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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.

Hamburg: Hanseatic Guided Boat Tour

2. 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: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Private Walking Tour

3. 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

4. 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: 2.5-Hour Discovery Tour

5. Hamburg: 2.5-Hour Discovery Tour

Experience over a thousand years of history on a 2.5-hour walk through Hamburg’s Old Town. Hear how Hamburg become one of the world’s most important ports and how the story of a headless pirate haunts the city. Your guide will tell you about what happened in Hamburg during WWII. Discover all this and more on Hamburg’s best walking tour. Take in the key sights of Hamburg, including the Rathaus, historic Deich Street, St. Nikolai Memorial, Speicherstadt, Kontor House, Elbphilharmonie and the Boatmen’s Church. Along the way, hear how Barbarossa, Störtebeker and how a whole host of Hamburg’s colorful characters built the Free City into the cosmopolitan cultural wonderland it is today.

Hamburg: UNESCO-World Heritage Sites Tour

6. Hamburg: UNESCO-World Heritage Sites Tour

Experience a varied walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the famous Chilehaus, as well as the traditional warehouses of the Speicherstadt district. Throughout this walking tour, you will explore three fascinating districts, each of which represent the dynamic development of Hamburg. You can journey back in time to one of the most exciting epochs of Hamburg: The prominent Kontorhäuser (office buildings). These buildings exemplify economic growth and worldwide influence, and tell stories of clerks and money counting tables. Discover the exceptional variety of Hamburg's Speicherstadt and the HafenCity. Admire old warehouses, new dock promenades, brick facades, canals, modern architecture, and fantastic views overlooking the river Elbe. See the most important buildings in the Magdeburg Port, such as the International Maritime Museum and the Überseequartier (the cruise terminal). There you can also marvel at the spectacular building of the controversial Elbe Philharmonic Hall.

Hamburg: Historical Warehouse District and Hafencity Tour

7. Hamburg: Historical Warehouse District and Hafencity Tour

Enjoy the maritime flair and learn about the historic background of the port and the city in general. Learn how Hamburg became the largest metropolis in the European Union that is not a capital. The tour starts at Kehrwiederspitze, right next to the Speicherstadt warehouse district. The first part of the tour will focus on the history of the warehouse complex and its development from the industrial revolution to the 21st century. In 2015, the Speicherstadt was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your well-versed guide will explain what makes it so unique. If possible, you will visit a traditional oriental carpet retailer.  The second part of the tour is dedicated to Hamburg’s newest and most modern district, HafenCity. See Hamburg’s future urbanity at the HafenCity Information Centre, which features a detailed scale model. Explore the urban regeneration project and learn about city building and gentrification. Hear about the political, social, and economic aspects of the project. Finish the tour in front of the Elbe Philharmonic and hear comprehensive information about this new landmark of Hamburg.

Hamburg: Speicherstadt, HafenCity and Elbphilharmonie Tour

8. Hamburg: Speicherstadt, HafenCity and Elbphilharmonie Tour

Learn the story of Hamburg's most famous districts during this 3-in-1 tour. Visit two city districts: the former warehouse district Speicherstadt and the modern Hafencity. Your tour guide will teach you why the warehouse district, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, was built. Compare what you see today with historic pictures and imagine how it looked back in former times. Finish your tour outside the most famous building of Hamburg, the beautiful Elbphilharmonie. Take a tour of the outside of the striking building with its unique glass architecture. If you choose, you can enter the Elbphilharmonie Plaza after your tour is done, explore it at your own pace without your guide, and enjoy breathtaking views of the harbor. Continue discovering Hamburg with the help of recommendations from your local guide. Find out the best places to eat and where the most scenic photo opportunities are.

Instagram Food Tour of Hamburg with Elphi Plaza Visit

9. Instagram Food Tour of Hamburg with Elphi Plaza Visit

Start your tour at Überseequartier in the heart of the futuristic HafenCity. Taste your first delicacy and continue through the largest inner-city construction project in Europe. Join a local guide who knows all about the area and provides you with exciting anecdotes and historical information. Move on to Speicherstadt, whose 130-year-old brick buildings once formed the largest warehouse complex in the world, now UNESCO-listed. Snap the change from steel, concrete and glass of HafenCity to the red brick and the historic bridges and narrow canals of the Speicherstadt. See the Elphi, Hamburg's most popular attraction and one of the highlights of your tour. Considered to be the most modern concert hall in the world, it's home to the Tube, the longest freestanding escalator in Germany, leading to the Elphi-Plaza. Get a fantastic 360-degree view over the whole of Hamburg. Take a break in the restaurant Störtebeker for another snack while your guide provides insider knowledge about the turbulent construction phase and the imposing architecture and acoustics. Shoot gorgeous pictures and hear exciting stories from your qualified guide.

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What people are saying about Elbphilharmonie

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 54 reviews

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.

We really enjoyed the tour with Christa. Very nice and received a lot of new information.

Very entertaining and informative tour with interesting views