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Tips for your first visit to Hamburg

What you shouldn't miss in the Hanseatic City.

If you've never been to Hamburg before, you can't get past the tourist attractions. But there is more to Hamburg than just the harbour and the Elbphilharmonie. Where can you  find the best authentic souvenirs, enjoy the best French rolls and the freshest fish? We tell you here, in the ultimate Hamburg starter kit.

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What you shouldn't miss in the Hanseatic City.

If you've never been to Hamburg before, you can't get past the tourist attractions. But there is more to Hamburg than just the harbour and the Elbphilharmonie. Where can you  find the best authentic souvenirs, enjoy the best French rolls and the freshest fish? We tell you here, in the ultimate Hamburg starter kit.

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1.Classic: The City Tour

Die Roten Doppeldecker
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Die Roten Doppeldecker
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Die Roten Doppeldecker
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Die Roten Doppeldecker
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Die Roten Doppeldecker
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To see as much as possible in as short a time as possible or to first get an overview, a city tour is great. Hop-On Hop-Off tours usually allow you to get off and on as much as you like so you can visit varous attractions in peace and quiet, and then take a later bus or walk part of the way. There are also offers that include a harbour tour - also a must-see when visiting Hamburg!

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The Red Double-Deckers

Address

Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken
20359 Hamburg

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Die roten Doppeldecker

Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken
20359 Hamburg

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2.Hamburg's newest landmark: The Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie Plaza
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Elbphilharmonie Plaza
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Elbphilharmonie Plaza
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Elbphilharmonie Plaza
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Elbphilharmonie Plaza
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Elbphilharmonie Plaza
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When you think of Hamburg, the Elbphilharmonie probably comes to mind first. You can get to know the spectacular building up close during a visit to the Elbphilharmonie Plaza. At a height of 37 metres, you see a circular path on the outer edge of the building that offers a unique view of the city and the harbour from all sides. Tickets for a visit can be obtained free of charge on site or booked online for a small fee in advance to avoid long waiting times. Those who are hungry can also have a snack in the Deck & Deli or enjoy the view with a cup of coffee.

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Elbphilharmonie Plaza

Address

Platz der Deutschen Einheit
20457 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Mon09:00 - 23:00
  • Tue09:00 - 23:00
  • Wed09:00 - 23:00
  • Thu09:00 - 23:00
  • Fri09:00 - 23:00
  • Sat09:00 - 23:00
  • Sun09:00 - 23:00

Elbphilharmonie: Besucherzentrum & Plaza

Platz der Deutschen Einheit
20457 Hamburg

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3.Fish to go: Brücke 10

Brücke 10
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Brücke 10
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Brücke 10
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Brücke 10
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Brücke 10
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Brücke 10
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Brücke 10
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Fish sandwiches are simply part of Hamburg, full stop. But not all fish sandwiches are the same, of course. Particularly tasty specimens can be found, for example, at Brücke 10, directly on the Landungsbrücken. Delicate fish sandwiches can be eaten here in a tasteful ambience, always with a wonderful view of the harbour and ships. Fried fish, North Sea crabs, fried herring, herbed matjes... Every fish lover will be happy here!

 

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Brücke 10

Address

St. Pauli Landungsbrücken 10
20359 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Mon11:00 - 18:00
  • Tue11:00 - 18:00
  • Wed11:00 - 18:00
  • Thu11:00 - 18:00
  • Fri11:00 - 18:00
  • Sat11:00 - 18:00
  • Sun11:00 - 18:00

Brücke 10

St. Pauli Landungsbrücken 10
20359 Hamburg

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4.The most beautiful souvenirs: Human Empire

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No matter if you want to bring souvenirs to your loved ones or treat yourself to a nice souvenir from your first Hamburg trip: At Human Empire you will find design and accessories with heart and real Hamburg charm. The centrepiece of the Hamburg shop and online service are the many unusual prints and posters that come from artist-friends of the owners or that are illustrated in studios beyond the borders of Europe.

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Human Empire Shop

Address

Schulterblatt 132
20357 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Mon11:00 - 19:00
  • Tue11:00 - 19:00
  • Wed11:00 - 19:00
  • Thu11:00 - 19:00
  • Fri11:00 - 19:00
  • Sat11:00 - 18:00

Human Empire Shop

Schulterblatt 132
20357 Hamburg

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5.The Croissant of the North: The Franzbrötchen

Die kleine Konditorei
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There are many stories about the origin of the Franzbrötchen. Whether the Hamburg locals tried to make a croissant or fried a baguette in fat - the result still belongs to Hamburg like the city coat of arms. One thing's for sure: The Franzbrötchen is a sweet pastry made of yeast dough filled with cinnamon and sugar, available in two different variations: twisted and pressed. The Franzbrötchen from the Kleinen Konditorei, which now has four branches in Hamburg, have won several awards.

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die kleine konditorei

Address

Lutterothstraße 9
20255 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Mon06:00 - 18:30
  • Tue06:00 - 18:30
  • Wed06:00 - 18:30
  • Thu06:00 - 18:30
  • Fri06:00 - 18:30
  • Sat07:00 - 18:00
  • Sun07:30 - 18:00

die kleine Konditorei

Lutterothstraße 9
20255 Hamburg

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6.To a beer - the Astra brewery pub

ASTRA Brauerei-Kneipe
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ASTRA Brauerei-Kneipe
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ASTRA Brauerei-Kneipe
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ASTRA Brauerei-Kneipe
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ASTRA Brauerei-Kneipe
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ASTRA Brauerei-Kneipe
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ASTRA Brauerei-Kneipe
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ASTRA Brauerei-Kneipe
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After 15 years, ASTRA has returned to the neighbourhood. ASTRA Brauerei-Kneipe has opened a new Mecca directly above the S-Bahn station Reeperbahn with space for approx. 200 guests. There's drinks, food and plenty of fresh beer. In addition to 10 kettles, in which new types of beer are regularly offered, you can also take part in seminars to gain an insight into the brewing process or take a look behind the scenes on a guided tour of the brewery.

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ASTRA Brewery Pub

Address

Nobistor 16
22767 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Thu15:00 - 18:00

Astra Brewery Pub

Nobistor 16
22767 Hamburg

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7.Hamburg's World Cultural Heritage: The Speicherstadt

Speicherstadt
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Speicherstadt
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Speicherstadt
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Speicherstadt
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The world's largest warehouse complex, now over a hundred years old, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site - that's the Speicherstadt Hamburg. Here, Hamburg visitors can expect an idyll they would hardly expect to see in a world port: Wilhelminian brick Gothic of the Gründerzeit, bizarre gables and turrets reflected in the canals. The beauty of the Speicherstadt can be explored especially on foot or during a canal trip. Another highlight in the Speicherstadt: the Miniatur Wunderland.

 

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Speicherstadt

Address

Brook
20457 Hamburg

Speicherstadt

Brook
20457 Hamburg

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8.On the water: Port ferries

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Visitors to the Hanseatic City of Hamburg should not miss out on an exploration of the maritime waterways. In addition to the classic harbour tour, the harbour ferries offer a cost-effective alternative. Line 62 sails daily past the most important sights of Hamburg's port. It starts at the Landungsbrücken in the direction of Finkenwerder past the fish auction hall, the dockland, the museum port Oevelgönne and Elbstrand.

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Harbour ferries in Hamburg

Address

Brücke 3
20359 Hamburg

Hafenfähren Hamburg

Brücke 3
20359 Hamburg

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9.Green Oasis: City Park

Stadtpark Hamburg
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Stadtpark Hamburg
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Stadtpark Hamburg
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Stadtpark Hamburg
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Stadtpark Hamburg
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Stadtpark Hamburg
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Stadtpark Hamburg
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Stadtpark Hamburg
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No insider tip, but an absolute must for your first visit to Hamburg is the city park. Located in the north of Hamburg, this recreational area is the green oasis of the Elbe metropolis. The extensive meadows invite you to picnic, sunbathe and relax. Those who prefer to reach for the stars can visit the planetarium in the city park and explore foreign galaxies.

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Stadtpark

Address

Saarlandstraße / Jahnring / Südring
22303 Hamburg

Stadtpark

Saarlandstraße / Jahnring / Südring
22303 Hamburg

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10.Into the underground: Old Elbe tunnel

Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
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Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
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Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
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Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
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Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
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Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
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You can enjoy an irresistible panoramic view of the Hamburg skyline from the Steinwerder viewpoint. And already the way through the Old Elbe Tunnel to the southern side of the Elbe is a special experience. At the time of its opening in 1911, the structure was the first river tunnel in Europe. At a depth of almost 24 meters you can walk through this nostalgic and lovingly maintained piece of Hamburg history.

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Alter Elbtunnel

Address

Bei den St. Pauli Landungsbrücken 7
20359 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Mon00:00 - 00:00
  • Tue00:00 - 00:00
  • Wed00:00 - 00:00
  • Thu00:00 - 00:00
  • Fri00:00 - 00:00
  • Sat00:00 - 00:00
  • Sun00:00 - 00:00
  • Holiday00:00 - 00:00

Alter Elbtunnel

Bei den St. Pauli Landungsbrücken 7
20359 Hamburg

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