3 Lesser-Known Museums You Should Check Out in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Moritz Kindler on Unsplash

Hamburg beats out almost every other German city when it comes to tourist attractions and things visitors can enjoy. This is especially the case with cultural events and points of interest. The city is home to various art galleries, theaters, music venues, and an impressive number of 50 museums.

Now, we wouldn’t blame you if you chose to hit just the most famous like Kunsthalle Hamburg or Deichtorhallen. However, if you really want to have a unique experience in this amazing city, we recommend checking out these as well.


Panoptikum is Germany’s oldest wax museum. It was founded in the late 19th century and has since provided a home for numerous wax figures of celebrities, politicians, and other notable international and German figures. The same family has run the museum for the past 130 years and it welcomes more than 200,000 visitors each year.

Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wunderland will look like heaven for any model train enthusiasts. The project was started in 2000 and has since become the world’s largest model railway with 52,946 ft of track. It is made out of several sections, each dedicated to a particular region, that contain 1,040 trains, 260,000 figurines, and 4,110 buildings. The cost of the build is estimated to be around 37 million euros.

Zoological Museum Hamburg

Visiting Zoological Museum Hamburg can be both an educational and fun experience for the whole family. Here you’ll find skeletons and models of different animals as well as exhibits dedicated to various birds and insects. The collections are well presented and the entry is free.