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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 and HafenCity, Europe’s largest urban development project.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

The Elbphilharmonie is the new landmark of the metropolis on the waterfront. With the Elbphilharmonie 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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Holy Hamburg

Discover the faces of Christmas in Hamburg from November 26 till the beginning of January. Every year at advent, the numerous enchanting and often unusual Christmas markets stretch out across Hamburg´s city centre- which makes buying presents a real experience. In no other city you can find so many Christmas markets close to each other and Hamburg turns into a real Christmas fairytale. Each of Hamburg´s Christmas markets whether historical, traditional or maritime in style has a charm all of its own and create magical atmosphere. Baked apples, cinnamon stars and mulled wine give visitors a taste of Christmas in Germany. In Hamburg everyone can find what they are looking for. Some highlights of this special atmosphere are the flying Santa at the town hall market, the Hamburg Christmas parade as well as Germany´s only 18+ Christmas Market Santa Pauli on the Hamburg´s red –light district Reeperbahn.
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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 647 rooms, it 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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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- World Heritage Site.
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Fish Market

Sunday morning – five am. Most people are usually still sleeping at this time. Not in Hamburg. In Hamburg’s fish market down by the Elbe, there are around 70 000 people either already working or still out and about at this early hour. 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. Here night owls from the Reeperbahn and market friends meet once a week to end up the night or begin the morning with live music in the fish auction hall.
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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 Landungsbrücken 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 and can enjoy a wonderful view over the harbour. As a highlight the tunnel is lighten up in blue during the Hamburg Cruise Days like the port is as well.
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