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“Not everything can be touched”
Review of Panoptikum

Panoptikum
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$29.62*
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Hamburg Wax Museum and Small-Group City Walking Tour
Ranked #51 of 305 things to do in Hamburg
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Likeness is no coincidence.these are works of art.Whether glamorous, stunningly beautiful or scary,meticulous attention to detail is evident in every figure.Lifelike, at close quarters. Historical figures, artistsand politicians, celebrities and megastars. Athletesand popular contemporaries.Hamburg’s PANOPTIKUM looks back on over 130years of history. It is the oldest waxworks in Germany.A family business in which tradition is upheld withdevotion and care. In keeping with our slogan: Greatentertainment for young and old alike.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Bekasi, Indonesia
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“Not everything can be touched”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

We visited our relatives who lives in Hamburg and they brought us to visit this place. We have visited Madame Tussauds museum in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Shanghai and we wanted to compare them with this place. The figures is less than Madame Tussauds. But we still can find some famous figures like Angela Merkel, Schumacher, Harry Potter, The Beatles, etc. The quality of wax figures is still a little bit under Madame Tussauds, not really looks alive. But, not like in Madame Tussauds, not all of figures can be touched. Even, some of them was placed in area that we can not enter and the alarm will ring if we cross the line. Anyway, the admission price is much cheaper than Madame Tussauds and overall we still can enjoy our visit.

Visited July 2012
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“Great if you don't compare to Madame Tussards...”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

I left with mixed feelings about this visit. We were certainly not greeted by the elderly cashier lady who had to finish her sandwich and put on her glasses before she served us. When I spoke German to her and gave her the money and Hamburg card (only gets you one euro off), she got herself confused and proceeded to speak in complicated German when it was completely obvious that I didn't understand. When we eventually got in, we were 'greeted' by a nice man and another grumpy picky old woman who couldn't speak english or speak slow enough for me to understand her German. The exhibition itself was ok - but don't compare it to Madame Tussards as it is a smaller version but good if you know your famous German characters! I appreciate the skill it takes to make a wax model but it would be much better if they weren't behind ropes and some comedy photographs could be taken!! It is worth a visit but don't have too high expectations and the staff need to work on their customer service skills!

Visited August 2012
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“A Pleasant Surprise!”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

I was a bit skeptical before we entered since I had been to Madame Tussaud's museums both in Amsterdam and London before, and I wasn't really expecting much from such a "tiny" more or less German wax museum. We didn't actually even plan to go there in the first place, but since we were so disappointed by the Reeperbahn itself and just saw the Panoptikum sign on the roadside, we thought we might as well just go in.

We got in for 5 Euros because of a student discount, and we were surprised that taking photos (even with a flashlight) are allowed without restrictions, and you do not even have to purchase a photography permit. There are many politicians and celebrities from the 2000s, but they also retained the old parts of the wax museum, the part it started out as: Namely a museum for educational purposes that would display widespread diseases from the 19th and 20th century. All of those items are in a separate room though, and you do not have to enter if you don't want to, because the items there are somewhat graphical and explicit. They also still display the figures resembling German politicians (if you can call them politicians at all) modeled in 1939, I guess you know who that might be. It is somewhat creepy to see them smiling at you, but (along with composers like Beethoven and Mozart) it is amazing to see how refined the wax models were even back in the first half of the 19th century.

I would recommend the museum to anybody who takes a trip to Hamburg, and even to those that have been to one or more of Madame Tussaud's museums before.

Visited July 2012
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