been working on Italy and the visitors had the wonderful opportunity to watch the process live on-site. To summarize, Miniatur Wunderland is one of our favourite places in Hamburg that can impress people of all ages.
4.Hamburg Churches – because of the their number, it’s impossible to write about them all, but here are five of them, whose towers form the main skyline of the city. These 5 churches are so called Hauptkirchen, or main churches of Hamburg:
– St.Michael’s church (Michaeliskirche or just called Michel) is the most popular Hamburg church and a city symbol. It was built in Barock style with a clock tower visible from almost everywhere in the city centre. To climb to its rooftop and observe the city of Hamburg costs 5 euro and you can be sure it’s worth. Michaeliskirche is close to Landungsbrücken and the warehouse district (Speicherstadt) and if you try to reach it from the Rathaus, it will take you about 10-15 minutes. In the church crypt is the tomb of the composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. And outside, just opposite the entrance of Michel, there’s a cozy souvenir and tea shop, that serves unrivaled by its aroma herbal tea.
– St. Peter’s Church (Hauptkirche Sankt Petri, Petrikirche) is built in Gothic style and often comes into view if you walk down the shopping streets around the Town hall. The church dates back from 12th century and in practice is the oldest parish church in Hamburg.
– St. James’ Church (Hauptkirche Sankt Jacobi) also features Gothic style in its architecture. It’s famous with its organ, which is the largest Barock organ in Northern Europe.
– St. Nicholas’ Church (Sankt Nikolai Kirche). In practice the church is in ruins, and only its tower (147 m) has remained after the church has been destroyed during World War II. During the 19th century for several years St. Nicholas’ church was considered the highest building in the world because of its high tower. Although a new church with the same name has been built in Hamburg, the locals continue to have in mind the old one, when they hear the name St. Nicholas…The tower is the second highest building in Hamburg after the Heinrich Hertz TV tower.
– St. Catherine’s Church (Hauptkirche Sankt Katharinen) is the second oldest building in Hamburg. In the past it was also known as the church of sailors.
5.Town Hall (Rathaus). The important administrative building was built in neo-renaissance style, and is a starting point for many itineraries in the central part of Hamburg. In winter the square in front of the Rathaus with its historical setting forms one of the most impressive Christmas markets in Germany – Hamburg Christmas market.
6.HafenCity is a quarter in Hamburg, known for its futuristic urban project (the biggest in Europe up to now) that transforms an entire city district into modern unit and replaces old harbor warehouses with new offices, shops and residential buildings. HafenCity is visible from the cruise boat during the tour around Hamburg port. One of the project highlights is the Elbe Philharmonic Hall – a concert hall on the rooftop of a warehouse, which is scheduled to be finished in 2017 and aims to be one of the biggest concert halls in the world.
7.Binnenalster and Aussenalster. These two artificial lakes are formed by the Alster river, which flows through Hamburg. They really make the city centre look more charming and give opportunities for many activities, tours and boat cruises.
8.Jungfernstieg is a promenade next to the lake Binnenalster, close to the shopping district and shoping centres such as Europe Passage and many others. The name of the street comes from the German word for “maiden” as it was a tradition in the past for familes with young unmarried daughters to take a walk along the street on Sundays in order to be introduced into the local society.
9.Tierpark Hagenbeck. The zoo was the first that introduced the free-range animals and separated the animals from visitors with moats thus getting closer to the animals’ natural environment. There are 1850 animals living across 25 hectares. One of the highlights and biggest attractions is the 8000 m2-sized Atlantic Hagenbeck which shows the fauna of the two poles of the Earth – such as penguins, walruses, polar bears, seals…Many animation activities and festivals take place in Hagenbeck Zoo during the summer months that bring extra fun and entertainment for the whole family.
10.The Bridges of Hamburg – in Hamburg they are about 2500. In fact, they exceed in number the bridges of Venice and Amsterdam combined. So that’s why Hamburg is the European leader when it comes to number of bridges. Some of the most fascinating bridges are Köhlbrandbrücke, Harburger Elbbrücke, Brooksbrücke, Lombardsbruecke, Kennedybrücke, Zollenbrücke, Ellerntorsbrücke and many, many others all around in Hamburg…
The places of interest in Hamburg which deserve to be mentioned are of course many, many more. Some of the most popular to be visited are Kunsthalle Hamburg, which is the largest museum of fine arts in Germany, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the TV tower (Heinrich Hertz Turm), the famous Reeperbahn or also called “the street of the fall” or “mile of passion”, the Congress Centre (Hamburg Messe), Brahms Museum, Deichtorhallen i.e. museum of photography and contemporary art, Panoptikum, the botanical garden and still many other sights and landmarks. See a detailed list of Hamburg attractions with their address and working hours.
We have already selected our top 10 among all Hamburg attractions, sights and landmarks. Are you going to agree with them or you’ll find your own top 10 🙂 ?