Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH
20357 Hamburg / Germany
P.O. Box 30 24 80
20308 Hamburg / Germany
The Hamburg Messe site is located right in the heart of the city - between green spaces and shopping miles, party quarters and trendy culture.
From here, you can reach most of it on foot after the fair closes. Or you can travel just a few minutes by car, taxi or public transport to the most beautiful and interesting places in the city.
Our partners from Hamburg Tourismus GmbH have compiled numerous, constantly updated tips for your leisure activities in Hamburg.
Attractions in Hamburg
Inaugurated in January 2017, the magnificent construction is considered to be the new landmark of the city. Sitting enthroned on a former storage building, the Elbphilharmonie marks the western tip of the HafenCity and attracts worldwide attention among music and architecture enthusiasts. Underneath its glass facade and wave-like rooftop it comprises two concert halls, a luxurious hotel and luxurious residential apartments.
The Elbphilharmonie Plaza, a public area that extends around the whole building, serves as a junction between the old warehouse and the glass structure. At 37 meters above sea level, visitors of the Plaza enjoy a breathtaking 360° view of the city and the harbour. If your schedule allows some time for sightseeing, the Elbphilharmonie should rank in first place.
UNESCO Site Speicherstadt
Welcome to the world’s largest harbour warehouse complex: Speicherstadt (lit. warehouse city) belongs to the historic landmarks of Hamburg and proudly bears the title of Germany’s 40th UNESCO World Heritage Site. On an area of 260,000 square metres, the picturesque neo-gothic brick architecture from the late 19th century makes for a fascinating contrast to the modern steel-and-glass buildings.
Originally built as a free economic zone, the Speicherstadt still comprises many warehouses, but has become more and more popular for its variety of leisure activities. Tourists and locals are equally enthusiastic about coffee or tea tasting facilities, for example the coffee museum Burg or the tee merchant Wasserschloss. You can spend hours at the entertainment sites like Hamburg Dungeon, which shows typical historical stories and scenes of Hamburg on an exciting walkthrough, the International Maritime Museum, showing 3,000 years of maritime history and modern research or the Miniatur Wunderland, which features the world’s largest model railway running through laboriously crafted replicas of cities and countryside areas.
The Speicherstadt’s network of streets, canals and bridges can be experienced best by foot. Simply get off the U3 underground train at the Baumwall station and go for a stroll on the brand-new promenade at the Elbe to visit the Elbphilharmonie platform for free. Afterwards, you can head towards the Speicherstadt to discover the site with its numerous coffee shops, restaurants, museums and other attractions.
Planten un Blomen
Stretching over 450,000 square metres, the park lives up to its name and offers a gorgeous recreation area with manicured flower beds, herb gardens, idyllic ponds, tropical greenhouses and a classic Japanese garden, the largest of its kind in Europe.
The water light shows with music by the park’s lake each day are a highlight: the half-hour light show with coloured fountains and regularly changing music programme takes place every night at 10 pm. A cosy blanket and a bottle of wine are all you need for the right amount of romance.
Whether you want to take a short time out during the day or go for a walk in the evening: Planten un Blomen will recharge you with green energy and entertain you with fascinating sparkling fountains.
International Maritime Museum
Particularly interesting: the International Maritime Museum harbours the world’s largest private collection showing maritime history from 3,000 years ago until today. Thousands of model ships, books, paintings and graphics, nautical devices, uniforms and maritime objects fill up more than 11,000 square metres.
A museum where everything revolves around one thing: chocolate. In the Chocoversum, visitors are taken on a 90-minute tour through a chocolate world of experience. The path of cocoa from cultivation through all stages of production to the finished chocolate bar. The heart of the exhibition is the chocolate workshop, where each visitor creates his or her own bar of chocolate - and so takes home his or her own personal happiness to go.
Burg Coffee Museum
Where does coffee come from? How does the bean actually turn brown? And how do you prepare it properly? These questions and many more will be answered during the guided tours of the coffee exhibition in the Burg coffee museum in Hamburg's Speicherstadt. Hundreds of exhibits from all over the world will tell you the success story of coffee - from then to now.
You can also register for exciting seminars where you can learn more about the world of coffee.
Spicy’s Spice Museum
Immerse yourself in the world of spices!
Located in the heart of the old Hamburg warehouse district on approximately 350 square metres, Spicy's Spice Museum shows the entire processing chain from cultivation to finished product using antique tools and machines. Well over 900 exhibits from the last five centuries tell the exciting history of spices. Whether in containers, as they come from near and far, or in clay bowls on trial tables - let all herbs and spices work on your senses.