Top 5 Must Do's in Hamburg

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1. Hamburg Habour Cruise - Many agencies in Hamburg offer guided tours of the Port Harbour and the experience is fascinating. Boats leave from St. Pauli Landing daily and take your on a leisurely boat ride along the Elbe River which divides Hamburg. Hamburg harbor is the second largest port in Europe featuring many channels, canals, lakes, and docks that raise and lower. Some of the best sights of Hamburg are seen from the Harbor.

2. St. Michael's Church - St Michael's Church is one of the most visited Protestant churches in Hamburg. The local name is Michaeliskirche, devoted to the Archangel Michael, and is located in the new town. This traditional landmark, is a classic example of Baroque/Renaissance period architecture. Take an elevator to the top of the spire at 433 feet and brace yourself for a spectacular view! In the east courtyard you can view homes called Krameramtswohnungen, built to house the widows of Krameramt.

3. Kunsthalle - This museum focuses on art from the Hamburger Malerei in the 14th century, and features many paintings ranging in period from the 14th century to modern art. The museum was built in 1863, and houses a fantastic collection with artists such as Picasso, Klee, Beckmann, Liebermann, and Corinth, just to name a few. In 1994, one painting by the Kunsthalle was involved in the Frankfurt art theft, but was later recovered after negotiations with the thieves. There are three separate buildings housing art here, make you sure you don't miss one.

4. Rathaus - or better known as city hall, is an extremely impressive structure in the old town of Hamburg. The current city hall was built in 1897, after a fire destroyed the old structure of 1842. Because of the swamping ground surrounding city hall, 4000 oak tree poles had to be put in the ground to stabilize the building. The architecture is a mix of styles ranging from baroque to classic, to renaissance. A tour through this beautiful and historic building will only set you back 1 euro, and will take you through the many gorgeous rooms and salons.

5. Speicherstadt - The old warehouse district of Hamburg has recently been given a facelift and turned into the one of Hamburg's best known attractions. Located within the old Speicherstadt you will find Eisenbahn-Wunderland, a miniature land with tiny trains, villages, and landscapes from the around the world, where every little, minute detail has been attended to. The miniaturwunderland is one of the largest model railways in the world. Wander through the cobblestone streets and canals of the old Speicherstadt, built in the late 19th century, and admire the beautiful red brick style of the Hanseatic architecture. There are numerous museums, shops, cafes, and other fun attractions such as the Hamburg Dungeon to the pirate Stoertebeker.

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