Hamburg Highlights

approx. 23.8 km, approx. 3.5 h

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    Hamburg Highlights

    Experience the diversity of the city. Maritime experiences, shopping or sport, Hamburg has it all. Browse through our selection of Hamburg highlights and don't let these special places in the city pass you by.

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    A - BallinStadt

    The live and interactive exhibition, built on the original site, takes you on a journey into Hamburg's past as a port of departure for millions of emigrants and yields a hoard of passenger lists containing the names of five million people seeking their fortune in the "New World".

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    B - Inner Alster

    Formerly only freight traffic came into the city via the Alster flowing from the north and the dammed Alster lakes. The current Inner Alster was created around 1250 by the construction of a dam to hold back the Alster to power mills. Where the Alsterhaus stands today was once the site of the first city water board which supplied the Old Town with water from the Alster; in the Inner Alster in the 18th and 19th...

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    C - Hamburg State Opera

    Great art makes Hamburg State Opera a first-rate cultural event. The State Opera harks back to "The establishment of the first public opera house in Germany on 2 January 1678". The "Hamburger Stadttheater" was built on Dammtorstrasse on 1827 and redesigned by Martin Haller in 1873-1877. It was destroyed in 1943 by air-raids and rebuilt in its current design by Gerhard Weber in 1953-1955.

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    D - Neuer Wall

    Neuer Wall is full of all the top brands, including Armani, Joop, Jill Sander, Bulgari, Cartier and Sönnichsen, Hermés and many others. Behind the Town Hall on the right-hand side, on Adolphsplatz is Hamburg Stock Exchange which is located right by the Town Hall. Behind the Adolphsbrücke, you will find Neuer Wall, Hamburg's street for designer labels where you can purchase international fashions.

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    E - Hamburg Town Hall

    Hamburg Town Hall has been the seat of the Senate and City Assembly of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg since 26 October 1897. Until 1841 the St. Johannis nunnery, founded in 1230, stood on this site. After the old Town Hall on the Trostbrücke was blown up during the great fire of 1842 to stop the fire spreading, around 4,000 oak piles were driven into the ground from 1886 in order to erect a new Town Hall.

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    F - Speicherstadt

    An unmissable attraction: The large harbour tour takes you through the canals of Speicherstadt. The century-old Speicherstadt, the world's largest contiguous warehouse complex, is located in the Freihafen (free-port) between Deichtorhallen and Baumwall. Here, visitors to Hamburg encounter an idyll they would not have expected to see in an international port.

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    G - Hamburg Cruise Centre HafenCity

    The construction of the Hamburg Cruise Centre in HafenCity has created a temporary cruise terminal close to the city centre, which was able to welcome its first visitors in April 2004. The 1200 sq. metre Terminal 1 is impressive on account of its simple yet unique architecture. Here, two very familiar elements of shipping serve as a leitmotif: The sea container and the white sail.

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    H - Museum Ship RICKMER RICKMERS

    The museum ship and floating memorial takes the erstwhile East India vessel back to the day when ships were only powered by the wind. Comfort is guaranteed in a restaurant and two club rooms, and in the restored crew and officers' quarters visitors can gain an insight into the - at times - harsh life at sea. The SS Rickmer Rickmers was built in 1896 as a steel full-rigger at the company's own wharf in Bremerhaven and...

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    I - Fish Market

    Get up early or freeze through? Every Sunday morning from 5.00am to 9.30am (from 7.00am in the Winter) since 1703 Hamburg's most traditional market has been trading in just about anything and everything that isn't nailed down. A special highlight once the shopping is done is brunch in the historic fish auction hall.

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    J - Grosse Freiheit 36

    A wide variety of themed parties take place in the basement beneath the event room. Every 1st and 3rd Friday, for example, nu metal, metal and heavy rock are on the agenda; on Saturdays there's Saturday Night Rock, Wednesdays host the 'Schwarze Nacht' - the 'Black Night' - with gothic, wave and punk and on Thursdays it's free entry for students in 'Universal Sounds Party goes Rock/Pop'.

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    K - Elbe beach

    Relax and enjoy the beautiful weather with the beautiful people. On sunny days, the river bank at Oevelgönne below Elbchaussee is as busy as the Copacabana. People meet at the Strandperle, an iconic kiosk right on the water. Here, sausages, potato salad and beer are all to hand and you can even take a shower.

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    L - Blankenese

    The former fishing and pilot village to the west of Hamburg is located right on the Elbe and is a popular destination and residential area for wealthy citizens of Hamburg. One of Germany's most beautiful hiking trails runs along the banks of the Elbe to Blankenese.

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