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Population: 1.71 mio.
Dialling code: 040
Post code: D-20095 to D-20539
Airport: Flughafen Hamburg GmbH, Postfach 630100, 22391 Hamburg(040) 5075-0, (040) 5075-1234,
Area: 755.33 km
Car registration: HH
Bundesland: capital of the Bundesland Hamburg

Tourismus-Zentrale Hamburg GmbH
Steinstrae 7
20095 Hamburg
Tel 040 / 300 51 0
Fax 040 / 300 51 220

Reservation and information service (Buchungs- und Informationsservive)
7 days a week, 8am - 8pm:
Tel 040/ 300 51 300
Fax 040/ 300 51 333


St. Annenufer 2,
20457 Hamburg
Tel 040 / 32 11 91
Tuesday till Sunday 10am - 5pm

On the eastside of the Freihafen(Free Port), the one-hundred-year-old Speicherstadt is found, the largest coherent warehouse complex in the world. Valuable goods are stored here: coffee, tea, cacao, spice, dried fruits, tobacco, electric gadgets and Oriental carpets. In the Gewrzmuseum (Spice Museum) on Sandtorkai 32 as well as in the Deutsches Zollmuseum (German Customs Museum) at the Kornhausbrcke in the former Custom Office, traditional and current activities and historical information about the Speicherstadt are presented. Since 27 April 2001, approximately 800 spotlights illuminate the red brick-buildings of Hamburg`s Speicherstadt in an impressive manner.

Fischmarkt (Fish Market)
Groe Elbstr. 9
22767 Hamburg
Opening time:
Sunday 5am-9.30am

Every Sunday morning from 5am - 9.30am (in the winter, from 16/11 - 14/03, starting at 7am), potted plants, comics, pets or fruits are sold to market visitors at ridiculous prices. Night owls and early birds can have a brunch in the historical Fish Auction Hall or start the day with a delicious fried-fish bread.

Alter Botanischer Garten and Planten un Blomen
Marseiller Strasse
20355 Hamburg
In the gardens of Planten un Blomen (Plants and Flowers), numerous playgrounds are to be found side by side with rare plants, an open-air skating course and a lighting plant in the nearby lake. In the 90ies, a Japanese garden with a tea-house and a waterfall were integrated. On summer evenings, the water fountains above the lake are colourfully illuminated. Sunday concerts offer cultural entertainment in attractive surroundings. Plants from distant countries grow in the Old Botanical Garden. Especially exotic ones have their home in the glass-house of the "Troparium".

Reeperbahn / St.Pauli
20359 Hamburg

"Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb eins..." (On the Reeperbahn at one o`clock at night...) is the refrain of a famous tune about Germany`s most famous amusement area. Strictly speaking, the Reeperbahn is just one of the 104 quarters of Hamburg. Originally, places of entertainment for sailors settled here, but the dreaming image of accordions in small redlight bars has survived only in some corners. Since a few years, the famous old redlight district has changed remarkably. Around here, a lively theatre, music, club and bar scene has developed a paradise for fly-by-nights. The best-known in-places and locations are the Mojo Club, Tunnel and Golden Pudel Club, La Paloma, Mary Lous and Hans-Albers Eck. Next to Schmidts Tivoli and the St. Pauli Theater, the Operettenhaus (House of Musical Comedy) is located, right in the middle of the universally known Kiez. The famous Hans Albers sang his chanties around here, and even the Beatles launched their career on the Reeperbahn.

Hagenbecks Tierpark
22527 Hamburg
Tel 040 / 5 40 00 1-0 / -47 / -48
Fax 040 / 5 40 00 132

Opening time:
9am-4pm daily

16 DM / 21 DM

In Hagenbeck Zoo, more than 2,500 animals (360 species) live on a ground of 27 hectares. Carl Hagenbeck (1844 - 1913) founded his zoo with wonderful park laying-outs on the verge of the twentieth century. The animals` free enclosures and free-view installations served as a model for the modern zoological gardens. Alongside with Asian elephants, giant adders, sea-lions, pelicans, leopards, polar bears and tigers have been bred successfully at Hagenbeck`s. The Jungle Nights in May and June are particularly worth seeing and a unique experience.

St. Michaeliskirche
Krayenkamp 4c
20459 Hamburg

Opening time:
Monday-Saturday 11am-4pm, Sunday 11.30am-5.30pm
Admission: 5 DM

The Michaeliskirche (St. Michael`s Church) is the landmark of Hamburg and is lovingly called "der Michel". The hall of the church allows 2,500 people to attend services and diverse events. The organ is played for visitors between noon and 3pm. From May till September, the audience can listen to an organ concert at 5pm on week-days and at 6pm on Saturdays. The tower platform on the 82-metre level allows a far-reaching view over the harbour, the River Elbe, the inner city and the River Alster.

22303 Hamburg
Tel 040 / 5 14 98 50
Underground station: Borgweg

Ticket reservation recommended

Europe`s largest planetarium dome (21 metres) offers a look at the stars. Beside the Sternenshow (Star Show), an exhibition about the history of astronomical science. About 130,000 visitors have themselves carried off into the universe every year.

Fernsehturm (Heinrich Hertz Turm, Television Tower)
Lagerstr. 2
20357 Hamburg
Tel 040 / 43 80 24

Opening time: noon-11pm daily
Admission: 6 DM / 4 DM

The Television Tower is Hamburg`s highest building (279.8 m). Tourists go up onto a 130-metre high panorama cabin to fully enjoy the phantastic view. Even higher, the Panorama- Restaurant is to be found, slowly circulating on a huge turntable. Thus, visitors have a relaxing time with tea and biscuits and enjoy the view over the city. On a level of 128 metres, the Bungjee-jump Centre has its jumping platform. For 250 DM, everybody can jump down a 8-metre ramp. The Bungee-Jumping takes place from 14/04 - 29/09 on Saturdays from 10am - 20pm.

Alter Elbtunnel
Bei den St.Pauli-Landungsbrcken,
20359 Hamburg

Opening time for cars:
5.30am - 10pm on week-days,
5.30am-4.30 on Saturdays.
Closed on Sundays and bank holidays. Pedestrians and cyclists are allowed round-the-clock for free.

The two lanes are 448.5 metres long, 4.7 metres large and 4.5 metres high. At either tunnel-end, 23.5-metre lift-shafts are inserted, used for the (chargeable) transport of cars and persons (free). About 2,500 people cross the old Elbe Tunnel every day.