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Hamburg Attractions

Historical landmarks, vibrant festivities, and spectacular scenery can all be found in Hamburg, Germany. This charming city along the Elbe River has long been regarded as one of Europe’s top travel destinations. Many of the best attractions in Hamburg are easy to find and offer a full day of fun. You can find terrific deals on hotel stays, flights, and Hamburg tours on Expedia.com.

Hamburg boasts several museums filled with beautiful artworks and important historical artifacts. Numerous works of art dating back to the 14th century can be seen inside the Kunsthalle Hamburg. You can also check out the Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg to see model ships, vintage sailor uniforms, and other pieces telling the story of the city’s naval history. Miniatur Wunderland has the distinction of being the largest model railway museum in the world.

If you plan on bringing small children along for the journey, you can find plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Hamburg. The Tierpark Hagenbeck is the city’s main zoo and features lions, elephants, and other exotic animal species. The Tropen Aquarium is one of the best places to go to see some of the world’s most fascinating sea creatures.

Hamburg’s impressive landmarks rival many of those found in other international cities. While taking Hamburg excursions around the city, you must see the iconic radio telecommunication tower known as the Heinrich-Hertz-Turn. You can also pick up a city map to locate places like Saint Nicolas’ Church, the Flakturm bunkers, and the historic building known as Hanseatisches Oberlandesgericht.

All of the wonderful Hamburg activities are sure to keep you entertained while you visit this alluring city. When you book your discount travel reservations through Expedia.com, you can easily see all of the local tourist spots in Hamburg and still have some money to spare.

Things to Do in Hamburg with Kids

There's fun for all the family in Hamburg. Here are a few family friendly experiences you can try together that will make your trip a blast:

Free Things to Do in Hamburg

Sightseeing on a limited budget in Hamburg? Spend time, not money, on fabulous experiences.

Dialogue in the Dark Exhibition - Take the whole family and set out on an adventure through history together.

Niendorfer Gehege - Spoil the kids with a good time or let your own inner child run free — this attraction was built for fun.

Beatles Platz - This landmark is an unique backdrop for that vacation profile pic.

Rathausmarket - Amble around this historic place and learn a couple of secrets from long ago.

Monckebergstrasse - See for yourself why visitors and locals alike are drawn to the unique vibe of this place.

Inner Alster Lake - Find a place to sit and enjoy the peacefulness that comes with being near the water.

Dockland - Chat to a local resident and learn why many tourists stop to visit this place.

St. Peter's Church - No matter what you believe in, this place will inspire a sense of reverence in you.

Donners Park - Escape the city and spend time in Mother Nature at this beautiful place.

Japanese Garden - If you enjoy nurturing your garden, this attraction will excite your green thumb.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Hamburg

Port of Hamburg

Learn about Hamburg’s marine history and its position as Germany’s Gateway to the World at the port that brought the city much prosperity.

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Hamburg City Center

Travelers love Hamburg City Center for its popular shops, and you can see more of Hamburg by jumping on the metro at Rathaus U-Bahn or Rodingsmarkt U-Bahn. You might spend time checking out top sights like Miniatur Wunderland and Hamburg Dungeon.

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Saint Pauli

Known for its ample dining options and captivating waterfront views, there's plenty to explore in Saint Pauli. You can visit top attractions like Reeperbahn and Fish Market, and jump on the metro at Reeperbahn S-Bahn or St. Pauli U-Bahn to see more of the city.

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Speicherstadt

Renovated red brick warehouse buildings are intersected by canals and bridges in this historic neighborhood filled with museums and cafés.

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HafenCity

Unique features of HafenCity include the restaurants and waterfront views. Make a stop by Miniatur Wunderland or Hamburg Dungeon while you're exploring the area.

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Saint Georg

Spend some time visiting places like Alster Lakes while getting to know Saint Georg, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Lohmuhlenstrasse U-Bahn or South Central U-Bahn to see more of the area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Hamburg on a sunny day?

What to do in Hamburg on a rainy day?

If it's raining cats and dogs during your stay, shake off your umbrella and have a go at one or two of these enticing indoor activities:

What should I not miss in Hamburg?

You'll want to put these sights high on your to-do list to make the most of your visit:

  • Hagenbeck Zoo
  • Fish Market
  • Volksparkstadion
  • St. Michaelis Church

Are there cheap things to do in Hamburg?

You'll find plenty of fantastic experiences here that are just the ticket if you're sticking to a budget:

What can you do in Hamburg for free?

You could put your money in the hotel safe for the day, because these great attractions won't cost you a cent:

  • Fish Market
  • St. Michaelis Church
  • Hamburg City Hall
  • Moenckebergstrasse