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  • Hamburg: Hop-On/ Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Classic Line

    1. Hamburg: Hop-On/ Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Classic Line

    Begin your guided sightseeing tour of Hamburg by boarding a wonderful yellow and red double-decker bus. You’ll then drive around the vast Alster Lakes, over the Jungfernstieg, and to the town hall on this hop-on-hop-off tour.  Along your journey, you’ll make 15 stops and have the chance to pause at each location, continuing on with a later bus if you wish. You’ll see many tourist attractions along the way, including St. Michel Church, the court of justice district, the Elbphilharmonie, and the Hafencity. You'll also visit the fish market, St. Pauli Piers, and the beloved St. Georg district as your expert guide provides interesting facts and useful tips along the way. Weather permitting, the roof of the bus will be opened for fantastic city views.

  • Hamburg Combo: Hop On Hop Off & Water Ticket / Harbor Cruise

    2. Hamburg Combo: Hop On Hop Off & Water Ticket / Harbor Cruise

    Create your own sightseeing tour: wherever you want to stop, you can just hop off the bus and then hop back on later. Combine your 1-day ticket for sightseeing tour Line A with a water ticket. You can choose a  water program on the Elbe or Alster.  You can choose between: • 1-hour harbor cruise (St. Pauli piers 1+4) • 1-hour Alster tour (Jungfernstieg jetty)

    Well organised tour, friendly staff, good value for money. What more can you ask for? 5 stars!

  • Hamburg: City Center and Speicherstadt Walking Tour

    3. Hamburg: City Center and Speicherstadt Walking Tour

    Explore the northern German metropolis of Hamburg on foot and learn more about the fascinating stories of the city and its history. With a trusty guide, discover the HafenCity district, a growing area of novel inner-city architecture and public spaces on the Elbe. Admire the fascinating Elbphilharmonie and impressive harbor vistas. As Europe’s second biggest port, Hamburg has always been open to adventurers and travelers from around the world. You’ll also visit the UNESCO-listed warehouse district called Speicherstadt, which translates from German to ‘City of Warehouses’. Spend some time admiring its unique charm and listen to facts about the largest warehouse district in the world to be built on timber pile foundations. Tour the city center, home to the beautiful town hall. Here the architecture and the symbolism of the sculptures will tell you a lot about Hamburg's tradition and pas...

  • Hamburg: Alster Lake and Alternative Sights Bike Tour

    4. Hamburg: Alster Lake and Alternative Sights Bike Tour

    Ride along the Alster shoreline, over beautiful old bridges, through green parks, and into unique neighborhoods on this guided cycle. Hop onto your bike and get ready to explore the less known side of Hamburg. Your guide will lead the way and take you to see some of the city’s most intriguing suburbs. You’ll get to know Hamburg’s alternative and artistic scene as you pedal through some of its creative districts. On the ride, you’ll also pass through scenic and serene landscapes such as green parks and the famous Alster Lake.

  • Hamburg: Exclusive Tour by Limousine with Chauffeur

    5. Hamburg: Exclusive Tour by Limousine with Chauffeur

    Treat yourself to an exclusive tour through Hamburg with a private chauffeur and limousine. You will be picked up at your hotel and can decide for yourself what you would like to see, whether it be the Alster River, Hafencity, the Speicherstadt (warehouse district), or the city center. Your guide will also suggest the most interesting sights to see. You can stop to take photos at any time during the tour. Sit back and relax while listening to interesting stories about the famous attractions. Visit St. Michael's Church or explore the Elbe Tunnel. See Blankenese, enjoy a coffee on the beach, or sip a refreshing drink on the Süllberg hill. Drive over the Köhlbrand Bridge and admire the breathtaking views of the Elbe River and the passing container ships.

  • Hamburg: 2.5-Hour Private Historical Walking Tour

    6. Hamburg: 2.5-Hour Private Historical Walking Tour

    Start your tour in front of one of Hamburg’s most beautiful architectural marvels, the neo-renaissance town hall. From there, trace the path of the Great Fire of 1842 to see where it all started in the picturesque Deichstrasse, one of the oldest parts of Hamburg to survive the firebombing of the Second World War. Along the way, your expert guide will show you how disaster has shaped the city on the Elbe, from fires to floods, and war to cholera. The fact that Hamburg is still standing might be the most surprising fact you learn on this tour! But don't just focus on doom and gloom. Learn how the great ambitions of Hamburg’s titans of industry, Salomon Heine and Albert Ballin, gave Hamburg the progressive traditions that have seen it thrive not only economically, but socially as well. Finish your tour by the gleaming new Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s stunning new Philharmonic. Visit the bui...

  • Hamburg: City Center Walking Tour

    7. Hamburg: City Center Walking Tour

    Today, Hamburg is known as a modern and busy city, but how did it develop into the modern big city of today? Explore the different epochs of Hamburg’s city history on a sightseeing walking tour. After meeting your guide, embark on a tour of Hamburg’s historical, cultural, and inspiring heart. Known for its canals, Hamburg City Center is home to much more than just these impressive waterways. Discover how history shaped Hamburg’s urban development and pick up expert insight about the neo-Renaissance town hall. Make your way onto other famous landmarks where you’ll have the unique opportunity to ask your knowledgeable guide any burning questions and really get an insight into the city.

  • Hamburg: Tatort Walking Tour ‒ The Original (Tour in German)

    8. Hamburg: Tatort Walking Tour ‒ The Original (Tour in German)

    Discover several years of Tatort history in Hamburg at the top shooting locations in the Hanseatic city. The tour starts directly in the city center at Jungfernstieg and continues to the Town Hall, which had a role as a supporting act in many Tatort films, but which is most famous for the dramatic scene with Cenk Batu. Your next destination is the HafenCity, the largest urban development project in Europe and shooting location in almost every Tatort film with Nick Tschiller and therefore an important sight for Tatort fans. Find out from where you were able to see Helene Fischer when she disappeared into the dark recesses of human trafficking against the backdrop of the famous Elbe Philharmonic Hall. The tour will end at the foot of Elbphilharmonie with a lovely view of the harbor.

  • Hamburg: Guided Tour Through Old Town and City Center

    9. Hamburg: Guided Tour Through Old Town and City Center

    Many sights are located right in the center of Hamburg, which is why this 2-hour guided tour is the perfect way to start your trip, gain knowledge, and orient yourself. This walking tour will be accompanied by a professional and well-versed guide, who will cater the tour based on your interests and wishes.  As you walk around the city, you'll get a comprehensive overview of the highlights of Hamburg such as the Rathaus, Alster, Jungfernstieg, Gänsemarkt, and the Gängeviertel (former slum-quarter). Your guide won't just tell you facts and dates, but also amusing anecdotes from past and present. After this guided tour, you'll be prepared to explore the remainder of the city on your own.

  • Hamburg: Old Town Walking Tour - Town Hall to Speicherstadt

    10. Hamburg: Old Town Walking Tour - Town Hall to Speicherstadt

    Get insight into Hamburg, its history and its locals during this fascinating city tour. Start your tour at the beautiful town hall, where the architecture and the symbolism of the sculptures will tell you a lot about Hamburg's traditions, as well as the self-awareness of its inhabitants. Continue to the St. Petri Church, the oldest church building in the city, and walk to the Cathedral Square, where the city was once founded with the castle known as Hammaburg. Listen to stories about people called 'Pfeffersäcke' and 'Insassen,' who transformed the castle into a city. Hear about the Vikings and the old traditions of the beer brewers, who helped make a rising city out of Hamburg. Cross the Trost Bridge and continue to the Port of Hamburg. Pass splendid historical office buildings, beautiful canals, and the ruins of the St. Nikolai Church. At the end of your tour, visit the warehouse dist...

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What people are saying about Alster Lake

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 293 reviews

The city tour on the Line C Classic Line was a great experience. About two years ago I had already done a city tour in Hamburg with another company on a different route and was more than disappointed. The route wasn't nearly as varied as this line. Here I was able to get to know Hamburg in detail, and the trip around the Outer Alster was really great. The bus was clean, almost new, and the comments were made through a voice system. Very good presentation of the sights on the route with a lot of background. The driver was nice too and I felt well chauffeured by him. If you really want to get to know the city you should take this line, I can only recommend this tour. Spontaneously I decided to do a harbor tour and bought a discounted ticket on the bus. After the harbor tour I continued the city tour, everything went fine, the bus arrived on time. Absolute recommendation!

We were only at 12:00 p.m. at Hamburg Central Station. You should start the tour earlier. We had a day ticket for the sightseeing tour bus. But only drove to the landing bridges for the 2-hour harbor tour. Since it was already uncertain whether the 2-hour drive is still taking place. I was lucky. 1:45 p.m. was still driving. Even after that again. Otherwise we could have participated in the 1 hour. Harbor tour was great. With children can be 2 hours long. Recommended for 2 hours without children. Thereafter, no longer took the bus due to the thunderstorm coming up. So the more expensive tagickek wasn't worth it. Tagestickek for the public Transport in Hamburg is definitely recommended. Nevertheless, it was a nice, entertaining day.

Easy to find the bus stop. There are different lines at the same place. Ask zur bus driver.

Highly Recommended. A combination of bus / boat. We had an hour on the Elbe.

Great day thank you very much. Exellent guide and driver!!!!