Christian Spahrbier

Top Highlights - What Not to Miss

Hamburg is like a bag of goodies, with so much to see and do your clients won’t know what to explore first. Here are a few places that are must-sees:

Top attractions in Hamburg

Whether it's the idyllic Speicherstadt, the legendary Fish Market or the historic Elbe Tunnel, Hamburg offers many great attractions for tourists. It is hard to keep track of them all. We have gathered the top 5 attractions for you that should definitely not be missed.

Port and Fish Market

This city is all about water, so clients won’t want to miss the port and its lively environs. The best way to take it all in is during the Fish Market (Fischmarkt), which takes place every Sunday morning from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (opening hours during the winter, mid-November to mid-March are 7 a.m.). The market has been on-going since 1703 and one of the best bets for your clients is to have breakfast in the Fish Market Hall while listening to live music.

 

The City Center & Town Hall

The historical center of Hamburg is also a shopping mecca—2-for-1, what’s not to love? There’s also arts and culture to be had in the form of theaters, museums and the opera.
The Town Hall itself, the Rathaus, is a magnificent structure with an elaborately decorated facade, coffered ceiling and 647 rooms. 

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Alster Lake

Alster Lake is a popular meeting place for locals and considered the heart of Hamburg. The best way to see it? By taking a roundtrip ride on the Alster steamers, which tour over the lake and through the canals daily. More of a landlubber? Then tell clients to take a nice walk around the Alster as it is home to some of the most sought-after residential areas in the city.

 

 

HafenCity

This new urban district developed at a former docklands area is a beauty. In this exciting emerging district—where things change on a near-daily basis—stunning architecture comes in the form of futuristic, steel-and-glass office towers and construction sites pepper  the landscape, including the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, which juts into the northern branch of the Elbe River like the tip of a spear. Once all the construction work is over, there will be a total of 10 different areas, each with its own distinct identity. 

 

 

Historic Hamburg & Speicherstadt

Altstadt (the old city) is the oldest quarter in Hamburg and one of the main attractions for travelers as they make their way through the oldest buildings in the city. It’s home to the city’s ornate churches—Saint Jacobi, Saint Michaelis, Saint Nikolai and Saint Petri—which any first-time traveler will want to visit. Speicherstadt, meanwhile, was built between 1888 and 1927 and offers a plethora of picture-taking opportunities between the Elbe canals and red-brick facades. This unique, historic complex of warehouse and storehouse blocks is actually a city within the city, and for visitors it brings to life the world of Hanse merchants and warehouse owners.

 

 

Hamburg’s Ballinstadt 

At almost 15 percent of the U.S. population, German-Americans make up the largest ethnic group in the U.S., so a trip to the Emigration Museum is a must-visit for travelers in search of their roots. The museum is located in the very same emigration halls that were the gateway to the New World for more than five million emigrants.

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Miniature Wonderland

Home to the world’s largest model railway system, this venue is made for the young and young at heart. More than 800 miniature trains rattle through miniature versions of the U.S., Scandinavia and Switzerland, and day turns into night in this small-scale world.

 

 

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