Gröninger-Privatbrauerei, Hamburg

If you want to get a beer brewed in Hamburg, Germany, you might typically choose an Astra or Holsten. They’re the most famous ones, but the oldest brewery from 1793 at the oldest brewery location (used since 1722) is Gröninger. The Gröning Privatbrauerei produces a delicious, amber-colored Pilsener close to the historic Speicherstadt and Chilehaus. The building itself was built in 1761 and is one of the last Baroque-style buildings in the old city center; it is therefore protected as a cultural heritage since 1944.

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Alter Elbtunnel, Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany, is located at the river Elbe which splits the city into two parts: the city itself with the residential zones in the North and the docklands / industrial zone in the South. When tourists today want to see musicals in the harbour they cross the river by boat. But what about the workers that needed to cross the river twice a day? For them, the St.-Pauli-Elbtunnel or Alter Elbtunnel (to distinguish it from the motorway tunnel opened in 1975) was opened in 1911: a tunnel under river Elbe that can be passed on foot as well as with cars.

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Landungsbrücken, Hamburg

The St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken at Hamburg, Germany, are an ancient pier for passenger ships dating back to the year 1839. These ships were by that time powered by coal and it was, therefore, wanted to keep a distance between the ships and the harbour buildings to prevent fire. The pier is 688 meters long and from here big ships went on long journeys – a place that must have seen many tears of joy and sorrow.

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Kunsthalle, Hamburg

The Hamburger Kunsthalle is a fantastic art museum close to the railway station of Hamburg, Germany. It consists of three buildings dating back to 1868, 1921 and 1996 and also the art shown here covers a long time period from the Middle Ages to modern and contemporary art. The collection is presented on 13,000 square meters throughout the interconnected buildings and you can walk there for hours enjoying fine art.

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Tierpark Hagenbeck

Tierpark Hagenbeck, Hamburg

Hagenbecks Tierpark at Hamburg, Germany, is a well-known zoological garden. In fact, it consists of two things that can be visited separately: the tropical aquarium and the zoological garden. In 1907 it was the first zoo without fences, but its roots go back to 1848 when a member of the Hagenbeck family started to exhibit six seals in the city centre. Today you can see more than 1,800 animals of 200 species in the zoo and 14,000 animals from 300 species inside the aquarium.

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Maritimes Museum

Internationales Maritimes Museum, Hamburg

You can’t get to Hamburg, Germany, without learning something about seafaring. It is a necessity like eating fresh fish or visiting the Reeperbahn. A very good place for this is the Internationales Maritimes Museum (IMMH) located in an old storage building at the Speicherstadt. It was opened in 2008 and exhibits on nine floors nearly everything about people crossing the sea on a boat. This includes 50,000 miniature boats, numerous paintings about seafaring and special things I never heard about before like ship models made from bones.

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Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

The Elbphilharmonie is a giant concert hall at the Speicherstadt of Hamburg, Germany, and the city’s newest gem. It fits well into the location by combining the existing foundations of a former storage building with a new glass front on top. It was inaugurated in 2017 and has already become a new icon of the city. In addition to the concert locations, you can also find restaurants, a hotel and a coffee bar inside the building.

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Rathaus, Hamburg

The town hall of Hamburg, Germany, is an absolute beauty. It is located near the Jungfernstieg and the Binnenalster and shows the extreme richness of the city in the past. It was built between 1886 and 1897 in the Renaissance revival style. The 112 meters high tower is an icon of the city. You can walk around inside and outside the building for a very long time and always discover something new as the building is very rich in decorations.

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Große Freiheit

Große Freiheit 36, Hamburg

The Große Freiheit (lit. ‘large freedom‘) is a side street of the Reeperbahn at Hamburg, Germany. It goes back to the 17th century when a special economic zone (the ‘Freiheit‘) was created here – giving the inhabitants freedom concerning crafts and religion. But the street became much more famous later when being part of the red-light zone with striptease clubs named Safari, Colibri or Salambo. Later it became a place for music; the Beatles played their first concerts at the Star-Club.

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Egon Hotel, Hamburg

The hotel Egon is nothing really special – just a clean and good hotel in Hamburg, Germany. It is one of these places that you would book because of its location at the end of the Reeperbahn – the party zone of the city with a lot of hustle and bustle at night. I want to a concert at the Große Freiheit and for that, the hotel was perfect because of the very short way to bed.

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