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Do & See
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 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.
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Elbphilharmonie Plaza

The Plaza is the central meeting place in the Elbphilharmonie and forms the link between the warehouse and the new structure. The viewing platform here is open to the public. Even getting to it is an experience: an 80-metre-long, slightly curved escalator transports visitors through the building. From the Plaza, 37 metres above the ground, a stunning panoramic view over the city and port opens up before the viewer. An outside walkway leads around the entire building.
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Speicherstadt Hamburg - UNESCO World Heritage

What does the Taj Mahal in India, the Peruvian Inka city of Machu Picchu and the Great Pyramids of Giza have in common with Hamburg? They all belong to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. On 5 July 2015, the Hamburg ensemble ‘Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus’ has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it one of the world’s 1.031 ‘masterpieces of human creation with outstanding universal value’.

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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UNESCO World Heritage

What does the Taj Mahal in India, the Peruvian Inka city of Machu Picchu and the Great Pyramids of Giza have in common with Hamburg? They all belong to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. On 5 July 2015, the Hamburg ensemble ‘Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus’ has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it one of the world’s 1.031 ‘masterpieces of human creation with outstanding universal value’.

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. Since 2015 the Speicherstadt, the Chilehaus and the Kontorhausviertel belong to the UNESCO- worldulturalheritage.
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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.
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Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wunderland is the world´s largest model railway museum and Germany´s most popular tourist attraction. 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. 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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Bucerius Kunst Forum

Located in the heart of Hamburg next to the Town Hall, the Bucerius Kunst Forum exhibits art from ancient to modern times in four rotating exhibitions each year. A visit is an absolute must for art lovers. The concept of the Kunst Forum is based on the attempt to take the familiar and convert it into a new form, so allowing art lovers and novices alike to discover new interrelationships. Since its foundation in 2002, the Bucerius Kunst Forum has become one of the leading exhibition houses in northern Germany. A unique, modern exhibition space was created in the historic building of the former Reichsbank. The Matisse exhibition in 2009 was thus the first in which all of the portraits of the artist were brought together.
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