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The City Hall is the headquarters of the parliament and the Senate (state government) of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
The architecturally magnificent building on the Inner Alster was built in 1897 by various builders in the historicist Neo-Renaissance style. The tower has a height of 112 m and is thus a prominent landmark in the city.
When visiting the City Hall it is worth participating in a guided tour. They take place every 30 minutes every day (in winter every hour), tours in english and french upon request and a needed. The tour gives you a special insight into this beautiful and impressive building.
The old Elbe Tunnel was opened on May 7th 1911 as "St. Pauli Elbe Tunnel" and was considered a technical marvel. The old Elbe Tunnel was built to relieve the ferry operations on the Elbe, as the number of port workers increased rapidly in the beginning of the twentieth century. Nowadys the old Elbe Tunnel remains a connection between St. Pauli Docking Piers and the Elbe island Steinwerder. Mostly it is more of a nostalgic memory and a wonderful tourist attraction though. A walk or drive through the 426 metres length of old Elbe Tunnel is a special and great experience when visiting Hamburg harbour. Pedestrians and cyclist use the tunnel free of charge and may then enjoy fantastic views over the Hanseatic City and the harbour. You may also drive through the tunnel by car, but will then have to pay a fee of 2,-.
Please make sure to regard the oneway rules: cars may drive direction Steinwerder from 8am to 1pm and direction St. Pauli from 1pm to 6pm during the week, while on weekends and public holidays the tunnel is closed for cars. Pedestrians and cyclists may use the tunnel at all times.
From the entrance hall with a beautiful cupola there are dramatic stairways taking you down into the tunnel. If you do not feel like walking, you may also just take one of the four elevators that are just as spectacular as the stairways. The tunnel tubes are decorated with mural reliefs which illustrate in a most dramatic way the overlying river Elbe, using images of fish, crayfish, shells, but also of rats and items, that have been thrown away.
The old Elbe Tunnel was listed as landmarked building in 2003 and was furthermore, on the occasion of it´s 100th birthday, honored as „historical landmark of engineer architecture in Germany“ by the Federal Chamber of Engineers and the Hamburg engineering chamber construction.
Recently visiting the old Elbe Tunnel has become quite difficult, due to several conructions going on. Currently the east tube is being refurbished with the west tube to follow end of 2019.
The protestant St. Michaelis Church, often affectionately called "Michel" by locals, is not only Hamburg's largest church; but also one of the most famous landmarks of the city. The 132m high tower of the curch is visible from almost any point of the city. Often the Michel was the first building sailors saw when they arrived at their home port Hamburg, so to them the Michel was a landmark and symbol for home.
Church St. Michaelis is said to be the most relevant barock church in northern Germany. It is located above the harbour and the St. Pauli docking piers in the southern part of Neustadt, not far from Großneumarkt. The building today is a reconstruction, since the church has been destroyed in a fire in 1906.
Not only is the Michel the most popular, but with 2,500 seats, also the biggest church in Hamburg. The tower is cased with copperplates and takes you over 452 steps up on the top to a viewing terrace with a spectaculous all around view over the Hansestadt. And yes, you may also just take the elevator if you don´t feel like walking up the stairs to the platform in 82 meters height.
According to a 300 year old tradition, the „Türmer vom Michel“, the trumpeter, blows a trumpet choral in all four cardinal directions every day. On working days at 10am and 9pm, and on Sundays and holidays at noon.
On special days the tower of the Michel is also open at night until around 11pm, which allows you fantastic views at the illuminated city and the harbour enlighted.
Directly underneath the platform there ist the biggest tower clock in all of Germany. It has a diameter of eight metres, while the big hand of the four faces, that are fixed on every side side of the tower, have a lenght of five metres and the small hands a length of about 3,60 metres.
May to Octobre 9am-8pm (last admission at 7:30pm)
November to April 10am-6pm(last admission at 5:30pm)
church: the entrance to the church is free, you are asked for a donation though, to retain the Michel
tower: adults 5,- (4,-), children age 6-15 3,50 (2,50)
crypt: adults 4,- (3,-), children age 6-15 2,50 (1,50)
package price tower and crypt: adults 7,- (6,-), children age 6-15 3,50 (2,50)
The Speicherstadt (warehouse district) is one of the most prominent landmarks of the Hanseatic city. The historic district is situated at the edge of the harbour, right next to the newly built Hafencity and covers the area between Baumwall and Oberhafen. The Speicherstadt in Hamburg with a surface of about 26 hectares is the largest coherent warehouse district in the world, built on wooden beam structure with oak supports. The stakes of each warehouse are connected to the dike on one side and to the road on the other side of the building. In former times the warehouses were stockrooms for goods like tea, coffee and spices, which were stored over five levels, attainable via winches. Today many agencies are based in the warehouses, but also carpet dealers as well as several museums, like the warehouse district museum, the museum of customs and the Museums of Spices and the Miniatur Wunderland, are based in the Speicherstadt.
Since 1991 Speicherstadt is under monumental protection and was, together with Kontorhausviertel and Chilehaus, in 2015 listed as UNESCO world heritage sign. The construction of Speicherstadt started five years before the development of the harbour and took place from 1883 to 1927. There are six dikes running through the brick and clinker complex, as well as several bridges, which allow spectaculous views over the harbour, the city and the Elbe philharmonic hall. The dikes are part of harbour cruises or special Speicherstadt cruises by launch. Especially in the evening hours Speicherstadt creates a very romantic and mystic atmosphere, when 800 lamps illuminate the brick houses and bridges.
Reeperbahn, often also called Kiez, is Hamburg´s most prominent street within the entertainment and red light district of St. Pauli. From Millerntor to Nobistor, on a length of 930 metres, you find several bars, night clubs, restaurants, theaters and shops. Reeperbahn is often called „the most sinful mile in the world“ („die sündigste Meile der Welt“) and that is for a reason, as there are no limits on Reeperbahn and anything is possible. During the day the whole area is more of a dull atmosphere, while at night it is all about entertainment - when neon signs, loud music and flows of party animals capture the Kiez. At Hans-Albers-Platz, half-way, there are several more little streets with even more bars and small clubs. Further up, the Hamburger Berg is a street famous for it´s bars with juke boxes and the favourite drink „Mexikaner“. Right parallel to Reeperbahn runs the Herbertstraße, the street of brothels.
The Spielbudenplatz at the beginning of Reeperbahn has been redesigned, when the famous Esso skyscrapers have been torned-down. It is now a square full of cultural institutions like „Tanzende Türme“, „Schmidt´s Tivoli“, „St. Pauli Theater“, the„Operettenhaus“ as well as the wax museum „Panoptikum“. Spielbudenplatz is a venue for several fleamarkets, the Food-Truck Sessions, a night market and many other events. Davidwache is not only one of the most famous police stations in the world, but also the one with the smallest territory in the whole of europe – a mere of 0.92 sqm and about 14.000 inhabitants. The Beatles-Platz is a memory of the gigs in Hamburg that the Beatles did in an early stage of their world career, with performances at Star Club, Kaiserkeller, Top Ten Club, Indra and others. The square is circular shaped and looks like a vinyl disc, it is decorated with the silhouettes of the Beatles.