The arts flourish in this cosmopolitan city. Hamburg's ballet company is one of the finest in Europe, and the Hamburger Ballett-Tage, its annual festival, brings the best from around the world to the city.

At the end of September, the city comes alive with movie showings. The Hamburg Film Festival features the best feature films, documentaries, short films, and children's movies. About 80% of the films are in English or have English subtitles. For two weeks, thousands of people watch mainstream and quirky films in various theaters around town.

Information on all major events is available on the Hamburg Tourism Office website. The best way to order tickets for all major Hamburg theaters, musicals, and most cultural events is through the Hamburg-Hotline (040/3005–1300).

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  • 1. Deutsches Schauspielhaus

    St. Georg

    One of Germany's leading drama stages, Deutsches Schauspielhaus has been lavishly restored to its full 19th-century opulence. It's the most important venue in town for...Read More

  • 2. English Theatre of Hamburg


    The name says it all: the English Theatre, first opened in 1976, is the city's premier theater for works in English. Actors from near and...Read More

  • 3. Funke Konzertkassen


    Hamburg's largest ticket seller has box offices throughout Hamburg, including one in the main train station (Stage Ticket Shop). The website is only in German,...Read More

  • 4. Hamburgische Staatsoper


    One of the most beautiful theaters in the country, the Hamburgische Staatsoper is the leading northern German venue for opera and ballet. The Hamburg Ballet...Read More

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  • 5. Laeiszhalle


    Both the Philharmoniker Hamburg (Hamburg Philharmonic) and the Hamburger Symphoniker (Hamburg Symphony) appear regularly in the magnificent neo-baroque interior of the Laeiszhalle, which also hosts...Read More

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  • 6. Landungsbrücken

    St. Pauli | Tickets

    A number of agencies, including the Hamburg tourist office at Landungsbrücken, sell tickets for plays, concerts, and the ballet. Tickets can...Read More

  • 7. Neue Flora Theater


    Handily located just across the street from the Holstenstrasse S-bahn, the 2,000-seat Neue Flora attracts big crowds, who come for popular, long-running musicals such as...Read More

  • 8. Schmidt Theater and Schmidts Tivoli

    St. Pauli

    The quirky Schmidt Theater and Schmidts Tivoli has become Germany's most popular variety theater, presenting a classy repertoire of live music, vaudeville, and cabaret....Read More

  • 9. Stage Entertainment

    Tickets and information about musicals currently running in Hamburg are available online or by calling the pay-per-minute hotline....Read More

  • 10. Stage Operettenhaus

    St. Pauli

    The Stage Operettenhaus stages productions of top musicals including the musical adaptation of Rocky, and Love Never Dies, the follow-up to The Phantom of the...Read More

  • 11. Theater im Hamburger Hafen

    St. Pauli

    Theater im Hamburger Hafen is home to Der König der Löwen, a German version of the hit musical The Lion King. The theater, which is...Read More

  • 12. Streits


    Independent and mainstream English-language movies are shown at the grand Streits....Read More

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