Selected Places of Interest in Hamburg
St Michaelis Church
St Michaelis, the Lutheran main church in the southern part of the Neustadt, is affectionately known by locals as ‘Michel’ for short. The church was built between 1647 and 1669 by Peter Marquardt and Christoph Corbinus. It burnt down twice and has been rebuilt twice since then. Today St Michaelis Church impresses with its bright Baroque nave with a total of five organs. The observation deck of the church tower stands at a height of 106 metres and offers a panoramic view of the port and the city.
Englische Planke 1 (Neustadt)
Built between 1886 and 1897, Hamburg’s town hall dominates the city centre with its impressive architecture and its 112 metre-high tower. This magnificent sandstone Neo-Renaissance building is the seat of the Hamburg Senate and the Hamburg State Parliament. It has 647 rooms and its façade displays the statues of twenty kings and emperors of the old German Empire. The representative halls and back rooms can be viewed only on guided tours. Also worth seeing is the fountain of Hamburg’s patron goddess Harmonia in the town hall’s courtyard.
Rathausmarkt 1, (St. Georg)
The Chilehaus is one of the finest examples of “Brick Expressionism” – an architectural style popular in Hamburg in the 1920s, which is characterised by the use of clay tiles and hard-baked bricks. Built by architect Fritz Höger, the Chilehaus constitutes the very centre of Hamburg’s Kontorhaus district. The name of the building is derived from the nitrate trade between Hamburg and Chile. Built between 1922 and 1924, it was one of the first of Hamburg’s high-rise buildings. The Kontorhaus district and the Speicherstadt district have been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site 2015.
Fischertwiete 2 (St. Georg)
The Tanzende Türme, which are also known as the Tango Towers, are two skyscrapers at the very beginning of the Reeperbahn. The building complex was built in 2012, and was designed by Hamburg architect Hadi Teherani. The Reeperbahn’s new landmark is intended to represent a couple dancing tango. Behind the curved façade structure of glass and steel there are not only offices but also the sky restaurant Clouds. Another highlight to be encountered here are the two mechanical winged entrance doors in the ground that lead to the subterranean Mojo Club.
Reeperbahn 1 (Neustadt)
The Jungfernstieg, Hamburg's most famous boulevard, is located right in the centre of Hamburg on the southern shore of the Inner Alster. In the old days, families would take their Sunday walks here, parading their unmarried daughters (or Jungfern). Today the Jungfernstieg is a popular destination for locals and tourists for shopping and strolling. The public stairs just opposite the magnificent Alsterhaus department store are the perfect place to relax beside the Inner Alster Lake. From here, the Alster ferries set off to the Outer Alster Lake.
The bunker on Feldstrasse was built during the Second World War and served as an air raid shelter. Built between 1942 and 1944, the bunker gave shelter to more than 18,000 people during bombing raids. It has been used as a media and music centre since 1990. Today, the building is home to e.g. the radio station Byte.fm, the clubs Terrace Hill and Uebel & Gefährlich, as well as numerous agencies, artists and musicians. The Ensemble Resonanz chamber orchestra also has a rehearsal room here.
Feldstrasse 66 (Neustadt)
Some of Hamburg’s finest and most luxurious villas are located around the Rondeelteich, a small pond leading off the Alster in the district of Winterhude. This is where some of the city’s most affluent people reside, and many of these are descendants of Hanseatic merchant families whose wealth stems from Hamburg’s trading history. The beautiful villas can only be viewed from the water. You can peek into the magnificent front gardens from your pedal boat or an Alster ferry.