Established in 1879, Hamburg’s family-owned answer to Madame Tussauds is the oldest waxworks museum in Germany; divided into several sections, it features an entertaining romp through the world of celebrity as well as a look back over the last century or so of history. Many international stars grace the collection, from Angelina Jolie to Madonna, The Beatles to Karl Lagerfeld, while figures from the world of international politics include President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Historic displays review the dictators of the 20th century, from Hitler to Che Guevara, and there’s room full of a rather gruesome waxen medical exhibits tucked away at the rear of the museum that may startle those of a nervous disposition. Special guided tours for children aged between seven and 12 can be arranged in advance.
Spielbudenplatz 3. Open Mon–Fri 11am–7pm, Sat 11am–12 midnight, Sun 10am–7pm. Admission adults €6, seniors & students €5.50, children €4; free with the Hamburg Card.