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Best things to do in Hamburg

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Top 15 things to do in Hamburg

1. Miniatur Wunderland

The world's largest model railway layout, Miniatur Wunderland consists of 12,000 m (39,000 ft) of tracks built in HO scale (1:87). This awe-inspiring exhibit is divided into seven sections with over nearly 900 trains, 11,000 carriages, 300,000 lights, 215,000 trees, and 200,000 human figurines. The layout includes huge panoramas of the Alps, the American West, Switzerland, Hamburg, and the fictitious city of Knuffingen. The latter features its own airport, with planes capable of taxiing and even flying. Originally started in 2000 by brothers Gerrit and Frederik Braun, this project is continuously expanding. It's expected to reach its final construction phase in 2020. Save time by booking your tickets online. Call the site in advance to arrange a behind-the-scenes tour.
Suggested duration: 3h 30 min
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Miniatur Wunderland

2. Walking tours

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $7 › Learn more about Walking tours

3. Tierpark Hagenbeck

Discover more than 200 species of wild animals at Tierpark Hagenbeck. As the first of its kind to use open enclosures, this landmark zoo allows visitors to view animals in nearly natural environments. Get up close to the free-roaming lions and chimpanzees. Carry along some apples or carrots so you can feed the elephants. Then explore the world of underwater animals at the four-level aquarium.
Suggested duration: 5 hours
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4. The Local Tour of Hamburg Historic Centre

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Pay-What-You-Want tour with booking fee!Witness the rise and fall of Hamburg throughout its history: its glorious past as a centre of the Hanseatic League and its heavy destruction in the Great Fire and the World War 2.Please note: groups of 8 or more must book a private tour and will NOT be admitted onto the tour! In such a case no refund will be rewarded.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $3 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Speicherstadt

Walk the canal-lined streets of the world's largest warehouse complex in Hamburg's Speicherstadt. Head to the Miniatur Wunderland in this iconic landmark, and you'll be fascinated by the largest digitally operated miniature railroad in the world. The district along the Hamburg port features stately Neo-Gothic buildings with trendy restaurants, traditional shops, and fine galleries. You can stroll over the many canal bridges to admire the impressive industrial architecture. To view the district from the water, you can rent a boat to tour the port.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $3 › Learn more about Speicherstadt

6. Port of Hamburg

Often called the country's Gateway to the World, Port of Hamburg is Germany's largest port and one of the world's busiest. The harbor covers about 74 sq km (26 sq mi), taking advantage of the branching Elbe River. Visit the port, which is almost as old as the city itself, to see how many of the old warehouses have changed into contemporary museums, bars, shops, restaurants, and hotels. Ultramodern buildings stand right next to well-preserved pearls of 19th-century architecture.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $20 › Learn more about Port of Hamburg

7. Planten un Blomen

Stroll through 47 hectares (116 acres) of landscaped gardens in the heart of the Hamburg city center at Planten un Blomen. As one of the city's central landmarks, the park features a large botanical garden, several play areas for children, and a rink for ice-skating and rollerblading. Admire the local flora and fauna in the many garden greenhouses and landscaped beds. Or ride bikes through the cherry blossom-lined paths around the park. Visit in the evening to attend one of the park's famous light and water shows.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Planten un Blomen

8. Guided Hamburg City Bike Tour

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Discover Hamburg on a 3.5-hour guided bike tour. Your tour guide will show you the main sights and tell you all the important facts, figures and stories. There is enough time for photos, questions and a coffee break along the tour.
Suggested duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $37 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Hamburg Town Hall

Hamburg Town Hall dominates Hamburg with its impressive architecture and stately presence. It's one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Constructed in the late 19th century, the colossal building features 647 rooms and houses the senate and parliament of Hamburg. Admire the building's elaborate Neoclassical facade with marble statues and inscriptions. Then, head inside to tour the Main Hall and central courtyard free of charge. You can take a tour of the entire building for a small fee.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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10. Alter Elbtunnel

You can cross the Elbe river 24 m (80 ft) below the water's surface through Alter Elbtunnel. This subterranean tunnel, constructed in 1911, connects the city center of Hamburg with the dock and shipyard district of the south banks. Inside the tunnel, you can admire the collection of glazed ceramic motifs. Walk through to the south side of the river for impressive views of the cityscape and surrounding area. Pedestrians and bicyclists can use the tunnel 24 hours a day. Motor traffic is restricted to certain hours.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Alter Elbtunnel

11. Beer Tastings & Tours

Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $33 › Learn more about Beer Tastings & Tours

12. Hamburg Reeperbahn Small-Group Walking Tour

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Come with us on a guided tour through the most interesting district of hamburg. We know the funny and important facts of the Reeperbahn and the red light district. We will show you the most important places and tell you funny and important facts about this mysterious district. Furthermore you will have a lot of advantages after the tour. • Beer • Shot • Professional Guide • Many Information and funny facts • VIP Bracelet for many advantages after the tour
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $25 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Room Escape Games

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Kunsthalle Hamburg

If you appreciate both art and architecture, Kunsthalle Hamburg may leave you wondering whether to spend more time looking at the paintings or the building itself. The gallery focuses on Dutch and Flemish artists of the 16th and 17th centuries, French and German paintings from the 19th century, and art up to present day. Check out the website to find out about current exhibits. The layout of the galleries can be a little confusing; the gallery plan indicates room numbers that you won't find in the building itself.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Kunsthalle Hamburg

15. Private Small-Group Hamburg City Tour with a Luxury Vehicle

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Enjoy a private 3-hour city tour of Hamburg with a luxury vehicle. To receive personalized service, the tour will operate up to max four people only for your private group and will include refreshments on board. Your professional driver will collect you from the preferred location and will drop you off at the preferred location at the end of the tour.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $263 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

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