Elbe River, Hamburg

Elbe River, Hamburg: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

1. Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

Discover Hamburg on a harbor cruise and admire views of the warehouse district and HafenCity. See the city with the most bridges in Europe, with approximately 2,400 structures over water, canals, channels, and docks. Climb aboard the boat and discover the many different attractions and sights in the city, depending on the tides and the day's events. Explore the historical Speicherstadt (warehouse district) with its canals, the modern HafenCity, the numerous bridges over the Elbe River, busy locks and container terminals, the Köhlbrand Bridge, and much more. Along the way, learn more about the city, its history, the incoming and outgoing ships, and anything else that interests you. Sit back and admire the views of the city on the sun deck or in the air-conditioned lounge with large panoramic windows.

Elbphilharmonie Tour without Concert Halls & Harbor Cruise

2. Elbphilharmonie Tour without Concert Halls & Harbor Cruise

See Hamburg's exciting new architectural and cultural landmark, the Elbphilarmonie on a guided walking tour, excluding its concert halls. Then see Hamburg from a different perspective on a boat cruise in the harbor. Enjoy a guided tour of Hamburg's new landmark, the Elbphilharmonie. Learn from your guide about this impressive building. Begin with a tour around the building before riding the world's longest escalator. Then admire great views of Hamburg and the harbor from the Plaza, with interesting commentary from your tour guide. Also included in this tour is an approximately 1-hour harbor boat tour. Travel close to the enormous containerships and admire the Elbphilharmonie from the water. Photograph the building from this unique perspective. If the water level is sufficient, you will also travel through the canals of the Speicherstadt – the Hamburg Warehouse District. The jetty is close to the Elbphilharmonie. Depending on your booked time, you can either visit the Elbphilharmonie first and then take the harbor tour at 11:00, or go on the harbor tour first and then visit the Elbphilharmonie.

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

3. Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

Embark on a harbor cruise of Hamburg and listen closely to live German narration as you pass the Speicherstadt district, HafenCity, Köhlbrand Bridge, Elbe Philharmonic Hall, and more. See the most iconic of the city's 2,400 structures crossing over the waterways, canals, and harbor basin. Climb aboard the boat and explore the various attractions of the city, depending on the tide and the time of day. Along the way, learn interesting facts about the city and its history as well as the incoming and outgoing ships. Simply sit back and enjoy the fantastic views from the water. Admire the historical Speicherstadt (warehouse district) with its narrow waterways, the modern HafenCity, the numerous bridges over the Elbe River, busy locks and container terminals, the large Blohm and Voss shipyard, and the Köhlbrand Bridge. Finally, finish your tour and disembark at the departure point.

Family Port Tour

4. Family Port Tour

Throughout this tour you will receive the answers to your questions about Hamburg’s port, such as why are the merchants’ houses standing in the water? What is inside the famous warehouses in the Speicherstadt? How do the huge ships get into a dry-dock? And what is an “English closet”? Explore Hamburg’s waterfront on foot and by ferry and hear fascinating stories of merchants and pirates, spices and goods from all over the world, and of old ships and modern container vessels. Take a guided walk along the canals and waterways of the historic port area in the Speicherstadt and Hafencity, as well as in the historic Deichstraße. You can also see the famous Elbphilharmonie and the Landungsbrücken and enjoy impressive harbor vistas. Throughout your tour you will be able to enjoy the maritime atmosphere along the canals and the river Elbe, taking in stunning views along the way.

Hamburg: Port and Elbe River Cruise with Live Commentary

5. Hamburg: Port and Elbe River Cruise with Live Commentary

Enjoy captivating moments as you cruise through the Port of Hamburg on a boat tour that takes you to huge ships, impressive container terminals, and significant landmarks. Listen to live commentary from your captain to learn about the harbor's history and how it operates today. Board your boat at the Landungsbrücken. From here, set off to see the port's attractions like Speicherstadt, Hafen City, and the Elphilharmonie. Make your way down the Elbe to the city's industrial harbor. Cruise by locks and canals, the shipyards, the container terminals, and eventually to the port of Waltershof to see its huge container ships. Turn back to the Elbe via Övelgönne, passing beaches, restaurants, and bars on the waterfront to Landungsbrücken. During your tour, listen to experienced captains and barge guides as they explain the highlights and background of Hamburg's port. Also, hear about technical and economic aspects of the port.

Hamburg: Hanseatic Guided Boat Tour

6. Hamburg: Hanseatic Guided Boat Tour

Admire the most beautiful side of Hamburg's harbor during a relaxing boat cruise. Starting in the famous warehouse district, or Speicherstadt, journey up the Elbe River and into the harbor with its world-famous attractions. Explore the harbor basins and quays, while observing the current ocean-going ships. See other famous sites of the harbor, including the St. Pauli landing bridges, the Blohm and Voss shipyard. Continue by the Tollerort container terminal, the cruise center in HafenCity, the large and small museum ships, and the new Hafen City itself. Learn more about the history of the harbor, and its development throughout the decades to the present day.

Hamburg: Harbor Walking Tour with Fish Sandwich & Beer

7. Hamburg: Harbor Walking Tour with Fish Sandwich & Beer

Embark on an entertaining and informative walking tour of Hamburg's iconic harbor area. The everyday life of the sailors, the fishermen, and even the traders in the fish market will come together during the tour to form an overall picture of past and present times. End with a tasty fish sandwich. Hamburg's rise as a commercial and cultural metropolis is due in part to its port. It is its economic engine and most important site. Strolling along the northern waterfront, hear about the changes the port has undergone and why it has been so important to Hamburg. Let your guide tell you in an entertaining way which people have influenced the port area and the neighborhoods around it, how they have lived and worked there, and how international seafaring has shaped Hamburg as Germany's gateway to the world. Visit and discuss some of the places or pubs on the harbor side, which are well-known also outside of Hamburg. Check out the fish market, walk past the old Holzhafen, see the Schellfischposten and a Seeman's Mission, and finally taste a selection of delicious fresh fish sandwiches and a beer or softdrink in an original small snack bar. In addition, hear a short introduction to the ecosystem of the Tidal Elbe and the fish species found there. This guided tour ends near a public port ferry stop. From there you can go back to the Landungsbrücken or continue exploring the area on your own.

Hamburg: Traditional Harbor Tour with Commentary

8. Hamburg: Traditional Harbor Tour with Commentary

Get to know Hamburg from the water on this harbor cruise along the Elbe river. Depending on the tide and day, the focus of the tour can be on plenty of different areas and topics. Visit the historic warehouse district featuring picturesque canals, see the ultra-modern Hafencity, or pass under the impressive Elbe Bridge. See Hamburg busy's container terminals and locks, the impressive Blohm & Voss shipbuilding docks, or the famous Köhlbrand Bridge, all while hearing entertaining stories and interesting facts about the city, its port, and the amazing number of incoming and outgoing vessels every day. Learn all about the importance of this bustling port, not just for the city of Hamburg but for the entire world's trade.

Hamburg Harbor: 3.5-Hour Guided Tour by Bike

9. Hamburg Harbor: 3.5-Hour Guided Tour by Bike

Start your 3.5-hour guided cycling tour in St. Pauli, pass by St. Michaelis Church and continue to HafenCity, which is home to the Elbphilharmonie. Continue along the Baackenhöft and cross the Elbe River, taking in the panorama of Hamburg. In Veddel you’ll learn about the district’s history and its important connection to the development of the harbor. See the Golden House and the famous Ballinstadt Emigration Museum. On the way back across the Elbe, explore the famous Speicherstadt and learn about the first metropolitan railway and the canalization of Hamburg. End the tour with a stop at the Landungsbrücken and finally at the Davidwache, the famous police station on Spielbudenplatz.

Hamburg: Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

10. Hamburg: Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

This tour takes you on a discovery of Hamburg’s maritime highlights. Your adventure begins in the Speicherstadt (warehouse district), where you can learn all about tea, coffee, and oriental rugs as well as visit the most popular photo spot in the city. You’ll continue on to the traditional ship harbor, the Marco Polo Tower, and the Cruise Center HafenCity. Experience the largest seaport in Germany up close and from a unique perspective. In an entertaining way you’ll discover how much the Elbe Philharmonic Hall cost. Hear stories about who stole Klaus Störtebeker’s skull and how the Speicherstadt emerged. Your friendly guide will be happy to answer any of your questions along the tour from the Speicherstadt to the new HafenCity. At the end of the tour you’ll be left with memories of unforgettable moments and unique panoramic views of the Elbe River and the harbor.

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What people are saying about Elbe River, Hamburg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,700 reviews

It was really a great ride. An hour was a very good length, it didn't feel too long or rushed. Considering that it was the cheapest offer for a Hamburg port trip here at getyourguide, we were very pleasantly surprised. :)

Excellent trip. Spacious and comfortable boat. Necessary to go to bridge 4 for big boat where is possible to go aboard in advance. In one hour you see everything important (harbour + coastal buildings).

The excursion was very interesting and the guide was very informative and knowledgeable. The booking was made very quickly and without stress. Always my pleasure!

Ideal if you don't have much time but still want to see a lot.

Very entertaining and informative moderation on board!