The clocks went back on October 27, and the days became shorter. But there’s still plenty to do in Hamburg during the dark winter months. The Hamburger Kunsthalle, for instance, is hosting an exhibition entitled Impressionism – Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection (November 7, 2019 to March 1, 2020) to mark its 150th anniversary. Art lovers can experience light-drenched landscapes and colourful scenes in paintings by Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Gauguin. Eight of Gaugin’s paintings are on loan from the Ordrupgaard Museum, which originates with the collection by the insurance director Wilhelm Hansen and his wife Henny.
Fairy-tale worlds: Avatars conquer evil
Events in Märchenwelten centre on conquering a treasure chamber. Visitors have been slipping into figures from the Grimm brothers’ fairytale world during the interactive tour of the 3,000 square metre exhibition area since September 14, 2019. Using an avatar, they face the eternal battle of good against evil, solve tasks and have to master various challenges in Hamburg’s latest experience centre.
Discovery Dock and Dialogue in the Dark
More and more interactive and digital worlds of experience can be found in Hamburg. In May, the Discovery Dock opened in Hafencity. The innovative museum relies on mixed reality to make the microcosm of the Port of Hamburg a tangible experience. Visitors can find themselves high up in the pulpit of a container gantry crane, working on ships themselves or exploring the world of work and animals in the port. Visitors use all their senses to explore the world during the Dialogue in the Dark. Blind exhibition guides lead guests safely over a crossroads, through a park, take them on a boat trip or for a drink in the dark bar. Around 1.4 million visitors have ventured into the darkness since 2000.
Miniatur Wunderland adding South America section
The boundless energy of Hamburg Miniatur Wunderland makes over 1,000 trains with 10,000 carriages and some 263,000 figures in nine different mini-worlds come alive on nearly 1,500 square metres. From the fictitious town of Knuffingen via Italy to America with the focus mainly on North America to date, owners Frederik and Gerrit Braun are currently expanding into South America. A new section is currently being built in South America in collaboration of Latin Americans to create a genuinely authentic installation.
Winter magic and winter show – surprises guaranteed
Wandsbek is the right place to go for the truly Christmas experience. Hamburg’s first Christmas market opened its gates there with the Winterzauber on November 1. The winter village attracts around 120,000 visitors annually with its skating rink and mountain lodge. And from November 11, the First Stage Theater in Altona once again turns into a magical Christmas winter world. Decorated from the roof to the basement, visitors are put in the Christmas mood on arrival – with the declared intention of converting even the ultimate “Christmas Grinch”.
More than 30 dance, theatrical and choral numbers await the visitor to the big Christmas Show under the theme of: Tradition meets Christmas 2.0. The ensemble of almost 50 players puts on Christmas favourites. “But there’s always a surprise twist,” promises theatrical director Thomas Gehle, a self-confessed Scrooge/Grinch, up to the first big Christmas Show in 2016. First Stage Theater is staging its fourth Christmas Show in a row, a tried and tested recipe for success. Last year’s 56 performances were sold out with attendance at 97.7 per cent.