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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 Great 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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Churches

Read here how worthwhile the churches in Hamburg are. The five main churches in Hamburg are St. Michaelis - the Michel, St. Petri, St. Nikolai, St. Katharinen, and St. Jacobi.

Churches
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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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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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Cultural Events

Whether you like small or epic plays, fascinating exhibitions or rousing concerts - Hamburg's cultural scene offers an unbelievable variety.

Cultural Events
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Highest music enjoyment Classical Music & opera

From chamber ensemble to opera - experience classical concerts in Hamburg. Whether for young or old, the Hamburg locations offer enchanting music at a high classical level for every age group.

Classical Music & opera

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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
To offer
From 25.00
© Fred Dott

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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International Maritimes Museum Hamburg - Entrance

  • 3000 years of seafaring history
  • Over 40,000 miniature models
  • Queen Mary 2 out of a million Legos
  • Real ship simulator
International Maritimes Museum Hamburg - Entrance
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From 13.00
Internationales Maritimes Museum
© Thomas Hampel

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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Kunsthalle - Entrance

  • Important public art collections
  • Works from seven centuries
  • Changing art presentations
  • 700 constantly exhibited works
Kunsthalle - Entrance
To offer
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 Kunstforum
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Bucerius Art Forum - Entrance

  • Always changing exhibitions
  • Works from antiquity to the present
  • All aspects of the fine arts
Bucerius Art Forum - Entrance
To offer
From 9.00
Bucerius
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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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BallinStadt Emigrant Museum - Entrance

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

BallinStadt Emigrant Museum - Entrance
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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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Plaza
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Tagesticket Elbphilharmonie Plaza

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

 

Tagesticket Elbphilharmonie Plaza
To offer
From 10.00
Elbphilharmonie Plaza Hamburg
© Jörg Modrow

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
© Fred Dott

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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Beatles in St. Pauli 7:00 p.m.

  • Along the main Beatles venues
  • From Feldstraße to the Reeperbahn
  • On the cult band's "growing up" trail
  • Bar with Beatles music as finish
Beatles in St. Pauli 7:00 p.m.
To offer
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
© Roberto Kai Hegler

TATORT Tour Hamburg

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

 

TATORT Tour Hamburg
To offer
From 29.00
Tatort Tour
© Roberto Kai Hegler

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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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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Hamburg's cultural diversity. At a glance.

Venues

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Venues
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Stadtrundfahrt
© Silvano Ballone

City Tour

  • Exploring Hamburg spontaneously
  • Hop on and hop off the whole day
  • 29 stops at all "Must-See" Spots

 

City Tour
To offer
From 18.50
Stadtrundfahrt
© Silvano Ballone

Hop on – hop off! Get on and off as often as you like at 28 stops to create your own individual tour of Hamburg. This sightseeing tour takes you to all of the city's main attractions. There is plenty to see along the way: vibrant HafenCity, the traditional warehouse district, the steamy Reeperbahn, the Alster lake, St Michael's Church, the city centre and Hamburg's gateway to the world – the harbour.

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St Pauli Quickie
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City Tour - St. Pauli Quickie - 8:00 p.m.

  • Many tips and backgrounds
  • Probably the most famous sinful mile
  • From the  Beatles to the best clubs
  • Incl. a shot
City Tour - St. Pauli Quickie - 8:00 p.m.
To offer
From 14.00
St Pauli Quickie
© Christian Spahrbier

St. Pauli – Hamburg's world-famous nightclub district. A heady mix of eroticism, art and entertainment, and the ideal place to really let your hair down. Here, everything is possible. A packed programme featuring all important facts and locations, plus background information and lots of useful tips about this famous quarter. (incl. 'short' drink)

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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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Tatort Tour
© Roberto Kai Hegler

TATORT Tour Hamburg

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

 

TATORT Tour Hamburg
To offer
From 29.00
Tatort Tour
© Roberto Kai Hegler

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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Typisch Hamburg
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On this guided walk you will learn about how two completely different places are growing together: the Speicherstadt (warehouse district) and the harbour city “HafenCity”.

This tour leads you to the Speicherstadt, past the spice museum, the coffee roasters “Speicherstadtkaffee”, the world's largest model railway, Hamburg Dungeon then on to the Kesselhaus, the old boiler house. harbour police station, the, , and coffee in Speicherstadt. Following an explanation about the origins of the Hafencity, you continue past traditional docks, the Elbphilarmonie and the new cruise ship terminal.

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Elbphilharmonie
© Andreas Vallbracht

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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Reeperbahn Lust und Laster
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Reeperbahn Pleasure & Vice

  • Unforgettable evening
  • Probably most famous & sinful mile
  • "private St. Pauli adventure loft"
  • Incl. Typical Kiez drink
Reeperbahn Pleasure & Vice
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From 25.00
Reeperbahn Lust und Laster
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The tour classic "Lust & Laster and a lot of Zaster" makes happy an unforgettable evening on St. Pauli including a Kiezkult drink and a visit to the "private St. Pauli Erlebnislofts". Explore from the 4 star hotel to the transvestite line everything that makes up the neighborhood. Let us show you and explain why the Reeperbahn is probably the most famous and sinful mile in the world! Here, the Hamburger and everyone else celebrate, from the millionaire to the homeless, everyone finds himself on the "neighborhood". The Reeperbahn means more than "Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll!"

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City Tour
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Radtour - City Tour

  • Bike tour through Hamburgs heart
  • Far away from the traffic hustle
  • From the highlights to the harbour
Radtour - City Tour
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From 25.00
City Tour
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The “City tours” leads you through the heart of Hamburg - away from the road traffic – along classical buildings and modern highlights including stops at the most lovely places.

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Romantic Must-Do

Lichterfahrt
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Hamburg Lights Tour

  • Illuminated city
  • Steam boat drive trough light sea
  • Musical water fountain performance
  • Incl. Sparkling wine in the moonlight
Hamburg Lights Tour
To offer
From 29.50
Lichterfahrt
© Christian Spahrbier

Hamburg at night. Enjoy all the glittering splendor Hamburg has to offer on the Festival Of Light Tour. The tour includes a ride with the Red Double Decker bus and an evening boat cruise on the Alster lakes. See the illuminated warehouse complex and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine while you are watching the musical performance with its water fountains inside the park of Planten un Blomen. Furthermore, the tour takes you to legendary Reeperbahn at night and you will truly take pleasure in Hamburg's sea of lights.

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Harbour tour
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Harbour Round Trip Ehlers (1 hr.)

  • Cosy harbour tour 
  • Starting at the Landungsbrücken
  • Following the vibrant quayside
  • Possibly cultural Speicherstadt

Harbour Round Trip Ehlers (1 hr.)
To offer
From 14.00
Harbour tour
© Felix Neumann

A magical mix of wanderlust, adventure and freedom. The harbour tour takes in the Landungsbrücken jetties, originally built for steam ships, and passes veteran vessels such as the 'Rickmer Rickmers' before motoring through the warehouse district to the modern port in use today. Subject to tides/water level. Witness the activity of this hard-working port at close quarters – some 110 million tonnes of goods are transshipped here each year – and see the human, industrious, creative and cultural sides of the vibrant Hamburg quayside.

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Harbour tour
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Harbour Round Trip Meyer (1 hr.)

  • Cosy harbour tour 
  • Starting at the Landungsbrücken
  • Following the vibrant quayside
  • Possibly cultural Speicherstadt

Harbour Round Trip Meyer (1 hr.)
To offer
From 14.00
Harbour tour
© Thomas Gamlow

A magical mix of wanderlust, adventure and freedom. The harbour tour takes in the Landungsbrücken jetties, originally built for steam ships, and passes veteran vessels such as the 'Rickmer Rickmers' before motoring through the warehouse district to the modern port in use today. Subject to tides/water level. Witness the activity of this hard-working port at close quarters – some 140 million tonnes of goods are transshipped here each year – and see the human, industrious, creative and cultural sides of the vibrant Hamburg quayside.

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Harbour Tour Abicht
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Harbour Round Trip Abicht Abicht (1 hr)

  • Cosy harbour tour
  • Starting at the Landungsbrücken
  • Following the vibrant quayside
  • Possibly cultural Speicherstadt
Harbour Round Trip Abicht Abicht (1 hr)
To offer
From 14.00
Harbour Tour Abicht
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A magical mix of wanderlust, adventure and freedom. The harbour tour takes in the Landungsbrücken jetties, originally built for steam ships, and passes veteran vessels such as the 'Rickmer Rickmers' before motoring through the warehouse district to the modern port in use today. Subject to tides/water level. Witness the activity of this hard-working port at close quarters – some 140 million tonnes of goods are transshipped here each year – and see the human, industrious, creative and cultural sides of the vibrant Hamburg quayside.

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Evening Lights Tour Abicht
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Lichterfahrt Abicht (1 Stunde)

  • One of a kind night-ride
  • Illuminated facades
  • Sea of ​​lights of the Hamburg harbour
  • Maritime barge or  salon ship
Lichterfahrt Abicht (1 Stunde)
To offer
From 13.00
Evening Lights Tour Abicht
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Hamburg at night - one-hour ride on our maritime barges or comfortable salon ships through the special evening atmosphere of the harbor basin. At appropriate Tide, the ride leads through the canals and canals of the historic Speicherstadt, with its magically illuminated bridges and office buildings. The illuminated facades of the historic warehouse district, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015, as well as the nocturnal sea of lights in one of the largest ports in the world, form the ever-changing backdrop of the Evening Lights Tour.

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Up to 50% discount on over 150 tourist attractions

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JETZT BUCHEN Our travel offers to Hamburg

Bahnhit
© Andreas Vallbracht

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
To offer
From 185.00
Buzzing City by the Water
© Andreas Vallbracht

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
To offer
From 128.00
Bucerius Kunst Forum
© Ulrich Perrey

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
To offer
From 57.00

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Everything is possible in Hamburg. See & Explore

The city on the Elbe with Germany's most well-known harbour offers its guest city life at its best, with once-in-a-lifetime shopping, cultural and outdoors experiences. Enter the fray, discover gastronomical delights or shop to your heart's content!

See & Explore
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Cultural Events

Whether you like small or epic plays, fascinating exhibitions or rousing concerts - Hamburg's cultural scene offers an unbelievable variety.

Cultural Events
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Culture, street festivals, music and much more Events in Hamburg

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 in Hamburg

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