While many tourists take the time to marvel at the city’s eclectic architecture, few realise that they can explore the city from below. Head to the St. Pauli landing stage in the harbour and you’ll find the entrance to the Old Elbe Tunnel, the continent’s first river tunnel. More than 100 years old, the tunnel has been used as a set for numerous films and, once you come out on the other side of the Elbe, you’ll be rewarded with a superb panoramic view of the harbour.
The Chilehaus is an impressive, unusual building that you ought to visit when travelling to Hamburg. This was built in the 1920s as part of the Brick Expressionism movement, incorporating Gothic and Expressionist influences. The result is a towering building peppered with Gothic-style windows and shaped to evoke the idea of a ship’s prow.
If you travel to Hamburg with children, then set aside some time to enjoy the Miniatur Wonderland; the world’s largest model railway. It boasts 13kms of track, 200,000 human miniatures, 3000 buildings, 900 trains and more than 300,000 sparkling lights. Alternatively, buy a ticket to the Zoo Hagenbeck, where you can get up close to a variety of animals and even feed the elephants, which is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip to Hamburg.