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Historic Hamburg

Experience the past.

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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Old Elbe Tunnel & Environs

Opened in 1911, the Old Elbe Tunnel is part of Hamburg's history and invites visitors and locals alike to take walks through the past.

Old Elbe Tunnel & Environs

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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Övelgönne & Environs

The Övelgönne Museum Harbour is the home of numerous historical ships. Many of these have been painstakingly restored by hand and can again be used on the water.

Övelgönne & Environs
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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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Jewish Cemetery in Altona

You can now learn about over 400 years of Jewish history and culture in Hamburg and Altona at the Jewish Cemetery in Altona.

Jewish Cemetery in Altona

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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
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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

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BallinStadt Emigrant Museum - Entrance

  • 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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Hamburg Dungeon - Entrance

  • 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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STORIES ABOUT AND ON THE WATER Along the Elbe

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Hamburg's water station. Landungsbrücken

The floating dock - called the "Landungsbrücken" (landing stages) – is 700 metres long. Harbour tours and the HADAG steamers to Finkenwerder, Oevelgönne and Blankenese leave from this water "station". Impressive luxury cruisers also dock here from time to time.

Landungsbrücken
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A ship that has seen the world Museum Ship RICKMER RICKMERS

The museum ship and floating monument Rickmer Rickmers reminds of the times of the great windjammers in Hamburg and is open daily for visitors.

Museum Ship RICKMER RICKMERS
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Its elegant silhouette is part of the Hamburg harbour panorama, as are the Speicherstadt and the Michel Cap San Diego

The White Swan of the South Atlantic - The "Cap San Diego" was built in 1961 as a cargo ship and has been a museum ship with a fixed berth at the Überseebrücke in Hamburg since 1986.

Cap San Diego

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Maritime Cultural Heritage Culture Travel

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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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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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