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Panoptikum Hamburg – tickets, prices, discounts, timings, what to expect

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Panoptikum Hamburg is Germany’s largest and oldest wax museum, which houses wax statues of over 120 celebrities, from historical figures to modern icons. 

Founded in 1879 by Friedrich Hermann Faerber, it has statues of royals, politicians, actors, and even fictional characters from books and films.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for the Panoptikum Hamburg.


What to expect at Panoptikum Hamburg

Panoptikum Hamburg Waxworks houses lifelike figures of Martin Luther, Albert Einstein, Queen Elizabeth II, Barack Obama, Ed Sheeran, and Julia Roberts, among others.

You can also spot a wax figure of the controversial US president Donald Trump in his famous Thumbs Up pose and click a selfie with Micheal Jackson and Madonna. 

The famous fictional character Harry Potter also stands here with his white owl, Hermes.

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Where to book tickets

You can buy Panoptikum Hamburg tickets online or at the venue.

Online ticket prices 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.

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

How do online tickets work

Go to the Panoptikum booking page, select participants, date, and language, and buy the tickets.

Once you purchase Hamburg Panoptikum tickets, they get delivered to your email address. 

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket. 

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone on the day of your visit and gain entrance. 

Panoptikum Hamburg ticket price

Panoptikum Hamburg tickets for adults aged 18 and above are available at €9.

Tickets for children up to 17 years are available at a discounted price of €8.

Panoptikum Hamburg tickets

Panoptikum Hamburg tickets
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This ticket to the Hamburg Wax Museum provides complete access to this wax world of celebrities, spanning 400 square meters.

The museum houses wax figures that are bound to surprise you! The giant woman Mariedl, with a height of 2.27 meters (7.4 feet), and a man with three eyes are some of the figures you’ll encounter here. 

The museum also has a scary corner and a medical-anatomical cabinet to explore.

An audio guide, available in German and English, is also included in the ticket.

This ticket to Panoptikum is valid for one day.

You also get an option of free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (18+ years): €9
Child Ticket (up to 17 years): €8

Panoptikum Hamburg + 90-Minute Night Cruise

90-Minute Hamburg Night Cruise
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Distance: 0.75 miles (1.2 km)
Time taken: 5 minutes by car

A Panoptikum + 90-Minute Night Cruise combo ticket provides convenient access to two prominent attractions of Germany. 

After visiting the Wax Museum in Hamburg, you can take the 90-minute Night Light Guided Cruise in German from Hamburg Harbor.  

This ticket provides entrance to the Panoptikum, an audio guide in English and German (a limited number available on a first-come, first-served basis), and a quiz and discovery tour for children in German.

It also gives you the joy of experiencing a 90-minute evening cruise with the help of a German-speaking guide. 

When you get this combo, you save 10% on your ticket costs. 

Ticket Cost: €31

Save time & money! Buy a Hamburg City Card and get exclusive discounts on over 150 attractions. You can choose a card for one to five days and explore the city at your own pace!

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How to reach Panoptikum Hamburg

Panoptikum is located in the St. Pauli neighborhood near the Reeperbahn entertainment area.

Address: Spielbudenpl. 3, 20359 Hamburg, Germany. Get Directions.

You can reach this attraction both by public and private transport.

By Bus

Bus no. 112, 16, and 2 will help you reach Hamburg Panoptikum. The nearest bus stations are U St.Pauli and Kleine Seilerstraße.

By Subway

You can take the U3 to reach this attraction. The nearest station is St. Pauli.

S1 and S3 S-Bahn will also help you reach the attraction. The nearest S-Bahn station is the Reeperbahn.

By Car

If you’re traveling by car, turn on your Google Maps and get started.

There are enough parking garages around the attraction.

Opening hours of Panoptikum Hamburg

Inside Panoptikum Hamburg
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Panoptikum Hamburg is open from 10 am to 8 pm from Sunday to Friday and till 10 pm on Saturdays. 

You can enter the museum on your booked date anytime during opening hours.

The last entry to the museum is an hour before closing time.

How long does the tour take

It takes around 45 minutes to an hour to complete a tour of Panoptikum in Hamburg. 

However, as the Panoptikum ticket has no time limit, you can explore as long as you want.

Best time to visit Panoptikum Hamburg

The best time to visit the Hamburg Panoptikum is when it opens at 10 am.

An early-hour tour helps you experience the attraction more conveniently. You also get to take as many pictures as you want! 

Plan a visit to this attraction on weekdays rather than weekends for the same reason.

The museum starts getting crowded after 11 am, and between 12 and 2 pm, the Hamburg Panoptikum witnesses its peak crowd.

If you can’t make it early in the morning, the next best time to visit this attraction is after 2 pm. 

Panoptikum Hamburg Reviews

Panoptikum is a highly-rated tourist destination.

Check out two Panoptikum reviews we selected from Tripadvisor, which give you an idea of what to expect at this attraction.

It was fun!

This was a fun activity; there were a number of well-known historic, American, and, yes German figures. Although the museum is small in size there are quite a few interesting pieces. Definitely Recommend if you have some spare time!

Briana Drach, Tripadvisor

Small – but one of the best wax museums

This is an old-fashioned wax museum – a bit like a smaller version of Madame Tussaud’s before it became super trendy. English audio guide provided – very useful. Discount with Hamburg Card. Wee worth a visit.

Gordon103, Tripadvisor

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FAQs about Panoptikum in Hamburg

FAQs about Panoptikum in Hamburg
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Here are a few questions visitors frequently ask about the Panoptikum Hamburg.

Where can I book tickets for the Panoptikum Hamburg?

You can buy tickets for the attraction online or at the venue. However, we suggest you book your tickets online in advance to save time and have the best experience.

What are the attractions near Hamburg Panoptikum that I can explore?

Yes, there are attractions nearby, such as the Hamburg Dungeon. For a unique experience, we recommend the 90-Minute Night Light Guided Cruise in German from Hamburg Harbor using the Panoptikum + 90-Minute Night Cruise combo ticket.

Are there any special attractions for young people?

Panoptikum Hamburg offers free rallies for children and young people. The “Pauli P. Tour for Kids” is for children up to 12 years. The rallies are available free of charge from the supervisor.

Is the attraction wheelchair accessible?

The Hamburg Panoptikum has a few stairs and is only partially suitable for wheelchair users. However, if you can climb three steps, you can move around the entrance area. Please note that wheelchair users get free entry to the attraction.

Does Panoptikum Hamburg have a cloakroom facility?

This attraction does not have a cloakroom or lockers.

Is WiFi available at the Hamburg Panoptikum?

Free WiFi is available to all the visitors at the attraction.

Can food and drinks be carried during the visit?

Hamburg Panoptikum refrains you from consuming food and drinks during your visit.

Are there any eateries near the attraction?

Yes, there are many eateries near the Panoptikum in Hamburg. Zuckermonarchie, Clouds – Heaven’s Bar & Kitchen, and Gassenhaur are highly-rated restaurants.

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