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Head to the Hamburg Planetarium to see everything from children's films to 3D trips through the solar system. The art deco building dates back to 1912 and is considered one of the world's oldest observatories. Visitors can also enjoy concerts and other musical shows in the enormous domed hall. The high-tech planetarium claims it's the most modern planetarium in the world. Previous shows include "Night Flight through the Galaxy," "Laser Zeppelin," and the "Green Planet 3D." After your show, head up to the rooftop terrace for unparalleled city views.

Recent visitors were impressed with the planetarium and highly recommend seeing a show there. Others suggested taking a stroll through the lovely Stadtpark City Park, where the planetarium is located, before or after a show.

The planetarium is open Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission, which varies depending on the show, costs between 11 to 12.50 euros (around $12 to $14) for adults and 7 to 8.50 euros (about $7.75 to $9) for children. You'll find the planetarium in the Winterhude district. You can reach the attraction by taking the U-Bahn to the Borgweg station and then walking or taking the No. 179 bus to the planetarium. The planetarium recommends arriving 20 minutes before the show starts. For more information, visit the official website.

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A stunning architectural marvel often compared to Sydney's opera house, the Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall and performance space designed by the Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. As soon as it opened in 2016, it became an instant architectural icon thanks to its wave-like rooftop and glass façade. Luckily, you don't need tickets to a show to enjoy the striking space.

A public viewing platform is open to everyone and offers breathtaking, 360-degree views of the city and the harbor – a particular highlight for recent visitors. While admission to the viewing plaza is free, you do need a ticket to enter. Advance booking is available and recommended by recent visitors, though a booking fee of 2 euros (or about $2.25) applies. Reviewers also recommended taking a harbor cruise to admire the building from the water.

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