Eastern Central Area, Hamburg
Hamburg's eastern central area includes the Mönckebergstrasse, the Museum of Art and Industry and St Michaels's Church.
From the Rathausmarkt, the wide Mönckebergstrasse, which is Hamburg's principal shopping and business street and lined with imposing offices and business houses, leads past St Peter's Church (St Petri (founded in 14th C.; rebuilt in neo-Gothic style 1844-49; 133 m/436ft high tower) to the Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), northeast of which is the Schauspielhaus (Theater).The street has large department stores, fashionable stores for all ages, and other specialty shops.
Museum of Art and Industry
Facing the train station in Hamburg, to the southeast, is the Museum of Art and Industry, which ranks after the Bavarian National Museum in Munich as the most comprehensive display of German, European and Asian applied art in Germany (in particular china, furniture and silver from northern Germany and the Netherlands and applied art from East Asia) and a collection of works by Kokoschka.
Address: Steintorplatz 1, D-20099 Hamburg, Germany
Opening hours: Jan 1 to Dec 31: 10am-6pm; Thu: 10am-9pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: May Day / Labor Day (May 1), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24)
Entrance fee in EUR: Family €13.00, Adult €8.00, Students €5.00, Child 17 & under FREE
Useful tips: The library closes at 5 p.m. Guided tour is included with admission on Wednesdays.
Transit: S-Bahn: Hauptbahnhof (S1, S2, S3, S4, S11, S21, S31); U-Bahn: Hauptbahnhof-Sud (U1, U3), Hauptbahnhof-Nord (U2).
Markthalle & Deichtorhallen
South of Hamburg's train station are the Markthalle (communications center) and the Deichtorhallen (restored and reopened in 1989; art exhibitions).The Deichtorhallen are the largest exhibition halls of their kind in Europe with over 6,000 sq. m. of exhibition space.
St James's Church
To the south of Hamburg's Mönckebergstrasse, in Steinstrasse, can be found St James's Church (14th C., restored 1959 after severe damage in the Second World War), with medieval altars and an Arp Schnitger organ.
South of Hamburg's St James Church, in Burchardplatz, is the boldly conceived ten-story Chilehaus (by Fritz Höger, 1922-24), perhaps the best-known building in the business quarter. Nearby is the Sprinkenhof (by Fritz Höger and H. and O. Gerson, 1927-31). Farther east stands the Cityhof (1956), a group of four 42 m/138ft high office blocks.
From Hamburg's Messberg, a busy square on the south side of the Chilehaus (Messberghof, in clinker brick; by H. and O. Gerson, 1923-25), the wide Ost-West-Strasse leads west past St Catherine's Church (St. Katharinen; 14th-17th C., rebuilt 1956) and the 147 m/482ft high Nikolaikirchturm, the tower of St Nicholas's Church (completely destroyed during the Second World War) and over the Nikolaifleet, Alsterfleet and Herrengrabenfleet into the new town (Neustadt).
St Michael's Church
In the new town is Hamburg's traditional emblem and landmark, the Baroque St Michael's Church (by E. G. Sonnin, 1750-62). From the 132m/433ft high tower, familiarly known as "Michel" (lift), there are fine views. In a courtyard to the east are the Krameramtswohnungen, dwellings originally built to house the widows of members of the Krameramt (Shopkeepers' Guild). In House C is a museum.
Address: Krayenkamp 4 C, D-20459 Hamburg, Germany
Opening hours: May 1 to Oct 31: 9am-5:30pm
Nov 1 to Apr 30: 10am-5pm
Nov 1 to Apr 30: 10am-5pm
Entrance fee: Visit to tower or observation deck FREE
Transit: S-Bahn: Stadthausbrucke Landungsbrucken (both S1, S2, S3); U-Bahn: Rodingsmarkt Landungsbrucken St Pauli (all U 3); Bus: 37
Eastern Central Area Pictures
Map of Hamburg Attractions