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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 Harbor: Evening City Lights Barge Cruise

2. Hamburg Harbor: Evening City Lights Barge Cruise

Experience Hamburg's Harbor by the evening light on a traditional barge. Take a romantic round-trip voyage through the Hamburg Harbor and enjoy a cozy atmosphere with the illuminated silhouette of the city as your backdrop. Travel through the historic Speicherstadt (depending on the tide) and along the impressive illuminated container terminals. Hear interesting stories of the harbor's history with live moderation from the captain, while relaxing with a drink. Alternatively, pick one of the special tours that take place only occasionally. Choose the special Queen Mary II cruise to accompany Queen Mary II at the Cruise Terminal and then follow her along the River Elbe. During the boat ride, learn all about the ship from the professional guide. Or, celebrate the Anniversary of Hamburg Harbor onboard a traditional barge. Watch the opening parade to the festival unveil, as the weekend of celebrations will then follow.

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: Hamburg Dungeon Admission Ticket

4. Hamburg: Hamburg Dungeon Admission Ticket

The Hamburg Dungeon brings the darkest period's of the city's history to life in an entertaining way. The state-of-the-art special effects and professional actors provide a very special kind of live entertainment. The live actors step into historical roles and take you on a journey through 600 years of Hamburg's murky past in interactive shows. The visitor attraction in the historical Speicherstadt district presents 11 thrilling live shows on a 90-minute tour and offers plenty of action on 2 fun rides. Visitors can embark on an unusual journey on the "Elevator of Doom". You can also discover the dark years of the Plague or try to save the pirate Klaus Störtebecker from execution. Among other unfriendly hosts, the torturer welcomes suspicious villagers inside his Chamber of Torment. Defend yourself before the mercy of the inquisition and face the revenge of a restless spirit - with a twinkle in the inquisitor's eyes and the opportunity for lots of fun. At the end of the journey, the lucky survivors will take a seat in Hamburg’s unique freefall tower to escape the depths of the dungeon – good luck…

Hamburg: Dialogue in the Dark® Exhibition Guided Tour

5. Hamburg: Dialogue in the Dark® Exhibition Guided Tour

See nothing but discover a lot on a visit to the unique Dialogue in the Dark® exhibition. Take a safe and humorous guided walk through the completely darkened exhibition with your blind host in a small group of no more than 8 people. Get to know each other without leaning on appearances, overcome prejudices, and handle daily situations without relying on your eyes. Equipped with a blind cane, discover the world that we usually take for granted in a completely new way. Hear, feel, and find your bearings in various non-visual situations of daily life, like going for a walk in the park and crossing a busy city street. Enjoy an experience that will live long in your memory as even buying something in the dark turns into fun. The last stop on the tour is at the Dark Bar where you can talk about your experience over a drink with the guides. Ask your guide all the questions which naturally arise during the tour and compare notes with your fellow visitors. As this fascinating experience gradually comes to an end after about 60 minutes, slowly return to the well-lit foyer with a brand new perspective on the world.

Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

6. Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a guided tour on the double-decker Line A sightseeing bus in Hamburg. Travel along the Speicherstadt (warehouse city) and harbor city to the shopping areas of the town. Gain valuable insights into the city and its history. Hop aboard with your day ticket that enables you to hop on and hop off at 20 bus stops. See the wonderful villas in Harvestehude, the Outer Alster lake, the city hall, museums, the famous Reeperbahn, and the harbor. Get information in your own language with a GPS steered audio system that offers crystal-clear narration in 11 languages via headsets. Lean back and enjoy the all-around view. In nice weather, the bus goes open top to allow you unobstructed views.

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

7. 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.

Hamburg: Speicherstadt Walking Tour with Coffee Tasting

8. Hamburg: Speicherstadt Walking Tour with Coffee Tasting

Meet your friendly guide at Wandrahmsteg Bridge before setting off on your 2-hour tour of Hamburg’s famous Speicherstadt. The Speicherstadt is the largest warehouse district in the world, nestled in Hamburg’s vibrant port. Explore the rich-history of this bustling hub which for centuries has been a trading center for spices, carpets, coffee, and more. Visit one of the Speicherstadt’s vibrant spice stores and soak up the array of unique sights, scents, and flavors. Learn about the spice-trading industry and how it has played a role in shaping the Speicherstadt. The tour also visits a selection of colorful Oriental carpet stores, craft stores, and chocolate shops, where you can mingle with the locals and shop for souvenirs. Finally, stop at a local coffee roasting shop to meet 2-time European Roasting Master, Erik. Learn everything there is to know about the production of coffee. Afterwards, enjoy an authentic coffee tasting workshop and discover the versatile flavors of this beloved beverage.

Hamburg: Harbor Evening Lights Cruise

9. Hamburg: Harbor Evening Lights Cruise

Embark on a roundtrip evening cruise from the historical and romantically-illuminated Speicherstadt through the Hamburg harbor's sea of light. Enjoy a boat tour through the Speicherstadt canals and discover the highlights of Hamburg from the water. Learn about the history behind this intriguing city. See the Zollkanal, Wasserschloss, and the International Maritime Museum, and cruise along the modern HafenCity, the newest district in the Hanseatic city. See the HafenCity University, the Marco Polo Tower, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, and the panorama of the district.  Catch a breathtaking view of St. Pauli Piers all the way to Überseebrücke with the museum ships Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego. Sail through the port's sea of light again and witness the activity around the container terminals.

Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 34,694 reviews

Aroused curiosity to experience something extraordinary and to see Hamburg from a different side, we were definitely impressed by this dungeon tour! The price is absolutely reasonable, the actors and the environment keep what the description promises. Our 14 year old was startled where she needed to be, but not too scared to go further either. In any case, I think at least 10 years is appropriate. The only thing to complain about: if there was a little waiting time in front of the entrance, a roof would have been appropriate. If not for the guests, then at least for the young girl who scans the QR codes on the tickets.

A harbor tour is definitely part of a Hamburg city trip and we have decided on exactly this. At first I had concerns about the small size of the boat. I was accordingly enthusiastic about the driving skills and the anecdotes between the interesting facts about the port and the warehouse district from our guide Marco ☆☆☆☆☆ great praise! Highly recommended even with grumpy teenagers in tow

Unfortunately, the energy-saving crisis caught up with us... our shipper informed us beforehand and he made every effort to take every light with him, all in all it was still great, I would book again at any time! Greetings go out to our Schipper Janis

it was a fantastic and intriguing experience that teaches a lot of life lessons...our guide was friendly, fun, and extremely helpful. couldn't recommend this tour enough!

Great harbor tour with lots of information, a nice guide and a nice atmosphere. We recommend :-)