Attractions

Top Choice Memorial in Altstadt

Mahnmal St-Nikolai

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 destroyed in WWII, it is now called Mahnmal St-Nikolai. You can ta…
Top Choice Market in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

Fischmarkt

Here's the perfect excuse to stay up all Saturday night. Every Sunday in the wee hours, some 70,000 locals and visitors descend upon the famous Fischmarkt in St Pauli. The market has been running since 1703, and its…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Speicherstadt & HafenCity

Elbphilharmonie

Welcome to one of the most Europe's most exciting recent architectural creations. A squat brown-brick former warehouse at the far west of HafenCity was the base for the architecturally bold Elbphilharmonie, a major …
Top Choice Museum in Altstadt

Hamburger Kunsthalle

A treasure trove of art from the Renaissance to the present day, the Kunsthalle spans two buildings linked by an underground passage. The main building houses works ranging from medieval portraiture to 20th-century …
Top Choice Historic Building in Altstadt

Rathaus

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. The 40-minute tours take in only a fraction of this beehive of…
Top Choice Church in Neustadt

St Michaelis Kirche

‘Der Michel’, as it is affectionately called, is one of Hamburg’s most recognisable landmarks and northern Germany’s largest Protestant baroque church. Ascending the tower (by steps or lift) rewards visitors with gr…
Top Choice Market in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

St Pauli Nachtmarkt

Wednesday late afternoon and evening is a terrific time to be in St Pauli when the weekly night market takes over Spielbudenplatz with food stalls, live bands (usually around 6pm or 7pm) and plenty of comfy chairs t…
Top Choice Museum in Speicherstadt & HafenCity

Miniatur Wunderland

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 Alps are impressive, but slightly predictable. But when you se…
Top Choice Historic Building in Altstadt

Chilehaus

One of Hamburg's most beautiful buildings is the crowning gem of the new Unesco-annointed Kontorhaus District. The brown-brick 1924 Chilehaus is shaped like an ocean liner, with remarkable curved walls meeting in th…
Top Choice Museum in Hamburg

Auswanderermuseum BallinStadt

Sort of a bookend for New York's Ellis Island, Hamburg's excellent emigration museum looks at the conditions that drove about 5 million people to leave Germany for the US and South America in search of better lives …