Hamburg Culture & history

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Hamburg: Hamburg Dungeon Admission Ticket

1. Hamburg: Hamburg Dungeon Admission Ticket

The Hamburg Dungeon brings the darkest period's of the city's history to life in an entertaining way. The state-of-the-art special effects and professional actors provide a very special kind of live entertainment. The live actors step into historical roles and take you on a journey through 600 years of Hamburg's murky past in interactive shows. The visitor attraction in the historical Speicherstadt district presents 11 different shows on a 90-minute tour and offers plenty of action on 2 fun rides. Visitors can embark on an unusual journey on the "Elevator of Doom". You can also discover the dark years of the Plague or try to save the pirate Klaus Störtebecker from execution. Defend yourself before the mercy of the inquisition and face the revenge of a restless spirit - with a twinkle in the inquisitor's eyes and the opportunity for lots of fun.

Reeperbahn: Panik City Udo Lindenberg Multimedia Experience

2. Reeperbahn: Panik City Udo Lindenberg Multimedia Experience

Located on the Reeperbahn, right across from the famous Spielbudenplatz - Panik City awaits. The 90-minute multimedia experience highlights the life's work of famous German musician and artist Udo Lindenberg and invites music fans, technic geeks, adults and children, alike. Take a guided walking tour through the museum which can be described as a beautiful symphony of art, culture, and media. Follow in Udo's footsteps - painting with "likörelle" and recording a hit while also learning about life in GDR and Udo's role as an advocate for social justice. The lines between history and present become blurred, thanks to augmented and virtual reality as you are taken on a colorful journey. The tour starts at café 'Alten Liebe – die Panik Bar', where your guide will greet you and take you inside the museum. During the tour, the guide will instruct you on how to use the technical equipment and guide you through the different stages of this experience. After 90 minutes of history, music, and technology the tour will end at café 'Alten Liebe – die Panik Bar', where you will receive a complimentary alcoholic shot. The tour is perfect for families, music fans and technology enthusiast.

Hamburg: Ticket to the Panoptikum Waxworks

3. Hamburg: Ticket to the Panoptikum Waxworks

Discover the fascination between waxworks and reality at the Panoptikum in Hamburg – the oldest waxworks in Germany. Experience the fascinating world of wax, merging reality with fantasy, across 700 square meters. Meet more than 120 personalities from history, art, and politics as well as celebrities and superstars – all lifelike and closely replicated as wax figures. Whether Michael Schumacher, Queen Elizabeth II, Vitali Klitschko, Karl Lagerfeld, or Helmut Schmidt – they're all waiting for you! You can also discover the giant woman Mariedl with a height of 2.27 meters as well as a man with 3 eyes and other extraordinary people. A scary corner and a medical-anatomical cabinet complete the exhibition.

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Tour of the Chocoversum

4. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Tour of the Chocoversum

This tour takes you on a discovery of Hamburg’s chocolate side. Visit the Chocoversum by Hachez, a museum with an interactive experience in which everything revolves around sweet chocolate. Experts will take you on a 1.5-hour pleasure trip, on which you follow the cocoa beans on their exciting journey from cultivation to the finished chocolate bar. Sample the exquisite delicacies at every stage of production and experience for yourself how the delicate glaze and the fine taste develops to the end product. Follow all of the production steps closely and even create your own chocolate bar to take with you.

Hamburg: Entrance to the Museum Ship Cap San Diego

5. Hamburg: Entrance to the Museum Ship Cap San Diego

Go on an imaginary journey to the 1960s and 70s, across the Atlantic Ocean to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires and back again. Experience life as a lookout on the bridge or stand deep within the Machine Room to feel the steady pulse of the engines. Relax with the passengers in the saloon to the sound of light music while on a fun-filled voyage to South America. Cap San Diego is the largest civil museum ship in the world. It is the last surviving ship in a series of six fast general cargo ships, which were built in 1961/62 for the shipping company Hamburg South and drove to South America until the end of 1981. Hamburg's unique maritime monument has been a museum ship since 1988 and can be visited from bridge to hatch and from heart to head. During your self-guided tour, watch the documentary "A Suitcase Full of Hope - Emigration Port of Hamburg" about the fate of emigrants between 1850 and 1930. In hatch 2, find the permanent exhibition "General Cargo and Container Handling," which clearly documents the history of sea freight transport from 1960 to today with many historical images and explanatory texts.

Hamburg: International Maritime Museum Entrance Ticket

6. Hamburg: International Maritime Museum Entrance Ticket

Take a voyage of discovery across nine 'decks' at the impressive International Maritime Museum. Housed inside the oldest surviving warehouse in Hamburg, the museum gives you a comprehensive view of the sea and oceans, and how cultures have explored them throughout the millennia. Meet pirates, find out how captains mastered navigation, look at hundreds of nautical uniforms and connect with Hamburg's important nautical history. The exhibition includes more than 40,000 pieces, making it the world's largest private maritime collection. An absolute highlight of this museum is the floor dedicated to marine biology research. This portion of the exhibit was developed in collaboration with leading scientific institutions and is constantly updated. Research instruments, samples from the sea bed, films taken by diving robots, an actual wall of ice and fascinating underwater audio samples deliver a vivid impression of the seas.

Hamburg: Sightseeing Tour with 'Scuddy'

7. Hamburg: Sightseeing Tour with 'Scuddy'

Scoot through the fashionable Hafenstadt to the harbour! Experience the most beautiful highlights during the guided tours of the HafenCity along the Elbe. This 2 hour tour is available for you for €49. Huge driving fun guaranteed! Check out the track and details: Meeting point is at Honkgongstraße 6. The Meeting time is 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour. • This Route has several important viewpoints • This tour operates in groups of 3 to 9 people • Tour times are included in a short briefing • Minimum age 15 in Class B (cars) • Driver's license must be carried • Physical and mental health, body weight of up to 120 kg • On the tour there is a helmet obligation, suitable helmets are available to all guests and included in the tour price

Hamburg: Dialogue in the Dark® Exhibition Guided Tour

8. Hamburg: Dialogue in the Dark® Exhibition Guided Tour

See nothing but discover a lot on a visit to the unique Dialogue in the Dark® exhibition. Take a safe and humorous guided walk through the completely darkened exhibition with your blind host in a small group of no more than 8 people. Get to know each other without leaning on appearances, overcome prejudices, and handle daily situations without relying on your eyes. Equipped with a blind cane, discover the world that we usually take for granted in a completely new way. Hear, feel, and find your bearings in various non-visual situations of daily life, like going for a walk in the park and crossing a busy city street. Enjoy an experience that will live long in your memory as even buying something in the dark turns into fun. The last stop on the tour is at the Dark Bar where you can talk about your experience over a drink with the guides. Ask your guide all the questions which naturally arise during the tour and compare notes with your fellow visitors. As this fascinating experience gradually comes to an end after about 60 minutes, slowly return to the well-lit foyer with a brand new perspective on the world.

Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Tour

9. Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Tour

Immerse yourself in the contrasting world of Hamburg, with both its historic Speicherstadt and its new, modern HafenCity. Although the houses of the Speicherstadt were designed by different architects, they present nevertheless a harmonic bigger picture, completed by single buildings with exposed elements. The Speicherstadt was built not aiming not at beauty but convenience. Head over to the HafenCity with its modern, sophisticated architecture that has also spawned impressive buildings. Walk among these interesting buildings and enjoy the maritime flair. The Elbe Philharmonic Hall lies at the end of the HafenCity and Speicherstadt. This exciting and controversial project in Hamburg's HafenCity is an impressive building that began construction in 2007.

Hamburg: St. Pauli Historical Crime Scenes Guided Tour

10. Hamburg: St. Pauli Historical Crime Scenes Guided Tour

Learn about a century of highly criminal events that some people can't or don't want to remember. Visit the crime scenes with your guide and see places that will give you a frighteningly real view of thoroughly investigated cases.Experience the story of the murdering hairdresser Otto Kneipp, discover where the psychopath Fritz Honka used to look out for women, and walk in the footsteps of the pimp wars of the 1980s. See how The Reeperbahn has survived its troubled past.Conclude your tour with your guide with a little more knowledge on the parts of Hamburg that have been scrubbed away, but still leave a mark. New tales of true crime scenes will leave a lasting impression on the city.

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4.5 / 5

based on 16,663 reviews

Beautifully presented maritime artifacts and information in extensive and comprehensively themed exhibits. Plan on two to three hours to receive an overview... four to six hours if you intend a fuller immersion. Highly recommended.

I've done a lot of dungeon and Ghost tours and this one has been the best so far. Great acting and effects make some moments truly frightening. Highly recommended.

My son and I had so much fun. The staff in workshop introduce the production in detail with interesting content. Good for both kids and adults.

Sehr interessant und der Führer hat viele Informationen gegeben.

Love it. Super experiential and guide makes you v comfortable.