Hamburg Travel Guide
Its world-famous Warehouse District will bring you here, but you’ll stay for its museums and churches.
No neighbourhood defines Hamburg as perfectly as Speicherstadt. From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, it was this city’s warehouse district. Its importance to Hamburg during this period and its architecture secured it UNESCO World Heritage status in 2015.
Soon after arriving, it’s not hard to see why. Its six million square feet of red brick workhouses and canals offer seemingly infinite photo opportunities. For many, the Neo-Gothic architecture of this complex is enough of an attraction. However, it is home to many fantastic museums.
Of them, the International Maritime Museum arguably stands out the most. It started when local journalist Peter Tamm began collecting nautical artifacts. Through his life, he amassed an impressive array of model ships, whale bones, and other marine implements.
While originally a private collection, Hamburg eventually acquired it, turning it into a public museum in 2008. To make the most of your visit, rent an audio guide upon entering this attraction.
Hamburg is home to several amazing Protestant places of worship. Of them, St. Michael’s Church is the most impressive. Its constructors built this church in the 18th century in the Baroque style. Its copper dome commands attention outside, while its grand organ is the highlight of its attraction.
Entry is free, but access to the crypt and bell tower will cost you 5 EUR. The latter is a must for photographers, as it provides amazing views of Hamburg.
Got a sweet tooth that needs satisfying? Pay a visit to the Chocoversum Chocolate Museum while in Hamburg. Over the course of an hour and a half, you’ll follow cocoa beans as they go from tree-to-chocolate-bar.
This attraction offers guided tours in English, but you must pre-book them online. Don’t forget to patronize the gift shop before leaving.
Want to feel young again? Awaken the child within with a visit to Miniatur Wunderland. As you walk through Hamburg’s famed warehouse district, you’ll stumble upon this kid-friendly attraction. Experts say this collection of miniature train and airport sets is likely the largest in the world.
The trains run on what amounts to 15.7 kilometres of track. In all, this attraction has over 100,000 moving parts, 400,000 human figurines, and a half million lights. Be sure to pre-book weeks ahead of your visit – this attraction is extremely popular.
Learn about the music of Udo Lindenberg, one of Hamburg’s favourite sons, at Panik City. This attraction is a super-modern look into the life and times of one of Germany’s most celebrate rockers. As you walk through this larger-than-life building, you’ll watch video footage, and don VR goggles.
In doing so, you’ll experience this man’s career in an unprecedented way. Tickets at the door cost nearly 30 EUR, but it is a price worth paying.
If you’re travelling with kids, take some time out of your schedule to visit Tierpark Hagenbeck. This zoo opened its doors for the first time in 1863. Today, it still thrills animal lovers and kids alike, as it is home to over 200 species of wild animals.
Feed the elephants, check out bears, and view tropical fish at its aquarium – you can do it all here. Admission fees start at 20 EUR for adults, and 70 EUR for families. However, if you buy a combi ticket, you’ll enjoy the best value for your money.
Lastly, relax after a long day of sightseeing at Planten un Blomen. This beloved Hamburg city park boasts beautiful fountains, playgrounds for the kids, and a rink for skating in winter. Don’t miss its Japanese Garden!
What To Eat
If you need a quick Midday snack while exploring Hamburg, grab a Fischbrotchen. This sandwich consists of herring, pickles, onions, and sauce between two fresh bread rolls. Look for vendors as you walk along the River Elbe.
At dinner time, eat as Hamburg sailors once did – have some Labskaus. This plate features corned beef and herring, along with mashed potatoes, fried eggs, and fried onions as sides. To be honest, this dish won’t get you likes on Instagram, but often, the tastiest dishes are messy. Dig in!
When the times comes to have dessert, opt for Rote Grutze. As the name suggests, it comes topped with red berries. In Hamburg, they sit atop a starchy vanilla-flavoured pudding.