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Known as the Gateway to the World, Hamburg is the largest port in Germany and it is an important harbour and city with a rich mercantile history.
Hamburg has a number of significant architectural landmarks and several beautiful churches. St. Nicholas's Church, St. Catherine's, St. James's, St. Peter's and St. Michael's church feature tall spires that mark the skyline of the city.
Hamburg's Town Hall is a richly decorated Neo-Renaissance building. There are many parks scattered throughout the city, including Planten un Blomen, Ohlsdorf Cemetary and the Stadtpark, which is one of the largest. Stadtpark is the central park of Hamburg with an impressive planetarium and a watch tower.
Hamburg also has a variety of theatres and a vibrant arts community. Theatres like Kampnagel, Schmidt's Tivoli, Ohnsorg Theater, Thalia Theatre and Deutsches Schauspielhaus are known throughout the world.
There are also a number of large galleries and museums in Hamburg showcasing contemporary and classical art, such as the Kunsthalle Hamburg, House of Photography and the Museum of Art and Industry. Other notable museums in the city include the Kiekeberg Open Air Museum, Museum of Labour and the Archaeological Museum Hamburg.
The city is noted for hosting many regular events and festivals. Some of the popular street festivals in the city include the Alster Fair and Hafengeburstag. The Hamburger DOM is the largest fun fair in northern Germany and it is held three times a year.
For shopping, Mönckebergstraße, Schanzenviertel and Reeperbahn are the most popular locations, which have plenty of shops and boutiques.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Altona Fish Market
The market is between Hexenberg and Grosse
|What is it? It may be billed as a fish market, but there
is just about anything and everything on sale at this lively,
colourful Hamburg market that takes place early on Sunday mornings,
and has done since 1703. There is a restaurant in the historic Fish
Auction Hall, along with some live musical entertainment, to
rejuvenate tired shoppers.
Hours of Operation: Daily 5am to 12pm; from 7am in winter
Phone:(0)40 380 120
|2. Warehouse complex
||What is it? The world's oldest warehouse complex, built
of red brick with gables and turrets, is a century old and still in
use for storing exotic goods from around the world. Known as the
Speicherstadt in German, this historic section of the Free Port
between the Deichtorhallen and Baumwall has been turned into a
tourist attraction by the addition of an open air theatre, a spice
museum, a miniature exhibition and an old Russian submarine open
for exploration. Another attraction is the 'Hamburg Dungeon', an
interactive experience showcasing the more unpleasant and gory
aspects of the city's history. The Speicherstadt is illuminated at
night, creating an enchanting spectacle, particularly viewed from a
boat on a harbour night tour (Tel: 040 31 31
Hours of Operation:
|3. Hamburger Kunsthalle
|What is it? Hamburg's premier art gallery offers the
chance to view works across the time spectrum from the Middle Ages
through to the present day. The Kunsthalle's main aim is to educate
about art, rather than showcase particular art treasures, and
exhibitions are constantly changing to introduce new forms of
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm; Thursday 10am to 9pm;
Phone:428 131 200
holidays - Top Events
|1. Hamburg Ballet Days
|What is it? The end of the Hamburg Ballet season is
commemorated by the traditional Hamburg Ballet Days, which presents
the season's best productions, and is the most prestigious dance
event in the country. The famous ballet company is one of the best
in the world. The highlight is the enchanting Nijinksi Gala on the
final night that includes many top international
Where is it? Hamburg State Opera House
|2. Alster Fair
|What is it? One of the city's biggest annual summer
festivals, the Alster Fair is a celebration of food and drink,
music, theatre, sporting events, handicrafts and numerous fringe
events that provide entertainment for all ages. Part of the fair is
the International Fireworks Festival that presents spectacular
nightly fireworks displays. For more information contact Hamburg
Tourism on +49 (0)40 300 51-300 or email email@example.com
Where is it? Around the Inner Alster Lake
|3. Harbour Birthday Fest
|What is it? To celebrate over 800 years of harbour
history, Hamburg's birthday festivities entail many water and
air-based shows and activities, as well as live music, a funfair
and lots of entertainment. Aquatic events are at the centre of the
celebrations and traditional highlights include the ship's parade,
tugboat ballet and dragon boat racing, while helicopter tours, hot
air balloon rides and parachuting take place above the harbour
Where is it? Hamburg Harbour
|4. International Fireworks Festival
|What is it? The night skies of Hamburg ignite with four
nights of fireworks from different countries across the world. The
fireworks display is part of the Alster Fair, one of Hamburg's
great celebratory events displaying the finest in German food and
Where is it?
|5. International Festival of Ice and Snow Sculptures
|What is it? The charming town of Lübeck is the backdrop
to the fourth International Festival of Ice and Snow Sculptures
which sees artists from all over the world create some of the most
magnificent works of art from several hundred of thousands of
pounds of ice and snow. The sculptures are housed in a tent near
the Trave River.
Where is it? The town of Lübeck