A distinct maritime character and international outlook make the Hanseatic city of Hamburg one of Europe's finest destinations. Urban sparkle and natural beauty are the hallmarks of Hamburg, which boasts a wide range of hotels, restaurants, theatres and shops, chic beaches along the Elbe river, the verdant banks of the Alster, a buzzing port district and landmarks reflecting more than 1,200 years of history.
Leafy parks, glittering lakes and tranquil waterways within a pulsating urban jungle: for years Hamburg has proved that living in a big city is no impediment to having natural beauty on your doorstep. In addition, the port, the canals and the Alster lake give Hamburg a wonderfully maritime feel. From the beaches, quays and moorings to the luxury cruise liners, container-laden behemoths and lovingly restored museum ships, this international port city has so much to offer and will give you a yearning to experience distant shores.
No visit to Hamburg is complete without a tour of the port and the historical Speicherstadt district with its warehouses and old bridges. You can also see the world's largest model railway in Speicherstadt at Hamburg's Miniature Wonderland.
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.
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.
Große Freiheit 36
Grosse Freiheit 36 is actually made up of three locations: The big concerts and parties take place in the main room. In the Kaiserkeller, legendary because of the Beatles' performances in the 1960s, small bands regularly take the stage and music fans dance to rock, metal and gothic sounds during the week.
Good to know
Save yourself the time and stress of driving. In the Greater Hamburg Area, suburban and underground railways and "MetroBus" buses operate on weekdays from 5am until around 11pm at 5 to 10 minute intervals.Night, express and regional buses complete the transport network.
To make it easier on the travel budget, visitors to Hamburg have various options for cheaper tickets, B. group and day tickets as well as the Hamburg CARD.