The hamburg experience
According to "Lonely Planet" and "The New York Times", Hamburg ranks among the world's top ten destinations. The maritime metropolis offers rambling municipal parks and brims with architectural greatness, an abundance of culture and nightlife beyond compare. What highlights are at your taste?
Inaugurated in January 2017, the magnificent construction is considered to be the new landmark of the city. Sitting enthroned on a former storage building, the Elbphilharmonie marks the western tip of the HafenCity and attracts worldwide attention among music and architecture enthusiasts. Underneath its glass facade and wave-like rooftop it comprises two concert halls, a luxurious hotel and luxurious residential apartments.
The Elbphilharmonie Plaza, a public area that extends around the whole building, serves as a junction between the old warehouse and the glass structure. At 37 meters above sea level, visitors of the Plaza enjoy a breathtaking 360° view of the city and the harbour. If your SMM schedule allows some time for sightseeing, the Elbphilharmonie should rank in first place.
UNESCO Site Speicherstadt
Welcome to the world’s largest harbour warehouse complex: Speicherstadt (lit. warehouse city) belongs to the historic landmarks of Hamburg and proudly bears the title of Germany’s 40th UNESCO World Heritage Site. On an area of 260,000 square metres, the picturesque neo-gothic brick architecture from the late 19th century makes for a fascinating contrast to the modern steel-and-glass buildings.
Originally built as a free economic zone, the Speicherstadt still comprises many warehouses, but has become more and more popular for its variety of leisure activities. Tourists and locals are equally enthusiastic about coffee or tea tasting facilities, for example the coffee museum Burg or the tee merchant Wasserschloss. You can spend hours at the entertainment sites like Hamburg Dungeon, which shows typical historical stories and scenes of Hamburg on an exciting walkthrough, the International Maritime Museum, showing 3,000 years of maritime history and modern research or the Miniatur Wunderland, which features the world’s largest model railway running through laboriously crafted replicas of cities and countryside areas.
The Speicherstadt’s network of streets, canals and bridges can be experienced best by foot. Simply get off the U3 underground train at the Baumwall station and go for a stroll on the brand-new promenade at the Elbe to visit the Elbphilharmonie platform for free. Afterwards, you can head towards the Speicherstadt to discover the site with its numerous coffee shops, restaurants, museums and other attractions.
harbour & river tours
The port is one of the reasons why people from all over the world fall in love with this city. This is where the heart of Hamburg beats - and we'll tell you where to feel the pulse the most.
Starting from St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, Barkassen (launches) bring you to the most exciting places - from the Speicherstadt UNESCO Site and the stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall to the enormous docks and container terminals. Also, on specialised bus tours, you can easily reach parts of the port area that not everyone has access to. At the museum harbour in Neumühlen/Övelgönne, it gets even more exclusive.
You are also welcome aboard spectacular museum ships, such as the three-master Rickmer Rickmers or the Cap San Diego, the world's largest seaworthy museum cargo vessel. Why not spend the night aboard? The lightship hotel makes it possible. Once used as a navigational mark for the shipping off the British coast, today it offers space for eating, drinking, celebrating and sleeping.
Only a few steps away from the lightship, you can enjoy true Hamburg lifestyle in the Block Bräu. The restaurant offers daily fresh brewed beer and delicious regional specialities - with a magnificent panoramic view of the harbour. If you feel more like chill-out, drinks and music, just head to Strand Pauli Beach Club next door.
On Sunday, a Hamburg classic awaits you: early in the morning, party people and early risers meet at the Hamburg fish market. Around the traditional fish auction hall you will experience the vociferous show performances of the eccentric fish sellers – and then relax with a walk down the Elbe River to the Strandperle, one of the most popular meeting points on Hamburg’s beautiful city beach. At the latest, you too will lose your heart to Hamburg here.
Hamburg is the musical capital of Germany. It's here where you will experience some of the Disneys`s greatest successes like The Lion King, Aladdin and Mary Poppins, or new Broadway hits like Kinky Boots.
Hamburg is so exciting that it even has its very own musical: Die Heiße Ecke (Hot Corner), which introduces you to the wonderful, loveable and fascinating world of lovers and losers in Hamburg's world-famous red light district.
World class shopping!
Hamburg's famous shopping galleries offer choices like nowhere else. For example Hamburger Meile, Europe’s longest shopping centre with 150 shops, cafés and restaurants. Or take a walk to Alsterhaus, a six-storey premium department store with an innovative and luxurious selection of goods and designer fashion, located right at the Inner Alster Lake in the heart of the city. Only some steps away from Alsterhaus is where you will find Europa Passage, with more than 120 shops on five floors and a food court with cafés and restaurants.
From Caroline Quarter and Schanze to the city’s central shopping destinations like Jungfernstieg, Neuer Wall and Mönckebergstraße – Hamburg offers a lot of style, for both large and small budgets.
Here is where you will find the hottest bars in Hamburg for private and business conversations. Places, not far from the COTECA, where you can enjoy delicious drinks and snacks, whether at breathtaking heights or in the middle of the city.
Let the flair of Le Lion enchant you and take the opportunity to take a look at Hamburg's impressive town hall. Or enjoy a fantastic view of the harbour and visit the Tower Bar of the Hotel Hafen Hamburg and the 20up at the Empire Riverside Hotel. Those who prefer the picturesque view of the Alster, the lake in the middle of the city, will not be disappointed by the HERITAGE BAR on the 9th floor. Also centrally located on the Binnenalster, the CIU Bar awaits you with delicious drinks and an inviting atmosphere.
Through the night
Leaving the Central Entrance of the COTECA you literally step into one of Hamburg’s hottest locations: the Caroline Quarter, part of the „Schanze“, a district filled with trendy fashion boutiques, cosy cafes, as well as hip bars and restaurants. Its neighbour-district Sankt Pauli is home to the world famous Reeperbahn. This so called „Kiez“ of Hamburg bursts with clubs and entertainment establishments from theaters to table dance.
At five o’clock on Sunday mornings, early risers and party people from the Reeperbahn meet at the Hamburg fish market to enjoy the vociferous show performances of the eccentric fish sellers. After a breakfast at the fish market, the crowd moves a bit down the Elbe River coast to the Strandperle of Övelgönne, one of the most popular meeting points on Hamburg’s beautiful city beach – a place to fall in love with Hamburg.