A trip to the Altona Fischmarkt is definitely worth getting out of bed early -or staying up all night- for. The Sunday markets hark back to the 18th century, when fishermen sold their catch before church services. Today, you can still get fresh produce and also peruse the stalls for second hand steals and nice antiques.
2. Mineatur Wunderland
Be a giant for a day! This weird and wonderful attraction is the world's largest model railway, which consists of more than 12,000 meters of track and 890 trains. As you journey along, you will walk past miniature replicas of areas ranging from the USA, Scandinavia, and Germany, as well as an airport with planes that actually take off.
3. The Port of Hamburg – The Gateway to Germany
The Hamburger Hafen is quite impressive to behold. Take either a boat from Landungsbrücken or follow a trail on foot that takes you through the old 19th-century Warehouse District. Cross the Köhlbrandbrücke, a 3.9-kilometer bridge that spans the harbor.
4. Kunsthalle Hamburg
In three interconnected buildings on the Glockengiesserwall, Kunsthalle Hamburg is one of Germany's top art galleries. Marvel at a wide range of art on display - everything from local artists to the Dutch masters of the 16th and 17th centuries.
5. Hamburg Rathaus
In the center of Hamburg's Old Town is the Rathaus or City Hall. Guided tours are available, as are opportunities to observe the local government in action.
6. St. Michael's Church
The most famous of Hamburg's many churches, St. Michael's was built in the Baroque style between 1750-62 and is one of the city's most important landmarks. Its 132-meter-high tower, fondly known as "Michel", and accessible by stairs and an elevator, viewing platforms offer excellent panoramas of the city and port.
At the entrance to Grosse Freiheit stand life-size steel silhouettes commemorating the five original Beatles - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe. In the summer of 1960, they played in the area while seeking fame and fortune.