HafenCity

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Hamburg's HafenCity: Top 5 Highlights

HafenCity is one of the most exciting urban projects in Europe. As envisioned in the master plan of 2000, Hamburg's old warehouse district is transforming into a vibrant area featuring fascinating architecture and brimming with restaurants, bars and museums.

  • International Maritime Museum

    1. International Maritime Museum

    Ten floors tall, the gorgeous Kaispeicher B is Hamburg's oldest warehouse and home to the International Maritime Museum, offering insight into the city's rich shipping history.

  • Viewpoint

    2. Viewpoint

    This 13-meter-tall tower was purposely built as a viewing platform. Climb to the top for a beautiful view of the entire HafenCity, with information on the current developments.

  • Magellan Terraces

    3. Magellan Terraces

    Perfect for a picturesque break, the Magellan Terraces is a futuristic park on the waterfront. In the summer, it's regularly host to outdoor events and concerts.

  • Deutsches Zollmuseum

    4. Deutsches Zollmuseum

    Don't let its dry-sounding name throw you off. The German Customs Museum is actually a thrilling experience, charting Hamburg's long and wild history of illegal smuggling.

  • Elbe Philharmonic Hall

    5. Elbe Philharmonic Hall

    Though still under construction, this modernist concert hall built atop an old warehouse, designed by world-famous architects Herzog & de Meuron, is a wonder to behold.

Planning Your Visit

  • Best time to visit

    As one of the HafenCity's greatest pleasures is simply walking around and admiring the incredible architecture and views across the water, it's best to visit on a sunny day. Considering Hamburg's famously capricious weather, your best bet is during the summer months.

  • How to get there

    It's very difficult to find a good parking spot at HafenCity, so you're better off with public transport. Just take the U-Bahn (subway) line U4 to either Überseequartier or HafenCity University stations and you'll find yourself in the heart of the HafenCity.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    As part of Hamburg, HafenCity is open all day, every day!
  • Is it expensive?
    It's free to visit, but you'll want to set aside a budget for food and entertainment.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With so much to see, it's a great idea!
  • How to get there
    Take the U4 to the Überseequartier or HafenCity University station.
  • Additional information
    *HafenCity at night is a different world, so try to stick around after the sun goes down for a bit!

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What people are saying about HafenCity

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 24,043 reviews

Hamburg is beautiful. We saw beautiful corners. The boat tour was great, there was great music and the tour guide was really funny.

Das war sehr schön. Hamburg am Abend. Atmosphäre war entspannt. Tourguide und Fahrer in eine person, war sehr kompetent. Danke

Skilfully chosen route, you get a general overview of the most important parts of the port.

It was a nice tour but would have liked to see more of the Speicherstadt.

Der Kapitän war fantastisch! Schöne gesuchten und war auch ein Humorist!