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Crime City Hamburg

Go on a discovery tour

Explore Hamburg's top crime thriller locations on your own!

In einer so schönen Stadt wie Hamburg treiben Verbrecher ihr Unwesen – aber selbstverständlich nur im TV! Die Krimi-Tour führt Sie unter anderem zu den Drehorten der beliebten TV-Serien „Großstadtrevier“ und „Notruf Hafenkante“, deren geheimnisvolle, dramatische, actionreiche und bewegende Geschichten allesamt in der Hansestadt spielen. Natürlich darf auch ein Besuch der Tatort-Drehorte nicht fehlen.

Elbstrand - No traces left behind

Hamburg not only has a lot of water, but also a kilometre long beach along the Elbe. And where better to cover tracks than in the sand and water? The detectives from "Großstadtrevier" have already investigated here in many cases - in the background the distinctive harbour cranes as a perfect backdrop.

St. Pauli Landungsbrücken - meeting place for crooks

When chief detective Hort Schimanski investigates a case, thousands of German television viewers sit spellbound in front of the television. In the 1986 crime scene episode "Friends", the Landungsbrücken served as the backdrop for the transfer of 5 million DM to the gang of Frieder Schoen. Also for the espionage thriller "A most wanted man" a pursuit scene was shot at the Landungsbrücken.

Davidwache - Team of experts

The most famous guard of Hamburg is located in the middle of the Reeperbahn. It is the great model for the 14th police station in the "Großstadtrevier" and is in reality the hub of everything that happens in the neighbourhood.

St. Joseph Church - Refuge for Lost Souls

Even sinful and lost souls need a refuge - and they find it in the middle of Hamburg's amusement and red light district. St. Joseph's Church stands on Grosse Freiheit in the St. Pauli district. Since the church is surrounded by many shady figures, this church is often the focus of Dirk Matthies and his colleagues from "Großstadtrevier".

The Reeperbahn - Mecca of Sins

Police superintendent Dirk Matthies is the metropolis. And not just any - it's Hamburg! Together with his colleagues, Matthies is investigating the whole city, but of course also the Hamburg red light district. Because where tourists, party-goers, erotic stars, dealers and mafiosi do their mischief, there is always something to do for the Hamburg police.

Hamburg's landmark as the scene of fraud

The Michel - Hamburg's landmark - is of course also a popular location for crime series and films. For example, the church was the centre of attention in the episode of "Der Engel von St. Pauli" (The Angel of St. Pauli). Inspectors Metz and Kessler are investigating Pastor Rose and his wife in this episode because books worth 10,000 euros have disappeared from the St. Michaelis Church archive.

Speicherstadt - the neighbourhood of crime-hunters

The historic Speicherstadt is the hub of the popular children's thriller series "Die Pfefferkörner". The Speicherstadt is also regularly used by ZDF television as a venue for the staging of the early evening series "Notruf Hafenkante". The fictional police station 21 on Kehrwiederspitze is the water police station at Brooktor in reality.

Oberhafenamt aka EKH

The hospital on the banks of the Elbe from "Nottruf Hafenkante" is in reality the Hamburg Port Authority's Oberhafenamt and the seat of the Schifffahrtspolizeibehörde (shipping police authority), which is responsible for nautical safety in the Port of Hamburg. No patients are being treated in the striking Speicherstadt building, but with animated "EKH" lettering and interior photographs of the Ochsenzoll Clinic, it simulates a perfect hospital.

Marco Polo Tower - Home for Mafiosis?

Also for the second Til Schweiger Tatort "bounty" was again filmed in HafenCity. The Marco Polo Tower can be seen in several scenes. Among other things, Commissioner Nick Tschiller meets a Kurdish mafiosi on a balcony on the 12th floor. Unfortunately there is no viewing platform for visitors, but the building with its crossed floors is definitely worth seeing.

Elbphilharmonie - a good hiding place?

In his very first case as a crime scene inspector in Hamburg, Til Schweiger and his colleague Nicole Mercedes Müller are sent to the construction site of the Elbphilharmonie. Müller, who plays a young prostitute in Schweiger's premiere "Willkommen in Hamburg", flees confused and bleeding to the roof of the concert hall, where Schweiger finds her and hides with her for a moment.

Tension in the Port of Hamburg

The port of Hamburg, with its extensive grounds, offers a variety of perspectives for the camera teams and various areas of operation for the television police. The team of "Nottruf Hafenkante" is on the move on land, at sea and in the air and often provides dramatic rescue scenes for moments of tension.

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ASpeicherstadt

Speicherstadt
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An unmissable attraction in Hamburg: The large harbour tour takes you through the canals of Speicherstadt.

Speicherstadt

Address

Brook
20457 Hamburg

Speicherstadt

Brook
20457 Hamburg

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BElbe beach

Elbstrand Övelgönne
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The Elbe beach near Övelgönne is a pretty hot tip in summer. When the temperatures rise and the sun burns, nothing is more refreshing than a jump into the cool water.

Elbe beach

Address

Övelgönne 66
22559 Hamburg

Elbstrand Wittenbergen

Övelgönne 66
22559 Hamburg

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CLandungsbrücken

Landungsbrücken
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Landungsbrücken
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Landungsbrücken
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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.

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Landungsbrücken

Address

Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken
20359 Hamburg

Landungsbrücken

Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken
20359 Hamburg

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DDavidwache

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Hamburg's best known police station is the best example of St. Pauli's lived tolerance: the Davidwache Hamburg. Here police officers and prostitutes stand side by side.

Davidwache

Address

Spielbudenplatz 31
20359 Hamburg

Davidwache

Spielbudenplatz 31
20359 Hamburg

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ESt. Joseph

St. Joseph

Hamburg's oldest catholic church, St. Joseph can be found on Grosse Freiheit. The street got its name when the church was founded in the 18th century and the name refers to religious freedom and not, as one might think, to the freedom from all morals.

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St. Joseph

Address

Grosse Freiheit 43
22767 Hamburg

St. Joseph

Grosse Freiheit 43
22767 Hamburg

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Reeperbahn
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Reeperbahn
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Reeperbahn
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Not even one kilometre in length, and yet rich in contrast: the Reeperbahn is bright and shrill, vibrant and down-to-earth – and so much more than just “the sinful mile”. A hotspot for live music and famous for its party atmosphere, the legendary entertainment district in the heart of St Pauli is always worth a visit, offering anything from glamorous shows to colourful musicals.

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Reeperbahn

Address

Reeperbahn
20359 Hamburg

Reeperbahn

Reeperbahn
20359 Hamburg

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GSt. Michaelis Church

St. Michaelis Kirche
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St. Michaelis Kirche
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St. Michaelis Kirche
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St. Michaelis Kirche
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St. Michaelis Kirche
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St. Michaelis Kirche
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St. Michaelis Kirche
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St. Michaelis Kirche
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St. Michaelis Kirche
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Hamburg has many large churches - but only one "Michel": On its platform 106 metres high, there is a fabulous (and breezy) view of Hamburg, the port and the surrounding countryside - one that should not be missed!

St. Michaelis Church

Address

Englische Planke 1
20459 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Mon10:00 - 19:00
  • Tue10:00 - 19:00
  • Wed10:00 - 19:00
  • Thu10:00 - 19:00
  • Fri10:00 - 19:00
  • Sat10:00 - 19:00
  • Sun10:00 - 19:00
  • Holiday10:00 - 19:00

Michel - St. Michaelis Kirche

Englische Planke 1
20459 Hamburg

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HOberhafenamt

As the Waterway Police Authority, the Oberhafenamt is a department of the Hamburg Port Authority and is responsible for the port of Hamburg and its peripheral areas with the exception of the Alster.

Oberhafenamt

Address

Neuer Wandrahm 4
20457 Hamburg

Opening hours
  • Mon08:00 - 16:00
  • Tue08:00 - 16:00
  • Wed08:00 - 16:00
  • Thu08:00 - 16:00
  • Fri08:00 - 13:00

Oberhafenamt

Neuer Wandrahm 4
20457 Hamburg

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IMarco Polo Tower

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With interlocking storeys and a glass front, the Marco Polo Tower is a real eye-catcher!

Marco Polo Tower

Address

Strandkai 1
20457 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Mon09:00 - 19:00
  • Tue09:00 - 19:00
  • Wed09:00 - 19:00
  • Thu09:00 - 19:00
  • Fri09:00 - 19:00
  • Sat09:00 - 19:00

Marco Polo Tower

Strandkai 1
20457 Hamburg

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JElbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie
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Hamburg has a new cultural landmark! The Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall represents an unprecedented synthesis of the arts - architecture, music and the unique location in the middle of the Hamburg harbour. More than 2.6 million guests have already attended over 1,000 concerts.

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Elbphilharmonie

Address

Platz der Deutschen Einheit
20457 Hamburg

Opening hours Open
  • Mon10:00 - 22:00
  • Tue10:00 - 22:00
  • Wed10:00 - 22:00
  • Thu10:00 - 22:00
  • Fri10:00 - 22:00
  • Sat10:00 - 22:00
  • Sun10:00 - 22:00

Elbphilharmonie

Platz der Deutschen Einheit
20457 Hamburg

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KPort of Hamburg

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About 13,000 ships from all over the world call at Europe's second largest port. From Hamburgs cruise ship terminal to the historic Speicherstadt and the jetties to the modern container port - it smells like freedom and distant countries here.

Port of Hamburg

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20457 Hamburg

Hamburger Hafen


20457 Hamburg

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