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Planten un Blomen Park, Hamburg. The people's favourite park.

Planten un Blomen Park, Hamburg. The people's favourite park.

A leafy oasis in the heart of Hamburg, Planten un Blomen Park offers 47 hectares of fountains, lawns and floral displays. There is no charge to get in, and you're sure to leave feeling relaxed.

A park "for birds, for pleasure and for the people of Hamburg" was established on the site in 1930, followed in 1935 by a horticultural exhibition called Planten un Blomen (local dialect for plants and flowers), the name which remains to this day. In the centre of the Planten un Blomen Park stands an array of listed tropical hothouses retained from the previous botanical gardens. The park's traditional rose garden, occupying 5,000 square metres, offers a different kind of calm and tranquillity. The flowerbeds with box hedging are the perfect backdrop for the classical concerts that are performed here every day throughout the summer season. There is also an apothecary garden where visitors can learn about the healing powers of plants. Stressed city dwellers love nothing more than sitting by the fountains during the water and light shows. In 1985 work began on the ramparts, and a delightful Japanese garden with a teahouse was added, the largest of its kind in Europe. Children can expend their energy in the fun-packed playground, while visitors of all ages can go ice skating in winter. The huge rink is one of the largest outdoor rinks in the world and is used by roller skaters and bladers in summer. Located in the south-west tip, the Museum of Hamburg History tells the story of the city from its origins around 800 AD to the present day. Nearby attractions: when it opened 100 years ago Hagenbeck Zoo was the first to dispense with caged enclosures and paved the way for zoo keeping as we know it today. With 25 hectares of varied countryside and 7km of marked trails, it is now a themed family attraction offering an unforgettable experience for all. The Speicherstadt district from the late 19th century remains to this day the largest warehouse complex in the world. In 1991 the buildings came under a preservation order. In St. Pauli, the Landungsbrücken landing stages – the 'gateway to the world' – is where barges, sightseeing boats and museum ships set off on harbour tours.

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There is no doubt that the three buildings belonging to the Hamburg Kunsthalle house one of the most important public art collections in Germany: perhaps the best place to discover connections, developments and trends in seven centuries of art history. The permanent exhibition of more than 700 works and alternating displays from the museum's holdings offer a unique insight into art from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Every one of the museum's collections is important in its own right but in combination they have an immense impact. The museum presents the medieval altars of Master Bertram and Master Francke, 17th century Dutch paintings and 19th century German paintings with extensive groups of works by Caspar David Friedrich, Philipp Otto Runge, Adolph Menzel and Max Liebermann. Works of the Classical Modernist period include paintings and sculptures by Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz and Max Ernst. The contemporary art section features alternating exhibitions, which have included Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Mona Hatoum and Jenny Holzer. The Department of Prints and Drawings comprises more than 120,000 works and is a museum in its own right. The Kunsthalle also runs the 'Museum At Home' initiative where art historians give their expert opinion on paintings (on canvas and wood), drawings and prints for a small fee.

Upcoming dates:

10.05.2019 - 22.09.2019

13.08.2019 - 05.01.2020

23.08.2019 - 10.11.2019

Venue

Hamburger Kunsthalle
Glockengießerwall 1
20095 Hamburg

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

For a totally different theatre experience there's nowhere better than Hamburg, the city with one of the most dynamic and diverse theatre scenes in Germany. And the best time for this is always at the beginning of the new season, when the city's annual Theatre Night gives audiences a whirlwind tour of the world of drama and performance. With a programme featuring 300 events in 40 venues, this is a special night to remember.

On Hamburg Theatre Night, the actors take over the city. Theatres, foyers, bars and even the streets themselves become stages for moving pieces of drama, short stories, tragedies and comedies; for singing, dancing and the spoken word. And in the actors' wake come 16,000 guests, who get around on the 50 shuttle buses, trains and eight riverboats laid on for the event. Once you have your Theatre Night ticket, admission to all the performances is free of charge – which means you'll be criss-crossing the city throughout the evening for cutting-edge theatre, opera, ballet and comedy. The Theatre Night app is a great help in this respect: downloadable free, it contains the complete programme, a comprehensive list of venues, plus all the bus stops en route. Another essential piece of kit is the Hamburg theatre mug, a strictly limited-edition collectors' piece with a new design each year and available for purchase at nine euros. Your mug will be filled with free, fresh coffee at every venue – a great help in getting you get through the night, and keeping you wide awake for the huge closing party on the Reeperbahn!

Upcoming dates:

07.09.2019

Venue

Verschiedene Locations
20148 Hamburg

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

The Hamburg Cruise Days offer an unforgettable experience in one of Germany's grandest cities, so prepare to be wowed by a cruise event that is by far and away the best. Gaze in awe at the majestic ships and open your heart to the call of the cruise – these are three days devoted to all things maritime, to sumptuous food and quality entertainment. No fewer than seven liners are calling at Hamburg during the festival and will be anchored in the port.

The inaugural event was a success – this was the unanimous verdict on the first Hamburg Cruise Days of summer 2008, when more than 600,000 excited spectators from around the world witnessed the Elbe's transformation into a glittering open-air stage. Every two years since then, the docklands have become a maritime playground for the leisurely exploration of various theme islands: shopping, fashion and design, sport and relaxation, children's activities, markets, music, entertainment and food prepared by the city's best chefs. Experience the enchanting world of cruising on dry land between the two cruise terminals in HafenCity and Altona, or indulge your wanderlust on the water via the fleet of party ships at Hamburg Cruise Night on Friday evening or the grand Hamburg Cruise Days parade on Saturday evening. Another mesmerising highlight is Blue Port by acclaimed lighting designer Michael Batz, who swathes the area from HafenCity to Neumühlen in the colour of the sky, of the sea and of longing.

Upcoming dates:

13.09.2019 - 15.09.2019

Venue

Großer Grasbrook, 20457 Hamburg, Deutschland
Kaiserkai 10
20457 Hamburg

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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