Sightseeing in Hamburg: Harbour, Reeperbahn, Elbphilharmonie & Alster

Become a model in Hamburg – If you are a model in Hamburg and still have some time before or after your job, there is a lot to discover in the port city. From the port of Hamburg to beautiful and magnificent mansions to modern buildings and completely newly created districts, there is a lot to do and see in the exciting city in the north of Germany.

Hotspots in Hamburg: The most beautiful places

Not for nothing is the Hanseatic city on the Elbe called the “most beautiful city in the world”. Here you can walk for miles along the banks of the Elbe, enjoy the romantic industrial flair of the port or explore old villa districts. We as a model agency have picked out the highlights of Hamburg, which are typical of Hamburg and which you should have seen during your stay.

Elbphilharmonie: Hamburg’s landmark

The Elbphilharmonie, affectionately known as “Elphi” by Hamburgers, is Hamburg’s newest landmark! Opened in 2016, the new concert hall is located in the exciting new HafenCity district and is also very close to Hamburg’s harbour and the famous Landungsbrücken. On the observation deck you have a beautiful view over the Elbe, you can also enjoy nice concerts and eat something in the restaurant.

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The Elbphilharmonie at a glance:

  • Special feature: Hamburg’s newest landmark with a beautiful viewing platform
  • Address: Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
  • Phone: 040 3576660

This is where the Elphi is located:

Look over Hamburg on the plaza of the Elbphilharmonie:

Reeperbahn: Party, Concerts & Clubs

Everyone knows the Reeperbahn: it is Hamburg’s party mile par excellence, where people from all walks of life meet to party, have a drink or attend concerts. The many nightclubs and bars make the “most sinful street in the world” a real attraction – here you can spend a fun evening with friends for sure.

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The Reeperbahn summarized:

  • Special feature: central entertainment street of Hamburg with many bars & nightclubs
  • Length: 930 meters

This is where the Reeperbahn is located:

On the Große Freiheit, a side street of the Reeperbahn you will find even more clubs and bars:

Landungsbrücken: Gateway to the world with ships & ferries

The port of Hamburg with its landing stages is what the Hanseatic city is all about. They are more than just a landing stage for ships and ferries, they are literally the gateway to the world. From here you can start relaxing round trips on the Elbe or take the ferry to the next stop along the river, as well as to the other bank of the Elbe to the musicals. The large museum ships Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego are also nice to see while enjoying a fish sandwich.

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The Landungsbrücken at a glance:

  • Special feature: harbour feeling with round trips and large ships
  • Address: Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken, 20359 Hamburg, Germany

Here you will find the Landungsbrücken:

Speicherstadt: Hamburg Dungeon & Miniatur Wunderland

Hamburg’s Speicherstadt is a district near the harbour and the city centre that is criss-crossed by canals, also called “Fleete”, and is characterised by historic brick buildings, which are attraction enough in themselves. It is the world’s largest historic warehouse complex and the Hamburg Dungeon, the Miniatur Wunderland as well as some museums like the Spice Museum are located in the Speicherstadt.

Speicherstadt at a glance:

  • Special feature: Historic buildings, criss-crossed by canals and beautiful bridges
  • Attractions such as the Spice Museum, Miniatur Wunderland or Hamburg Dungeon

The Speicherstadt is located here:

HafenCity: new quarter on the Elbe River

HafenCity is the completely newly built district on the Elbe River south of Hamburg’s city center. It forms one of the largest inner-city urban development projects in Europe, a large part of the district is already completed and there are cafes, restaurants, schools, hotels, apartments and office buildings there. Between the modern houses you can walk along the waterfront or sit in one of the parks.

HafenCity summarized:

  • Special feature: completely newly built district with modern houses and facilities
  • New schools, jobs, housing and other leisure activities are being built here

HafenCity on the Elbe is located here:

Elbstrand: sandy beach in the middle of Hamburg

Hamburg’s Elbe beach stretches over 13 kilometres downstream towards the mouth of the Elbe on the banks of the river. You may be in the big city, but you still have a sandy beach on your doorstep. Here you can take a leisurely walk or sit in the sand, sunbathe and watch the container ships leisurely pass by. Along the Elbstrand you have a beautiful view of the harbor and walk past beautiful parks and even more beautiful houses of the rich who have settled in this great place.

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The Elbstrand at a glance:

  • Special feature: beautiful beach on the banks of the Elbe with a great view
  • Address: Övelgönne 62-89, 22605 Hamburg, Germany

The typical Elbe beach closest to the city is located here:

Planten un Blomen: rose gardens, lakes & water light show

Hamburg’s most beautiful park in the middle of the city: on about 47 hectares there are themed gardens, lakes, a large playground, as well as concerts and water light shows in summer. Between Japanese gardens and rose gardens you can take a relaxed stroll and still be in the middle of Hamburg – between the city centre, the congress centre and St. Pauli.

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Planten un Blomen at a glance:

  • Special feature: large park directly in the city with beautifully landscaped green areas
  • Address: Marseiller Str., 20355 Hamburg, Germany
  • Opening hours: Mon-Sun from 07:00-23:00

This is where you’ll find the park:

Staircase district Blankenese: winding alleys, steps & beautiful houses

The Treppenviertel is a part within the Hamburg district Blankenese directly at the Elbe. It is characterized by winding streets, beautiful and large houses and many steps directly on the Elbe slope. At the top you have a wide view over the Elbe, at the bottom you are directly at the Elbe beach.

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The staircase district summarized:

  • Special feature: beautiful houses, long steps and a beautiful view
  • Located in: Blankenese, Hamburg

You can find the stair quarter here:

Außenalster: Parks, Boats & Villas

Hamburg’s Außenalster is a large lake located in the heart of Hamburg, bordering the city center to the south and beautiful neighborhoods of villas to the north. The Alster is a great place to go for a walk or jog, past attractive green parks and historic, charming villas. There are sailors and rowers on the Alster at any time of the year and you can take a nice Alster cruise into the small canals of the lake and get to know the attractive districts around the Alster better.

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The Außenalster at a glance:

  • Special feature: lake in the heart of Hamburg, with green parks and villas all around
  • Attractions such as boat rentals or Alster tours

Here you will find the Außenalster:

Hamburg my pearl – Conclusion

In Hamburg you can do a lot outside: Explore the city on foot, walk along the harbor, walk around the Alster, discover villa neighborhoods and the staircase district. The city has many architecturally beautiful houses and buildings and also offers many parks and green spaces!