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Water gives life. People find proximity to water in Hamburg like nowhere else. The city on the water is incomparable and has a unique character. Its maritime flair, fresh air, and Hanseatic cosmopolitanism make Hamburg the finest city in the world for many people. To discover it, embark from the Elbe landing stages (Landungsbrücken) on a round trip through the harbour and the historic Speicherstadt district. You will pass the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the city’s new landmark under construction, and HafenCity, Europe’s largest urban development project.

Elbphilharmonie - Elbe Philharmonic Hall

With the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg on 11 and 12 January 2017, Hamburg forges its path as a port city and a city of music, once again demonstrating that the city is shaping its future based on contrast. Located in the HafenCity Hamburg district – Europe's largest inner-city development project between the Speicherstadt UNESCO World Heritage site and the port – the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is emerging as a new magnet for locals and guests alike. The spectacular building comprises three concert halls with a diverse music programme, a comprehensive music education programme, a hotel, as well as the Plaza – a public viewing platform at a height of 37 metres that offers visitors an amazing view of the city and opened already in November 2016.
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Hamburg Christmas Carol

A song from Hamburg for the world

Christmas Markets

Every year at advent, the numerous enchanting Christmas markets stretch out across Hamburg's city centre - which makes buying presents a real experience. Experience the winter magic in the Hanseatic City! Thousands of lights are reflected in the Alster, Elbe and canal. The scent of roasted almonds and fir sprigs fills the air. And the eyes of visitors light up with the romantic Christmas decorations – each year Hamburg turns into a real Christmas fairytale. Discover the festive lights, arts and crafts and delicious delicacies at the variety of Christmas markets in Hamburg. We wish you a happy Christmas!
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Town Hall

Unusually lavish for Hanseatic taste: built in 1886–1897, with its impressive architecture the splendid sandstone edifice in Neo-Renaissance style dominates the city centre. Hamburg town hall is the seat of the city’s Senate (state government) and Bürgerschaft (parliament), and, with its 647 rooms, has more rooms than Buckingham Palace. The town hall can only be viewed on guided tours. Also worth seeing is the fountain of Hamburg’s patron goddess Harmonia in the town hall’s courtyard.
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Christmas Moods

#HolyHamburg-Christmas Moods

Speicherstadt (Historic Warehouse Complex)

Over a century old, the Speicherstadt in the port is the world’s largest integrated complex of warehouses. Here, guests to Hamburg find an idyllic scenery of redbrick Gothic architecture from the Wilhelmine era with bizarre little gables and towers. Valuable goods are stored at controlled temperatures behind their massive walls: coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, tobacco – and the world’s largest stock of Oriental carpets. In the Speicherstadt Museum you can experience the history of this fascinating part of Hamburg. Since 2015 the Speicherstadt, the Chilehaus and the Kontorhausviertel belong to the UNESCO- worldulturalheritage.
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Fish Market

The fish market is Hamburg's probably most traditional market. Since 1703 people trade here with a variety of things - from junk on clothes and huge plants and even the fresh fish. Right at the fish auction hall early birds, night owls from the Reeperbahn and market friends meet once a week. A special attraction are the barkers that compose colorful fruit baskets and bring large bags full of goods at bargain prices with the crowd. In the fish auction hall there is also a weekly brunch and changing live music, keeping the left-overs of last night and early risers alike on their toes.
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The Old Elbe Tunnel

When the Old Elbe Tunnel, also called "St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel", was opened in 1911, it was a technical sensation. Today, it is a nostalgic and lovingly tended piece of Hamburg history - and has already celebrated its 100th anniversary. The distinctive, square, domed structure on the St. Pauli landing bridges houses the machinery and the four large lift cages, which have been transporting people and vehicles at a depth of nearly 24 metres since 1911. After 426.5 metres beneath the Elbe and through two tiled tunnels with a diameter of 6 metres, you return to daylight in Steinwerder. The Old Elbe Tunnel was the first river tunnel on the continent - and became a necessity since the growth of the Port of Hamburg was increasingly moving to the southern side of the Elbe and so an improved transport connection was required. It was ultimately modelled on the Clyde Tunnel in Glasgow after plans for a suspended railway, traject and viaduct had been rejected. During the Second World War, the shaft house of the Elbe Tunnel was badly damaged by bombing raids on the south side of the Elbe. However, much of the majolica with its depictions of aquatic life and traditional designs remains in tact.
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Miniatur Wunderland - The world’s largest model railway

Miniatur Wunderland is the world´s largest model railway museum, one of Hamburg´s most popular family tourist attractions. It displays sections, showing authentic environment from different countries - Sweden and Norway to the pyramids of Egypt and Las Vegas in U.S. Visitors can even experience day and night – and all this every 15 minutes. You can also take a guided tour that shows Wunderland behind-the-scenes. By now there are 13.000 meter rails and 930 trains. In September 2016 they opened a new section, called "Bella Italia". On 190 square meter visitors can explore Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscany and St Peter´s Basilica in minimized format.
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The Reeperbahn

The Reeperbahn is a living legend: in the old days it was a seedy red-light quarter for seafarers, during the 1960s it was a stepping stone for the Beatles. Since the 1990s the red-light district has been gradually transformed into a unique entertainment district with bars and clubs, art galleries, cabarets, theatres and top-class restaurants. The Reeperbahn, almost 1 kilometre long, is a “must” on the tourist route as well as Grosse Freiheit, the Davidwache police station or the Spielbudenplatz with its Panoptikum waxworks and Operettenhaus.
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