Hamburg offers many points of interest such as the impressive City Hall, St Michaelis Church and the harbour with its Hafen City (Harbour City) and Speicherstadt.
St. Michaelis Church
Nicknamed “der Michel,” the church is a major landmark in the city. The elaborate Baroque building was finished in 1786. It is 132 meters high and has Germany’s biggest tower clock.
The warehouse district was built in 1871 on oak pilings and was declared a duty-free area where Hamburg’s merchants could store their imported goods without paying import duties. Even today the Speicherstadt is the world’s biggest trading place for Persian and Oriental carpets. You’ll also find museums, restaurants, small publishers, advertising agencies, and exhibitions. Visitors to Hamburg are impressed by the Speicherstadt’s unique architecture.
Hamburg’s City Hall
The neo-rennaissance-style “Rathaus” was completed in 1897 and is still the home of Hamburg’s senate and office of the mayor. A 112-meter high tower rises above the impressive 111-meter front façade and encloses a beautiful central courtyard.
Shopping in Hamburg is fun! You can find everything you need starting from the Colonnaden, across Jungfernstieg to Neuer Wall with it’s high fashion names, the Hanse Viertel and the big, new Europa-Passage.
You can find even more interesting shopping in other areas of the city like Eppendorf, Pöseldorf, Winterhude, St. Pauli, Altona and so on. There is a colourful mix of trendy stores in the Karolinenviertal and Sternschanze.
Hamburg’s Rich Cultural Programme
Do you like theatre? In addition to the Schauspielhaus, you’ll find almost fifty theatre stages that offer daily classical, modern, and extravagant plays.
The Hamburger Kunsthalle presents a rich collection of old and modern paintings and a variety of changing exhibitions at the Galerie der Gegenwart. You’ll also find art exhibitions at the Deichtorhallen and other museums and in about a hundred galleries and auction houses.
Countless museums will tempt you with spectacular exhibitions. For example: the Schifffahrtsmuseum (Maritime Museum) in the Harbour City, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, the Hamburg Museum.
Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt and Gustav Mahler all conducted performances at the Hamburger Staatsoper (the opera house). Today famous symphony orchestras play there and at the Laeiszhalle.
Only New York and London stage more musical productions than Hamburg.
The Colorline Arena regularly offers international pop and rock concerts. The arena can hold up to 16,000 people.
Small cinemas screen classic films and the larger movie houses show Hollywood Blockbusters so there’s something for every taste. Especially recommended are our monthly Colon Cinema Evenings. Click here for information.
"Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb Eins..." - " On the Reeperbahn half past midnight..."
Hamburg's most popular entertainer Hans Albers first sang these words from the song that has become the unofficial anthem of the colourful neighbourhood of St. Pauli. The Reeperbahn attracts up to 25 million people annualy. In numerous night clubs, discos, bars and casinos tourists and celebrate long party nights. In the red light district of St. Pauli you can also find strip clubs, sex shops and erotic shows.
Entertainment, a great atmosphere and loads of fun on offer at Northern Germany’s largest funfair – the Hamburg DOM. Here you can find roaring roller coasters, terrifying ghost trains and dodgem cars. Or sit back and enjoy the view over the 160,000 m2 fairgrounds from the top of the world-famous giant Ferris wheel. On each Friday in the season, except Good Friday and on Easter Saturday, you can enjoy a huge fireworks display.