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It's always worth having a closer look at Hamburg's imposing town hall, though this is not as old as one might think. This splendid building will definitely draw your attention. The Rathaus is the home of the City Council and Senate. The sandstone construction is quite impressive. This Northern Renaissance style building is built between 1886-1897 and contains 647 excellently decorated rooms. At the Rathauspassage there is an information bureau and church information counter, connecting the Jungfernstieg U-Bahn stop with the Rathausmarkt.
Hagenbecks Tierpark (Zoo):
The Zoo is another town attraction, which can be enjoyed by old and young. The famous Tierpark Hagenbeck is not an ordinary zoo. Apes, camels and other creatures, 2,500 animals belonging to 360 species live at Hagenbeck in open enclosures which are designed to imitate their natural living conditions. There you can ride a pony or a elephant, watching the animals being fed or just lay around or play on the big fields. A western fort and many places to hide and climb on the playground provide safe adventures too.
Telephone: 0 40/54 00 01-0
Jungfernstieg: The history of the name of this place comes from the fact that for very long time it has been a place for shopping and walk and on Sundays many families in the old days went for walk and shoping and brought with them their unmarried daughters "Jungfern". You will find there now many exclusive boutiques and shops while on the other side the Alster the boats are awaiting you on the pier.
In actual fact Alster is not a lake, but a tributary river to Elbe. A boat trip will allow you to see in the best way the "Speicherstadt", the city of the trade depots. These buildings are used to store coffee, tea; tobacco, spices and many other products. This whole place is a free port, which covers an area of 16 km². The free zone allows traders to swap products without having to declare them at the customs. Hamburg is also the European city with the most bridges. Ten percent of the surface is made up of water.
The Hamburg harbor is the largest and most important in Germany. It's also one
of the worlds leading sea goods shipments. It's famous for being the gateway for the northern, eastern and central European markets and for container traffic. It's also the biggest import harbour for coffee one of the leading transhipment centers for cacao, spices and tea in the world. Landungsbrücken – Hamburg’s Waterway Station: This is the 700 metre-long floating dock at the underground station Landungsbrücken. Here start the touts, the harbour ferries depart and the HADAG steamers go to nearby Finkenwerder, Övelgönne and Blankenese. From time to time come also luxury cruise ships. There are many nice fish restaurants and souvenir shops around. The tower situated on the eastern side shows the time and the water level and the ship’s bell tolls every half an hour. Another harbour attraction is the fish market where every Sunday morning from 5 to 9.30 A.M. (7 A.M. from Nov. 16.th to Mar. 14th) customers come from near and far to bargain with vendors of every type at Hamburg's most traditional, oldest open-air market, dating back to 1703.
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Shopping: For those interested in shopping Mönckebergstraße is the right place to go. It is called the "Mö". The "Mö" is an urban symbol of mercantile pride. To this day the boulevard of shopping dreams impresses Hamburg visitors due to its variety of goods – for the young and the young at heart, for everyone's taste and budget. Here are many other things that catch the eye on the Mönckebergstrasse - beginning with the St. Petri Church on the corner of Bergstrasse. The small streets on either side of Mö are also full of things to see - like the glass-fronted studio of Radio Hamburg, the Versman-Haus with its sandstone facade and much more. A good tip is to go exploring off the Mö - the area around Gertrudenstrasse, Rosenstrasse and Paulstrasse has many antique shops, galleries, bookshops, record shops.
The century-old Speicherstadt is located in the Free Port between the Deichtorhallen and Baumwall and is the world's oldest warehouse complex. It was built at the beginning the century from red brick, typical of northern Germany, with gabled roofs and small towers, which are nicely reflected in the canals they border. Now the old Speicherstadt is getting lighted at night. Buildings, bridges and canals can be experienced in the dark - the illumination makes the warehouse complex to become an impressing place of dreams and mystery. You definitely should discover this important piece of Hamburg.
The Reeperbahn:The Reeperbahn is one of St. Pauli's most famous and well known place. There are countless attractions - the bars and clubs at Spielbudenplatz countless erotic dances, sex shops and movie theatres. At night time the places like Hans Albers Platz are also full of people - tourists, locals, a colorful and mixed crowd is what makes St. Pauli so special!
Sankt Petri Church:
The St. Petri church is located in the main shopping area, the Monckebergstrasse. The Sankt Petri church is one of the oldest churches in Hamburg. It was build in the 11th century. It is named after the apostle and martyr Peter, who the Catholic Church believes to be the first Pope. The church tower climbs to a height of 123 meters, and contains 544 steps to the top. There is a small window in the tower where you can have a nice look over the old town of Hamburg.
The St. Petri Church is that was under bombing and fire during the war, when also many other historical buildings were damaged or destroyed. Unlike many other monuments, which have been rebuilt or replaced by modern architecture, it was decided that St. Nikolaikirche is kept in this state as a memorial. Some monuments and memorials around the city remind locals and foreigners of these times of Hamburg history that have a lot of influence to the city’s look today.
Hamburg Dungeon: Modern technology, talented live actors and spectacular theatrical effects bring Hamburg´s dark past to life and the visitors take part in it. For example a spectacular water ride based on the horrible flood of 1717 promises ten minutes of scare and fear.
Open daily from 11a.m. to 6 p.m.
When visiting Hamburg it’s really a must to take a boat trip. The lake Alster is a wonderful place to spend a free day, to enjoy the numerous sculptures, variety of trees or simply to sit in one of the cafes. To make a boat trip might be even a greater fun. There are few kinds of boats you can hire – rowing boats, dinghies or pedal boats. Another possibility is to go on a steamboat departing from Jungferstieg, which is the only allowed motorised vessels on the lake.
From the Harbour’s Langunsbruecken you can get on a bigger boat for a trip on Elbe. This 1165km-long river is the city’s major trading route, but it also offers a wonderful perspective to observe the many faces of the town.
Here are some of the places and address you can get a boat trip:
A popular one is the company "Barkassen Ehlers". Barkassen Ehlers offers boat trips through the harbour and the canals of Hamburg.
Historic Canal Tour: From April to October: daily at 10.30, 13.15, 16.00; from November: Sa and Su at 10.30 and 13.15. The tour takes you to different harbour basins and give you a closer view of container terminals, shipyards, giant ships, channels and canals. You go through a canal lock and into the historic warehouse district Speicherstadt,. Price: 10 € (ca. 1 hr).
Ticket-Hotline: +49 40/ 300 51 555
Hans Hummel: A symbol of Hamburg: These 1.82-metre-high and 240-kg-heavy figures made from glass-fibre-reinforced plastic are situated in the area between the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) and Alter Wall. The original Hamburg character is there as advertising for his home town. 43 banks, insurance companies, hotels and retailers from the Hanseatic city have provided sponsorship for the figure. Each figure was designed individually by an artist. "An enrichment of the city" says Henning Albers, boss of City Management, who is the author of the idea and is sponsoring 15 of the figures. But the figures are intended not only to make the city centre more colorful and attractive for shoppers and tourists, but also at the same time to serve a good purpose. The story of the figures is that Hans Hummel's real name was actually Johann Wilhelm Bentz, an original Hamburger who was born in 1787, was resident in Große Drehbahn. 36, and who died in 1854. He worked as a water carrier and was considered to be an ill-tempered type, which the children of the new town used to tease.
Die Kunsthalle: The Kunsthalle is Hamburg's famous art museum and to visit it is always worth it. It has large collection of Edvard Munch outside of Oslo and paintings by Rembrandt, Goya, van Dyck and Caspar David Friedrich. Its has a magnificent collection of art, both painting and sculpture from the middle ages to the 20th century. From 1960 until today, the museum represents the most important trends in modern art, and even the cubistic O.M. Ungers building itself provoked many discussions when it was finished in 1997. If you are interested in art and have the time, take your chance and visit it!
Telephone ++49 (0) 40 428 131 200
Opening hours: Thuseday - Sunday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The Michaelis church, or Michel as the tower is called in Hamburg is a protestant church, built from 1751-1762 in Baroque style. Michel has become the symbol of the city and is also an important landmark. The church has been burned down twice and has been reconstructed to it's original state. The towel is 132 meters high and can be reached via elevator or stairs. It’s clock is the largest in whole Germany and the view that the tower offers cover a part of the city and especially the port area!
The ST. Nikolaikirche: The St. Nikolaikirche is that was under bombing and fire during the war, when also many other historical buildings were damaged or destroyed. Unlike many other monuments, which have been rebuilt or replaced by modern architecture, it was decided that St. Nikolaikirche is kept in this state as a memorial. Some monuments and memorials around the city remind locals and foreigners of these times of Hamburg history that have a lot of influence to the city’s look today.
St. Nikolai – Turm
The windjammer ,,SS RICKMER RICKMERS“ is primarily a museum moored in the harbour of Hamburg. The ship has also a restaurant on the secound deck. The overall length of the ship is 97.0 meters. The Width is 12.2 meters and the depth is 6.0 meters. The ship was built in 1896 by the Rickmers shipyard in Bremerhaven.
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Opening hours: Mo-Fr: 10.00 a.m. - 06.00 p.m.
Stadtpark: The Stadtpark is Hamburg's second biggest park and has a lake where one can swim or enjoy other water activities. The park contains a garden and a planetarium. In the summer it becomes an open-air stage for night films and concerts. Young and old meet here to have a picnic or play football or take a sun bath. There is also a real open-air pool in the Stadtpark in the summer. On the lake one can also take out pedal boats and rowing boats. There is no doubt you will enjoy this park. You can make a visit to the planetarium in the old water tower. In and around the Stadtpark there are cafés and pubs where you can get refreshments.
Alster park: The Alsterpark is situated on the western shore of the outer Alster lake. The Alster Park surrounds the Alster Lake and is a centre of different forms of recreation and relaxation. It is a popular place amongst tourists and locals for jogging, skating, walking or just laying under the sun on the lawns. There are also kiosks and cafés around where you can get some food and refreshments.
Planten un Blomen:
A lovely place to be is also Planten un Blumen. The beautiful Planaten un Blomen gardens lie in the heart of the city. This peaceful urban greenway extends from St. Pauli to the Alster Lake and was once the scene of Danish cannon ball fire. Inside Planten un Blomen you can enjoy the old Botanical Gardens and tropical greenhouses with as well as Europe's largest Japanese Garden, an oasis of tranquility. There is also a small lake, featuring water games during the day and a colourful water-light show at night. With it’s big varienty of flowers, trees and plants, it’s no wonder that the “plants and flowers” park attracts thousands of visitors in the summer, when it offers also light show and water music from 10 pm. Many children activities and playground are also available.
Hayns Park: Hayn’s Park is located on the Alster and is preferred from people for its nice public lawns where they can walk or relax. There two bridges that connect the the parts of the park. Here you can hire a boat and enjoy the nice view seen from the water.
Boat hire: Bootshaus Silwar Eppendorfer Landstraße 148b 20251 Hamburg Tel.:+49 40 476207 9am-10pm Mon-Sun
Main Entrance: Fuhlsbütteler Straße 756
Eichtalpark: This is a quiet and pretty piece of land in the Wandsbek district. It used to be a privately owned property, but later becomes a public park. It has nice and maintained ponds with fishes and also the Alster bicycle trail leads through it.
Öjendorfer Park: The Öjendorfer Park is Hamburg’s third biggest park and was created in 1958. On its 143 hectares it offers pony-riding, hiking trails, lawns for sunbathing, a hill for skiing in the winter and a miniature golf course. It has a lake (Öjendorfer See) with an island on it. The place is popular for bathing in the summer.
Trauns Park: This small old park is names after senator Friedrich Traun. The effort to make the south of Hamburg more attractive and the full renovation of the park 10 years ago resulted in sunbathing lawns, playground, a new sports stadium and an open-air stage.
Jenischpark: This is a nice park in English style which previously belonged to the Jenisch family. The park has two museums in it: the Jenisch-House and the Ernst-Barlach-House. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 11am and 5pm.(Tel: +49 40 82 60 85)
Botanischer Garten Klein Flottbek: Klein Flottbek's botanic garden is situated on 24 hectares of well cared grounds and it’s really worth to visit. The Friends of the Botanic Garden Society gives lectures on some of the special plants which can be found here and keeps you informed about the botanic state of the garden throughout the year. Entrance free.
Hirshpark: In the lovely Hirschpark you can see deer and rabbits, as well as colorful birds such as ducks, geese and peacocks, some of which you may feed.
Römischer Garten: This park is situated on the famous Strandweg in Blankenese. The park has an amphitheatre, a romantic rose garden and a grand view of the river Elbe and Neßsand island. In 1951 the park was given to the city of Hamburg form the last owners family Warburg.
Volkspark Altona: This big park offers many possibilities for relaxation and sports. Here you can go jogging, cycling or take your dog for a walk. A summer attraction is dahlia garden with its 12,000 colourful plants. People enjoy playing football, frisbee or badminton here and even to make barbeques in the summer.
The Niendorfer Gehege is a 120 hectares field where everyone can find something to enjoy. The playgrounds, gymnastics apparatus, big lawns and trees and especially the deer preserve makes it a preferred place. The children can also go pony riding there in the Niendorf preserve.
One of the most favorite tourist destinations in Hamburg. If you like to be afraid then discover the gruesomely and frightfull history of the town. The "horror" tours are in English and German.
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