If you’re interested in culture and the arts, then Hamburg is the place for you. Catch an indie or non-mainstream flick at one of the city’s many repertory cinemas, enjoy a theatre play or musical show, take in the fantastic view from the tower of St. Michael’s Church or visit one of the many local museums. Come with us on a tour of discovery! Here are some ideas for your visit to Hamburg.
Hamburg has several musical shows in store for you. Tina: The Musical, which opened in March 2019 at the Stage Operettenhaus on the Reeperbahn, tells the life story and musical career of superstar Tina Turner. Starting in April 2019, the Neue Flora musical theatre is set to captivate audiences with Paramour by Cirque du Soleil. At the Stage Theater an der Elbe is Pretty Woman, the musical version of probably the most famous love story of the big screen being performed. Meanwhile, the world-famous musical The Lion King has a permanent home at Hamburg’s Theater im Hafen, where it wows audiences of all ages with its colourful animal world including over 300 masks and more than 400 amazing costumes.
Pictures: Stage Theater Neue Flora, Stage Theater an der Elbe, Stage Operettenhaus, Manuel Harlan
Love stories, drama or improv theatre – Hamburg always has the right piece for you no matter what you’re in the mood for. Every last Wednesday of the month, the Imperial Theater puts on its legendary Improslam where the audience helps decide how the evening will go. No longer an insider tip is the wildly entertaining St. Pauli musical “Heiße Ecke” at Schmidts Tivoli. Every evening, the nine actors slip into their more than 50 roles to take audiences on an exhilarating ride with a fast-paced show. The story: 24 hours at a famous local hot dog stand. The 12th season of the Hansa Varieté Theater, Germany’s oldest variety theatre, continues in September 2019; the theatre is located just a short walk from the ARCOTEL Rubin Hamburg. In December you can watch the popular stage play "Monsieur Claude und seine Töchter" at the St.Pauli theatre.
Imperial Theater I Improslam I More information
Schmidt Tivoli I Die Königs vom Kiez I 04.04. – 15.06.2019 I More information
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St. Pauli Theater I Monsieur Claude und seine Töchter I 10.12 - 22.12.2019 I More information
Pictures: Maria Sarach, Ingo Boelter
Several major art collections from the Middle Ages to modern and contemporary art are housed at the Kunsthalle Hamburg. Here you can admire paintings such as the Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich from the year 1817, which can also be found in two versions as motif curtains in the rooms at the ARCOTEL Rubin Hamburg. The Museum of Illusions invites visitors to embark on a journey into an illusory world as it blends the mind’s capacity for perception and deception. International works of art and contemporary photography can be admired in the Deichtorhallen, while the BallinStadt Emigration Museum gives visitors a chance to experience the history of migration in Hamburg over four eras on more than 2,500 square meters of exhibition space. If you want to know more about the Speicherstadt, about its history and about the coffee and tea tradition, then the Speicherstadtmuseum housed in a warehouse from 1888 is the place for you.
TIP: Every year the Long Night of Museums takes place, when more than 50 museums and exhibition halls in the city will put on a varied programme of dance, exhibition and the culinary arts from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. More information
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St. Michael’s Church, colloquially called “Michel”, is a landmark of the city. The tower of the Protestant baroque church has a platform offering incomparable views over Hamburg.
TIP: The church tower can sometimes even be visited at night! Start your virtual 360-degree tour now and click your way through the video. Another magnificent view of the city is available at 123 meters above the ground from the tower of St. Peter’s Church, which also offers porthole windows for new perspectives on the city of Hamburg.
If you’re looking for independent cinema and non-mainstream films, then Hamburg is the place for you. The Zeise Cinema in Hamburg-Ottensen invites you to enjoy a cinematic experience at a former ship’s screw factory. The Savoy Filmtheater in Hamburg St. Georg plays original version films. And the Abaton Cinema in Hamburg-Rotherbaum is considered one of the top repertory cinemas in Germany. If you want to experience Hamburg’s first premium cinema with adjustable recliners and at-your-seat service, then you should check out the ASTOR Film Lounge in HafenCity.
Savoy Filmtheater I Hamburg St. Georg I More information
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ASTOR Film Lounge I Hamburg HafenCity I More information