Hamburg- Free and Hanseatic City


The city of Hamburg has a well-merited reputation as Germany’s entryway to the World. It is the country’s major part and the second-busiest in Europe, in spite of being positioned across the River Elbe, some 100 kilometers from the North Sea. This city is Germany’s leading city with residents of over 1.8 million and the advanced Hamburg Metropolitan Region has a population of over 4 million. Hamburg is proud of its status as a “Free and Hanseatic City” and thus shares the same status as a region, making up one of Germany’s 16 federal-states or Bundesländer. Over the centuries, Hamburg has always been an international city. This is not only because of its position in international trade, but also in political dimensions.

Its location makes it an important link between the sea and Germany’s network of inland waterways and numerous islands. The city is best known for its famous harbor area, the Port of Hamburg. In addition to being a major transportation hub, Hamburg has become one of Europe’s most important cultural and commercial centers, as well as a major tourist destination.

A second footbridge leads into the hottest new neighborhood, Hafencity, where old and new mix in a striking blends of 19th-century, neo-Hansa brick with contemporary steel-and-glass apartments, and their balconies jutting out over attractive cafés, eye-to-eye with vintage sailing vessels. Many of the most interesting things to do in Hamburg are in this port area.

Port of Hamburg & Speicherstadt

The Port of Hamburg, the Hamburger Hafen – it is also called “HafenCity” – envelops 100 square kilometers of flowing harbor and is known as the Gateway to Germany. It’s likewise where you’ll discover a considerable lot of the city’s most-visited vacation destinations, and on summer nighttime and ends of the week, it’s loaded with nearby inhabitants unwinding. The Speicherstadt, with its consistent lines of tall block structures once used to store tobacco, espresso, dried organic product, and flavors. It has developed from 1883 to 1927, it’s theoretically the world’s biggest such stockroom region and was in 2015 assigned an UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Visiting Hours: 12:28 in the Afternoon

Entry Fees: 130 – 170 Rs in INR

Location: Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V. Pickhuben 6, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Contact Number: Not Mentioned

Miniatur Wunderland

This place is one of the world’s largest model Railway, Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland is truly much more than basically a toy train layout. This is absolutely one of the most excellent places to visit in the city’s historic Speicherstadt warehouse district. It’s the world’s biggest model railway, boasting more than 15,400 meters of track and 1,040 trains. If you’re traveling with kids you must visit this place to spend plenty of time hereAs you know this is most visited attractions in Germany, you can avoid a long wait by reserving your ticket online. Fun, behind-the-scenes guided tours are available and are highly suggested. Food and snacks are available on-site, as well as a restaurant for the kids.


Visiting Hours: Monday to Sunday 7 am to 1 am

Entry Fees: 18 and 21 Euros 

Location: Kehrwieder 2/Block D, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Contact Number:  +49 40 3006800


Locally it is known as “Elphi,” the impressive Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall) is the crown jewel of the rejuvenated Port of Hamburg. Positioned at the point of the Grasbrook peninsula, this new building has become the city’s most important attraction, and it is considered one of the leading – and most acoustically enjoyable – concert halls in the globe. A publicly accessible observation platform, the Elbphilharmonie Plaza provides splendid views of the harbor and the city. Classical music fans should also plan on an evening at the Hamburg State Opera (Staatsoper Hamburg), recognized for its rich program of opera and its excellent acoustics.


Visiting Hours: 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Entry Fees:  € 2

Location: Platz der Deutschemark Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Contact Number: +49 40 3576660

Hamburger Kunsthalle

Occupying three separate but connected buildings on the Glockengießerwall, Hamburger Kunsthalle – accurately translated as the “Hamburg Art Hall” – is one of Germany’s top art galleries. Highlights include numerous altarpieces, works by local artists of the 14th century, and Dutch masters of the 16th and 17th centuries. Also of note are its fine collections of 19th-century German and French paintings, plus substantial modern and contemporary art collections. Tours and fun programs for children are available.


Visiting Hours: Monday to Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM

Entry Fees:  € 14

Location: Glockengießerwall 5, 20095 Hamburg, Germany

Contact Number: +49 40 428131200

Hamburger Rathaus (City Hall) and Mönckebergstraße

In the center of Hamburg’s Rathausmarkt stands the majestic City Hall, or Rathaus. This large, elaborately decorated Neo-Renaissance building adjacent to the Stock Exchange (Börse) was completed in 1897 and consists of 647 rooms, many opened to the public for the city’s annual Long Night of Museums event. Notable features include the spectacular painted ceiling in the Kaisersaal, which depicts the importance of German merchant shipping. Guided tours are available, as are opportunities to observe the local government in action.


Visiting Hours: 7 AM to 8 PM

Entry Fees:  € 4

Location: Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg, Germany

Contact Number: +49 40 428312064

St. Michael’s Church

The most famous of Hamburg’s many churches, St. Michael’s (Hauptkirche Sankt Michaelis) was built in the Baroque style between 1750 and 1762 and is one of the city’s most important landmarks. One of the top things to do when visiting this Catholic Church is to ascend its 132-meter-high tower, known locally as “Michel.” Accessible by stairs and an elevator, the tower’s viewing platforms offer excellent panoramic views over the city and port, a particular treat during their regular extended evening openings.


Visiting Hours: 1st of May to 30th of September: every day 9.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m, 1st of October to 31st of October: every day 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m, 1st of November to 31st of March: every day 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m

Entry Fees:  € 5

Location: Englische Planke 1, 20459 Hamburg, Germany

Contact Number: 49-40376780

International Maritime Museum

The International Maritime Museum (Internationals Maritimes Museum Hamburg, or IMMH) is a great place to discover more about Hamburg’s rich maritime history and all things sea-related. Housed in the city’s oldest warehouse, a massive red-brick heritage building in the HafenCity area, the museum’s fascinating exhibits cover more than 3,000 years of human connection to water. The oldest artifact displayed is a dugout boat, hollowed out of a tree trunk thousands of years ago, that was recovered from the Elbe.


Visiting Hours: Monday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

Entry Fees: Adult: 13.00 €, Teen (6-17 years): 9.50 € , Child (6-17 years): 9.50 €

Location: Koreastraße 1, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Contact Number: +49 40 30092300

Museum of Art and Design

Hamburg’s Museum of Art and Design it is located handily near the train station, ranks alongside the Bavarian National Museum in Munich as one of the country’s most comprehensive displays of German, European, and Asian applied art. Founded in 1874 and modeled after London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, it’s particularly well known for its displays of china, furniture, and silver from northern Germany; applied art from East Asia; and a collection of works by Oskar Kokoschka. Also of interest is a large collection of keyboard instruments, as well as a fine display of porcelain. English-language guided tours are available, and a restaurant and bookshop are located on the premises.


Visiting Hours: Monday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

Entry Fees:  8 Euros, free under 18 years

Location: Steintorpl 20099 Hamburg, Germany

Contact Number: +49 40 30092300

Tierpark Hagenbeck

Tucked away in Hamburg’s northwestern suburb of Stellingen, Tierpark Hagenbeck, the city’s zoo, was established in 1907 to house a collection of exotic animals owned by a local fishmonger-turned-exotic animal trader by the name of Carl Hagenbeck. The zoo is still run by his descendants. This excellent facility was the first in the world to use open enclosures surrounded by ditches as opposed to cages, increasing the free-range area of the animals. It was also the first zoo to group animals by species, ideas that inspired the owners of other zoo parks to adopt.


Visiting Hours: Monday to Sunday 9 am to 6 pm

Entry Fees: Not Mentioned

Location: Lokstedter Grenzstraße 2, 22527 Hamburg, Germany

Contact Number: (040) 53 00 33-0

Museum am Rothenbaum & PROTOTYP Museum

Museum am Rothenbaum: Kulturen und Künste der Welt (or simply MARKK) – formerly the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology – was founded in 1879 and is one of the largest such museums in Europe. With a focus on “Cultures and Arts of the World,” this fascinating museum boasts more than 350,000 artifacts and documents. Highlights include a binder used to cover a Torah, dating from 1711; an African exhibition with traditional cultural and religious items; and fun hands-on exhibits such as foosball, xylophones, and cameras


Visiting Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm (Monday closed)

Entry Fees: Not Mentioned

Location: Rothenbaumchaussee 64, 20148 Hamburg, Germany

Contact Number: +49 40 4288790

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