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Hamburg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Alster or Harbor Cruise

1. Hamburg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Alster or Harbor Cruise

Create your own sightseeing tour: wherever you want to stop, you can just hop off the bus and then hop back on later. Combine your 1-day ticket for sightseeing tour Line A with a water ticket. You can choose a  water program on the Elbe or Alster.  You can choose between: • 1-hour harbor cruise (St. Pauli piers 1+4) • 1-hour Alster tour (Jungfernstieg jetty)

Hamburg 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

2. Hamburg 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Explore Hamburg on this 3.5-hour bike tour. From the Reeperbahn to the Alster River – experience the charm of this port city. The tour begins at the office in St. Pauli. From here you ride through Heiligengeistfeld to the Outer Alster Lake and the Inner Alster Lake. Ride past the Town Hall, the Speicherstadt, HafenCity, and St. Michael's Church. Back in St. Pauli, you head to the piers and the world-famous Reeperbahn. You make a stop at each attraction, where you’ll discover interesting facts and information from your guide, take photos, and ask questions. During the tour you’ll have a coffee break, where you can soak up the atmosphere of the city. Hamburg is very flat and the ride is easy going. This tour is therefore suitable for all ages and riding abilities.

Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

3. Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

Sail past the famous Alster Fountain and under the Lombards bridge directly to the Outer Alster. See beautiful residential areas and sights, such as the Hotel Atlantic, Blue Mosque, U. S. Consulate General, or Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Discover the city´s stunning panorama with its church spires and bridges, as well as the natural life along the lakeside with its many water birds and rare plants.

3 Hours Hamburg Segway Tour

4. 3 Hours Hamburg Segway Tour

around Hamburg on a Segway. Discover the impressive edifices of St Michaelis Kirche – Landungsbrücken – Speicherstadt – Hafencity – Marco Polo Tower – Elbphilharmonie – Sandtorhafen – Magalan Terrassen – Rathaus – Hauptbahnhof – Binnenalster – Außenalster – Reeperbahn – Fischmarkt Sie entdecken Hamburg von den schönsten Seiten mit Insider Wissen unserer ortskundigen und erfahrenen Guide´s. Learn how to ride safely and start your tour by getting comfortable on the Segway. Then head off on your sightseeing adventure with your tour guide, who will fill you in on the fascinating history behind the landmarks you visit.

Sailing Sight Seeing Tour (1.5hr) on Aussenalster in Hamburg

5. Sailing Sight Seeing Tour (1.5hr) on Aussenalster in Hamburg

The crew will welcome you aboard the sailing ship for your private cruise on the Alster River in Hamburg. Under the guidance of your experienced skipper you’ll enjoy, explore, and experience Hamburg from the water. Experience a fantastic sailing trip with a unique maritime flair in the heart of Hamburg. The skipper can customize the tour to suit your interests. You can decide how much time you want to allot to water sports, entertainment, and information. Discover a pirate treasure at the top of a church tower, a bridge named after a U.S. president, the White House in Hamburg, a seamen’s church far away from the harbor, and a mosque far away from the Islamic world. This and much more awaits you on the tour!

Hamburg: City Tour by Bike with Elbphilharmonie

6. Hamburg: City Tour by Bike with Elbphilharmonie

Start your interesting bike tour through Hamburg at the picturesque district Rotherbaum and drive along the Außenalster to the Binnenalster. Here you are greeted by the panorama of the old and new town. Make your way through the Gängeviertel of the new town and the preserved working-class district of the 18th-century, which nowadays hosts the art scene. Here you can find the memorial stone of the birthplace of Johannes Brahms. Passing the urban new town you drive across Fleet-Island, the former harbor, following the tracks of the great fire of 1842 to today's modern city. Discover Neuer Wall with its passages and countless designer shops and enjoy the metropolitan flair. Drive along the Deichstraße, the origin of port operations of Alt-Hamburg, to the famous Speicherstadt. Here, the UNESCO world heritage site, with its unique massive brick architecture from the 19th-century, sits on millions of oak poles within the waterways that are called Fleete.  Then make your way through the postmodern HafenCity, the former harbor area. Discover the 110-meter-high controversial Elbphilharmonie. Finally, follow a path across the new flood protection system offering splendid views of the mighty Elbphilharmonie from below. Drive through the utopic-like publishing building made of steel, located at Baumwall, and pass St. Michael's Church. Follow the historic Peterstraße with the Brahms- and Telemann Museum. After 3 hours, you finally reach the starting point of the tour passing the exhibition halls.

Hamburg City: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

7. Hamburg City: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

Discover the Hanseatic city of Hamburg in a playful and unusual way with the city game Hamburg. The Route Hamburg City I will lead you to the most famous sights of Hamburg's city center. On your tour, you will see Mönckebergstraße, the town hall with the stock exchange and the old post office. Go past Jungfernstieg with the Alsterhaus as well as the colonnades, before your scavenger hunt ends at "Planten un Blomen". How the city game Hamburg works: You will find 16 sealed and numbered envelopes in the city game box. In these, you find small tasks that need to be solved. Led by the clear and unambiguous directions, you make your way through Hamburg on foot or on your bike. Decipher the riddles to find your way to the next place of interest. The solution of every task gives you the number of the next envelope, you need to open. You do not know in advance, in what order the envelopes of the scavenger hunt must be opened. Detailed background information on the history or even the present-day use of every sight is provided. You decide when you want to start your scavenger hunt through Hamburg and also how long you want to linger at the different stations. Enjoy an enigmatic and exceptional tour and interrupt your scavenger hunt, whenever you feel like it.

Hamburg: Self-Guided Outdoor Escape Game

8. Hamburg: Self-Guided Outdoor Escape Game

Experience a unique outdoor escape game right on your smartphone. Take on the role of a profiler who travels back in time to solve a tricky case. Complex challenges await you in this adventure that will lead you deeper and deeper into the swamp of organized crime. The puzzles are location independent, so you can look forward to tricky and exciting tasks. But after each level, you'll learn interesting facts about the environment around you. While solving the puzzles of this thrilling case, you'll wander past some of Hamburg's most fascinating sights. Grab your smartphones and head to the starting point to get started. Whether you work together as a team or split into smaller groups and teams, you can expect an exciting walk with breathtaking sights and relaxing breaks. Solve tricky puzzles, combine clues, discover surprising facts about each location, and enjoy the freedom to walk at your own pace. This game is ideal for escape game enthusiasts and puzzle fans who are looking for a challenging challenge for their group and don't want to miss out on the city's interesting locations.

Highlights of Hamburg Crossover: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

9. Highlights of Hamburg Crossover: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Set off on a discovery tour of Hamburg and immerse yourself in the past and present of the city on this guided bike tour. Follow in the footsteps of merchants, experience the vibrant city, and see what course Hamburg has embarked on for the future. Ride along the Alster, see the hustle and bustle at Jungfernstieg, admire the Town Hall, and take a look at the famous St. Michael’s Church. See the Alster and the Elbe, the City Hall, the Speicherstadt, the HafenCity, St. Pauli, trendy neighborhoods and much more. “Hamburg then and now” is the motto of this tour. After this compact bike tour, get to know how the Hamburg locals tick and why they love their city so much and get many great insider tips along the way. Our local guides will also give you tips for exciting places you can discover on your own after the tour.

Hamburg: Interactive City Hunt for "Mr. X"

10. Hamburg: Interactive City Hunt for "Mr. X"

Who doesn't know the exciting board game around the manhunt of Mister X. The Mister X Tour in Hamburg is structured similarly. You use your cell phone to hunt against Mister X, who keeps calling at short intervals. Mister X is a real person and city guide and walks through Hamburg's city center. You can use the tour with or without public transport. Check out his route in the live tracker and be faster. Of course, every catch is rewarded. After every catch, there is a task at a landmark of the city and then the hunt moves on. It passes many sights with lots of photo opportunities. I'm sure you'll catch Mister X too. This tour is ideal for families. But there are also adult-only tours. Instructions are adapted to the age of the group. Experience an exciting and eventful city tour in the form of an interactive game played on your mobile phone. Follow in pursuit of Mister X, who will report from different areas around the city and give you clues about his next location. Act tactically and follow the clues to catch him and receive your bounty. Each hint collectively forms the basis of a city tour. The exact route of the tour depends on where Mister X decides to end up that day, but you can look forward to seeing such sights as Landungsbrücken, Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt, Hafencity, Park Plantenunbloomen, Jungfernstieg, Petrikirche, Chilehaus, and much more. The tour can be customized to the ages and number of participants, so it is the perfect activity for everyone, from children's birthday parties to team-building activities. Don't miss the opportunity to explore Hamburg in a novel new way.

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(1,156 reviews)

We enjoyed it, check your email carefully to find the right boat counter, at the right bridge. Then it's super easy. People are helpful, good guides, and you can even do the low boat trip or the lights tour the next day. SUPER SO.

A hop-on hop-off tour is never a bad idea and is one of the most relaxing ways to get to know a new city. Today we were particularly lucky with our driver Christian, because he moderated the trip live and was very friendly!

It's worth it! Even as a hamburger I still learned a lot of details. Our captain really enjoyed his work and made us laugh for an hour.

The trip and harbor tour were very good. The staff was super nice and did their job very well. Gladly again

Very good, the bus driver was also very nice, funny and could definitely drive very well.