Things To Do in Hamburg,

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Hamburg Attractions

Historical landmarks, vibrant festivities, and spectacular scenery can all be found in Hamburg, Germany. This charming city along the Elbe River has long been regarded as one of Europe’s top travel destinations. Many of the best attractions in Hamburg are easy to find and offer a full day of fun. You can find terrific deals on hotel stays, flights, and Hamburg tours on Expedia.com.

Hamburg boasts several museums filled with beautiful artworks and important historical artifacts. Numerous works of art dating back to the 14th century can be seen inside the Kunsthalle Hamburg. You can also check out the Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg to see model ships, vintage sailor uniforms, and other pieces telling the story of the city’s naval history. Miniatur Wunderland has the distinction of being the largest model railway museum in the world.

If you plan on bringing small children along for the journey, you can find plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Hamburg. The Tierpark Hagenbeck is the city’s main zoo and features lions, elephants, and other exotic animal species. The Tropen Aquarium is one of the best places to go to see some of the world’s most fascinating sea creatures.

Hamburg’s impressive landmarks rival many of those found in other international cities. While taking Hamburg excursions around the city, you must see the iconic radio telecommunication tower known as the Heinrich-Hertz-Turn. You can also pick up a city map to locate places like Saint Nicolas’ Church, the Flakturm bunkers, and the historic building known as Hanseatisches Oberlandesgericht.

All of the wonderful Hamburg activities are sure to keep you entertained while you visit this alluring city. When you book your discount travel reservations through Expedia.com, you can easily see all of the local tourist spots in Hamburg and still have some money to spare.

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1. Miniatur Wunderland

The Miniatur Wunderland (Miniature Wonderland) is not just for rail enthusiasts. Trains, planes and automobiles travel across various carefully crafted miniature landscapes, replicating everything from the icy fjords of Norway to the neon-lit streets of Las Vegas. It’s one of the most visited tourist attractions in Germany, with around a million visitors every year.
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This miniature world and model railway takes visitors through Scandinavia, Austria, Switzerland and the U.S. It is one of the most popular attractions in Germany.

2. Hagenbeck Zoo

The Hagenbeck Zoo began in the mid-1800s with just a few animals owned by a local fishmonger; it once exhibited human beings. Now it’s a modern zoo with a fascinating history that forms part of Hamburg’s identity and is known worldwide for its pioneering zoo concept. As well as a zoo, it features a leisure park and large aquarium set in more than 60 acres (25 hectares) of countryside.
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The world’s first cageless zoo features animals, an aquarium and a leisure park with hiking trails. See birds fly freely and penguins in their natural habitat.

3. Fish Market

The St. Pauli Fish Market is the place to be at dawn on Sundays in Hamburg. It has been a critical commercial center for the city since 1703, and now has avery important social and tourist roles. Come to mingle with locals and buy fresh fish, fruit, flowers, clothing and household goods. Have an early breakfast and you may be joined by young revelers on their way home from a night out.
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Exotic fruits, flowers, teas and household goods are offered alongside freshly caught fish at this open-air Sunday market.

4. Hamburg City Hall

The Hamburg Rathaus acts as the German city’s town hall. The impressive sandstone structure was built toward the end of the 19th century. It is home to the senate and the parliament. The building has 647 rooms, which is more than London’s Buckingham Palace, and covers 182,986 square feet (17,000 square meters). There is a courtyard with a fountain, multiple grandiose rooms where political meetings and concerts are held and a restaurant in the basement.
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This majestic building is the home of politics in Hamburg. It has 647 rooms with ornate fountains, mosaics and allusions to Greek gods.

5. Hamburg Dungeon

The Hamburg Dungeon takes visitors on a 90-minute journey through 600 years of the most horrible parts of history. Theater, storytelling and rides are used to immerse visitors in stories of the city’s past.
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Delve into the darker side of Hamburg’s history, brought to life at this attraction through shows, rides and storytelling.

6. Hamburger Dom

The Hamburger Dom is North Germany’s answer to Munich’s Oktoberfest, except this festival is a month long and happens three times a year. Scores of families and young people come from around the country to ride roller coasters and Ferris wheels, fill up on carnival treats and drink beer.
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This is one of Germany’s biggest and best-known events, with roller coasters, carousels and beer tents rolling into town three times a year.

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