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"Breaking Point. Searching for Change": 7th Triennial of Photography Hamburg now opening

Hamburg, May 2018 (HHT) – The 7th Triennial of Photography Hamburg, one of the world’s largest photography festivals, has opened its gates – and is more political than ever. Revolving around the core theme “Breaking Point. Searching for Change”, the 2018 programme is presented in cooperation with major museums, galleries and cultural institutions. With 120 events and exhibitions at 50 venues scheduled between June and September, Hamburg has become this summer’s hotspot for international photography.

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Hamburg’s cruise year 2018: from first female captain to the largest ocean giants

Hamburg, April 2018 (HHT) – The first highlight of Hamburg’s upcoming cruise season will be commanded by a woman: on 7 April 2018 the AIDAsol arrived in Hamburg under the navigation of Germany’s very first female cruise ship captain. The arrival of the AIDAsol will also mark the beginning of the 2018 port season, with an expected 220 arrivals by 50 ships operated by 26 shipping companies and more than 880,000 cruise passengers – an increase of 10 percent compared with 2017.

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Panik City: Udo Lindenberg’s interactive exhibition in the heart of Hamburg’s St Pauli neighbourhood

Hamburg, 20 March 2018 (HHT) – German rock legend Udo Lindenberg and Hamburg have been bound by strong ties for decades: Hamburg is the place where Lindenberg kicked off his music career in the wild 70s, the place where he has given countless iconic live concerts, and the city is even home to a dedicated Udo Lindenberg musical. And now Lindenberg, a long-term resident of Hamburg’s eminent Atlantic hotel, has been looking to create something even more lasting. Needless to say that a traditional museum was not what he had in mind – which is why he decided to go with an interactive, digital approach. Since 20 March 2018 visitors can experience the life and works of Udo Lindenberg as part of Panik City, a spectacular multimedia exhibition in the very heart of the St Pauli neighbourhood. For all those looking to explore this world of experience first-hand, Hamburg Tourismus is offering a package deal for a short break in Hamburg that includes arrival by Deutsche Bahn (ICE within Germany) as well as three overnight stays in Hamburg – available from €189.  

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3-Tage-Kunstmeilenpass © Matthias Schönebäumer

Kunstmeile Hamburg presents new 3-day pass at ITB Berlin

Hamburg, 7 March 2018 (HHT) The Kunstmeile Hamburg, an association of five renowned art institutions in Hamburg’s city centre, presented a new ticket type at this year’s ITB Berlin: the 3-day pass provides visitors with unlimited access to all five museums on three consecutive days. At a price of 25 euro, the 3-day pass is ideal for a city break in Hamburg with a cultural twist. The pass is valid for the following institutions: Kunsthalle Hamburg, Museum for Arts and Crafts Hamburg (MKG), Bucerius Kunst Forum, Deichtorhallen Hamburg as well as Kunstverein Hamburg. 

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Elbphilharmonie & music city of Hamburg: selected highlights for 2018

Hamburg, 09 March 2018 (HHT) – This week, visitors to ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, will have the opportunity to experience the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in 3D and in 360° views via an interactive mega touchscreen. The iconic new concert hall underscores Hamburg’s world repute as a dynamic city of music that doesn’t fit into any particular musical pigeonhole.

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"The Chug Club 2017 © Tim Gerdts"
The Chug Club 2017 © Tim Gerdts

Star-studded restaurants and culinary geeks: exploring Hamburg’s vibrant food and drink scene

Hamburg, 08 March 2018 (HHT) – Hamburg is a city of contrast and seeming opposites, and this is particularly true when it comes to wining and dining. Today, Hamburg boasts more Michelin-star restaurants than ever – and at the same time the city is increasingly turning into a hotspot for a young, creative food and beverage scene, with original concepts that are definitely worthwhile trying.

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Hamburg’s booming hotel market: new concepts in 2018

Hamburg, 05 March 2018 (HHT) ­– Opened but a year ago, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg has proven to be a true magnet for visitors from near and far: in 2017, the number of overnight stays in Hamburg increased by almost four percent when compared to the preceding year. The BBC recently published a list of the world’s eight most accomplished buildings in 2017, and of course Hamburg’s new concert hall is one of them. Other international media, such as Lonely Planet and the LA Times, celebrate Hamburg as one of the most exciting travel destinations worldwide.

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Hamburg Ballet: Tour to Japan with three ballet productions by John Neumeier (Feb. 2-17)

Performances of the Hamburg Ballet in Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo and ROHM Theater, Kyoto

The Hamburg Ballet has started its eigth tour to Japan during which the company will perform three ballet productions by John Neumeier from the 2nd until the 17th of February: "Lady of the Camellias", "Nijinsky" and "The World of John Neumeier", a ballet gala with narration by the Chief Choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet himself.

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“Window Waltz”: a musical New Year’s greeting from the window cleaners of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Hamburg (HMG). Ever since its grand opening in January 2017, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg has been providing a stage for unforgettable music events. And now, as the new year is here, the concert hall has issued a very special musical New Year's greeting: the “Window Waltz”. As a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Viennese New Year's traditions, four industrial climbers from the façade cleaning team of Hamburg's new landmark are playing the Blue Danube Waltz – from outside the building and with their work equipment. Youtube link:

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Topp 10 städerna 2018 – kärleksförklaring till Hamburg

Hamburg (HHT). Redan i januari utsåg New York Times Hamburg till en av "52 Places to Go". Elbemetropolen var som enda tyska stad med på rankingen och hamnade till och med på plats 10. Nu har en redaktör på den ansedda tidningen tillbringat en helg i Hamburg inom ramen av reseserien "36 Hours". Och han är lyrisk över hansestaden vid floden Elbe. Dessutom har den kända reseguiden Lonely Planet utsett Hamburg till ett av topp 10-stadsresmålen för 2018. Hansestaden ligger på plats fyra.


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Events in Hamburg

Colored Water Light Concerts

Colored Water Light Concerts: Colored fountains with a changing music program at Platen un Blomen.

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Opera Premiere: Benjamin

Opera Premiere - Benjamin: Music theatre with 7 stations. Text by Yona Kim. German with English surtitles.

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Anton Corbijn. The Living and the Dead

Anton Corbijn. The Living and the Dead: The exhibition Anton Corbijn. The Living and the Dead in honor of the Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn deals with the uncommon question from what moment photography turns into art.

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Triennial of Photography Hamburg

Triennial of Photography Hamburg: The Phototriennial Hamburg 2018 is a humanistic explanation of sustainability and change, an inspiration and an invitation to act.

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Hamburg Harley Days

Hamburg Harley Days: The location in the middle of Hamburg makes Harley Days the only Harley convention in the world which can take place in the middle of a city. Nothing could be more Harley, more Hamburg and more birthday celebration on a single weekend, and so the Harley party of the year is already almost an obligation for genuine moped fans!

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Premiere: Beethoven Project

Premiere - Beethoven Project: Ballet by John Neumeier.

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Hamburg Ballet Days

Hamburg Ballet Days: Annual ballet festival of the Hamburg Ballett by John Neumeier.

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Premiere: Miriways

Premiere - Miriways: Opera with 3 acts. Text by Johann Samuel Müller.

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Schlagermove: The worldwide biggest party of german “Schlager” is known for the festival of love. A great parade of many colourful decorated trucks moves though St. Pauli.

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ITU World Triathlon

ITU World Triathlon: World´s biggest triathlon starts again and shows the beautiful setting Hamburg´s in three disciplines, swimming, cycling and running.

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Hamburger DOM

Hamburger DOM: „Hummelfest“ - The greatest public festival of the north at the Heiligengeistfeld.

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Christopher Street Day

Christopher Street Day: Highlight of the Pride Week with a great street party in St. Georg and the center.

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International Summer Festival at Kampnagel

International Summer Festival at Kampnagel: International festival of theater, dancing and performance at Kampnagel, a former factory site.

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DOCKVILLE Festival: Hamburg's annual festival of music and art, will take place for the twentyth time - with an unprecedented presentation of visual art and musical line-up.

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EuroEyes Cyclassics

EuroEyes Cyclassics: Hamburg is rolling again on Europes biggest cycling race. On top there is a trade and exhibition fair to cater for information and Entertainment.

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Hamburg Theatre Night

Hamburg Theatre Night: More than 300 performances on the agenda in 40 theaters, connected by 50 shuttle busses and 8 Alsterships.

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Reeperbahn Festival

Reeperbahn Festival: Over 300 international newcomers from the divisions Indie, Pop, Skirt, Singer-Songwriter, Electro, Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz and Neo-Classic in unusual locations round the Reeperbahn.

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Sunday Shopping

Sunday Shopping: „Shopping, art and culture” -Numerous shops in Hamburg invite you to a unique shopping experience from 13 till 18 o´clock. Shopping is here accentuated with an attractive programme covering thematic occasions which are interesting for Hamburg.

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26 Film Festival Hamburg

26 Film Festival Hamburg: A festival for the audience - it thrills over 40,000 film fans in ten days on ten screens. 140 national and international feature films and documentaries are presented.

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Top-Features Tourismus
Hamburg – Broadway of the North

Offering top-class entertainment, moving stories and catchy tunes, Hamburg’s musicals attract 2 million visitors every year. Hamburg is the world’s third-biggest musical city just after New York and London, and an end to this musical boom is not in sight.
Maritime Hamburg

Two rivers shape the face of Hamburg. One wakens a yearning for the sea, the other for home: with its port that never sleeps, the Elbe is the city’s main artery leading out into the North Sea; and the Alster, which forms the lake in the city centre, represents the heart of Hamburg.
A perfect Hamburg weekend

The Elbe, the Alster, the port, St Pauli – and of course fish rolls and Franzbrötchen pastry: there are ample reasons for a city break in Hamburg. While a weekend might give you limited scope for exploring a city, there is still a lot to be discovered in Hamburg even within two days.
Shopping in Hamburg

Luxury shops on grand boulevards, a relaxed stroll through elegant shopping arcades, original, young fashion directly from designers, quirky antiques from Hamburg's rich past. Or maybe you would prefer eco-friendly garments straight from manufacturers and small specialist shops? In any event, when you go shopping in Hamburg, you are spoiled for choice.
Cruise Metropolis Hamburg

Over the past few years, Hamburg has become one of Northern Europe’s major cruise destinations, and Hamburg’s locals are real fans of these queens of the ocean – which can clearly be seen whenever the magnificent “Queen Mary 2” calls at the port of Hamburg. The biennial Hamburg Cruise Days, as well as spectacular ship launching ceremonies in the port make Hamburg the cruise capital of the north.