Top Sights in Hamburg, Germany

If you only have one day in Hamburg , then you should have seen at least these 3 sights:

Elbe Philharmonic Hall

The landmark

The Elbphilharmonie is Hamburg’s landmark . Construction took almost 10 years and was marked by bankruptcies, bad luck and breakdowns. With the opening, all that was forgotten and the people of Hamburg took their Elphi straight to their hearts.

A visit to the impressive building is definitely part of a city trip to Hamburg and you might be lucky and even get tickets for a concert.

Port + warehouse district

The gate to the world

According to Usvsukenglish, the port is Hamburg’s gateway to the world and one of the main attractions in the Hanseatic city. You should definitely make a note of a harbor tour in your sightseeing plan.

The Speicherstadt in the port of Hamburg is the largest warehouse complex in the world . The construction of the Speicherstadt began in the 19th century and the entire area is now a World Heritage Site. Many harbor tours also take you through the Speicherstadt.


The Sinful Mile

The Reeperbahn and its surrounding streets and squares are famous and notorious far beyond the gates of Hamburg. It actually looks pretty boring here during the day. But as soon as the sun goes down, the neighborhood comes to life .

In addition to the strip clubs and dim pubs, there are also chic bars and clubs in the neighborhood today.

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The most beautiful museums in Hamburg

Hamburg is well known for the fact that it rains more often. Luckily there are many great museums in Hamburg, these are our top 3 :

Miniature wonderland

A wonderland for young and old

The Miniatur Wunderland is more than just a museum – it is one of the most popular attractions for young and old in Germany.

Not only children’s eyes light up on the largest model railway system in the world . It’s really worth a visit!


Photography and contemporary art

The Deichtorhallen are a must for fans of contemporary art and photography . There are two halls: the Hall of Contemporary Art and the House of Photography.

The exhibitions change several times a year and are always highly recommended.

International Maritime Museum

The whole world of the seas

Of course, one of the largest ports in Europe should not be without the right museum.

More than 3,000 years of seafaring history are shown here in a very vivid and exciting way.

Other museums in Hamburg

Art, history, special

These were our three favorite museums in Hamburg, of course there are many more. For art lovers, the Kunsthalle or the Bucerius Kunst Forum are definitely recommended.

For fans of ships and of course for children, there are several museum ships at the port .

The best things to do in Hamburg

Sightseeing alone is not enough for you? Here are our best tips on what else you can experience in Hamburg.

Go to a musical

From classics to neighborhood revue

Hamburg is the German musical capital. The Lion King has been performed for more than 20 years . The Tina Turner Musical and Wicked are also currently running .

Our personal tip, however, is the neighborhood musical Heisse Ecke , which is performed in the Schmidts Tivoli theater right on the Reeperbahn. It’s really, really good and is guaranteed to please people who don’t usually get into musicals very much.

Soccer in Hamburg

HSV or St. Pauli

Football has been a difficult topic in Hamburg since the demise of HSV. Even if the great sport is no longer offered, a visit to a game is of course still worthwhile.

Hamburger SV plays in the Volksparkstadtion , FC St. Pauli at the Millerntor Stadium . St. Pauli is of course more atmospheric. Here it is even more difficult to get tickets.

Canoeing + Stand Up Paddling

Discover Hamburg on the water

As soon as the first rays of sunshine come out, the Alster and its tributaries are bustling with activity. The people of Hamburg get out their canoes and stand-up paddle boards and swing onto the water.

Just join in. There are numerous boat stations where you can rent a canoe, pedal boat or stand-up paddle board.

Other activities in Hamburg

Come rain or shine

Of course, Hamburg has much more to offer. How about a trip to Hagenbecks Tierpark , one of the oldest zoos in the world? Or a little trip to the stars in the planetarium ?

Activities with children in Hamburg

Tips for the whole family

Hamburg also offers a lot of variety for children: From marveling at trains in the Miniature Wonderland to riding the escalator in the Elbphilharmonie to an exciting scavenger hunt through the city – in Hamburg the whole family gets their money’s worth.

Port + warehouse district

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