Hamburg is one of Germany’s trendiest cities. However, it is. Hamburg has a long history of being unique and intriguing, from its music and entertainment to its canals and food. There’s so much to do here in terms of sightseeing, dining, shopping, and nightlife that it’s difficult not to have a good time. Here’s what you should do in Germany!
In 2017, the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s newest cultural icon, opened to the public. This music hall stands 354 feet (108 meters) above the Elbe River and is the city’s highest inhabited structure. The Elbphilharmonie, made of glass and masonry, seems like an ocean liner parked in the port. It also looks like a wave or a quartz crystal. This oddly shaped structure is one of the most acoustically sophisticated music halls in the world. As a result, if a concert coincides with your visit dates, it’s well worth attending. Otherwise, there’s a 360-degree observation deck at the top with panoramic city views!
From 1874 to 1876, St Nikolai church was the tallest building in the world, and it is still Hamburg’s second-tallest edifice (after the TV tower). It was mostly devastated during WWII and is today known as Mahnmal St-Nikolai. Take a glass elevator up to a 76.3m-high observation platform within the remaining spire for views of Hamburg’s center set against the backdrop of wartime ruins. The tomb has an uncompromising underground display of war’s atrocities.
Not only is the Speicherstadt beautiful to look at, but it’s also intriguing to study. This brick building complex was built between 1883 and 1927. Hamburg was a booming international port at the time, and it required warehouses to store products such as coffee and spices. It was a free zone where individuals may freely exchange goods without paying taxes. The Speicherstadt, together with the neighboring Kontorhaus area, received the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.
Here’s the ideal reason to stay up all night Saturday. Every Sunday in the early hours, 70,000 residents and visitors go to St Pauli’s famed Fischmarkt. The market has been functioning since 1703, and its indisputable stars are the rowdy Marktschreier (market criers) who advertise their products loudly. In the nearby Fischauktionshalle, live bands perform exciting cover versions of classic German pop tunes (Fish Auction Hall).
Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland (“Miniature Wonderland”) is one of Hamburg’s main attractions, located within the Speicherstadt. This is unquestionably one of the coolest things to do in Hamburg. Miniatur Wunderland is the world’s biggest model railway show, with over 100,000 moving cars, 130,000 trees, and 400,000 human miniatures. There are so many interesting exhibits here that you could easily spend hours admiring the beauty of it all.
Hamburg’s baroque Rathaus, with its stunning coffered ceiling, is one of Europe’s most luxurious and is famous for its Emperor’s Hall and Great Hall. The 40-minute excursions cover only a small portion of the beehive’s 647 chambers. The inner courtyard is a fantastic secret to know about, where you may take a rest from visiting the Rathaus on cozy chairs with tables. In short, a wonderful place to visit.
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