Hamburg is a paradise for fans of the arts. The Thalia Theatre and Deutsche Schauspielhaus are stages of international renown; the Staatsoper is a magnet for opera and ballet fans in the region and beyond. Hamburg will soon have a concert building, in the shape of the Elbphilharmonie, that will house one of the world’s best concert halls. This will be a fabulous venue, not just for classical music, but for jazz, world music and pop.
The annual musical calendar features festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, an outstanding event in the European musical year, Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival or Hurricane Festival Scheeßel.
The region's rich variety of museums in 800 regional localities and the City of Hamburg open their doors wide not just to adults, but also to families with children and schools, who get a special welcome. The variety of subjects covered ranges from fire-fighters’ memorabilia to great painting. Whatever it is: you are bound to be astonished.