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Basic information

  • Area: 755 km² (291.5 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +4940
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 1,769,117
  • Official language: German
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Hamburg – Places to Visit

The Museum of Hamburg History

The Museum of Hamburg History outlines the development of the city from the 8th to the 20th century. Exhibits include reconstructions of typical rooms from various points in history, such as parts of a 17th-century merchant's home and an air raid shelter from the Second World War.

The Hamburg Planetarium

Housed in an old water tower in the city's famous "Stadtpark", The Hamburg Planetarium includes a museum, lecture hall and theatre offers visitors the opportunity to gaze at the night time sky, which is projected onto its 21 metre dome.

The Church of St. Michaelis

One of Hamburg's best known landmarks, The Church of St. Michaelis makes for an interesting visit. The Church tower has a viewing platform located at a height of 82 metres, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding area. If you fancy a climb there are a total of 449 steps leading up to the platform, but there is also a lift that was installed in 1911.

St. Anne's Museum

Housed in a former Augustinian convent built between 1502 and 1515, St. Anne's Museum contains the country's most important collection of native German ecclesiastical art and carved late-medieval altarpieces. There are also several rooms that have been furnished in various styles ranging from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, giving an idea of how people have lived in the city during these times. The museum is also home to a collection of toys.

The Holsten Gate Museum

Inside the city's most important fortified gate, The Holsten Gate Museum houses exhibits concerning Lübeck's early history, development and shipping industry. The gate itself dates from the 15th century and is one of Lübeck's most prominant landmarks.

The Lübeck Theatre

This theatre underwent EUR 36 million worth of renovation between 1994 and 1996. It boasts 3 stages and has a company of 30 singers and actors.

The Combinale Theatre

An independent theatre that has been running since 1990 The Combinale Theatre was originally built as a church at the beginning of the 20th century, it has seating for 122 people.

The Puppet Museum

Open between 1000 and 1800 daily, The Puppet Museum has one of the largest collections of puppets, stages and puppet paraphernalia anywhere in the world. The Puppet Theatre, situated next door, has been operating in Lübeck since 1977 and has an extensive program of performances that rotate in a daily basis.

Hamburg Cruise Days

The end of July 2010 saw the second annual Hamburg Cruise Days event, music, fireworks and again the light art of the renowned Michael Batz made for a spectacular few days.


The tourist office, located in the pedestrian mall in the Kanzleigebaude, gives regular guided tours of the city, lasting about 2 hours, and for a slightly greater cost can include a tour of the Town Hall. Individual tours are also available and can be given in a variety of languages including German, English, French, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Low German and Japanese.