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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 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

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 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 Italian in Hamburg

Anna Sgroi

Lauded chef Anna Sgroi has taken the foods of her southern Italian childhood and elevated them to culinary heights. A seemingly mundane dish like stuffed artichokes is sublime and that's just to start. While never …
Top Choice Bar in Hamburg

Strandperle

Hamburg's original beach bar is a must for primo beer, burgers and people-watching. All ages and classes gather, mingle and wriggle their toes in the sand, especially at sunset, right on the Elbe as huge freighters …
Top Choice Seafood in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

Fischbrötchenbude Brücke 10

There are a gazillion fish sandwich vendors in Hamburg, but we're going to stick our neck out and say that this vibrant, clean and contemporary outpost makes the best. Try a classic Bismarck (pickled herring) or Mat…
Top Choice Live Music in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

Golden Pudel Club

In a 19th-century bootleggers' jail, this tiny bar-club is run by members of the legendary ex-punk band Die Goldenen Zitronen and is an essential stop on the St Pauli party circuit. Night after night it gets packed…