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12 Hamburg sights to make you Wanna Stay Forever

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Berlin is the biggest and the most visited city in Germany, but this country has so much to offer. Hamburg should definitely be on your list as it is certainly among the most interesting places on the planet.

St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn

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A district in Hamburg on the bank of the Elbe with a population less than 30,000 is the most famous city quarter of Hamburg.  The reason for that is the red light district in the Reeperbahn street. Being a port city, Hamburg was a temporary home for millions of lonely sailors for centuries. The Reeperbahn street is one of the most liberal places on earth. There aren’t many places so open-minded regarding sex. Dozens of sex shops, strip clubs, and brothels make this street probably the crowdiest in Germany, when the night falls.

With the Reeperbahn street in their neighborhood, the inhabitants of St. Pauli learned to live without any prejudice. Nowadays St. Pauli is home to almost ten thousand immigrants. These people learned to love and respect each other, regardless of race, job, sexuality, etc. From that tolerance emerged a liberal movement related to the supporters of the local football club. St. Pauli FC fans are world known as the biggest leftist in Europe, getting rid of fascism from the city streets.

St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn street have served as inspiration for many artists. The Beatles did gigs here, in their early years. Elvis Costello and Tom Waits are just some of the musicians writing songs about this place.

Port of Hamburg

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Hamburg port is one of the biggest and oldest in Europe. It’s been around as much as Hamburg and thus is one of the most important parts of the city. Being a stopover for people around the globe, the harbor is the place to which Hamburg owes its cosmopolitan spirit.

Hamburg actually isn’t a seaside city. It lies on the Elba river, some one hundred kilometers from its mouth to the North Sea. Geographical position was the key factor why this port became so significant for European history. From there, thousand of thousands of families sailed away to the new world.

Evidence of Hamburg mundane lifestyle is visible everywhere in the port. Walking around the harbor neighborhood with a skillful guide could be an interesting experience. Even better way to see the real Hamburg is to go on a cruise trip along the river Elbe. As the most of the famous city attractions are on the riverfront, a two-hour boat trip could let you enjoy them from another perspective.

HSV at the Imtech-Arena

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Hamburger SV is a sport association based in Hamburg, world-famous for its football team the HSV. One of the oldest clubs in the world has lots of bright moments in its 126 years long history. It is the only club that has never been relegated from the German Bundesliga since the foundation.

Nowadays HSV are playing-style is very attractive to watch. Led by their captain Rafael van der Vaart, the Hamburg side is scoring lots of goals, making their fans rushing to the stadium. HSV home ground is Imtech Arena, commonly referred as the Volksparkstadion. It is one of the biggest in Europe, with the capacity of 57,000 seats. That is why it was one of the venues of the 2006 World Cup.

Hamburg Fish Market

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Located inside the harbor area, the Hamburg Fish Market offers see goods freshly shipped from all over the world. Here you can find sorts of fish meat, your local vendor surely doesn’t sell. And not just fish – here varieties of exotic products are traded. Every Sunday between 05:00 and 09:30 in the morning, this flea market opens for customers and it has been like that since the 18th century.

Hagenbeck Zoo

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The Tierpark Hagenbeck is the official name of the Hamburg Zoo. It was built in the early 20th century, but was destroyed in an air raid during the WWII. Being a favorite place for Hamburg citizens, it was rebuilt to the exact look as before the demolition.

The Tierpark Hagenbeck was the first zoo in the world which used moats instead ordinary cages to keep the animals separated. That way the animals got more free room, similar to their natural habitats. Currently, the Hamburg zoo houses almost 2,000 animals of more than 200 species.

Alster Lakes

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Hamburg has two artificial lakes in its main area, the Außenalster and the Binnenalster, which are commonly referred as the Alster lakes. The lakes were made using the flow of the river Alster and has became over the years places around which the city has developed. They are used as the most important places for leisure in Hamburg.

The Außenalster literally means the Outside Alster Lake, because it is located just outside the old city walls. This lake is used mostly during summer for sport purposes like swimming, rowing, and sailing. Many tourists like the idea of renting a canoe or a small boat. Hiking around the lake on a 7-kilometer long park track is also a nice way to get away from the city rush.

Binnenalster is the lake closer to the city center. It is smaller but has a greater importance for Hamburg. That is the place where various art exhibitions and music concerts take place. Every September on the banks of this lake, the city government organizes a fair. Dozens of stands are set to offer a different kind of food, beverages, souvenirs, and other merchandise.

Hamburg Rathaus

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Hamburg Rathaus is the town hall of Hamburg and the main city’s government office. Located in the very center of the Hamburg city, between the artificial Alster Lakes and the river Elbe, the Hamburg Rathaus became the top tourist attraction. It’s not just its location and importance that brought fame to the Hamburg City Hall. Its history is equally impressive.

There was a great fire in the mid-19th century, when the most of the city burned to the ground, including the official townhouse. The city of Hamburg invested giant amounts of money to make a new one. After four decades, the Hamburg Rathaus was finally completed. The people of Hamburg invested such great amount of money and time to raise this monumental building, so it would be disrespectful not to visit it on your Hamburg tour.

Airbus Factory

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Airbus is a multinational company from Europe, focused on manufacturing of airplanes. Its headquarters are in Toulouse, France, but the company has factories all around the world. One of them is located in Hamburg and has become an important tourist attraction in the last couple of years.

The company organizes tours around the factory for curious visitors, making them acquainted with the airplane manufacturing process. To enter the facilities, you need to make a reservation in advance due to security checks. The minimal age for visitors to be allowed to enter is fourteen.

Miniatur Wunderland

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Miniatur Wunderland is a railway model museum, attractive not just for train enthusiasts but for all curious tourists. With more than 900 train models, airports, and highways, the Miniatur Wunderland is truly amazing. Millions of visitors already been to experience this miniature world first hand, and came out more than impressed.

Miniatur Wunderland is a part of the Speicherstadt area of the Hamburg port, which is the top tourist destination. It would really be a shame not visiting this museum, when in Hamburg.

Hamburger Kunsthalle

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The culture center of Hamburg is their Hamburger Kunsthalle museum of art. The museum complex consists of three buildings of different age. The oldest part of Hamburger Kunsthalle was built in the 19th century, while the newest addition came in 1997. Located in the central part of Hamburg, near the Main Train Station and the lake Binnenalster, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is an unavoidable tourist checkpoint.

Hamburger Kunsthalle museum proudly exhibits its collection of art, ranging from medieval times to modern days. Works of Max Liebermann, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso and other significant artists are exhibited permanently.

Speicherstadt

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The Speicherstadt consists of many halls that were used as storages. But this warehouse is not an ordinary one, its wonderful façade made it become one of the biggest tourist attractions of Hamburg nowadays. Only a century ago it was a place of high economic significance for the whole Europe. Built in a late 19th century, it served as a duty-free port, one of the rare places in Germany excluded from paying taxes.

Today, The Speicherstadt holds ground for museum exhibitions that attract thousands of visitors. The biggest attraction is Miniatur Wunderland, a model railway museum. Hamburg Dungeon that shows evidence of the city’s darker times and the Afghan Museum, a private-owned Afghanistan-themed museum, are parts of The Speicherstadt district.

Mönckebergstraße

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The main shopping center of Hamburg is the Mönckebergstraße street. The street cuts through the city core, making it a busy place anytime. It is also an avoidable touristic spot as it offers various items, ranging from regular souvenirs to top-class jewelry and clothes. Being in the very center of the city, the prices might be a little higher in the boutiques and shops of the Mönckebergstraße street. However, the price equals quality here.

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