Discover the Art Mile: Hamburg’s Art Mile (Kunstmeile) is an association of five famous art museums located within walking distance of each other. Together the Bucerius Kunst Forum, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstverein Hamburg, and Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg exhibit 4,000 years’ worth of applied arts and design, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. Purchase an Art Mile Pass as an easy way to visit each museum on the route.
Visit MARKK Hamburg: Properly known as Museum am Rothenbaum – Kulturen und Künste der Welt, MARKK Hamburg is one of the world’s largest ethnology museums. Admire the museum’s collection of 350,000 objects and gain insights into cultures around the world.
Be amazed by the Elbphilharmonie: One of the world’s largest concert venues, the Elbphilharmonie is a must-see for lovers of art and architecture in Hamburg. Go on a guided tour of the building and see the view from the platform at the top or attend a performance for a completely different appreciation of the space. Elbphilharmonie, Platz der Deutschen Einheit, HafenCity.
Theatre, Arts, and Music
No Hamburg culture trip is complete without taking in some of the theatre, arts, and music happening in the city this year. Take a look at some of the most popular productions, performances, and exhibitions in 2023.
Masha Silchenko: Nothing Ever Happened: See Masha Silchenko’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures which explore the night as a sanctuary for magical beings. Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. Until 11 March.
Femme Fatale: Gaze – Power – Gender: View artworks from the 19th century to the present in a critical examination of the myth of the femme fatale in its genesis and historical transformation. Hamburger Kunsthalle. Until 10 April.
Italian Opera Week: This year’s Italian Opera Week opens with the premiere of Puccini's Il Trittico. The week also offers six repertoire productions. Hamburgische Staatsoper, Dammtorstraße 28. 12 March – 23 April.
7th Hamburg International Music Festival: Enjoy performances by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Resonnanz, and a host of guest performers at the 7th Hamburg International Music Festival. Elbphilharmonie and the Laieszhalle. 28 April – 7 June.
39th Hamburg International Short Film Festival: Choose from a huge range of acclaimed short films from around the world and attend special events at various locations in Hamburg, Germany. 6 – 11 June.
3rd International Spielbuden Festival: Watch street theatre performances by top artists from the international street art scene at the 3rd International Spielbuden Festival. Spielbudenplatz 21 – 22, Hamburg. 21 – 23 July.
Anja Dietmann: Bar Collo: Artist and editor of Pfeil Magazine, Anja Dietman, is curating the bar of the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof for one year. Enjoy performative drinks, food, music, and readings, and admire a site-specific mural by British painter Bod Mellor at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. Until 5 August.
Reeperbahn Festival: The Reeperbahn Festival has become one of the music industry’s most important events. Discover up-and-coming musicians and singers who soon might become household names. Various locations, Reeperbahn, Hamburg. 20 – 23 September.