Attractions for the whole family

Attractions for the whole family

There is a lot to see in Hamburg. But not every attraction inspires children and parents alike. presents you with a selection of places of interest where all family members come into their own.

Attractions for the whole family

miniature wonderland

Kehrwieder 2, 20457 Hamburg
HVV: U3 stop at Bäumenall

Opening hours:
Mon to Fri from 9:30 a.m., Sat and Sun from 8:00 a.m.
The length of the opening times varies. You can find the exact opening times for your visit day under Miniatur Wunderland. The Miniature Wonderland is open longer on more than half of the days in the year, sometimes even shorter in a few days. Regular opening hours 365 days a year
Prices: adults 15 euros, children up to 15 years 7.50 euros. (Address details)

The Miniatur Wunderland has well over 15,000,000 visitors to date, making it Hamburg’s biggest tourist attraction. The railways in the Miniatur Wunderland run across Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland and Austria to America during the day and at night. Visitors get to know the city of Knuffingen with its ultra-modern airport, roam the Scandinavian mountain solitude and the gigantic Grand Canyon and picturesque Venice.

The miniature wonderland fascinates with detailed representation of the living environment. The fire brigade extinguishes a major fire, the police carry out traffic checks, a band plays the rock concert and a couple cuddles in the sunflower field. Here are a few figures on the miniature wonderland of superlatives: Over 1,000 trains, 12,000 wagons, a 15-kilometer track network, 200,000 figures on an area of ​​1,499 m². Tip: Reserving tickets online saves long waiting times at the cash register!

Hagenbeck’s zoo

Lokstedter Grenzstrasse 2, 22527 Hamburg
U2 stop at Hagenbeck Zoo
Opening hours:
01.01. until 02.03. 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
3.3. until June 30th 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
01.07. until August 31 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1.9. until October 27th 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
27.10. until December 31 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..
Prices: Adults 20 euros, children (4 to 16 years) 15 euros. (Address details)

The Hagenbeck Zoo is not cheap for families – but it’s worth it. With its 1,850 animals, it has been a real attraction for families for more than 100 years. Special attractions are the spacious Arctic Ocean facility with polar bears, walruses, seals and penguins as well as the predator enclosure with lions, tigers and leopards. In the Hagenbeck Zoo, zoo visitors can do more than just look. Children especially like to feed the elephants. Of course, pony rides and a visit to the goat enclosure, where they can pet the cheeky dwarf and Owambo goats, are also a must. Visitors often linger for a long time with the orangutans, which move acrobatically from branch to branch. The large playground, which the kids often no longer want to leave, is suitable for the lunch break.

Hagenbeck Tropical Aquarium

Lokstedter Grenzstrasse 2, 22527 Hamburg
HVV: U2 stop at Hagenbeck Zoo

Opening times t9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | 01.07. until August 31 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., New Year’s Eve 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..
Prices: Adults 14 euros, children (4 to 16 years) 10 euros.

The tropical aquarium is a highlight in summer and winter. The most poisonous snakes wriggle through the jungle, brightly colored African birds flutter around, Nile crocodiles and scorpions lurk on the shores of the lake. In the underwater world there are rays, moray eels and dangerous sharks, exotic fish flash out of the coral reef. 14,300 tropical animals and 300 animal species, including free-running kattas and loris, can be admired by parents and their children in the tropical aquarium.

The Michel

Englische Planke 1a, 20459 Hamburg
HVV: U3 bus stop Bäumenall, bus routes 112, 37 bus stop Michelwiese
Opening times for church, crypt and tower:
November to March daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission 5:30 p.m.)
April and October daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission 6:30 p.m.)
May to September daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last admission 7:30 p.m.),
Nachtmichel with special opening times.
Tower entrance: adults 5 euros, children (6 to 15 years) 3.50 euros.
Crypt entry: adults from 4 euros, children (6 to 15 years) from 2.50 euros. (Address details)
Combined price (tower and crypt): adults 7 euros, children (6 to 15 years) 4 euros

Hamburgers love their Michel, the Baroque church is considered the symbol of the city. For families on the move, climbing the stairs to the Michel church tower is an adventure. Once you have climbed the many steps up to the 132-meter-high viewing platform, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view – over Hamburg’s HafenCity, the Köhlbrand Bridge, the harbor and the Reeperbahn. An elevator is always available, with the particularly exciting nightly tower visit the elevator is even mandatory.

In 1641, the Hamburgers built the Michaelis Church for the first time and rebuilt it after being destroyed twice. An impressive spectacle is the tower blower’s daily performance, every day at 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. (on Sundays and on church holidays at 12 p.m.).

Hamburg dungeon

Kehrwieder 2, 20457 Hamburg
HVV: U3 stop at Bäumenall
daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (July / August until 6 p.m.)
26.12. and 01.01. 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Note: Fridays to Sundays and public holidays, the first tour is in English at 10:00 a.m..
Prices: Adults from 17.85 euros, children from 14.25 euros. (Address details)

A visit to the Hamburg Dungeon, which is suitable for children from the earliest ten years of age, is not for the faint of heart. Dungeon visitors dive into the old walls of the Speicherstadt and live through the darkest hours of Hamburg’s history.

The inquisition of the Holy Church suspects you of heresy, you are arrested. What cruel punishment awaits you? It says: "Save yourself who can!", when the dikes burst and huge amounts of water flood the city. The plague with its murderous breath of death moves through Hamburg, people die like flies. In the plague hospital, visitors to the dungeon experience first-hand how quacks try to cure bruises with unsuccessful patients. Hamburg is blazing, people are struggling through heat and smoke. The escape routes are blocked and the dungeon visitors are right in the middle. The tour lasts an hour and a half. Great actors and real-looking backdrops create chilling effects.

Harbour Cruise

From Landungsbrücken or Baumall.
Daily from about 10:00 a.m. to about 4:00 p.m. / 5:00 p.m.
Prices: adults from 17 euros, children from 8 euros. (Address details)

A harbor tour is an exciting family outing in all seasons. There is a large selection of harbor tours by passenger ship or barge: whether a classic tour of the warehouse district and the harbor, past the container gantry cranes at the terminals, the docks of Blohm + Voss and of course past the really big pots, a short one-hour harbor tour or a tour with the HADAG steamer into the Old Land, perhaps combined with a bike tour through the fruit growing area. The masters of the various providers provide amusing comments and expert comments for information and a good mood.


South of downtown Hamburg, 20457 Hamburg
HVV: U1 stop Meßberg, U3 stop Bäumenall, S3 and S1 stop Stadthausbrücke

There is a lot to discover for parents and children on a walk or a city tour through the over 100 year old warehouse district. The red brick buildings of the world cultural heritage are built on oak piles into the water, the district is crisscrossed by canals and can therefore be explored easily by barge.

A whole range of museums that also delight younger children, such as the Spice Museum, the Miniature Wonderland and the Hamburg Dungeon, the International Maritime Museum and the Customs Museum are located in the Speicherstadt. On family tours especially for children, visitors explore where the pirate Klaus Störtebeker has hidden his gold treasure and what happens at low and high tide.

The Speicherstadt shines in a very special light in the literal sense from dusk: the houses are artistically illuminated by over 1,000 lamps. A walk through the Dutch Brook, for example, makes you feel like you were in the past.


  • Dockland: Anyone who has climbed the seven floors and is standing on the roof of the Dockland will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the harbor.
  • Old Elbe tunnel: The Elbtunnel has connected St. Pauli with Steinwerder for over 100 years. Traveling with one of the large elevators is an adventure, the panorama from the other side of the Elbe is worthwhile.
  • Harbor Museum: There is a Sunday for children here "Basic course port" with all sorts of practical tests and an “official” port pass as a conclusion. The port museum is open from April to October.

All statements without guarantee. Information as of October 2018

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