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Our most recommended Hamburg Museums & exhibitions

Hamburg: Olivia Jones Tour with Iconic Barker Fabian

1. Hamburg: Olivia Jones Tour with Iconic Barker Fabian

Get a unique look at the neighborhood culture with Olivia Jones's iconic barker (German: Koberer)  Fabian Zahrt. Find out what makes a barker an icon, how to fall into such a profession, and why someone becomes a pimp on this guided walking tour. Get to know the characters that populate Fabian's circle of friends, like the men with telling names like "Snow Queen" or the ladies of the "Geiz Club." A true child of the neighborhood, Fabian knows all the tricks of the trade and get by without danger. See how after over 20 years in the neighborhood, there's barely a place he doesn't know inside and out, including the Davidwache police station. With a St. Pauli insider, take a look behind the façade of an S&M club. Depending on time, end the tour at either the Olivia Jones Bar or Olivia's Kiez Oase. Ask your guide questions until your heart's content here and party into the night with the Olivia Jones family.

Hamburg: Hamburg Dungeon Admission Ticket

2. Hamburg: Hamburg Dungeon Admission Ticket

The Hamburg Dungeon brings the darkest period's of the city's history to life in an entertaining way. The state-of-the-art special effects and professional actors provide a very special kind of live entertainment. The live actors step into historical roles and take you on a journey through 600 years of Hamburg's murky past in interactive shows. The visitor attraction in the historical Speicherstadt district presents 11 thrilling live shows on a 90-minute tour and offers plenty of action on 2 fun rides. Visitors can embark on an unusual journey on the "Elevator of Doom". You can also discover the dark years of the Plague or try to save the pirate Klaus Störtebecker from execution. Among other unfriendly hosts, the torturer welcomes suspicious villagers inside his Chamber of Torment. Defend yourself before the mercy of the inquisition and face the revenge of a restless spirit - with a twinkle in the inquisitor's eyes and the opportunity for lots of fun. At the end of the journey, the lucky survivors will take a seat in Hamburg’s unique freefall tower to escape the depths of the dungeon – good luck…

Hamburg: Dialogue in the Dark® Exhibition Guided Tour

3. Hamburg: Dialogue in the Dark® Exhibition Guided Tour

See nothing but discover a lot on a visit to the unique Dialogue in the Dark® exhibition. Take a safe and humorous guided walk through the completely darkened exhibition with your blind host in a small group of no more than 8 people. Get to know each other without leaning on appearances, overcome prejudices, and handle daily situations without relying on your eyes. Equipped with a blind cane, discover the world that we usually take for granted in a completely new way. Hear, feel, and find your bearings in various non-visual situations of daily life, like going for a walk in the park and crossing a busy city street. Enjoy an experience that will live long in your memory as even buying something in the dark turns into fun. The last stop on the tour is at the Dark Bar where you can talk about your experience over a drink with the guides. Ask your guide all the questions which naturally arise during the tour and compare notes with your fellow visitors. As this fascinating experience gradually comes to an end after about 60 minutes, slowly return to the well-lit foyer with a brand new perspective on the world.

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Tour of the Chocoversum

4. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Tour of the Chocoversum

This tour takes you on a discovery of Hamburg’s chocolate side. Visit the Chocoversum by Hachez, a museum with an interactive experience in which everything revolves around sweet chocolate. Experts will take you on a 1.5-hour pleasure trip, on which you follow the cocoa beans on their exciting journey from cultivation to the finished chocolate bar. Sample the exquisite delicacies at every stage of production and experience for yourself how the delicate glaze and the fine taste develops to the end product. Follow all of the production steps closely and even create your own chocolate bar to take with you.

Reeperbahn: Panik City Udo Lindenberg Multimedia Experience

5. 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.

Hamburg: Ticket to the Panoptikum Waxworks

6. 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.

St. Pauli Tour: Drag-Attack with Barbie Stupid & Lee Jackson

7. St. Pauli Tour: Drag-Attack with Barbie Stupid & Lee Jackson

Barbie Stupid and Lee Jackson, stars of Olivia’s Show Club, know the neighborhood and its bars, clubs, and dives like the back of their hands. Their guided kiez (neighborhood) walking tour is not a regular guided tour. It's a sightseeing show – a perfect mix of saucy banter, sinful sights, information and entertainment. With witty remarks, Barbie and Lee guide you through the red-light district. The tour leads you across the Reeperbahn and along winding paths to the Große Freiheit, the birthplace of St. Pauli. Stops include the world-famous Herbertstraße, the Davidwache (Germany’s most famous police station) and much more. Germany’s most famous drag queen, Olivia Jones is a proud advocate who speaks up for respect, diversity and tolerance. With her colorful team of entertainers, she shows you around Hamburg’s infamous red-light district sharing insights into the world of spotlight, red light, and flashing blue lights.

Hamburg: Entrance to the Museum Ship Cap San Diego

8. 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.

Hamburg: RICKMER RICKMERS Museum Entry Ticket

9. 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.

Hamburg: International Maritime Museum Entrance Ticket

10. Hamburg: International Maritime Museum Entrance Ticket

Take a voyage of discovery across nine 'decks' at the impressive International Maritime Museum. Housed inside the oldest surviving warehouse in Hamburg, the museum gives you a comprehensive view of the sea and oceans, and how cultures have explored them throughout the millennia. Meet pirates, find out how captains mastered navigation, look at hundreds of nautical uniforms and connect with Hamburg's important nautical history. The exhibition includes more than 40,000 pieces, making it the world's largest private maritime collection. An absolute highlight of this museum is the floor dedicated to marine biology research. This portion of the exhibit was developed in collaboration with leading scientific institutions and is constantly updated. Research instruments, samples from the sea bed, films taken by diving robots, an actual wall of ice and fascinating underwater audio samples deliver a vivid impression of the seas.

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What people are saying about Hamburg

The Hamburg Dungeon is an absolute must for anyone who loves a little scary. The attractions are great and the actors do a great job. Despite a technical problem in a room, we give it 5 stars. We really enjoyed it a lot. Let yourself be surprised.

Great tour. Matze did a great job on the tour, it was interesting, informative and also created awareness. Gladly again ☺️ Chocolate tasted delicious at all stations

My son and I had so much fun. The staff in workshop introduce the production in detail with interesting content. Good for both kids and adults.

the whole exp is great and my daughter was able to follow eventhough she is not fluent in German

Great experience and above all very informative. We had a great tour. Thank you Steff!