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Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

1. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

See Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions from a unique perspective, float past impressive container ships, and discover the historic Speicherstadt District aboard a 1.5-hour cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile foundations and oak logs. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

2. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

Admire Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions sparkling at night, marvel at the illuminated Speicherstadt District, and see impressive container ships up-close aboard a 1.5-hour evening cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your nighttime harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile foundations and oak logs beautifully lit up. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the shining Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

3. 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.

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

4. 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.

Elbphilharmonie Tour without Concert Halls & Harbor Cruise

5. 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: 2-Hour City Cruise to Blankenese

6. Hamburg: 2-Hour City Cruise to Blankenese

Enjoy an unforgettable cruise through the harbor of Hamburg. Explore the industrial side and see the highlights as you make your way to Blankenese. Admire one of the richest and most lavish areas in Hamburg from the boat and spot its impressive architecture. Furthermore, you will see the Airbus plant, where all planes are built, the container terminals and the Elbphilharmonie.

Hamburg: Hanseatic Guided Boat Tour

7. 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: Landmarks Public City Walking Tour

8. Hamburg: Landmarks Public City Walking Tour

Discover a link between the traditional and modern landmarks of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Uncover exciting and secret places along the way. Marvel at the main church of St. Michaelis with the largest church clock in Germany. Be impressed by the modern architecture of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall. Begin at St. Michael's Church, then make your way to the Elbe Philharmonic Hall. Explore the “Krameramtsstuben”, the oldest row of house settlements still existing in Hamburg. Stroll across the Michelwiese and through the Portugiesenviertel. Stop at the underground station Baumwall, where the flood protection will be explained by your guide. Continue to the modern side of the city and to the Elbe Philharmonic Hall. Walk along the Speicherstadt, Hamburg's UNESCO World Heritage Site, and get a perspective on the city's past and present. From the modern HafenCity, characterised by its striking buildings, to Hamburg's most controversial project, the Elbe Philharmonic. Admire its striking architecture, which combines tradition and modernity. End the tour directly at the foot of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall with a breathtaking view of the Hamburg harbor and the musical theatres on the other side of the Elbe. After the tour, it is possible to explore the Elbe Philharmonic Hall Plaza on your own. (subjects to closures made by the Elbe Philharmonic Hall).

From Kiel: Best of Hamburg Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

9. From Kiel: Best of Hamburg Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

Make the most of your time onshore and explore Hamburg on a guided tour from Kiel. Learn about Hamburg's essential role in the historic Hanseatic League, visit the ruins of St. Nicholas Church, and stroll down Hamburg's oldest street, Deischstrasse. Meet your driver in front of your cruise ship just after docking and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. After a relaxing journey, arrive in Hamburg and meet your local tour guide. Enjoy a stroll through the historic heart of Hamburg and see the stunning Town Hall. As you walk, learn about Hamburg's role in the Hanseatic League from your guide. Continue to cross the ancient Trost bridge and visit the St Nikolas Church. As you stand next to this burnt-out shell of a church, learn how it acts as a way to remember the near-total destruction of the city during World War II. Leave the church and head down Deichstrasse, the oldest street in Hamburg. As you walk down this historic street, enjoy the view of the nearby Elbe River. Before returning to the bus, continue wandering down the river and through the scenic Landungsbrucke river walk. Drive over to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Speicherstadt, and see where historically traders stored their goods. Explore the Hafencity, the newest area of Hamburg which includes the iconic Elbphilharmonie. After your guided tour ends, enjoy 1 hour to explore Hamburg on your own. Grab lunch, buy some souvenirs, or explore one of Hamburg's museums. After returning to Kiel, you will have about 1.5 hours before your cruise departs, giving you time to explore Kiel or relax with a coffee.

Waterfront Hamburg: the Views & History City Game

10. Waterfront Hamburg: the Views & History City Game

Explore Hamburg's iconic waterfront on an engaging exploration game via an app on your smartphone. Solve puzzles to unlock clues to your next location, passing by and learning about famous sights along the way. Follow the live tracking GPS map on your app with ease. Start the game at Landungsbrücken, the famous waterfront district overlooking the Elbe River, and head off on your exploration adventure. Pass by iconic locations, including the Museumsschiff on the water, the Alter Elbtunnel beneath the river, and more, until you finish at the modern, residential district of Strandkai. Solve challenges, watch the story unfold on your app, and follow the exact directions on your phone to guide you to the next location. Best of all, explore at your own pace, pausing the game to stop for a coffee or a meal and resuming anytime from the location where you paused it.

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What people are saying about Elbphilharmonie

Great ride with an entertaining and competent moderator. We saw the harbor with buildings on the banks as far as Blankenese, we were up to the Airbus company and on the way back we made a detour to the container terminal, where we also learned a lot of interesting facts. The only negative thing I have to say was that you specified Landungsbrücke 1 as the meeting point, but the departure was at 9 at the other end. Otherwise a great ride.

The tour was comprehensive and informative. We say many of the important districts of Hamburg and the architectural buildings we were hoping to see. The tour was informative and the guide was very funny.

We can highly recommend this beautiful trip to Blankenese. Great big ship and great explanations. The 2 hours are worth it.

Find out everything you need to know about the port and around it in a beautiful two-hour boat trip.

Very nice trip, entertaining, fun, very informative