As a major port in the north of Germany, Hamburg is the second-largest city of the country. Connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River, and home to hundreds of canals, a lot of Hamburg tourist attractions are somehow related to the rivers and the sea.
Hamburg has a long history as a free imperial city during the reign of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League.
With different attractions all around the city, you surely will have an unforgettable stay in the beautiful city of Hamburg.
The Port of Hamburg
Germany’s gateway to the world, the Hamburger Hafen (as it is called in German) is the largest port in the country and the third busiest European port.
The establishment of the port dates back to the eleventh century when Frederick I founded the city a strategic location to become the main European port.
Nowadays, the port itself is a popular cruise destination for the travelers of Atlantic, Norwegian, or Baltic seas. There are three different terminals passengers can use in order to reach the cruise ships.
On the other hand, as the largest Hamburg tourist attraction, the Hamburger Hafen homes numerous museum ships, restaurants, and even an amazing floating boat church, the Flussschifferkirche.
Make sure you visit the 3.9-Kilometer long bridge, the Köhlbrandbrücke, which is a famous landmark of the city.
One of the most delightful Hamburg tourist attractions. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Miniatur Wunderland is the largest model railway attraction of the world. These adorable models with all trains and scenery are all built amazingly in detail.
Popular among both youngsters and adults, you must pay a visit to this collection while in Hamburg.
The wonderland currently is consisted of 9 different sections reflecting the real-world locations. Central Germany (Harz), the fictional German city of Knuffingen, Austria, Hamburg, United States, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Knuffingen Airport (which is a multi-million Dollar project), and Italy (which also includes a Venice section as well) are all active sections of Miniature Wonderland.
In the near future, there will also be some new sections on schedule to be built. The upcoming sections include Monaco (including a Formula-One-Circuit), England and Scotland, France, Ireland and Wales, and Sydney.
The details of Miniature Wonderland are so stunning that one day does not look sufficient to see everything inside.
The biggest rural cemetery and the fourth-largest cemetery in the world makes the Ohlsdorfer Friedhof an uncanny attraction in Hamburg.
The picturesque mausoleums and sculptures, adorable plants, and the funerary museum have all made the cemetery not only an impressive cemetery but also one of the Hamburg tourist attractions. This cemetery is so popular among tourists that two million people visit it every year (while there are only 256,000 graves).
This Former Art hall is currently one of the few collections in Germany that include artworks from seven centuries of European art.
This fantastic art museum contains works of the great names that even if you are not so much into this kind of art, you have absolutely heard of them.
The Kunsthalle of Hamburg consists of three connected buildings. Four different sections of 19th-century Art Gallery, Classical Modernism Gallery, Old Masters Gallery, and Contemporary Art Gallery, are the main divisions the museum is built upon.
This zoo is not only a Hamburg tourist attraction with different species of animals but also a pioneer in the history of the zoo keeping industry.
The first zoo that used open enclosures surrounded by moats instead of barred cages. This different style was being used so the visitors will have a better understanding of animals’ natural environment by using these panorama exhibits. Tierpark Hagenbeck was also the first zoo to use a species-based layout.
The collection of animals started around 150 years ago, while the park itself was founded in 1907, and the zoo is one of the oldest modern zoos in the world.
Speicherstadt and Hafencity
Where the historic face of Hamburg meets the future.
The old buildings of Speicherstadt are the world’s biggest congruent warehouse district in the world. Crossed by narrow canals and surrounded by numerous bridges, the picturesque red Neo-Gothic brick buildings of this district are a must-see.
On the other hand, in contrast with the old Speicherstadt, there is the eye-catching, modern architecture of Hafencity, which is a true gem in the heart of the city. Hafencity is known as the largest inner-city development project in Europe, and the buildings are architecturally fabulous.
Speicherstadt homes one of the most spectacular Hamburg tourist attractions, the water castle (or as the locals call it, das Wasserschloss). Once a dockworkers’ accommodation, this building is now the most popular visually attractive sight of the city.
This castle-like building is located in a peninsula between two of the City Canals.