Museum Walking Tour (Self Guided), Hamburg

Hamburg offers you a surprising variety of museums with different types of collections, from a number of classic art museums to an unusual Spicy Museum and to the extravagant Russian Submarine Museum. This tour offers you the opportunity to visit the most impressive museums in Hamburg.
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Museum Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Museum Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Hamburg (See other walking tours in Hamburg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Author: Gloria
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Hamburger Kunsthalle
  • Museum of Art and Craft
  • International Maritime Museum
  • Miniature Wonderland
  • Spicy's Museum
  • The Dockland Museum
  • Russian Submarine Museum
Hamburger Kunsthalle

1) Hamburger Kunsthalle (must see)

Hamburger Kunsthalle is the city’s largest art gallery, and one of the most significant art museums in all of Germany. It is located on Glockengießerwall, a main road that runs alongside the main train station in Hamburg. The gallery’s permanent collection spans seven centuries, from medieval ecclesiastical art to contemporary pieces by Richter, Klee and Neo Rauch. Specialities include 17th century Dutch paintings by the likes of Rembrandt and Ruisdael, German Romantic art, and works from the modernist era.

The museum is housed within three separate buildings. The original brick built museum dates from 1869, and was joined by the Neoclassical limestone clad extension in 1999. The white cube containing the Galerie der Gegenwart opened in 1997. The new building also hosts a popular bistro, with views across the city to the Alster lakes. Each building contains a café, and there are two gift shops on site.

Admission is 12 Euros for adults and 5 Euros for children. A family ticket is available for 16 Euros. Entry allows admission to all permanent collections, as well as the museum’s many varied temporary exhibitions. There is special entry for the over 65s on Friday, when tickets are 10 Euros, and free coffee and cakes are provided.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm; Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm
Museum of Art and Craft

2) Museum of Art and Craft

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, or the Museum of Art and Craft, is located close to the Hauptbahnhof, Hamburg’s central train station. Founded in 1874, the museum is dedicated to fine, applied and decorative arts. It was created following the successful opening of similar museums in London, Vienna and Berlin, and moved to its current home on Steintorplatz in 1877.

The museum went through a turbulent period in the first half of the 20th century. It flourished between 1919 and 1933 under the stewardship of Max Sauerlandt, amassing an impressive collection of Expressionist works. Many works were then removed by the Nazi party, who ordered that Sauerlandt left the gallery. During the war, Hamburg was targeted heavily by Allied bombs, which partially destroyed the building. It did not fully reopen until 1959.

The permanent collection here has a number of rare and specialist items. The museum is known for its historic keyboard instruments, Art Nouveau furniture and Islamic decorative artwork. There is also a Japanese tea house which occasionally holds traditional ceremonies. Opening hours and admission costs vary throughout the year. Admission fee is approximately 8 Euros for adults, with concessions available. Those under 18 get in for free.

Operation hours: Tuesdays - Sundays: 10 am - 6 pm; Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm
International Maritime Museum

3) International Maritime Museum (must see)

The International Maritime Museum is located in Hamburg’s HafenCity (harbour city). an area of former docklands that houses a number of offices, retail outlets and museums. Formerly part of the Free Port of Hamburg, it was removed from the port’s jurisdiction as it had fallen into disuse. This has allowed for the large former warehouse buildings to be redeveloped. In 2004, the area was awarded a grant to install a world class maritime museum in the docklands’ oldest surviving warehouse.

The building itself was once Quay Warehouse B, built in 1879 by architects Hanssen and Meerwein and designed as a grain elevator. It was renovated and opened as a museum in 2008. Covering ten floors, it is one of Europe’s largest maritime museums. Most of the original exhibits were drawn from the extensive personal collection of Peter Tamm, a local shipping magnate. These included paraphernalia from 19th century and Nazi ships, as well as thousands of historical documents. There are extensive exhibitions on the world’s navies and the history of merchant shipping, including the Hanseatic League. Entry costs 12 Euros for adults, with concessions available. There are also a range of family tickets available.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm.
Miniature Wonderland

4) Miniature Wonderland (must see)

Miniature Wonderland claims to be the world’s largest model railway attraction. It is housed in an otherwise unassuming brick warehouse building on Am Sandtorkai, close to the Dockland Museum. The vital statistics of this project, the work of local twins Frederik and Gerrit Braun, are staggering. The model covers over 12,000 square feet of floor space. The railway lines themselves comprise 12,000 metres of track, carrying 890 trains with over 11,000 carriages. The model landscape is dotted with 300,000 lights, 215,000 trees and 200,000 miniature residents – and it is still growing.

First opened in 2000 by the Braun twins, the model railway is expected to be completed in 2020. By that time, it will cover double the area that it does now. The current exhibition is divided into seven sections – Harz, Knuffingen (a fictitious city), the Alps, Hamburg, America, Scandinavia and Switzerland. The latest addition is Knuffingen Airport, which sees model planes arriving and departing regularly. The creators have already begun work on scale models of France and Italy.

The Minature Wonderland is open from 9.30am to 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It opens later on Tuesdays and Fridays. On Saturdays, the attraction opens at 8.30am and closes at 9.00pm, whilst on Sundays, it opens half an hour later, and closes at 8pm. Entry is 12 Euros, with half price admission for under 16s.
Spicy's Museum

5) Spicy's Museum (must see)

As one of Europe’s largest ports, Hamburg has been the gateway for many exotic products throughout its history. Still a busy dockland area, the city’s Speicherstadt district imports foodstuffs from across the world, including herbs and spices. Hamburg is one of the largest importers of spices in Europe, and home to the world’s only dedicated spice museum. Spicy’s, located on Am Sandtorkai next to the Miniature Wonderland attraction, is an interactive guide to the spices that have passed through Hamburg’s docks in the last five centuries.

Situated in a storehouse that once held these exotic items in vast quantities, Spicy’s has more than 900 exhibits. You can learn about the life and cultivation of plants from which the spices are made, as well as the spice trade which grew between the 16th and 19th centuries. Many of the items are genuine recent imports from far flung countries, whilst others are presented in small bowls to be touched, tasted and smelled. Admission costs 3.50 Euros, including free spice tasting. If you have kids who aren’t keen on tasting the exhibits, don’t worry – the museum will provide free gummy bears instead.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
The Dockland Museum

6) The Dockland Museum

The Speicherstadtmuseum, or Dockland Museum, is located on Am Sandtorkai in the heart of Hamburg’s historic docklands. Located south of the city centre, the docks were constructed from man-made lakes, which lead onto the River Elbe and towards the North Sea. Hamburg’s history revolves around these docks – as a founding member of the Hanseatic League, the city grew through trade links with nearby coastal European cities. Hamburg is still the third largest port in Europe, after Rotterdam and Antwerp. This museum celebrates the history of the city’s dockland area.

The Dockland Museum is housed in a two storey, red brick former warehouse. Billed as a ‘hands-on’ attraction, it is filled with authentic items from the city’s trading heyday, including sacks of coffee, bales of rubber and measuring instruments. There is an impressive display of historical photos documents and maps, charting the development of the area known as Speicherstadt – the ‘warehouse city’. There are also exhibitions on coffee and tea trading, and the local industries which transported goods between the giant warehouses. Admission is 3 Euros for adults, with concessions available.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm; November - February:Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Russian Submarine Museum

7) Russian Submarine Museum

A Russian submarine (in Hamburg!), put out of duty in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed, was established as a museum in 2002. You can have a breathtaking experience by visiting a fully functional 90-meter iron fish, which was used in missions in Cuba, for the protection of territorial waters of the Soviet Union and in secret missions on the US coast.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am – 8 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm

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