There are lots of things to do and places to see in Hamburg. Below are some of the favorite things to see in Hamburg.
The light show at Hafencity Universität Station
While in Hamburg, take the subway and trains and enjoy the high quality of public transport available in the city. While you do that, you should find the time to go to the Hafencity Universität Station, a U-Bahn famous for its gorgeous futuristic colorful illumination.
The station was opened to the public in 2012, and its colorful light design is meant to represent the city of Hamburg. The blues in the stations represent the water that surrounds the city. The reds are the red brick from the wharf buildings and the metals from the ships that pass by.
Old Elbe Tunnel
The Old Elbe Tunnel is a piece of Hamburg history. It was opened to the public in 1911 and was considered by many an engineering marvel of the world. It was the first river tunnel in Europe. It connected the St. Pauli neighborhood with the harbor area with its docks and shipyards on the south side of the Elbe river.
You must pay attention to the decorated tunnel walls inside the tunnel. They are made of glazed terra cotta and display ornaments that relate to the Elbe river like fish and crabs, but there are rats and some litter, which we think is amusing.
The St. Nicholas Church
It’s easy to spot the tall gothic tower from the St. Nicholas Church in the Hamburg skyline. Nowadays, it doesn’t appear as glorious as it used to, but this was the tallest building on Earth from 1874 to 1876, which is more than enough reason to visit it.
In German, it’s called St.-Nikolai-Kirche and is the second tallest building in Hamburg, only losing to the TV Tower. During the Second World War, the church was used as an orientation marker for the pilots during the extensive air raids. Even though it was helpful to the Royal British Force and the United States Army Forces, the church was bombed during the war. The tower remained, but the church was left in ruins.
In 1951, the nave and choir area was demolished, and cleanup left it close to what can be seen today. Back n 1977, the St. Nikolai Memorial was inaugurated, and it’s dedicated to the victims of war in the years from 1933 to 1945 in Germany.
The Blankenese Shipwrecks
It’s easy to spot the shipwrecks when the tide is low, but they disappear quickly later in the day. We are talking about the Blankenese Shipwrecks, which consists of two ships that wrecked around Hamburg decades ago.
Today, they serve as breakwaters to protect the Elbe shore. For some people in the city, it might be part of what it means to live in the largest harbor in Germany. For us, it was a great excuse to take our drone to a new piece of Hamburg and see one of the most unusual things to see in Hamburg with our own eyes and cameras.
The German Food Additives Museum
During our first time in Hamburg as Fotostrasse, we decided to explore the area where our hotel was, which is how we found out about the German Food Additives Museum. Called the Deutsches Zusatzstoffmuseum in German, this small museum is dedicated to explaining the use of various chemicals and other substances in the food we eat every day.
We thought this was good enough for us, so we headed there without knowing what to expect. But we left the museum wondering about everything presented and how people should know more about it. This is what made this museum so fascinating.
This is why we have to close this list with this cool and unusual place to see in Hamburg.
We have some tips if you are wondering where to stay in Hamburg
INNSiDE by Meliá Hamburg Hafen can be found in the same area as Deutsches Zusatzstoffmuseum, and it has a great view of the canals that pass in front of it. We know you will love it there.
The Hotel City House is the most central among the ones we are sharing here and has a more classical look. Close to Hamburg’s beautiful Rathaus and to everything you’ll need to find your way around town.
Hafencity Universität Station
Old Elbe Tunnel
St. Nicholas Church
The Blankenese Shipwrecks
Superbude Altona Paradise
Superbude Hamburg St. Pauli
INNSiDE by Meliá Hamburg Hafen
The Hotel City House
5 Great and Unusual Things to See in Hamburg
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