The Best Sights in Hamburg in Winter 2020/21
Due to Covid-19, some of the attractions might not be open, please check with the relevant organisations.
Hamburg is a city with many facets, that offers a unique experience for everybody - whether you’re looking for the modern, the classic, or (as locals say) the “typisch Hamburch.” Previously it was often been overlooked by travellers, but has recently become one of the hottest destinations in Germany. Tucked away in the north is the gem that is Hamburg - here are a few of our favourite activities in this gem of a city.
Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland is one of the best places to visit in the city's historic Speicherstadt warehouse district. It's the world's largest model railway, boasting more than 15,400 meters of track and 1,040 trains, and covers an enormous 2,300 square meters. There are areas dedicated to the USA, Scandinavia, and Germany, as well as an airport with planes (that actually take off) plus around 100,000 mobile vehicles, 500,000 lights and 400,000 tiny (and unique) human figures. One of the most visited attractions in Germany, fun, behind-the-scenes guided tours are available and are highly recommended.
Spread across three buildings on the Glockengießerwall, the Hamburger Kunsthalle (or Hamburg Art Hall) is one of Germany's top art galleries. Highlights include numerous altarpieces, works by local artists of the 14th century, and Dutch masters of the 16th and 17th centuries. Also among its collections are 19th-century German and French paintings, and substantial arrays of modern and contemporary art. They offer formal tours and fun programs for children.
St. Michael's Church
The most famous of Hamburg's many churches, St. Michael's (Hauptkirche Sankt Michaelis) is a Baroque style building dating from between 1750 and 1762 - it remains one of the city's most important landmarks. You can ascend its 132-meter-high tower, known locally as “Michel”, to see beautiful panoramic views over the city and port - particularly special if you catch the sunset.
Planten un Blomen and Wallringpark
Hamburg also houses the Wallringpark, a large recreational space which includes some of the city's most popular outdoor areas, such as the Old Botanic Garden and the Kleine and Grosse Wallanlagen, which features gardens planted along on the lines of the old city fortifications. By far the best of these excellent parks is Planten un Blomen, the simple name translating as "Plants and Flowers”, which is a 116-acre park established in 1821 - the first tree, a majestic Platanus, can still be seen here. If you can, catch one of the water-light musical performances they often host here at night.
More Sights to See:
We couldn’t list them all, but here are a few more of our favourite places to visit in Winter:
Port of Hamburg & Speicherstadt
Hamburger Rathaus (City Hall) and Mönckebergstraße
Museumshafen Oevelgonne (Museum Harbor)
Tierpark Hagenbeck (one of the world’s first open-space zoos)
CHOCOVERSUM Chocolate Museum
Where to stay in Hamburg in Winter?
Anyone coming to our fantastic city at this time of year should get in the festive mood and treat themselves to accommodation with something special.
Here at Fraser SuitesHamburg, we have serviced apartments that give the feeling of living like a local with the comfort of a hotel. Choose from deluxe suites that have the perfect mixture of luxury and city living, or liv it up in a signature premier suites; ideal for putting your feet up after a day exploring the city.