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Museums and Exhibitions

Planetarium Hamburg© Reinhard Lucas / Wikimedia Commons [gemeinfrei]


Hamburg’s planetarium is located in an impressive building in the middle of Stadtpark. Situated in a former water tower with a look-out platform at a height of 40 metres, here it is all about stars, stellar constellations and the movements of the planets. During a range of different events, visitors can find out all there is to know about the creation of the world, black holes and strange planets; but concerts, music and light shows with modern lasers, special events for children lectures ensure an all-around programme for the whole family. And if you want to get a little closer to the stars, you can enjoy brilliant views to the skies as well as over the Stadtpark and Hamburg.

Planetarium Hamburg
Hindenburgstr. 1b
22303 Hamburg
Tel.: 040-42886520


Hamburg Dungeon

Hamburg Dungeon is an exhibition that tells the story of Hamburg in a very special way. Here you won’t find any texts or exhibition cases, but rather actors and simulations of important events. One focus of the Dungeon is the pirate Klaus Störtebeker, who got up to no good during the middle ages, but the great fire of Hamburg, the black plague, the Thirty Years’ War and the execution of Hamburg’s criminals are other “highlights” of the exhibition. A boat trip around Hamburg’s underground and a drop tower are special extras for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies.

Hamburg Dungeon
Kehrwieder 2
20457 Hamburg
Tel.: 040-36005520


Hamburg's Miniature Wonderland© Leif Jørgensen / Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 2.5]

Miniature Wonderland

Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland has become one of the city’s most popular attractions. The largest model railway in the world shows various regions in Germany, Europe and the whole world in miniature format. The focus of the exhibition is the model railway, which is brought alive through its true-to-scale environment, meaning, for example, that the HSV stadium, Hagenbeck’s Zoo, the Köhlbrand Bridge and St. Michaelis Church are built to scale for Hamburg. Of course, there are townspeople as well – numerous model with their own personal charm hustle and bustle in the trains and streets of Hamburg. Alongside the Hamburg section there is also a European Alpine region, North America and Scandinavia. Other sections are planned, which should be read by 2020.

Miniature Wonderland
Kehrwieder 2-4 Block D
20457 Hamburg
Tel.: 040-3006800


MKG Hamburg© Template:MKG Dennis Conrad / Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Arts and Crafts Museum

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe or Museum for Art and Crafts in Hamburg was founded in 1874 by the Patriotic Society of 1765, which campaigned for the promotion of art during the Enlightenment. The museum building was built to plans by the architect Carl Johann Christian Zimmermann, but was destroyed during a heavy bombing raid in the Second World War. Reconstruction took until the end of the 1950s. Today about 700,000 items are on show, making the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe one of Europe’s largest art museums. Objects such as historic keyboards, Baroque sculptures, tiles and porcelain from Asia and the Islamic world and modernist utensils and artworks from enthral visitors to the museum.

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe
20099 Hamburg
Tel.: 040-428134880



It’s not just London and Berlin that are home to wax works, Hamburg has its own as well. The Panoptikum is Germany’s oldest wax works and was already attracting visitors in 1879. It was founded by the wood sculptor Friedrich Hermann Faerber at Spielbuden Square on the Reeperbahn, the main street of Hamburg’s red-light district. Today, over 130 wax figures enthral visitors, including actors, athletes and politicians.

Spielbudenplatz 3
20359 Hamburg
Tel.: 040-310317


Cap San Diego © Garitzko / Wikimedia Commons [gemeinfrei]

Cap San Diego

Cap San Diego at the Hamburg Harbour is a former cargo vessel that today serves as a museum ship. Built by the German Shipyards in Hamburg in 1961, Cap San Diego was one ship in the “Cap San” series, which transported machines, raw materials, animals and other cargo between Germany and South America. There were often passengers on board that used the ship’s passage to travel to South America. As a museum ship, Cap San Diego has an exhibition about mechanised cargo ship construction as well as temporary exhibits. Some rooms are also used as venues for various events.

Cap San Diego
20459 Hamburg


Rickmer Rickmers© Sascha D.E. / Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Rickmer Rickmers

Another museum ship is Hamburg’s Rickmer Rickmers. This three-mast freight sailing ship is berthed at Hamburg Harbour and had its maiden voyage in 1896. It was produced by the Bremerhaven Shipyard, Rickmer Clasen Rickmers. After numerous voyages around the world with all kinds of different cargo, it lost its mizzenmast in 1904 and was berthed at Cape Town harbour for some time. During the First World War it was berthed at the Azores islands, before the Portuguese appropriated the boat to transport war freight. Later, as a Portuguese training ship, it won the Tall Ships Races Regatta. Rickmer Rickmers did not find its way back to North Germany until 1983: Fiete Schmidt, the chairman of the Hamburg Harbour Association founded the society “Windjammer for Hamburg”, and brought the historic ship back. He had it restored and converted it into a museum ship.

Rickmer Rickmers
Ponton 1a
20359 Hamburg


Museum for Ethnology

Hamburg is an international, cosmopolitan city – even in its world of museums. The Museum for Ethnology examines all kinds of cultures, all of the world, and conveys an exciting, comprehensive impression of Native Americans, Maori and the culture of the old Egyptians. A number of items such as masks from the South Seas, instruments from Africa and typical architecture from the island of Bali demonstrated differences between the cultures. Alongside the permanent exhibition, a number of temporary and travelling exhibitions create diversity. A number of different markets and events round off the cultural programme.

Museum für Völkerkunde
Rothenbaumchaussee 64
20148 Hamburg
Tel.: 040-4288790


Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial

The memorial site Neuengamme was set up to conserve the memory oft he atrocities of the National Socialists, both before and during the Second World War. In the largest concentration camp in North-West Germany, more than 42,000 people died, more than 100,000 were incarcerated. At the end of the war, it was first used by the British occupation as a Prisoner of War Camp, then by the city of Hamburg as a penal institution, before it was declared a memorial. Today, there a number of permanent exhibitions at the memorial site as well as changing temporary exhibitions. Topics include the history of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp, forced labour and the SS.

Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial
Jean-Dolidier-Weg 75
21039 Hamburg
Tel.: 040-428131500


St. Nikolai Memorial

The St. Nikolai Memorial is testament to the victims and destruction of the Nazi period and the Second World War. It was originally the main church of the city of Hamburg, but was partially destroyed during the air strikes of 1943. Its central location within walking distance from the harbour and the inner city, it towers above the surrounding office buildings and is thus very conspicuous. The church spire also helps in this regard: at the time of its construction in the 19th century, it was the highest church tower in the world. Since 2005 a glass panorama lift takes interested visitors half way up the more than 140m high steeple, where they can enjoy impressive views of Hamburg. In the building next door there is a permanent exhibition about the history of the church and the destruction of Hamburg.

St. Nikolai Memorial
Willy-Brandt-Straße 60
20457 Hamburg
Tel.: 040-371125