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Hamburg – City of Music

There are a thousand good reasons for embarking on a music-themed trip to Hamburg

From classical and electronic festivals to music history, and from live gigs to club culture, there is plenty to be discovered here. Europe’s first public opera house opened in Hamburg in 1678, and sons of the city and greats of classical music, such as Brahms and Telemann, can be experienced here. The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, a unique cultural landmark, shines well beyond the city’s boundaries. Hamburg is the gateway to the world of music: it was in the district of St Pauli that, back in the 1960s, the Beatles laid the foundations for their global career. At numerous music festivals in and around Hamburg unique locations and an array of sounds create a one-of-a-kind music experience. Hamburg breathes music, and this can be felt across the city’s countless clubs and pubs around the Reeperbahn, at musicals, concert halls, as well as open-air events.

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There is always a musical reason to celebrate Music festivals

No matter what sound your ears are looking for - Hamburg and its metropolitan region offer the right sounds. When the days get longer again, visitors to the Hanseatic city can look forward to countless diverse festivals.

Music festivals
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A great place for vinyl lovers Record shops

For many music lovers, there’s nothing like good old vinyl. Here you can find rare gems, classic pieces as well as new releases from literally any genre. No matter how neat – or how eccentric – these shops may be, they are always happy to welcome…

Record shops
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The Festival Album Hamburg's festival culture captured in beautiful photos

Magic moments in the here and now, and memories that stay forever: Hamburg-based photographer Kevin McElvaney spent an entire summer capturing the atmosphere at various festivals in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. This has resulted in a colourful,…

Hamburg's festival culture captured in beautiful photos

BOOK NOW Experience the city of music

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Hamburg's music history Exploring the city’s unique music scene with all your senses

Hamburg’s vibrant music scene is deeply rooted in the history of the city. Institutions such as St Michael's Church, the Hamburg State Opera and the Laeiszhalle bear the splendour of many great composers, and their legacy still reverberates today.

Exploring the city’s unique music scene with all your senses
Disneys der König der Löwen in Hamburg
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Breathtaking. Thrilling. Unforgettable. Musicals & Shows

Experience Hamburg as a musical capital! One of the best and most successful musicals of all times in Hamburg is Disney's THE LION KING, which has now taken small and large to the fascinating world of Africa for over 15 years!

Musicals & Shows



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