Step inside the world of spices
Your first port of call should be the Hafencity quarter and more precisely, Speicherstadt, the largest harbour warehouse district in the world. It is here in the heart of this immense architectural complex in Hamburg, recognisable by its long rows of red-brick buildings, that you will discover Spicy's Gewürzmuseum, the spice museum.
As you push open the doors, you are surrounded by the aroma of dozens of exotic spices and culinary herbs. The guides even encourage you to touch and taste them. They will teach you all about their history and how to store them and use them in your cooking; what is more, they will even reveal which ones have beneficial effects for your health.
As you explore this old, rustic-style warehouse, be sure to check out the dozens and dozens of ancient tools on show, such as sieves, hammer mills and other mixing devices from a bygone age as well as more contemporary appliances. The museum brings five centuries of growing and processing spices to life – fascinating!
Spicy's Gewürzmuseum GmbH
Am Sandtorkai 34
+49 (0)40 367 989
Big thrills in a tiny world
On your way back through the docks, you can continue your cultural getaway on the other side of the canal, where you will find a wonderful world of miniatures. Miniatur Wunderland is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the whole of Germany. Inside, an airport with over 42 planes and urban scenes with no fewer than 930 trains will whisk you off to all four corners of the globe. The backdrop to your imaginary trip is a glorious array of scenery, such as the Alps, Scandinavian fjords and even the rocky peaks of Colorado.
This gigantic miniature universe will fill you with wonder: it is lit by 335,000 LEDs, thousands of vehicles run through its streets and its impressive airport sees almost 360 take-offs every day. You will be amazed by all the little scenes around every corner, some of them are funny, all of them realistic and full of life: entire cities bursting with activity, crowded stadiums with concerts in full swing, families on the beach, car chases, bank hold-ups, fires… It is a fascinating world you just have to visit.
Miniatur Wunderland GmbH
Kehrwieder 2-4/Block D
+49 (0) 40 300 6800
All aboard a floating museum for a real maritime experience
Continue your cultural journey by heading a bit further down the Elbe until you get to the Rickmer Clasen Rickmers, a 97-metre-long, three-masted sailing ship converted into a museum. Having witnessed the history and development of the German city's port first hand, this floating landmark gives you a glimpse of maritime life at the beginning of the 20th century.
During your visit, you will discover the different types of marine propulsion that have been used over the last 100 years. Your guide will tell you all about the ship's history and its journey on trade routes from Hong Kong to the far reaches of Chile, carrying huge cargoes of exotic products.
While you are on board, make the most of your experience by dining in the Rickmer Rickmers Gastronomie restaurant on the second deck. Order the delicious crab and salmon soup, then sit back and enjoy it as you admire the wonderful view over the Elbe and the docklands. What a fabulous way to end your cultural getaway in Hamburg.
Museumsschiff Rickmer Rickmers
Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken 1a
+49 (0) 40 319 5959