Top Choice Market in St Pauli & Reeperbahn


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 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 Historic Building in Altstadt


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 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 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 s…
Top Choice Museum in Hamburg

Auswanderermuseum BallinStadt

Sort of a bookend for New York's Ellis Island, Hamburg's excellent emigration museum in the original halls looks at the conditions that drove about 5 million people to leave Germany for the US and South America in s…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Altona & Elbmeile

Altonaer Balkon

Thrill to some of Hamburg's best harbour views from this accurately named and quite pretty park.
Historic Site in Hamburg

Bullenhuser Damm Schule

During WWII, 20 Jewish children were chosen by Dr Josef Mengele at Auschwitz and sent to Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg for medical experiments. In 1945, with the German war effort collapsing, the childr…
Museum in Speicherstadt & HafenCity

Internationales Maritimes Museum

Hamburg's maritime past – and future – is fully explored in this excellent private museum that sprawls over 10 floors of a revamped brick shipping warehouse. Considered the world’s largest private collection of mari…
Historic Building in Altstadt


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…