Opening hours: Tues – Sun 10am – 5pm
The second largest city in Germany, Hamburg has an important spot in European history, and museums across the city offer visitors a chance to learn more about the events that have occurred throughout the centuries. From social change to chocolate, via war, emmigration and more, we pick the 5 best spots for finding out how Hamburg has developed.
Head back in time at the Emigration Museum BallinStadt. It was originally the last homestead shelter for Europeans leaving to the New world, and a visit give you a good idea of what daily life was like for the intrepid immigrants who left from these shores. Three faithfully reconstructed buildings offer an insight into the living and sleeping arrangements, documenting the backgrounds and experiences of the immigrants through interactive and traditional displays. And if you’re up for a spot of genealogy, the museum keeps records of the over five million Europeans who left.
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm
Calling all chocoholics… Visitors to Hamburg who have a sweet tooth must check out Chocoversum Schokoladen Museum. It’s a really ‘Willy Wonka’ experience, with a 90-minute tour explaining how cocoa beans are grown, collected, processed and eventually turned into chocolate. There are plenty of samples dotted throughout, but if that’s not enough to sate your cravings, you can also make your own bars.
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm
Chocoversum Schokoladen Museum, Meßberg 1, 20095 Hamburg, Germany, +49 40 41912300
Deichtorhallen is one of Europe’s largest art enters for contemporary art and photography. However, it’s not just what’s inside that makes these buildings so special. Original built between 1911 and 1914, they are some of the last surviving examples of Industrial architecture, a style which represents the bridge between Art Nouveau and 20th-century. The original edifices were constructed as market halls in place of the former rail station. This steel-and-glass museum house and impressive collection and exhibitions have included popular contemporary artists, such as Herbert Tobias and Antony Gormley.
Opening hours: Tues – Sun 11am – 6 pm
Deichtorhallen, Deichtorstraße 1, 20095 Hamburg, Germany, +49 40 321030