Amazing things to do in Hamburg


You can spend a day in Hamburg, three days in Hamburg, or even five days in Hamburg! It's a fantastic city.  Hamburg has a Nordic vibe about it, and it reminded me a lot of Copenhagen and London. It boasts brand-new architecture because the majority of the city had to be rebuilt for whatever reason... Cough, cough, looking at you, years 1939-1945.  

As a result, there is a massive port, and I mean massive—the third largest in Europe. When you visit Hamburg, you will always see cranes and container ships.  

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1. Miniatur Wunderland 

If you're an adult child like me, you'll adore Miniatur Wunderland (=miniature paradise). Miniatur Wunderland is one of the top ten attractions in any city on the planet! In layman's terms, it's a model railway. In reality, it's a small but huge universe filled with tremendous detail. It was both fun and overwhelming because there was so much going on! I spent a half-hour walking 10 metres (30 feet)—and this is on many stories! There are so many stories to hear and so many odd facts to discover.  

2. International Maritime Museum  

Hamburg strikes once more! This time, it's with the world's top marine museum. It has nine levels of sheer bliss and... ships. And it's not far from Miniatur Wunderland. Plan on spending at least four hours there, or seven if you go with me. Have I mentioned that there are thousands of models available, both large and small? The entire 9th floor is miniatures. I mean, what's up with Hamburg's miniatures? You have a great yet pervy obsession there, buddy.

3. Hamburg Kunsthalle  

I'm not a big fan of art, but this Kunsthalle (=art hall) is one of the nicest I've ever seen. (I mean visited).  Aside from that, you'll find anything from Old Masters to modern photography. And there's one unique feature: this gallery has my favourite painting ever. When I was little, I imagined myself buying it when I grew older. I grasped the price when I was older and quickly changed my mind, but I saw it in Hamburg's Kunsthalle as well as fallen in love. It's a painting by Caspar David Friedrich called "The Wanderer," and it's quite significant to me. 

4. Old Elbe Tunnel   

This is quite cool; I've never seen anything like that. It was in 1911 as a walkway from the pier to the docks. What's the deal with bridges?! Jk. They finally built those as well, and the Old Elbe Tunnel has remained a tourist attraction as well as a method of transportation for people. At all times, cyclists and pedestrians will cross through. It's a true novelty, and you go for the tunnel itself because there's not much to see on either side. But, once on the opposite side, there are some spectacular views of the city.  

5. Elbphilharmonie 

The Elbphilharmonie is the highest structure in Hamburg, thus it's difficult to overlook. Though it is not a skyscraper, its design is distinctive... It is in the middle of the Elbe River. You'll know you've located the Elbphilharmonie when you see the wavy glass top part lying atop a red brick warehouse from the 1960s. It not only functions as a concert hall but also as a 5-star hotel (the Westin Hamburg, which costs EUR 380 per night) and restaurant. 

6. U-Boat Museum Hamburg  

The U-434, a decommissioned Soviet submarine, awaits you. The fact that Germany was able to convince Russia to sell the special series submarine for display as a museum is something to be proud of. It was in the 1990s, making it quite fresh. What kind of boat? In German, a U-boat, or U-boot, is a shortened version of the word meaning submarine, Unterseeboot ("undersea boat"). Have you read my shark cage diving article? You know how in rough seas, so imagine how I felt in the submarine—not good, not at all.  It remained stationary, and I was able to exit without the need for a lollipop. (again, see that other article).

7. Rickmer Rickmer

This list of unusual things to do in Hamburg needs another boat. And you won't have to worry about hitting your head or running into a stuffed Soviet this time! The renovated interiors of this 19th-century freight ship are a far cry from the cramped confines of the submarine. (see the previous item). Taking this contraption to Hong Kong to buy rice and bamboo had to be a lot of fun. (But, once again, I would decline because no number of magical lollipops in the world could prevent me from going green). Rickmer Rickmers' career was a whirlwind that ended with him wasting away in Portugal.   

8. Rathaus  

Hamburg's Rathaus, or town hall, is one of the few town halls worth visiting on the interior. It's easy to find because the tower can be from anywhere in the city centre. It's a stunning neo-renaissance structure with a green roof and a dominating presence. It is on Alster Lake. For a quick peek, you can enter the foyer and courtyard. The tours run for one hour.  

9. Chilehaus  

Chilehaus is another must-see on your Hamburg agenda. It was in 1922 to represent Hamburg's economic revival following WWI. From the crossroads of Burchadstrasse and Pumpen, have a look at its triangle shape before entering the public courtyard. Take a 20-minute stroll around the Chilehaus, which has various stores and eateries. Remember to look up! Take a peek around Chilehaus, which serves as an office building. The tiling and meandering stairwells are very appealing. 

10. Docks and riverfront  

It's like missing half of Hamburg if you don't visit the docks. It's also where you can enjoy Brücke 10 Restaurant's famed fish sandwich. What better way to begin your Sunday than by smelling fish?  You may now do the same in the Sunday seafood market! They sell a broad selection of products, so don't go there and get your breakfast. Everything closes at 9:30 a.m., so set your alarm and see the sun rise above the port cranes of Hamburg. It takes place both within the Altona Market Hall and along the riverbank. 

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