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Hamburg: Ticket to the Panoptikum Waxworks

1. 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.

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St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Bars & Red Light District Walking Tour with Drink

2. St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Bars & Red Light District Walking Tour with Drink

Explore Hamburg's St. Pauli neighborhood and experience the famous Reeperbahn, the main thoroughfare of St. Pauli’s red-light and entertainment district. Listen to adult tales of sex and crime as you visit numerous pubs, theaters, and sex shops. Follow your guide through lively bars and trendy nightclubs. Walk past the famous boxing and erotic bar “Zur Ritze” where Mike Tyson and the Klitschko brothers trained. You’ll also pass by the most famous side street of the Reeperbahn: the Große Freiheit. Listen to stories about the nightlife scene in the city and the famous strip clubs including the "Dollhouse" play. Learn about life in this special Kiez and its rules. Your guide will tell you both dark and funny anecdotes as you walk around, providing you with additional context and background information that you wouldn’t otherwise know. To make the tour even more special, take the opportunity to enjoy a drink with your group and guide.

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Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Walking Tour

3. Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Walking Tour

With a friendly and informative guide, dive into the world of the Port of Hamburg. This tour takes you on a discovery of Hamburg’s maritime highlights. Witness many of the city's most architecturally stunning landmarks including the Elbphilharmonie and other historically important locations on this fun and informative tour. Wander to the Speicherstadt (warehouse district) and discover interesting facts about its origin and how it is used today. The Speicherstadt achieved worldwide recognition in the 19th century as a trading center, with spices, coffee, and oriental carpets as some of the most important products. Many interesting museums are located here, such as the Speicherstadt Museum and the Spice Museum, as well as the Miniatur Wunderland and the Hamburg Dungeon. Stroll through the modern HafenCity, Hamburg’s newest and most contemporary district. Explore how Hafencity is a project of urban regeneration and learn about its architecture from a unique perspective.

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Reeperbahn: Panik City Udo Lindenberg Multimedia Experience

4. 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.

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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.

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Hamburg: RICKMER RICKMERS Museum Entry Ticket

6. Hamburg: RICKMER RICKMERS Museum Entry Ticket

Welcome aboard. Hamburg's museum ship brings back the glory days of the windjammer. The ship is one of the last great sailing ships, which was built by a German shipyard and exclusively used as a merchant ship. Today, the proud three-master is located in the heart of the Hamburg port, acting as an interactive museum that attracts visitors from all around the world. Use your entrance ticket to start exploring the RICKMER RICKMERS, with full access to all areas. The museum allows its visitors a glimpse into the life of a sailor. The boat is divided into three sections. The first is the museum area, which highlights the history of the ship, and is where all aspects of onboard life have been meticulously restored. In the exhibition area, you'll find a mix of restored nautical objects and changing temporary art exhibitions and photography displays. The onboard restaurant is a great place to sit down and enjoy authentic Hamburg dishes as well as typical nautical food.

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Hamburg: Spicy's Gewürzmuseum Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

7. Hamburg: Spicy's Gewürzmuseum Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

Book your entry ticket to Hamburg’s Spicy's Gewürzmuseum and enjoy a free audio guide accessible via an app on your phone or tablet. Experience the world of herbs and spices and taste pepper spice samples and gummy bears. Generously built on an original storage floor, discover the museum’s over 900 exhibits from the last five centuries detailing the history of spices. Learn about the entire production process of a variety of international spices, from cultivation to finished product via antique equipment and machinery.  Put in your headphones to listen to your audio guide as you explore herbs and spices from near and far abroad, partly in containers and partly presented in clay bowls on taster tables. Touch, smell, and taste your way through the diverse collection of spices.

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Hamburg: City Center Walking Tour

8. Hamburg: City Center Walking Tour

Today, Hamburg is known as a modern and busy city, but how did it develop into the modern big city of today? Explore the different epochs of Hamburg’s city history on a sightseeing walking tour. After meeting your guide, embark on a tour of Hamburg’s historical, cultural, and inspiring heart. Known for its canals, Hamburg City Center is home to much more than just these impressive waterways. Discover how history shaped Hamburg’s urban development and pick up expert insight about the neo-Renaissance town hall. Make your way onto other famous landmarks where you’ll have the unique opportunity to ask your knowledgeable guide any burning questions and really get an insight into the city.

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Hamburg: 3-Day Art Exhibition & Gallery Pass

9. Hamburg: 3-Day Art Exhibition & Gallery Pass

Stroll along the famous Kunstmeile (Art Mile) of Hamburg and visit 5 renowned art institutions. With a 3-day art pass, benefit from unlimited entry access to all 5 galleries: • Bucerius Kunst Forum • Deichtorhallen Hamburg • Hamburger Kunsthalle • Kunstverein in Hamburg • Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe Discover a series of exhibition spaces covering over 4,000 years in art history. Combined, the galleries exhibit a vibrant selection of contemporary and historic art across the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, applied arts, and design.  Visit the Hamburger Kunsthalle, which showcases 7 centuries of European art, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. See works by Dutch, Flemish, and Italian artists of the 16th and 17th centuries. See German and French works from the 19th century and the present day.  Explore the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, which is a museum of fine, applied, and decorative arts. See a variety of historic keyboard instruments as well as Art Nouveau pieces, and Islamic pottery and tiles.  Discover one of the largest European centers for contemporary art and photography at the Deichtorhallen. Visit the Bucerius Kunst Forum and see the temporary exhibitions on display. Finally, visit the Kunstverein in Hamburg, which focuses on the latest contemporary international artworks.

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Hamburg: Emigration Museum BallinStadt Entry Ticket

10. Hamburg: Emigration Museum BallinStadt Entry Ticket

Find out why Hamburg is commonly known as the ‘gateway to the world’’ with a visit to the BallinStadt museum. Learn the important role that the city has played in the emigration of millions of Europeans since the 16th century. Discover the 2 exhibition halls of the interactive museum: Port of Dreams: an interactive exhibition that tells the story of people longing to leave Europe and the story of the person that made it possible, Albert Ballin – the namesake of the museum. Learn how they arrived and lived in Hamburg whilst waiting to be shipped off to the new world. Understand what the daily life inside an emigration camp looked like and the challenges of starting a new life in a far-flung place. World in Transit: a multi-visual exhibition that highlights emigration and immigration over the last 5 centuries. In 14 themed rooms gain insight into various countries that feel far away and yet are so familiar. Learn about the pull and push factors associated with starting over and gain insights into the occasionally personal reasons for emigration. Stop by the third specialty exhibition, whose subject changes every few months. Use the research station to follow your own family history with the world’s largest genealogical database.

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What people are saying about Hamburg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 514 reviews

If you have a little time and listen to the information about the individual people, it's a great experience :-) We had a great start to the day there. thanks

A great experience ... entertaining, informative, funny - a must for fans. The "old love" (the panic bar) fits in perfectly with the concept.

Very well made. Lots of funny little surprise details. Worth a visit for all ages. Small kids, teenagers and adults.

Interesting ship and cool history. The interactive parts where really cute.

A nice and interesting place to learn about ships.