Hamburg’s Great Fire of 1842 broke out in Deichstrasse, which features a few restored 18th-century homes, most now housing restaurants. You can get a feel for the old canal and merchants' quarter here, thanks to their mostly historic appearance.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Altstadt attractions

1. Mahnmal St-Nikolai

0.12 MILES

St Nikolai church was the world’s tallest building from 1874 to 1876, and it remains Hamburg’s second-tallest structure (after the TV tower). Mostly…

2. Miniatur Wunderland

0.19 MILES

Even the worst cynics are quickly transformed into fans of this vast miniature world that goes on and on. The model trains wending their way through the…

3. Hamburg Dungeon

0.19 MILES

This camped-up chamber of horrors is brought to life by actors, incorporating various thrill rides, and is housed in an old warehouse. It's pricey and not…

5. Speicherstadt Museum

0.24 MILES

A century-old warehouse is the atmospheric backdrop for exhibitions on Hamburg’s trading past, especially within its namesake district. There are…

6. HafenCity InfoCenter

0.25 MILES

You can pick up brochures and check out detailed architectural models and installations that give a sense of the immensity of the project; there's a scale…

7. Rathaus

0.32 MILES

With its spectacular coffered ceiling, Hamburg’s baroque Rathaus is one of Europe’s most opulent, and is renowned for its Emperor’s Hall and Great Hall…

8. Krameramtswohnungen

0.34 MILES

In an alley off Krayenkamp 10 are the Krameramtswohnungen, a row of tiny half-timbered houses from the 17th century that, for nearly 200 years, were…