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Architecture in Hamburg

Impressive architecture. Yesterday and today.

Exciting contrasts catch the visitor's eye: post-modern glass and steel facades, upper-class villas from past centuries, streets with beautiful Art Nouveau buildings, baroque churches, historic residential quarters, but also outstanding individual buildings define the architectural face of Hamburg.

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Enjoying the view!

The 278-metre high Heinrich Hertz Tower honours the great physicist and once served to broadcast television programmes. Unfortunately, the restaurant at the top has not been in operation since 2001, but negotiations are underway with investors about modernising and using the tower. Currently, the highest viewing platform is the Michel, Hamburg's great landmark - and the view is definitely worth a climb! For those who like it closer to the water, we recommend the platform on the Dockland building or the Elbphilharmonie Plaza.

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Two emblems that couldn't be more different

The title "down-to-earth", on the other hand, applies to other buildings: the town hall, built in the Renaissance style, is now over 110 years old and dominates the centre of town with its impressive architecture. The long wait for the completion of Hamburg's new landmark, the Elbphilharmonie, was worth it in the end, as the building now enriches the Hamburg skyline in its full splendour. Around it, Hamburg's new district, the modern HafenCity, is increasingly taking shape.

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By land and water

You can marvel at Hamburg's architecture not only on land, but also from the water: During a harbour tour you will not only get to know the Speicherstadt and the HafenCity - you will also experience the Hanseatic Trade Center from an unusual perspective. The concluding waterside view of the fish auction hall will give you an idea of the decades-old tradition and charm of this building...

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Theatre, Museums, Galleries & Music Culture & Music in Hamburg

Hamburg's cultural offers could hardly be more diverse: Countless theatres, museums and galleries, as well as the opera and a colourful clubbing scene make Hamburg a pure cultural pleasure.

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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!

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Hamburg sights

These are Hamburg's must-sees! If you haven't seen them yet, you've probably never been to Hamburg.

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