Hamburg, the largest city in Germany after Berlin, is boasting as one of the biggest and busiest ports in Europe. Not only has it become the most important cultural and commercial centers, but it is also a major tourist destination with numerous attractions such as the imposing red-brick architecture, parklands and unique museums. You can take a stroll along its many waterways and canals, browse in the colourful markets, sail on the river or try some of the traditional chocolate!
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The historic area was established in 1977 and is home to 20 old vessels still in working order. There is also couple of vintage tugboats and flat-bottom vessels and barges dating back to the 19th century and a larger vessel the SS Stettin, a former icebreaker built in 1933 that was used for pleasure trips. Numerous pilots’ houses on Elbuferweg and the small museum the Oevelgonner Seekiste with a variety of displays of maritime artifacts can be visited.
2.MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY
The museum was founded in 1879 and is one of the largest such museums in Europe with more than 700 000 artifacts and documents. Highlights include a Jewish mappot, the binder used to cover a Torah, dating from 1711; an African exhibition with traditional cultural and religious items; and fun hands-on exhibits such as foosball, xylophones, and cameras.
3.INTERNATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
The museum is housed in a massive red-bricked heritage building. On exhibit is more than 3,000 years of humankind's connection to water, including many old artifacts, models, and artwork. The museum is a great place to discover more about Hamburg's rich maritime history.
1. You can also visit the Rickmer Rickmers, a three-masted tall ship built in 1896 and now serves as a museum.
2. The MS Cap San Diego, a 1960s cargo ship. Visitors are allowed admission to everywhere from the bridge to the engine rooms. Overnight stays are available.
3. The former Soviet submarine, B-515, now open as a museum.
Not only is the cemetery the world’s largest rural cemetery but also the most important one. The cemetery is boasting with 12 chapels and more than 1.5 million burials. You will also find the Hamburg Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, where more than 400 allied prisoners-of-war are buried, along with many who died in battles on German soil. Other notable memorials include those dedicated to victims of Nazi persecution, the Hamburg Firestorm of WWII, and members of the city's anti-Nazi resistance.
As one of Germany’s top art galleries, the galleries are separated in three connected buildings on the Glockengiesserwall. Exhibit highlights is numerous altarpieces, works by local artists of the 14th century, and Dutch masters of the 16th and 17th 16th centuries. Collections of 119th century German and French paintings, plus substantial modern and contemporary art collections are also on exhibit. Tours and fun programs for children are available.
The railway is world’s largest model railway, with more than 12 00 meters of track and 890 tracks. Highlights include areas dedicated to the USA, Scandinavia, and Germany, as well as an airport with planes that actually take off, all of it illuminated by more than 300,000 lights and containing some 200,000 tiny human figures.
7.ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH
The church was built between 1750-62 in the Baroque style and is one of the city’s most important landmarks. A highlight of the church is the crypt where some 2 425 people have been buried. The 132-meter-high tower viewing platforms is accessible by stairs and an elevator and offers spectacular panoramas of the city and city port. East to the church in a courtyard are the Krameramtswohnungen, dwellings originally built to house the widows of members of the local Shopkeepers' Guild, as well as a museum.
8.THE HAMBURG MUSEUM
The museum was established in 1908 and is now a protected national monument. Highlights include the enclosed inner courtyard; its extensive collection of artifacts, including dioramas of the Port of Hamburg at various stages in its history; numerous ship models; and interesting displays relating to city events such as the great fire of 1842.
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The best way to get around in Hamburg is by foot, train, bus, ferry, taxi and car.
The best time to visit Hamburg is between May and September when warm weather sweeps through the city.