The largest port in Germany, more than 60 theaters and just as many museums – Hamburg, Germanys second-largest city, has a lot to offer. With nearly 6.6 million visitors and 13.5 million overnight stays last year alone, the hanseatic city has become one of the country’s most attractive destinations. Especially its opulent musical-repertoire – including shows such as "The Lion King" and "Hairspray – The Broadway Musical" – makes this city a worthwhile place to visit, even letting it rank third on the list of the world's biggest musical cities, just behind New York and London. Having said that, the range of attractions within Hamburg is of course not limited to the musical area.

Sights and attractions in Hamburg

The "Michel": The St. Michael's Church in the southern Neustadt is one of Hamburg’s finest landmarks. Its observation deck is located 106 meters above sea level, thus offering a unique view of the hanseatic city itself, the harbour and Hamburg’s surrounding area.

Hamburg Harbour: Only beaten by the port of Rotterdam, this is the second largest harbor in all of Europe. Each day, more than 13,000 ships from all over the world are entering its waters. Via shipping routes the port itself is connected to over 900 international ports in more than 170 countries. One of its most popular events is the fish-market, which takes place every Sunday from 5 am (during winter-months from 7 am) to 9:30 am.

Speicherstadt: This is the world's largest continuous complex of warehouses, built on oak piles and intersected by canals, the so-called "Fleeten". Nowadays the Speicherstadt is listed and can only be traveled by ship as part of a large tour through the port of Hamburg.

Reeperbahn: It runs between Millerntor and Nobistor in the St. Pauli quarter, has a length of roughly 900 meters and is by far the most famous street in the red light district of the hanseatic city. Whether it’s bars or nightclubs, here you can find them all aligned side by side. An annual highlight is the Reeperbahn Festival, Germany's biggest club-festival, taking place at the end of September.

City-Hall: 20 imperial statues adorn the facades of this giant building which, inaugurated in 1897, was built on top of more than 4,000 oak piles. Today, the impressive sandstone-structure serves as the main seat of the senate and citizenry. Here, every second Tuesday at 3pm, the parliament convenes.

Venues in Hamburg

Whether it’s for concerts, sports or simply partying – the city’s venues offer a variety of entertainment.

Volksparkstadion: The football stadium is located at Volkspark Altona in Bahrenfeld. The stadium tas a capacity of 57,000 seats and hosts matches of the World cup and concerts e.g. by Billy Joel.

Barclaycard Arena: Not only events can be of excellent quality, but also the venues themselves, as the Hamburg Barclaycard Arena demonstrates, for in 2012 it received a "Live Entertainment Award" (LEA) in the category "Location of the Year". Today it’s one of Europe’s most modern stadiums. With up to 16,000 seats, the multi-purpose arena in the quarter of Bahrenfeld offers room for shows, concerts and sports like Andreas Gabalier, Shania Twain, Sam Smith, Thirty Seconds To Mars and Roger Waters.

State-Opera: Founded in 1678 under the name "Opera-Theatrum", the Hamburg State-Opera holds the title of the first public opera house in Germany. Until the mid-18th Century works by renowned composers such as Georg Philipp Telemann and George Frideric Handel were performed within its walls. Nowadays, the beautiful building – situated in the center of Hamburg – is one of the most renowned opera institutions worldwide and can accommodate up to nearly 1,700 opera fans.

Sporthalle: Until the opening of the o2 World, the Sporthalle in northern Hamburg was the main venue for events in the city. With room for approximately 7,000 spectators it’s still one of Hamburg’s largest venues, offering a variety of events, from sports (e.g. Handball Sport Verein Hamburg ) to pop and rock artists like The Script performing live in concert.

Große Freiheit 36: Within walking distance from the Reeperbahn you can reach the Große Freiheit 36, which is not only the oldest but also the largest club in Hamburg. On several floors parties and concerts are being held on a regular basis. Since its opening in 1985, world-famous bands and artists such as Rita Ora and Lukas Rieger perform there.

Knust: Originally founded in the historic Brandstwiete in the quarter of Hamburg-Altstadt, this traditional venue moved to western St. Pauli in 2003. Mostly known for its cozy atmosphere, it is possible for up to 500 people to not only visit concerts, readings and parties, but also to watch all games of local football-club 1. FC St. Pauli on TV and even the big screen.

Markthalle: It’s the event center nearby Hamburg’s main train-station. The huge architectural complex combines four halls in which predominantly pop- and rock-shows, but also theatrical, dance, and cinematic events are being celebrated. Erected in 1913, the building was firstly used only as a vegetable and postal warehouse. It was not until the late 1970’s that bands like The Police, Blondie and The Clash played this location and started of their musical careers.

Fabrik: In Altona, Hamburg’s westernmost district, the Fabrik is located. Founded in 1971, it’s one of Germanys oldest and most famous cultural and communicational centers that offers a wide range of activities and events: during daytime it focuses on educational work with children and young people, whereas in the evening readings and discussions as well as music and theater performances are being held for a more mature audience.

Docks: Also known under the name D-Club, this venue near the Reeperbahn presents itself as one of the city’s largest music-clubs. Up to 1,500 people can spend their evenings within its walls, listening to not only known but also independent artists. Whether it’s Vance Joy, PartyNextDoor or Tyga – they have all been up on stage in this vernacular building, which once sheltered one of Germany’s first cinemas.

Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt: The Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt is located in the centre of Hamburg – between the main station and the Elb bridges. Every visit in the theatre is going to be an individual moment. The venue is very changeable, that’s why there a many possibilities: Theatre- und Musical, Shows, culture und für concerts.

Transportation in Hamburg

Central Station: Hamburg’s main train station is located in the eastern downtown area, just about 800 meters northeast of the Hamburg Town Hall. It provides several connections to the regional and mainline train services, as well as direct access to the U- and S -Bahn. The Hamburg Central Train Station is Germany's most frequented passenger station with up to 450,000 travellers passing through each day.

Airport: The Hamburg Airport is located about 8 kilometers north of the city’s center. Car drivers can reach it via the splendidly constructed Ring 3 (B 433) and the Autobahn 7, which extends itself through the city’s western part.

In 2016, daily around 44,500 passengers were recorded using the Hamburg airport, making it a total of approximately 16.3 million passengers over the entire year. This ranks Hamburg airport as one of the largest in the country.

During the day, the airport is connected to the city’s center by the S -Bahn S1, departing in 10 -minute intervals, then reaching i.e. the main train station within 25 minutes. During weekday’s nights the nightbus 606 ensures connection to the city’s center, whilst on the weekend’s night it’s the bus line 274 which offers passengers a connection to the rail lines U1 and S1 departing Ohlsdorf station.

Bus and train: A Ticket for using the bus and rail services within Hamburg’s wider area costs 3.20 Euro. The price for an all-day ticket for Hamburg’s wider area lies at 7.60 Euros.

Taxi: During daytime, a taxi ride from the airport to the city’s center will cost you between approximately 25 and 30 Euros.

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