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Culture & Music in Hamburg

Theatre, Galleries, Music – The highest level of cultural enjoyment

Numerous theatres, museums and galleries as well as the Hamburg State Opera and a colourful club scene make Hamburg a pure cultural delight. Especially recommended are the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Elbphilharmonie, whose Grand Hall is one of the most impressive acoustic masterpieces in the world. Hamburg is also the third largest musical metropolis in the world after New York and London. A classic is Disneys DER KÖNIG DER LÖWEN.  All in all, Hamburg has a lot to offer. Now it's up to you - when are you going to watch it?

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FROM A TO Z Museums & Galleries

From paintings by old masters in Hamburg's famous Kunsthalle all the way to the scary yet beautiful history shown in Hamburg's Dungeon: Dive into historical times and abstract worlds.

Museums & Galleries
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Concerts at the Elbphilharmonie

The musical programme of the Elbphilharmonie covers the entire spectrum of classical music - from Renaissance to contemporary music, from solo evenings and chamber music to large choir and orchestra concerts.

Concerts at the Elbphilharmonie
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FROM A TO Z Venues

As diverse as the Hamburg locals are - so multifacetted are the works found in Hamburg theatres and venues. From frivolous to profound.

Venues
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City Tours

No matter whether you want to see classic hotspots like the Rathaus or the Elbphilharmonie, trace the history of the Speicherstadt or get to know the frivolous Kiez - Hamburg's city tours are as colourful and diverse as the city itself.

City Tours
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Cultural Highlights in Hamburg

As a true culture fan, are you also looking for very special highlights in Hamburg? Then we have just the thing for you! We will show you the absolute TOP highlights in Hamburg's cultural scene!

Cultural Highlights in Hamburg

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Artistic-Must do

Teaser 3 Tage Kunstmeile
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3-Day Art Mile Pass

  • Historical and modern Art
  • Perfect location between Alster & Elbe
  • Everything reachable by foot
  • Five renowned art institutions
3-Day Art Mile Pass
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From 25.00€*
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The Kunstmeile Hamburg are the five renowned art institutions in the center of Hamburg. The Bucerius Kunst Forum, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Kunstverein in Hamburg and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe are all within walking distance of each other along the art mile. Their excellent location near Alster and Elbe is an invitation to visitors to take a stroll of discovery. Together they exhibit an up-to-date, vibrant selection of contemporary and historical art.#

Note: The 3-day pass entitles you to unlimited admission for three consecutive days to all five homes. To enter the booking, the selection of a date is required. This is not relevant to the validity of the ticket. This begins with the first exhibition visit, to which it must be presented in print.

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Internationales Maritimes Museum
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Admission to the International Maritime Museum

  • 3000 years of seafaring history
  • Over 40,000 miniature models
  • Queen Mary 2 out of a million Legos
  • Real ship simulator
Admission to the International Maritime Museum
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From 13.00€*
Internationales Maritimes Museum
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Discover the world of seafaring: located in Hamburg's oldest surviving warehouse, the Maritime Museum presents 3,000 years of seafaring history with priceless exhibits from around the world. Welcome aboard: wind and waves, explorers and pirates. Over 40,000 miniature models, a treasure chamber with ships made of gold, silver and amber, the Queen Mary 2 built out of a million Lego bricks and a real ice wall you can touch.

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Artistic-Must do

Hamburger Kunsthalle
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Admission to the Hamburger Kunsthalle

  • Important public art collections
  • Works from seven centuries
  • Changing art presentations
  • 700 constantly exhibited works
Admission to the Hamburger Kunsthalle
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From 14.00€*
Hamburger Kunsthalle
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The three distinctive buildings of the Hamburg Kunsthalle art gallery are home to one of the most important public art collections in Germany, featuring works from seven centuries of art history. Frequently changing exhibitions of the museum's renowned collections show how art has developed from the Middle Ages until the present day. Over 700 works are on permanent display. Most of the more modern pieces are in the Gallery of Contemporary Art.

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Bucerius Kunst Forum - Eintritt
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Admission to the Bucerius Art Forum

  • Always changing exhibitions
  • Works from antiquity to the present
  • All aspects of the fine arts
Admission to the Bucerius Art Forum
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From 9.00€*
Bucerius Kunst Forum - Eintritt
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Bucerius Kunst Forum

is located right in the centre of Hamburg, close to the town hall, the Bucerius Kunst Forum art gallery presents different exhibitions throughout the year featuring works on subjects from antiquity to the present day. This is a place of exchanges and encounters for all aspects of the fine arts.

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Family-Highlight

Ballinstadt
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Admission to the "BallinStadt" emigrant museum

  • Exciting im- & emigration history
  • 4 epochs interesting presented
  • Free Family Research Area
  • Interactive game »Simmigrant«

Admission to the "BallinStadt" emigrant museum
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From 13.00€*
Ballinstadt
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On an area of 2,500 square meters, experience the fascinating migration history of over four eras at the Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg. Follow the footsteps of people striving to fulfill their hopes and dreams on their journey to a new homeland while visiting our exhibition. Learn more about Albert Ballin, the founder of the former emigrations halls in Hamburg. In our in-house research center with four computer terminals, you have access to the digitized version of the unique Hamburg passenger lists as well as to the world’s largest genealogical database. It includes further information, such as U.S. censuses and address books (in total 18 billion historical documents and images worldwide).

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Elbphilharmonie Plaza Ticket
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Day ticket for the Elbphilharmonie Plaza

  • public viewing platform
  • 360° view of the city and the harbour
  • 37 metres above grund level
  • unlimited unique access

 

Day ticket for the Elbphilharmonie Plaza
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From 10.00€*
Elbphilharmonie Plaza Hamburg
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The Elbphilharmonie Plaza serves as the junction between the old harbour warehouse and the modern glass structure above it. Located at a height of 37 metres above ground level, this public viewing platform is open to everyone and offers a breathtaking 360° view of the city and the harbour. The Plaza is open to everyone – not just concertgoers and hotel guests. You are welcome to come up and enjoy the fantastic view, discover more about the architecture or meet friends for coffee and a snack – from 09:00 to 24:00 daily.

In the interior area of the Plaza you will find stairways and lifts to the concert halls, the takeaway café »Deck & Deli«, and the lobby of »The Westin Hamburg« hotel. Information on the Elbphilharmonie, books, CDs and souvenirs are for sale in the Elbphilharmonie Shop. Visitors can walk all the way around the Elbphilharmonie on the outer Plaza.

 

Access to the Elbphilharmonie Plaza

It is possible to visit the Elbphilharmonie Plaza free of charge. However you have to get a free ticket which is only available on the same day and at the Elbphilharmonie visitor center (Kaiserkai 62) or at the Plaza ticket machines. As the number of visitors to the plaza is limited, long waiting times may occur, especially on weekends. With our day ticket, you have guaranteed unique access without having to decide for a certain time in advance.

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12-Monats-Kunstmeilenpass
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12-Month Art Mile Pass

  • Must-Have for every art lover
  • Historical and modern Art
  • Perfect location between Alster & Elbe
  • Five renowned art institutions
12-Month Art Mile Pass
To offer
From 36.00€*
Kunstmeilenpass 12 Monate
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The Kunstmeile Hamburg are the five renowned art institutions in the center of Hamburg. The Bucerius Kunst Forum, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Kunstverein in Hamburg and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe are all within walking distance of each other along the art mile. Their excellent location near Alster and Elbe is an invitation to visitors to take a stroll of discovery. Together they exhibit an up-to-date, vibrant selection of contemporary and historical art.

Note: The 12-month Kunstmeilenpass entitles you to a one-time visit to all five institutions, including special exhibitions, and is valid for 12 months. To enter the booking, the selection of a date is required. This is not relevant to the validity of the ticket. This begins with the first exhibition visit, to which it must be presented in print.

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Beatles
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Guided Tour "Beatles on St. Pauli"

  • Along the main Beatles venues
  • From Feldstraße to the Reeperbahn
  • On the cult band's "growing up" trail
  • Bar with Beatles music as finish
Guided Tour "Beatles on St. Pauli"
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From 20.00€*
Beatles
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Walking tour around St. Pauli – with live music and bar visits. The meteoric rise of the Beatles began at the start of the 1960s on Große Freiheit in Hamburg. Right in the middle of the red-light district, surrounded by barmaids, prostitutes, sailors and boxing waiters, the young Beatles "grew up fast", according to John Lennon. This guided walk from Feldstrasse to the Reeperbahn takes you to all of the important Beatles sites, finishing at a pub where you can enjoy more Beatles songs.

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Weltkulturerbe
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Hamburg has been awarded for this outstanding ensemble of historic buildings which can be experienced as an urban space for the first time since the abolition of the Hamburg Freeport. We discover the heart of the Speicherstadt with its impressive brick facades and dikes, we cross bridges and reach the Chilehaus, the Sprinkenhof and the Messberghof. Both districts share historic stories about office clerks, money counting tables, paternoster as well as outstanding architecture.

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Tatort Tour
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Guided Tour "TATORT Tour"

  • TOP-filming locations from the show
  • Highlights from 47 years of TATORT
  • Experience another side of Hamburg
  • Incl. 2 free drinks p.p.

 

Guided Tour "TATORT Tour"
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From 29.00€*
Tatort Tour
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On this 3-hour detective tour you’ll experience some great highlights of the famous German detective series ‘TATORT’ and get to explore its best film locations in Hamburg. Characterized by humour, interesting information and criminological charm, this tour will lead you from the town hall to the famous red light district – a break with two free drinks per person is included.

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Elbphilharmonie
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They experience and learn everything about the genesis until the completion of the Elbphilharmonie. The guides have z.T. accompanied the construction itself and for you some crucial original building materials to touch in the luggage !!! You will see a short film and pictures of the shell at the beginning of this unforgettable tour. Then take the longest curved escalator in the world up to the "Plaza" of Hamburg's new, international landmark and enjoy the unique view of the city and the Port of Hamburg.

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Vom Rathaus zur Elphi
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Guided Tour "From the town hall to the Elbphilharmonie"

  • Informative city tour
  • From merchant-pride and disasters
  • Development to the world harbour city
  • Discover the city centre
Guided Tour "From the town hall to the Elbphilharmonie"
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From 14.00€*
Vom Rathaus zur Elphi
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Tales of proud merchants and tragic calamities: this walking tour from the town hall to the warehouse district and HafenCity features narrow alleyways and large merchants houses, canals and warehouses, and covers everything from cholera to the great fire of 1842. The sightseeing walk gives an insight into how Hamburg became a world-famous port and encourages visitors to continue exploring by themselves.

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All the cultural diversity at a glance

Venues

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JETZT BUCHEN Our travel offers to Hamburg

Bahnhit
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Train special Our Bestseller

  • overnight stay in hotel, with breakfast
  • Return journey by ICE (1st or 2nd class coaches, as booked)
  • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth € 26,50
Train special
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From 185.00
Buzzing City by the Water
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Buzzing City by the Water Discoverer Experience

  • overnight stay in a hotel, with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour on a red double-decker
  • 1-hour harbour tour on the Elbe
Buzzing City by the Water
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From 125.10
Bucerius Kunst Forum
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Exhibition at the Bucerius Kunst Forum Art and Travel

  • overnight stay in a hotel, with breakfast
  • entrance ticket for the exhibition in the Bucerius Kunst Forum
  • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth € 26,50
Exhibition at the Bucerius Kunst Forum
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From 56.00

THIS MIGHT INTEREST YOU AS WELL Further recommendations

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Culture, street festivals, music and much more Events tips

Whether it's art, music or theatre - experience the Hamburg you want to see. You'll find events with your favourite artist on the date you want! Experience the cultural diversity of Hamburg's cultural scene and the many events here and in the metropolitan region.

Events tips
König der Löwen 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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Historical Hamburg

Hamburg is marked by its historical heritage: the most famous buildings are the Chilehaus and the Kontorhäuser on Burchardplatz, but the Sprinkenhof, Mohlenhof and Meßberghof are also popular tourist destinations. But the Old Elbe Tunnel remains undisputed. Discover historical Hamburg now!

Historical Hamburg

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