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Our most recommended Hamburg Walking Tours

St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour by Drag Queen or Local Celebrity

1. St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour by Drag Queen or Local Celebrity

Discover Hamburg's iconic district of St. Pauli with a local drag queen guide. Your insightful guide will share their own unique experiences and stories about the St. Pauli district as they take you on a journey across the Reeperbahn, the main thoroughfare of St. Pauli’s red-light and entertainment district. Have a drink and follow your guide, walking past lively bars and trendy nightclubs. Find out what life was like in Hamburg’s most famous district, how it has changed, and how fascinating it is today. Hear how Germany’s most famous and colorful drag queen Olivia Jones speaks up for respect, diversity, and tolerance. Enjoy the witty remarks, quirky anecdotes, dazzling landmarks, as well as a cheeky drink. This tour combines the perfect mix of information, entertainment, stops, and sights. You’ll undoubtedly be all set for a fun night out in St. Pauli by the end of your tour.

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St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour with Zur Ritze Entry & Drink

2. St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour with Zur Ritze Entry & Drink

Explore Hamburg's St. Pauli neighborhood and experience the famous Reeperbahn street and entertainment district. Listen to adult tales of sex and crime as you visit numerous pubs, theaters, and sex shops, including the Zur Ritze bar. Pass by the most famous side street of the Reeperbahn: the Große Freiheit. Listen to stories about the nightlife scene in the city and the famous strip clubs including the "Dollhouse" play. Go inside the famous boxing and erotic bar “Zur Ritze” where Mike Tyson and the Klitschko brothers trained. Learn about life in this special Kiez and its rules. Your guide will tell you both dark and funny anecdotes as you walk around, providing you with additional context and background information that you wouldn’t otherwise know. To make the tour even more special, take the opportunity to enjoy a drink with your group and guide.

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Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

3. Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

Visit the Elbphilharmonie Plaza with a guide, and learn some exciting background information about this spectacular building as you discover both its outside and inside. After meeting your guide, find out about the building’s original plans, plus its construction, completion challenges, and special features. Tour the outside of the building while learning about its façade and other external features. Then, travel on up the Tube — the longest escalator in the world. Glimpse its large panoramic window before arriving at the Plaza: an activity hub connecting the historical docks to the modern glass architecture. Take a moment to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Hamburg over the harbor and HafenCity from the Plaza. While there, hear about the music that is played inside as your guide gifts you with more tidbits about this striking modern structure.

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Hamburg: Night Watchman's Tour of St. Pauli in German

4. Hamburg: Night Watchman's Tour of St. Pauli in German

Enjoy a unique city tour with the traditional night watchmen around the largest entertainment and red-light district in Europe. Your German-language guide will meet you at the Landungsbrücken and showcase all that St. Pauli has to offer. Your guide will take on the role and uniform of the original St. Pauli night watchman, who represents the notorious district of Hamburg. He will discover the Große Freiheit ("The Great Freedom”) with you. Satisfy your curiosity and learn all of the local secrets. Hear about what it's like inside the Davidwache Police Department, how the rope-making industry carved out the path the Reeperbahn, Joe Cocker's incident, the mysterious Herbertstraße, and legendary stories involving Paul McCartney.

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St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Bars & Red Light District Walking Tour with Drink

5. St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Bars & Red Light District Walking Tour with Drink

Explore Hamburg's St. Pauli neighborhood and experience the famous Reeperbahn, the main thoroughfare of St. Pauli’s red-light and entertainment district. Listen to adult tales of sex and crime as you visit numerous pubs, theaters, and sex shops. Follow your guide through lively bars and trendy nightclubs. Walk past the famous boxing and erotic bar “Zur Ritze” where Mike Tyson and the Klitschko brothers trained. You’ll also pass by the most famous side street of the Reeperbahn: the Große Freiheit. Listen to stories about the nightlife scene in the city and the famous strip clubs including the "Dollhouse" play. Learn about life in this special Kiez and its rules. Your guide will tell you both dark and funny anecdotes as you walk around, providing you with additional context and background information that you wouldn’t otherwise know. To make the tour even more special, take the opportunity to enjoy a drink with your group and guide.

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Hamburg: Guided Walking Tour for Harry Potter and Magic Fans

6. Hamburg: Guided Walking Tour for Harry Potter and Magic Fans

Discover the corners of Hamburg that could well have served as a background for a Harry Potter movie, including the "Diagon Alley" of the city. Learn fun facts about the mystical creatures that you can find scattered across town and the legends behind them.  Your guide will show you many secret corners of Hamburg that only locals know about, and also test your knowledge about Harry Potter. You will also learn about the history of the city of Hamburg and its history.

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Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Walking Tour

7. Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Walking Tour

With a friendly and informative guide, dive into the world of the Port of Hamburg. This tour takes you on a discovery of Hamburg’s maritime highlights. Witness many of the city's most architecturally stunning landmarks including the Elbphilharmonie and other historically important locations on this fun and informative tour. Wander to the Speicherstadt (warehouse district) and discover interesting facts about its origin and how it is used today. The Speicherstadt achieved worldwide recognition in the 19th century as a trading center, with spices, coffee, and oriental carpets as some of the most important products. Many interesting museums are located here, such as the Speicherstadt Museum and the Spice Museum, as well as the Miniatur Wunderland and the Hamburg Dungeon. Stroll through the modern HafenCity, Hamburg’s newest and most contemporary district. Explore how Hafencity is a project of urban regeneration and learn about its architecture from a unique perspective.

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Hamburg: Haunted Walking Tour

8. Hamburg: Haunted Walking Tour

Experience the spooky atmosphere of Hamburg at night on a walking tour in the footsteps of the city's ghosts. Skip the wild party atmosphere of St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn and learn what really goes on after dark! Prepare to be spooked by witches and demons as you visit eerie locations and haunted sites. Get a feel for the evil atmosphere of the city, under the protection of St. Catherine, as you make your way from St. Catherine's Church to the mystical Speicherstadt. Search for ghosts in the fabled "Quarter of the Crooked Moon" before wandering the old-fashioned streets around St. Nicholas' Church.

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Speicherstadt: Walking Tour with Elbphilharmonie Plaza Entry Ticket

9. Speicherstadt: Walking Tour with Elbphilharmonie Plaza Entry Ticket

Explore 2 of Hamburg's more famous areas during a guided walking tour of the former warehouse district, Speicherstadt, and the modern HafenCity. Best of all, gain access to the famous Elbphilharmonie. Hear all about why the warehouse district was built in the 1800s and how it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Compare what you see in front of you with your guide’s historical photos to get a feel of what it was like in times gone by. After your guide drops you at the Plaza and introduces you to the Elbphilharmonie, enter the exquisite building by the water. Discover the building's interior and get up close with its modern glass architecture. Plus, don’t miss the breathtaking views over the harbor and HafenCity.

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Hamburg: Speicherstadt Walking Tour with Coffee Tasting

10. Hamburg: Speicherstadt Walking Tour with Coffee Tasting

Meet your friendly guide at Wandrahmsteg Bridge before setting off on your 2-hour tour of Hamburg’s famous Speicherstadt. The Speicherstadt is the largest warehouse district in the world, nestled in Hamburg’s vibrant port. Throughout your tour, explore the rich-history of this bustling hub which for centuries has been a trading center for spices, carpets, coffee, and more. Explore one of the Speicherstadt’s vibrant spice stores and soak up the array of unique sights, scents, and flavors. Learn about the spice-trading industry and how it has played a role in shaping the Speicherstadt. The tour also visits a selection of colorful Oriental carpet stores, craft stores, and chocolate shops, where you can mingle with the locals and shop for souvenirs. The final stop of the tour is a local coffee roasting shop. Whilst there, meet 2-time European Roasting Master, Erik, and learn everything there is to know about the production of coffee. Afterwards, enjoy an authentic coffee tasting workshop and discover the versatile flavors of this beloved beverage.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How do the free tours work?

    Free walking tours are perfect for those visiting on shoestring budgets or simply unsure how much to pay in advance. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is a catch! Remember your guide does this for a living so bring some cash and pay what you think it was worth at the end. If you don't, make sure you can handle the guilt-trip!

  • How hard is it?

    Hamburg walking tours can last up to five hours, but most are in the region of two to three hours. If that still seems like hard-going, why not choose a shorter, more specialized tour, perhaps around a certain district of your choice, or around themed landmarks - how about the venues where The Beatles played?

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What people are saying about Hamburg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 32,402 reviews

I found the tour very nice, there were a lot of beautiful places that were associated with Harry Potter. The explanation was very nice and you always get to know something new about Hamburg.

It was so much fun! So many information about hamburg and the monuments. Riddles made your group work together which is perfect for team work and having some fun. Definitely recommended!

A slightly different city tour. With funny and mystical stories. But still seen a lot and heard a lot of interesting facts. Highly recommended!

Tour guide Bob: very kind gentleman. The tour was very informative and the length was perfect. Definitely a recommendation!

The guide Umut was very knowlegeable and we enjoy the tour despite the rain!