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Hamburg Sightseeing

From: Hamburg City Guide

Sightseeing boats in Hamburg

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Sightseeing on land

Marco Polo guidebook: HamburgStart your sightseeing in the city center, using the tourist office's free Hamburg Map and sightseeing brochures. (You might also want to purchase a guidebook: The English-language edition of Marco Polo: Hamburg is available at most bookstores, and it has everything you're likely to need for a tourist visit of a few days.)

Rathaus HamburgIn the heart of the city, you'll find the Rathaus or Town Hall next to the Binnenalster lake. (Guided Rathaus tours are available.)

In the vicinity are canals that lead to the harbor, historic churches (several with tower observation platforms), the romantic streets around the Grossneumarkt, and plenty of places to spend your money (see our shopping page).

Grosse Freiheit StreetTo the west, in the St. Pauli district, you'll find the notorious streets around the Reeperbahn. The former sailors' quarter still has a municipally-supervised red-light district with limited hours, but these days it's better known for nightclubs, bars, and the Beatles (who played at various clubs in the neighborhood half a century ago).

Dock 11 HamburgDon't miss Hamburg's waterfront, where you'll find views of the busy harbor, ferries, museum ships, and other things to see and do.

SpeicherstadtNearby, the canals and brick warehouses of the early 20th Century Speicherstadt connect with the new HafenCity, or Harbor City, a massive real-estate development that will increase Hamburg's inner-city by 40 per cent when it's finished in the next decade or two.

If you'd like to take general-interest or specialized tours on foot, try Robin and the Tourguides, a tour from the Hamburger Tourist Guides Association, or the Historic Whores' Tour.

Finally, if you can afford a private guide, Dr. Tomas H. Kaiser won't disappoint you.

Sightseeing by boat

Marine Circle Line boatPublic water buses, sightseeing boats, and water taxis make it easy to enjoy Hamburg's from the Wasser without getting your feet wet. For details, read our Sightseeing Boats and Harbor Tours article.

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In this Hamburg city guide:
Hamburg City Guide - Introduction
Museums, attractions
Culture, entertainment
Hotels, restaurants
Transportation, tourist information

Related articles:
Sightseeing Boats and Harbor Tours
BallinStadt Emigration Museum
Hempel's Beatles Tour
Franzbrötchen (Hamburg sweet rolls)
Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg
Dr. Tomas H. Kaiser (private tourist guide)

Also see:
HAPAG Halle Cuxhaven (Steubenhöft)