Binnenalster

Binnenalster: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

1. 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.

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 Center and Speicherstadt Bike Tour

3. Hamburg: City Center and Speicherstadt Bike Tour

Set off on a discovery tour of Hamburg and immerse yourself in the city’s most iconic landmarks and districts on this cycling tour. Listen as your guide explains the history behind the harbor city and hear tales behind all the impressive sights. Choose from a variety of tours with different durations and destinations like the Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt, Old Harbor. Peddle on easy-to-bike paths through this flat city with well-maintained cycling equipment.  Meet your guide and get set up with your bike. Make your way through the the Speicherstadt, a UNESCO world heritage site in the eastern part of the city. While here, admire the unique 19th-century brick architecture which rests in the water on millions of oak poles.

Hamburg: Tatort Walking Tour ‒ The Original (Tour in German)

4. Hamburg: Tatort Walking Tour ‒ The Original (Tour in German)

Discover several years of Tatort history in Hamburg at the top shooting locations in the Hanseatic city. The tour starts directly in the city center at Jungfernstieg and continues to the Town Hall, which had a role as a supporting act in many Tatort films, but which is most famous for the dramatic scene with Cenk Batu. Your next destination is the HafenCity, the largest urban development project in Europe and shooting location in almost every Tatort film with Nick Tschiller and therefore an important sight for Tatort fans. Find out from where you were able to see Helene Fischer when she disappeared into the dark recesses of human trafficking against the backdrop of the famous Elbe Philharmonic Hall. The tour will end at the foot of Elbphilharmonie with a lovely view of the harbor.

Hamburg City: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

5. 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: 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 Center and Speicherstadt Walking Tour

7. Hamburg: City Center and Speicherstadt Walking Tour

Explore the northern German metropolis of Hamburg on foot and learn more about the fascinating stories of the city and its history. With a trusty guide, discover the HafenCity district, a growing area of novel inner-city architecture and public spaces on the Elbe. Admire the fascinating Elbphilharmonie and impressive harbor vistas. As Europe’s second biggest port, Hamburg has always been open to adventurers and travelers from around the world. You’ll also visit the UNESCO-listed warehouse district called Speicherstadt, which translates from German to ‘City of Warehouses’. Spend some time admiring its unique charm and listen to facts about the largest warehouse district in the world to be built on timber pile foundations. Tour the city center, home to the beautiful town hall. Here the architecture and the symbolism of the sculptures will tell you a lot about Hamburg's tradition and past history.

Hamburg Center: Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Sightseeing Tour

8. Hamburg Center: Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Sightseeing Tour

Discover the city center of Hamburg during this interactive scavenger hunt game played on your smartphone. Learn interesting facts, solve questions, gain points, and see how you place on the regional league table. Get to know Hamburg city hall and the famous Jungfernstieg with the Binnenalster Lake, and more. Learn about the city including its development and history. Discover historical places as well as must-see sights and hot spots away from the usual tourist paths. For each solved question or task, receive 10 safari points. If you need a hint to solve the question, you only get 5 safari points. At the end of the game, your safari points will be added. The higher your score, the higher your placement in the safari regional league table.

Hamburg: Self-guided Smartphone Old Town Tour

9. Hamburg: Self-guided Smartphone Old Town Tour

Explore Hamburg’s historic center with a self-guided smartphone tour and messenger-based game. As you walk around the inner city looking for clues to help Maya get her memories back, you’ll see some of the city's most iconic sights and learn about their colorful past.   Your adventure begins outside the majestic building of the Kunsthalle - Hamburg’s historic art museum. Follow the clues to the Jungfernstieg where you can gaze out across the waters of the Binnenalster lake before checking out the stylish shopping mile of Mönckebergstraße. As your adventure continues to the Old Town, marvel at the ornate facade of the neo-Renaissance City Hall, the Colonnades, and the 19th Century Gänsemarkt. Finally, you’ll discover the famous destroyed church of St. Nicholas and find out it is connected to your mystery game.

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What people are saying about Binnenalster

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,165 reviews

The boat had a glass roof with the solar cells and a good view from inside. There was also the opportunity to sit outside in the open at the back of the boat. Beautiful trip, where you got to see Hamburg from a slightly different side, and where you got to rest your feet. An hour on the Alster lakes was absolutely perfect in time.

We liked it very much. The boat was on time, the weather was excellent, the captain told us good stories about Hamburg. Such a trip is worthwhile.

It was a wonderful trip. The scenery was beautiful and the Captain was very informative and witty.

The perspective from the water is completely different than from the street.

The captain and his son were amazing. We really enjoyed it.