City Hall (Rathaus)#11 in Best Things To Do in Hamburg
The Rathaus (City Hall) is big – bigger than London's immense Buckingham Palace – and according to travelers, it's one of the best sights in Hamburg. Resting on a square, inspired by Venice's Piazza San Marco, the neo-renaissance building's formidable exterior opens into a lavish interior, which is peopled by Hamburg's city council and state government officials. English-language tours take about 45 minutes and wind past the opulent state rooms, a mere fraction of the 647 rooms located on-site.
Recent visitors called the building "beautiful" and recommended taking the tour if you can.
Hop off the U-Bahn at the Rathaus station to reach City Hall. Guided tours in English are offered on published tour days (which vary) at 11:15 a.m., 1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Tickets for adults 15 and older cost 5 euros (about $5.50). Visitors ages 14 and younger tour for free. City Hall is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information can be found on the Hamburg tourism board's website.
More Best Things To Do in Hamburg
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.
Explore More of Hamburg
If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.
Holly JohnsonJanuary 16, 2020
Kyle McCarthyJanuary 8, 2020
Lyn MettlerDecember 23, 2019
Gwen PratesiDecember 9, 2019
Lyn MettlerNovember 25, 2019
Kyle McCarthyNovember 21, 2019
Holly JohnsonNovember 14, 2019
Gwen PratesiNovember 12, 2019
Christine SmithNovember 12, 2019