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Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

1. Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

Discover Hamburg's Speicherstadt, HafenCity, and the Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie on a guided walking tour. Learn about what these three iconic landmarks from your local guide, seeing them first-hand. Meet near the Elbphilharmonie for this tour and see what this part of Hamburg has to offer. Your guide will wait for you with your tickets. Enter the building via the longest escalator in the world, the "Tube". Pass the panoramic window and get to the majestic Plaza. Ass you stroll through the building, learn what is so unique about this masterpiece and its concert hall. Get a deep insight into the background of the Elbphilharmonie, leaving no questions unanswered. Unfortunately, the concert halls can't be visited. After having seen the "Elphi", continue your tour outside to get to know more of Hamburg. Discover the historic Speicherstadt warehouse district and listen to the explanations of your guide. Then, cross over to the modern Hafencity and marvel at its futuristic buildings. There are many celebrities living in this part of the city, such as the Klitschko brothers and Helene Fischer.

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.

Elphi Tour with Störtebeker Beer

3. Elphi Tour with Störtebeker Beer

Explore the new landmark of Hamburg, the Elbphilharmonie, during a one-hour tour starting at the metro station Baumwall (U-Bahn Station). From here you can already enjoy views of the "Elphi" concert house, known internationally for its special architecture.  Gaze from the plaza over the port of Hamburg and the city itself, and enjoy the breathtaking atmosphere. Listen as your guide shares interesting information about this magnificent concert hall.  At the end of the tour another highlight is waiting for you: enjoy a Störtebeker beer to end the tour in a special way. You are more than welcome to stay here for the rest of the day.

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: Guided Tour Elbphilharmonie excluding Concert Halls

5. Hamburg: Guided Tour Elbphilharmonie excluding Concert Halls

See the fascinating face of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and its beautiful Plaza. Get some exciting background information about the spectacular concert hall–from the original idea and implementation, to its completion difficulties and special features. Tour outside the building and learn about the façade and its other exterior features. Then enter the Elbphilharmonie on the Tube, the longest escalator in the world. Pass the large panoramic window then reach the Plaza: the hub of all activity and the link between the historical quayside and the modern glass structure. At the Elbphilharmonie Plaza hear everything you need to know about the concert halls and the venues and facilities within the building. Take the outside gangway of the Plaza and circle the entire building, discovering views of Hamburg's sights from all directions.

Hamburg: Landmarks Public City Walking Tour

6. 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).

Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Private Walking Tour

7. Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Private Walking Tour

Meet your expert private guide and first explore the Speicherstadt district of Hamburg. Discover one of the largest warehouse complexes in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the history of the large warehouses which are used to store valuable trade goods. Visit an active carpet warehouse, and learn more about the lives of dockworkers and merchants. Afterward, continue the tour along the "Fleete" into the modern areas of the HafenCity. See contemporary buildings designed by international architects as part of an extensive urban regeneration project, which aimed to give new life to this area of Hamburg in recent decades. Stop outside the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, one of the largest concert halls in the world known for its striking modern architecture. Hear more about the controversial construction of this building. Take the world's longest curved escalator up to the observation deck of the concert hall and enjoy a magnificent view of Hamburg and its historic harbor.

From Kiel: Best of Hamburg Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

8. 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.

Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie Guided Walking Tour

9. Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie Guided Walking Tour

Admire the Elbphilharmonie from outside and gain exciting background information about the new Hamburg landmark. Experience the lovingly named 'Elphi' up close with your professional city guide and enjoy the unique view from the Plaza after our tour. Admire the Elbphilharmonie from the quay before you enter on the longest escalator in Europe. Then take a moment to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Hamburg. Learn from your guide about the controversy surrounding the Elbphilharmonie project and hear exciting facts and insider information about the unique acoustics, the use of special materials, the construction costs and the price of an overnight stay in the building.

Elbphilharmonie Highlights, Plaza & Surroundings

10. Elbphilharmonie Highlights, Plaza & Surroundings

Learn about the latest landmark of Hamburg on a guided tour of the Elbphilharmonie. Get answers to any questions you have about the stunning new building in the HafenCity quarter. Hear why it took so long to build and how much it cost. Start with a walk around the building to admire its façade and learn about the area's past and new architecture. Then, go to the Elbphilharmonie Plaza via the longest curved escalator in Europe and get interesting details about the building as you take in the views of the harbor. Listen to your guide as they share anecdotes about Hamburg and its new landmark and tell you about its unique acoustics.

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What people are saying about Elbphilharmonie

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 17,025 reviews

Super guide, a lot of background knowledge and the 2 hours flew by :) In mid-January not that many were motivated, so there were only two of us. We discovered corners where you probably wouldn't have gone. It was very exciting and immediately a relaxed pleasant atmosphere.

Very informative and interesting tour through the Hamburg warehouse district. Our guide was very competent, open and friendly, he was characterized by great knowledge. We had a lot of fun and we can now see the Speicherstadt from a different perspective.

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

Instructive guided tour through Hafen City and Speicherstadt with a lot of inside knowledge from the guide.

Competent and humorous leadership. ANJA is a very dedicated city guide