Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Hamburg

The city of Hamburg is well known as a culturally rich citadel for different arts. Galleries, musical facilities and theatres exposing different styles and artists are open for everybody to enjoy the beauty of art. Take this tour to experience the cultural Hamburg.
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Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Cultural Venues
Guide Location: Germany » Hamburg (See other walking tours in Hamburg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: Gloria
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Schmidt Theater
  • The Operetta House
  • Laeiszhalle
  • The Hamburg State Opera
  • Ohnsorg Theater
  • Das Schiff
  • The Deichstrasse Gallery
Schmidt Theater

1) Schmidt Theater (must see)

The Schmidt Theater is a private theater in the Hamburg district of St. Pauli . It has two venues, the Schmidt Theater itself, and only a few steps away, "Big House" named Schmidts Tivoli . The theater was founded by entrepreneur Corny Littmann.

The Schmidt Theater opened its doors on August 8, 1988; Schmidts Tivoli opened in 1991 in the former Bavarian Hofbräuhaus. The Schmidt family owned it in the early days, that is, "Mr. Schmidt" Corny Littmann and Lilo Wanders (Ernie Reinhard).

Especially popular was the midnight show with a surprise program of professional and amateur performances and cabaret numbers. The individual numbers rarely lasted longer than a few minutes. This midnight shows were shown later by the NDR from Schmidts Tivoli and made the television broadcast on the Schmidt Theater accessible nationwide.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Operetta House

2) The Operetta House

Back in 1841, the operetta house was a theatre. The building burned down in 1876, but was reopened only a year later. The Operetta House is known as a musical theatre since the 1920s. It was damaged several times during World War II, but was fully renovated in 2002. It holds an important position in Hamburg’s culture. Various stars perform here from the beginning of their careers to the climax of their success.

3) Laeiszhalle

The Laeiszhalle is Hamburg’s most popular concert hall, and regularly hosts internationally renowned classical performers and recitals. It is located on Johannes Brahms Platz, an elegant city square named after one of history’s finest composers, who was born in Hamburg. A striking neo-Baroque building, it hosts the Hamburg State Opera and Hamburg Music Festival each year. Formerly known as the Musikhalle Hamburg, it is named after F. Laeisz, a shipping company which founded the venue. The hall was planned by local architect Martin Haller, a lifelong Hamburger who also designed the Rathaus building, and became a member of parliament in the city.

First opened in 1908, the Laeiszhalle is the premier classical music venue in a city with a rich musical heritage, from Brahms to the Beatles, who spent many years living in the city. It will soon be joined by the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, a new venue due to open in the HafenCity in 2015. Both venues will work in partnership to attract the most stellar names in the classical field to Hamburg. It wouldn’t be the first time – Richard Strauss, Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky have all performed or conducted their own works within this historic concert hall.
The Hamburg State Opera

4) The Hamburg State Opera

The Hamburg State Opera (in German: Hamburgische Staatsoper) is one of the leading opera companies in Germany. Hamburgische Staatsoper, the present building of the Hamburg State Opera, opened in 1678 and was rebuilt in 1955. The Hamburg State Opera dates back to January 2, 1678 when the "Opern-Theatrum" was inaugurated with a performance of a biblical Singspiel by Johann Theile. It was not a court theatre but the first public opera house in Germany established by the art-loving citizens of Hamburg, a prosperous member of the Hanseatic League.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ohnsorg Theater

5) Ohnsorg Theater

The Ohnsorg Theater in Hamburg is a stage where comedy is performed in Platt; it plays a major role in spreading the knowledge of this language. The theatre was founded by Dr. Richard Ohnsorg in 1902 as Dramatische Gesellschaft Hamburg, with the stated purpose of providing a stage on which plays in Platt could be performed. This was often not possible in other theatres, since Platt was generally considered to be a sign of low social rank and rather boorish. Plays, whether written in Platt, or translated from German and other languages, were performed in cramped conditions in various locations. After the war in 1946, the theatre was renamed the Richard Ohnsorg-Theater, and since 1954, its plays are broadcast by the NDR. Its productions made the cast hugely popular, especially the main star Heidi Kabel, primarily during the 60's and 70's .
Sight description based on wikipedia
Das Schiff

6) Das Schiff

Das Schiff is the name of the only seaworthy vessel theatre in Europe, and it is situated in Hamburg. The theater is located in an ocean-going, 32-meter-long vessel with a draft of 1.2 meters. The ship was that of Eberhard Moebius and in October 1975, his wife Christa decided to transform it into a floating theater. In a short time, the theatre became a typical part of Hamburg's culture, comedy and cabaret scene. Famous artists such as Gert Frobe, Heinz Reincke, Helmut Qualtinger and Senta Berger came on board for guest appearances. The theatre has 120 seats that are grouped no more than seven meters away from the stage.
The Deichstrasse Gallery

7) The Deichstrasse Gallery

The Deichstrasse Gallery was established in 1984 and exhibits over 1,000 objects. You can see the works of Hamburg painters and learn about the city through its own artists. The Gallery offers various additional services related to the art. It is one of the city's main galleries for Hamburg impressions, maritime art and framings.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm

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