Once a year, interested visitors can experience Hamburg’s architectural culture in a special way: during guided tours, walking tours and cultural events in usually non-publicly accessible monuments, they learn a lot about the history of construction and experience the historical flair of Hamburg’s diverse landscape of monuments. Monument conservators, architects, art historians, as well as organizations and initiatives concerned with the preservation of listed buildings present edifices and current projects.

The Archaeological Museum Hamburg is also involved in this weekend and offers free guided tours to various Hamburg monuments.



7th September 2019

Guided tours: Domplatz and Bischofsturm

Domplatz (“cathedral square”)and Bischofsturm (“bishop’s tower”) are among the most important monuments in Hamburg. Archaeological excavations have yielded many traces of their eventful history. The Domplatz is the location of the nucleus of the Hanseatic city, the Hammaburg, which gave the city its name. Today’s wall-like steel sculpture on the Domplatz reminds visitors of the subsequent mighty Domburg. The Bischofsturm from the 12th century with its huge foundations is the oldest surviving stone building in Hamburg and is interpreted according to the latest research as the north tower of Hamburg’s oldest city gate. The participants of the archaeological tour get an insight into the time of the medieval castle, which lay between the present city hall, the Nikolaikirche and the Domplatz.


Dates: Saturday, 07/09/2019, 12.00 and 14.00
Duration: approx. 90 minutes
Meeting point: Entrance “Dat Backhus”, Speersort 10, 20095 Hamburg



8th September 2019

Guided tours: Harburg castle

It will be another year or so before the opening of the new museum branch of the Harburg City Museum can be celebrated in the vaulted cellar of the Harburg castle. The place of the museum branch is located at a historic site: on the Harburger Schlossinsel (“castle island”), which is considered the nucleus of Harburg and on which the last surviving part of the Harburg castle is located. In the historic vaulted cellar of the castle, the history of the city of Harburg will find its museological home in the future. However, before the museum can move in, important preliminary work must be done.


Around the year 1000 the Horeburg was built on an Elbe island. Expanded in the 16th century to a castle and in the 17th century to a citadel, in the 19th century the conversion of the castle island to the industrial area began. At the beginning of the 20th century, the still existing wing of the castle became a residential building, in the basement of which there is the oldest preserved room in all of Hamburg. The vaulted cellar from around 1440 will be the highlight of the new museum branch of the Harburg City Museum. The preparations for the opening in 2020 are in full swing and the historic area is being restored and re-built to its original form.


To the Open Monument Day, the Archaeological Museum Hamburg invites to short guided tours at the monument with the head of the Department of City History, Jens Brauer. He will illuminate the varied history of the castle and the Schlossinsel for the visitors.


Dates: Sunday, 08/09/2019, at 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00 respectively
Duration: approx. 30 minutes
Meeting point: An der Horeburg 8, 21079 Hamburg