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When a friend of mine from Australia came to visit and the question of, " what should we see" came up it was hard to decide. She was only in town for a day and a half. She wanted something fun but also wanted a museum or something historical. The first thing that popped into my mind was the Dungeon.
Its been open about 3 or 4 years now and while Ive thought about going I have never taken the time. So my friend and I and I got up early on a Sunday morning to stand in line in the cold for tickets. Right now I can tell you if you want to go buy your tickets in advance. The line wasnt that long but if you have them ahead of time you will get inside a lot quicker.
They take you in to buy your tickets in your group (or couple) because first you get your picture taken decapitating your friends. Next onto the ticket line where you pay and then they leave you in a fairly dark room where you wait to be let in to the main portion. They take groups of 30 people at a time.
I wont tell you everything that goes on because I dont want to spoil it for you but you do get to re-live the dark parts of Hamburg's history such as the black plague, the fire, the flood, and Klaus Stoertebecker's execution. Stoertebecker was the infamous pirate who raided the Hanseatic League's ships. All in all its a lot of fun and the actors they have are great. Sometimes you have to tell yourself, "This isnt real."
I dont think I would recommend it for younger children but older kids and teens would probably enjoy it a lot. Although the actors speak German the signs inside and the film parts are subtitled in English.
Address: Speicherstadt: Kehrwerder 2
Directions: Bus 5 from the Hauptbahnhof takes you right to the door. Or you can take the U1 to Baumwall and walk to the Dungeon from there. Takes about 10 minutes by foot.
Phone: 0049 (0)40 36005520
arial view HH-harburg
If you visit Hamburg in the summer one of the nicest things to do is to take a hot air balloon ride high above the city. Fly over St. Michaelis, over the Hauptbahnhof, high above the harbour.
Being afraid of heights I didn't think that I would enjoy this but it was wonderful, as soon as I relaxed anyway.
There are several companies that offer these trips. One that has an excellet reputation is Balloons over Hamburg They charge €145 per person and take off from 6 different sites in town including Moorweide, a large field across the street from Dammtor train station in the University area.
Aero Balloning is another company that offers balloon rides as wel, although a bit more expensive.
Other Contact: http://www.aeroballooning.de/
Normally I dont do tips on the main part of Hamburg but this time I will make an exception :-).
The Nikolai Kirchebuilt in 1847 is the only gothic style church in Hamburg although not much of it remains. What is left is a few sections of wall and the spier with the bells and an elevator up to the viewing platform.
Why? It like most everything else in Hamburg was bombed by the British during WW2. The viewing platform has a memorial to the Jewish people who died and a spectacular view of the city and Speicherstadt.
The elevator costs 2,50 euro and takes you up to the top of the 130 some odd meters. The tower itself is 147.3 m high (483ft).
Address: Willy Brandt Strasse
Directions: U3 to Roedingsmarkt and if you exit the north end make a left on to Willy Brandt Str. and if you exit south make a right (Willy Brandt Str. was formerly known as Ost-West Str.)
Wildpark Schwarze Berge is a nature park just south of Hamburg in the town of Rosengarten-Vahrendorf.
Pot Bellied pigs run free, many local animals to see both domestic as well as wild.
Play area for the children, petting zoo, gift shop, restaurant, and a place to Barbecue should you choose to bring your own food.
Most of the paths are unpaved yet are relatively smooth.
I think my favorite thing is that you can feed the animals such as the pigs, scottish highland cows, deer, and elk. There are machines that sell the feed through out the park so dont forget to bring your change.
Open all year around -
November - March 900 -1700
April - October 800-1800
</b>Admission </b> €7 adults
Address: Am Wildpark 1, 21224 Rosegarten-Vahrendorf
Directions: Take the S3 to Neugraben then bus 340
or if you go by car exit the A7 HH-Marmstorf and look for the brown signs
Phone: 040/796 42 33
The Helms Museum, named after a Harburg senator, specializes in local history and posesses the largest collection of archaeolological artifacts in northern Germany. The museum is divided into 3 different buildings, one for city history, one for archaeology and one for special exhibits.
Sundays they have special guided tours of historical spots in the area.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
€4 for adults
€2 for children up to 16yrs old.
Helms City Museum is at : Hastedtstraße 30-32
Helms Archaeological Museum is at: Harburger Rathausplatz 5
Special exhibits are at Muesum Platz 2, 21073 Hamburg
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Address: Museum Platz 2, 21073 Hamburg
Directions: from the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof take the S3 or S31 to Harburg Rathaus.
Gate to the Dreifaltigskeit Kirche
The Dreifaltigkeits (Holy Trinity) Kirche in Harburg was built from 1650-1652 and was destroyed during WW2 except west wall. This segment now makes the main gate of the church..
The current church was rebuilt in segments between 1963 and 1980. The final piece was the large white 20m belltower which was completed in early 1990s.
The chuches denomination is Evangelical Luthern
Address: Neue Strasse, HH- Harburg
Directions: S-3 or S-31 from the Hauptbahnhof to Harburg Rathaus. Exit "Neue Strasse" and walk straight. It is on the righthand side of the street.
Marching Soldier Statue
A bronze statue of commorating the fallen soldiers. Located in Hamburg-Harburg
Address: Corner of Bremer Strasse and Krumholzburg
Directions: S-3/S-31 Harburg Rathaus. Exit Lüneburgerstr. Walk straight until you see Christ Jewelers and make a right next to it onto Bremer Strasse. Walk straight again until you reach the intersection. Cross the street and there you are.
The harbour in HH-Harburg is small but functioning and is used most often for small fishing and tugboats. Further down river where it is wider near Finkenwerder you will find larger boats and barges.
Once a year the Harburger Hafen hosts the Hafenfest, the first one of which was in June of 2000. There are booths of all sorts of crafts made by local artisians, food of all sorts, boat rides around the harbour, live perfomances and demonstrations. Also informational booths for local orgnaizations.
Address: Harburger Hafen
Directions: Wilhelmsburger Reichstrasse exit Neuland and to the right. Follow Neulander Strasse as it turns into Veritaskai and Kanalplatz and you are there.
When most people think of the "Rathaus" (cityhall) they think of the one near Jungfernstieg/Mönckeburgstrasse but that isnt the only one there is. Different Stadtteile in Hamburg have their own Rathaüser and one of the prettiest is the Harburger Rathaus.
The Harburger Rathaus was built in 1889 by Christoph Hehl.
Address: Harburger Rathaus Str.
Directions: HH-Harburg mitte
Take the S 3 or S31 to the stop Harburg Rathaus follow the signs as you exit the train.
The 57m high Kohlbrandbrucke streches over the Hamburg harbour connecting the Freihafen with the container terminals in the FInkenwerder Waltershof area.
Address: Freihafen Hamburg
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