Take an exploratory tour of the Hamburg Neustadt ("New Town") district
There are all sorts of sights, museums, great restaurants, events and leisure opportunities to enjoy in Hamburg. Our guests include large numbers of tourists, and here we should like to give them our personal tips on what to see and do in the Hamburg Neustadt district.
An exploratory tour of the Hamburg Neustadt district
There is all sorts to discover in Hamburg, both on land and on the water. Even people born and bred in Hamburg are often astounded at what their home city, the "Venice of the north", has to offer. The Hamburg Neustadt district is in the centre of Hambrug, west of the Alster, between the old town and St. Pauli districts. Whether you prefer to keep your feet firmly on dry land or are something of a water baby, the Neustadt districts offers tourists a wealth of sights to see, ranging from historic buildings and monuments, to museums, theatres and the Alster.
Visit the listed "Krameramtsstuben", for example. These former homes for widows of members of the Grocers' Association are at the foot of another Hamburg landmark: St. Michel's Church, better known as the "Michel". This Protestant church is one of the most important Baroque churches in northern Germany.
The "water-carrier" is a legendary figure in Hamburg, known far beyond the boundaries of the city. The real Hans Hummel was a water carrier who lived in Hamburg Neustadt district in the 10th century, and it is here that you will find a monument to him to this day. It is our special recommendation that you go off and explore the district and find out more about the water carriers and Hans Hummel.
And on that note we'll leave you to find out the meaning of the famous Hamburg greeting, "Hummel, Hummel!" - "Mors, Mors!", for yourself!
Further tips for things to see and do in Hamburg:
Binnenalster (Inner Alster)
The Alster literally lies right at the foot of the VLET an der Alster. From our restaurant, or in nice weather also from the pontoon, you can enjoy a magnificent view directly on to the Alster. The Alster is often wrongly referred to as a lake, but it is in fact a river that was dammed as early as the 13th century and that is divided into the Binnen-(Inner) and Aussen- (Outer) Alster. The buildings of various renowned companies line in the Inner Alster. They include the headquarters of Hapag-Lloyd AG, the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, and the Alsterhaus department store. On the south-western bank of the Alster, you will find the main departure point for the Alster steamers (pleasure boats for various round trips on the Alster). We will be delighted to organise a boat trip around the Alster for you as an additional fringe programme. Please contact us by e-mail if you would like us to do so.
Außenalster (Outer Alster)
The typical Hanseatic zest for life is palpable here. On the Outer Alster, dinghies jostle with other small sailing boats, canoes, rowers and paddle boats. This is where the Alster steamers make their rounds, showing the surroundings sights to the tourists. You can of course also explore the Alster on foot, sharing the paths with any number of joggers, cyclists and other people out for a stroll. It takes around 2 hours to walk around the Alster - it is in fact a total of some seven kilometres. But it is well worth the walk!
Hamburger Rathaus (Hamburg town hall)
From our Restaurant VLET an der Alster you look directly on to the Hamburg Rathaus. This architecturally imposing building was built between 1886 and 1887 in the neo-Renaissance style. At 112 metres high, its tower is one of the landmarks on the Hamburg city skyline. With the 28 busts over the windows of the rooms on the representational floor, the saints on the roof, and the remarkable architecture of the inner courtyard with the Hygieia fountain, there are all sorts of interesting features to discover and admire.
Hamburger Kunsthalle (Art Museum) and Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Arts and Crafts)
Not far from the VLET an der Alster, you will find the Hamburg Kunsthalle, home to significant art collections, spanning the centuries and including works from the Middle Ages and modern and contemporary art. Take a stroll along the Inner Alster and allow yourself to be taken back in time through the history of art in the Hamburg Kunsthalle.
Another absolute must for all art-lovers is the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, on the square at Steintorplatz. It is considered to be one of Europe's leading museums of applied art, as well as one of Hamburg's biggest and most popular museums.
You could also take a walk along the Inner Alster as far as the Ohnsorg-Theatre, just 1.2 km away. Here you can enjoy a play performed in the Low German dialect. This famous theatre has been here in the listed Bieberhaus building on Heidi-Kabel-Platz, north of the main railway station, since 2011.
Hamburg State Opera
Hamburg State Opera has a history going back some 300 years and is one of the world's leading opera houses. It is to be found at Gänsemarkt in the Hamburg Neustadt district. Here you can enjoy performances by the State opera, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hamburg Ballet company.
As native Hamburger we are extremely proud and heartily recommend you our new cultural landmark: the Elbphilharmonie. The architectural work of art is located between the former port basin and the old warehouse district “Speicherstadt”, on the western tip of the Elbe island of Grasbrook. Although the Elbphilharmonie is sold out until further notice, a visit is always worth it. The 37-meter-high Plaza serves as the junction between the old harbour warehouse and the modern glass structure above it and offers a breathtaking 360° view of the city and the harbour.