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Hamburger Kunsthalle – tickets, prices, discounts, guides, what to see

Hamburg Art Gallery, locally known as Hamburger Kunsthalle, is one of the largest art museums in Germany. 

The Museum hosts seven centuries of European Art, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Started in 1849, this art gallery receives almost a million visitors annually.

This article covers everything you need to know before buying your Hamburger Kunsthalle tickets.

Hamburger Kunsthalle’s collection

The Permanent Collection has art from the eighth century and is one of Germany’s best public art collections. 

Hamburger Kunsthalle's old and new grand staircase
Hamburger Kunsthalle’s grand staircase. Image: Daniela Kloth

The Museum provides a rich tour through European art, right from the Middle Ages. 

The five subsections are – 

Old Masters

This section ranges from the 15th to the 18th century with famous artists like Bertram Von, Minden, Master Franck, Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein the Elder, and their rich facets of the European Renaissance. 

The area also focuses on the golden age of Dutch painting in the 17th century with outstanding works by Rembrandt, Abraham Bloemaert, Anthony van Dyck and Gerrit van Honthorst.

Hamburg’s private collectors such as Georg Ernst Harzen and Johannes Amsinck provided the core of the Old Masters collection.

Nineteenth Century

This section contains one of the best collections of 19th-century art in Germany. 

The arc spans from Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, up to Symbolism. 

The section has excellent paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, Philipp Otto Runge, Adolph Menzel, Wilhelm Leibl, and Max Lieberman, and their focus on French painting is fantastic. 

Some of the other painters include by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin. 

Modern Art

This department holds all the sculptures and paintings produced from 1900 to 1960.

At this section in Kunsthalle, you will notice numerous facets of German and international modernism in painting and sculpture unfold with ease.

Watchout for for paintings by Die Brücke (The Bridge) artists and the École de Paris (School of Paris) as well as groups of works by Edvard Munch, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Lovis Corinth, and Max Beckmann.

Contemporary Art

Established in 1997, the Gallery of Contemporary Art is a relatively new section.

This space tries to explore the connections between the essential international developments in art since 1960. 

Some of the artists whose work gets displayed here are Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, R. B. Kitaj, K. P. Brehmer, etc. 

Minimalist Art and Conceptual Art by artists like Robert Morris, Sol LeWitt, Dan Graham, Donald Judd, Robert Mangold, and Hanne Darboven also find special places in this section.

Prints and Drawing

This section is at the center of the neoclassical limestone building planned by Alfred Lichtwark, Kunsthalle’s first director. 

With over 130,000 drawings, photographs, and prints, it is one of the outstanding collections of works on paper in all of Europe. 

It holds a detailed history of art and drawings on paper from the 15th century to the present and its evolution. 

Don’t miss out on contributions by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Canaletto, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Rembrandt, Albrecht Dürer, and Albrecht Altdorfer along with other Spanish Old Masters.

Where to buy tickets

You can buy Kunstmeile Hamburger tickets online or offline at the attraction.

Online tickets tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How online tickets work

Go to Kunstmeile Hamburger’s booking page, select your preferred date and number of tickets, and buy the tickets right away.

Once you purchase the attraction’s tickets, they get delivered to your email address. 

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket. 

On the day of your visit, present the e-ticket on your smartphone at the entrance and walk in.

Kunstmeile Hamburg ticket prices

Tickets for Kunstmeile Hamburg cost €16 for adults aged 18 years and above. 

Pupils, apprentices, and students aged 18+ years, and severely disabled visitors pay discounted price of €8.

Children aged up to 17 years, carers of disabled visitors, and students at the HfbK or the HAW Department of Design can walk in free.

Students must show an ID to claim the reduced price.

Children aged 17 years and younger can enter for free and do not require a ticket.

Hamburger Kunsthalle tickets

Hamburger Kunsthalle tickets

This Skip the Line ticket gives you complete access to Hamburger Kunsthalle, the massive art museum specializing in European painting.

Since this is a smartphone ticket, it will get emailed to your phone. 

Image: Hamburger-kunsthalle.de

On the day of your visit, go directly to the entrance and have your Hamburger Kunsthalle ticket in your email scanned.

Cost of the tour

Adult ticket (18+ years): €16
Reduced Ticket: €8
(Includes pupils, apprentices, and students aged 18+ years, and severely disabled visitors)
Child ticket (up to 17 years): Free entry
(Carers of disabled visitors and students at the HfbK or the HAW Department of Design also enter free of charge)

How to reach Hamburg Art Gallery

The Hamburger Kunsthalle is on GlockengieBerwall road, and various public transport options are available for visitors.

Hamburg’s main railway station, also known as Hauptbahnhof, is the closest transit point. 

By U-Bahn

You can take the U1, U2, or U3 to Hauptbahnhof Station, which is only five minutes’ walk from Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Hauptbahnhof to Hamburger Kunsthalle

By S-Bahn

If you prefer the S-Bahn trains, opt for S1, S2, S3, S11, S21, or S31, all of which stop at Hauptbahnhof Station.

By Bus

You can take the 112 number bus and get down in front of Hamburger Kunsthalle. 

Or board any bus heading to the Hauptbahnhof bus stop, and walk the last 800 meters (half a mile).

Car parking at Hamburger Kunsthalle

With its entrance on Ferdinandstor road, the underground car park at Hamburger Kunsthalle offers paid parking for both cars and motorcycles. 

From Monday to Saturday, the Hamburger Kunsthalle car park opens at 7 am, and on Sundays, it starts operations at 9.30 am. 

On weekdays, the car park closes at 9 pm, and on Sunday at 6.30 pm. 

The parking fee is €3 per hour, up to a maximum of €20 per day.

There are a few more nearby parking spaces as well.

Hamburger Kunsthalle opening hours

From Tuesday to Sunday, Hamburger Kunsthalle opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm. 

On Thursdays, to encourage the crowd, the art museum stays open till 9 pm. 

It remains closed on Monday. 

Special days

Date Hours Occasion
31 Oct 2020 10 am to 6 pm Reformation Day
24 Dec 2020 closed Chrismas Eve
25 Dec 2020 closed 1. Chrismas Holiday
26 Dec 2020 10 am to 6 pm 2. Chrismas Holiday
31 Dec 2020 10 am to 3 pm New Year`s Eve
01 Jan 2021 12 am to 6 pm New Year


Galerie der Gegenwart, which includes the BECKMANN exhibition, is open from 10 am to 8 pm on Friday and Saturday.

The Exhibition follows this timing until 24 Jan 2021.

Guided tours at Hamburger Kunsthalle

At Hamburger Kunsthalle Hamburg, you can get a public tour of the permanent collections and special exhibitions. We list a few of them here – 

Wednesday, noon: Tour focusing on a single artwork
Thursday, evenings: In-depth tours
Friday, whole day: THEMA DER WOCHE
Weekends, whole day: Tour of exhibitions

All through the week, children and families can participate in a family-friendly tour called FAMILIENZEIT. Unfortunately, it is only available in German.

The Guided tours cost €4/ €6 over and above the museum admission tickets and are limited to a group of 15-25 people plus a facilitator, including the tour guide.

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Layout of Hamburg Art Gallery

The Kunsthalle Hamburg art museum is spread over three buildings – ornamental brick structure built in 1869, the neo-classical annex in light-colored limestone built in 1919, and the white cube which hosts ‘Galerie der Gegenwart’ (gallery of the present), inaugurated in 1997.

The art museum is located between the Central Hamburg station and the Alster river, making for a very convenient location. 

Art Gallery’s mobile apps

If you have already booked Hamburger Kunsthalle tickets but need help to explore the art Museum, you can opt for the audio guides. 

Download the app “Hamburger Kunsthalle” from the app stores for free on your mobile.

Or, if you prefer, you can rent an audio guide device for only €4 in the foyer.

Hamburger Kunsthalle’s audio guide offers tours for the Permanent Collection and prominent exhibitions such as “Goya, Fragonard, Tiepolo.”

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Hamburger Kunsthalle map

It is always advisable to be aware of the layout of the art museum you are visiting. 

When you know the floor plan, you don’t get lost and don’t miss out on the masterpieces. 

Besides helping you with the location of the artworks, Hamburger Kunsthalle’s map will also help you spot visitor services such as restrooms, cafes, shops, visitor assistance booths, etc.

Map of Hamburger Kunsthalle
Courtesy: Hamburger-kunsthalle.de

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Discount pass for Hamburg’s Art Mile

It is a special ticket that allows entry into five of Hamburg’s top museums, over three consecutive days. 

The five museums are: 

  1. Hamburger Kunsthalle
  2. Bucerius Kunst Forum
  3. Deichtorhallen Hamburg
  4. Kunstverein in Hamburg
  5. Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe Hamburg

The Art Mile’s discount costs €25 only, and you can cancel it for free till midnight of the day before your planned visit. 

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Hamburger Kunsthalle’s exhibitions

At Hamburger Kunsthalle Hamburg, an exhibition is always on, with some of the century’s most significant artworks on display, which is why every visit feels like the first time.

Inside Hamburger Kunsthalle
Image: Daniela Kloth

Here are three exhibitions currently going on – 

Max Beckmann

This Exhibition focuses on the contradictory roles played by men and women in our society and is one of the greatest works of Max Beckmann. 

The Absurd Beauty of Space

This Exhibition portrays seven different artists in the contemporary field inspired by Oswald Mathias Ungers and references the interior and exterior effects of spatial art.

Unfinished Stories

On its 150th Anniversary, Hamburger Kunsthalle hosts this Exhibition showcasing its significant parts and its collection of international contemporary art.

Some of the exhibitions coming up at Hamburger Kunsthalle are DE CHIRICO – Magical Reality (Jan 2021 to Apr 2021), SERIES – Prints from Warhol to Wool (Feb 2021 to Jun 2021), and RAPHAEL from the Collection (Jun 2021 to Sep 2021).

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Restaurant in Hamburger Kunsthalle

Hamburger Kunsthalle has a cafe called Café Liebermann and a restaurant named ‘The Cube.’

Visitors need museum entry tickets to get into Café Liebermann and is open during the art museum’s hours. 

The Cube restaurant is in the Galerie der Gegenwart and is free for all visitors.

Besides local crossover cuisine, the restaurant also offers stunning views of the inland Alster lake.

From Tuesday to Sunday, The Cube opens at noon and closes at 6 pm. 

On Thursday alone to cater to the crowd, the restaurant remains open till 9 pm. 

On Monday, the restaurant remains close. 


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