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Historic Hamburg

Searching for traces in the Hanseatic City

The old town is actually the oldest part of Hamburg and for many tourists the real attraction. The best known are the Chilehaus and the Kontorhäuser at Burchardplatz, but also the Sprinkenhof, Mohlenhof and Meßberghof are popular tourist destinations. The Alte Elbtunnel, however, remains undisputed. The best way to explore the old town is on foot. Numerous city tours take place every day and show you the historical heritage of the Hanseatic City from various points of view.

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Outstanding German civil engineering Alter Elbtunnel

When the old Elbe Tunnel, also called St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel, opened in 1911, it was a technical sensation. Today, it is a nostalgic and lovingly tended piece of Hamburg history – and has already celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Alter Elbtunnel
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One of the largest museums of urban history in Germany Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte

Why Hamburg is what it is. If you want to know how the mission fort Hammaburg became the proud Hanseatic city and the proverbial gateway to the world, then the Museum of Hamburg History is the right place for you.

Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

In 2015, the "Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel with Chilehaus" ensemble was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This makes it one of the world's 1200 "masterpieces of human creativity of universal value".

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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Kontorhausviertel & Environs

The impressive Kontorhausviertel with Chilehaus were built in the style of brick expressionism and have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015.

Kontorhausviertel & Environs
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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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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
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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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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«

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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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Pure thrill

Hamburg Dungeon
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Admission to the Hamburg Dungeon

  • Time travel into Hamburg's dark past
  • With a professional actress
  • Two scary ride attractions
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Hamburg Dungeon
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A spine-chilling historical experience! On a 90-minute interactive tour professional actors take you on a fascinating journey into Hamburg's dark and insalubrious past, from the pirate Störtebeker and the great fire of 1842 to the Inquisition and the plague. With special effects and two exciting rides, this close-up encounter brings the more grisly parts of Hamburg's history to life.

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Free travel by bus, train & harbour ferries,
up to 50% discount on over 150 activities,
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Maritime Cultural Heritage
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Maritime Cultural Heritage Culture Travel

  • overnight stay in a Hotel, with breakfast
  • guided tour Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth € 26,50
Maritime Cultural Heritage
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Hamburg Reisen
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Just Discover Hamburg Hamburg Pur

  • overnight stay in a hotel
  • with breakfast
  • Hamburg CARD - ticket worth € 26,50
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Hamburg Reisen 3 for 2
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  • overnight stay in a hotel
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  • Hamburg CARD - ticket worth € 26,50
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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
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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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What to see. What to discover. Always informed. One Day in Hamburg

Hamburg has so much to offer - at every time of the day and in every season! This is your compact guide to all current events in the Hamburg region for your day in the metropolis on the Elbe.

One Day in Hamburg
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The whole world's port Maritime Hamburg

Desire for the water, harbour flair and large boats? Then you're in the right place so close to the Elbe. No matter whether you take off on your own or want to experience such highlights as the Harbour Birthday or Cruise Days, we tell you when and where you can enjoy Hamburg's maritime flair pure.

Maritime Hamburg

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