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Hamburg 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

1. Hamburg 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Explore Hamburg on this 3.5-hour bike tour. From the Reeperbahn to the Alster River – experience the charm of this port city. The tour begins at the office in St. Pauli. From here you ride through Heiligengeistfeld to the Outer Alster Lake and the Inner Alster Lake. Ride past the Town Hall, the Speicherstadt, HafenCity, and St. Michael's Church. Back in St. Pauli, you head to the piers and the world-famous Reeperbahn. You make a stop at each attraction, where you’ll discover interesting facts and information from your guide, take photos, and ask questions. During the tour you’ll have a coffee break, where you can soak up the atmosphere of the city. Hamburg is very flat and the ride is easy going. This tour is therefore suitable for all ages and riding abilities.

Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

2. Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

Sail past the famous Alster Fountain and under the Lombards bridge directly to the Outer Alster. See beautiful residential areas and sights, such as the Hotel Atlantic, Blue Mosque, U. S. Consulate General, or Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Discover the city´s stunning panorama with its church spires and bridges, as well as the natural life along the lakeside with its many water birds and rare plants.

Sailing Sight Seeing Tour (1.5hr) on Aussenalster in Hamburg

3. Sailing Sight Seeing Tour (1.5hr) on Aussenalster in Hamburg

The crew will welcome you aboard the sailing ship for your private cruise on the Alster River in Hamburg. Under the guidance of your experienced skipper you’ll enjoy, explore, and experience Hamburg from the water. Experience a fantastic sailing trip with a unique maritime flair in the heart of Hamburg. The skipper can customize the tour to suit your interests. You can decide how much time you want to allot to water sports, entertainment, and information. Discover a pirate treasure at the top of a church tower, a bridge named after a U.S. president, the White House in Hamburg, a seamen’s church far away from the harbor, and a mosque far away from the Islamic world. This and much more awaits you on the tour!

Highlights of Hamburg: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

4. Highlights of Hamburg: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Set off on a discovery tour of Hamburg and immerse yourself in the past and present of the city on this guided bike tour. Follow in the footsteps of merchants, experience the vibrant city, and see what course Hamburg has embarked on for the future. Ride along the Alster, see the hustle and bustle at Jungfernstieg, admire the Town Hall, and take a look at the famous St. Michael’s Church. “Hamburg then and now” is the motto of this tour. After this compact bike tour, get to know how the Hamburg locals tick and why they love their city so much and get many great insider tips along the way.

Hamburg: City Tour by Bike with Elbphilharmonie

5. Hamburg: City Tour by Bike with Elbphilharmonie

Start your interesting bike tour through Hamburg at the picturesque district Rotherbaum and drive along the Außenalster to the Binnenalster. Here you are greeted by the panorama of the old and new town. Make your way through the Gängeviertel of the new town and the preserved working-class district of the 18th-century, which nowadays hosts the art scene. Here you can find the memorial stone of the birthplace of Johannes Brahms. Passing the urban new town you drive across Fleet-Island, the former harbor, following the tracks of the great fire of 1842 to today's modern city. Discover Neuer Wall with its passages and countless designer shops and enjoy the metropolitan flair. Drive along the Deichstraße, the origin of port operations of Alt-Hamburg, to the famous Speicherstadt. Here, the UNESCO world heritage site, with its unique massive brick architecture from the 19th-century, sits on millions of oak poles within the waterways that are called Fleete.  Then make your way through the postmodern HafenCity, the former harbor area. Discover the 110-meter-high controversial Elbphilharmonie. Finally, follow a path across the new flood protection system offering splendid views of the mighty Elbphilharmonie from below. Drive through the utopic-like publishing building made of steel, located at Baumwall, and pass St. Michael's Church. Follow the historic Peterstraße with the Brahms- and Telemann Museum. After 3 hours, you finally reach the starting point of the tour passing the exhibition halls.

Hamburg City: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

6. Hamburg City: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

Discover the Hanseatic city of Hamburg in a playful and unusual way with the city game Hamburg. The Route Hamburg City I will lead you to the most famous sights of Hamburg's city center. On your tour, you will see Mönckebergstraße, the town hall with the stock exchange and the old post office. Go past Jungfernstieg with the Alsterhaus as well as the colonnades, before your scavenger hunt ends at "Planten un Blomen". How the city game Hamburg works: You will find 16 sealed and numbered envelopes in the city game box. In these, you find small tasks that need to be solved. Led by the clear and unambiguous directions, you make your way through Hamburg on foot or on your bike. Decipher the riddles to find your way to the next place of interest. The solution of every task gives you the number of the next envelope, you need to open. You do not know in advance, in what order the envelopes of the scavenger hunt must be opened. Detailed background information on the history or even the present-day use of every sight is provided. You decide when you want to start your scavenger hunt through Hamburg and also how long you want to linger at the different stations. Enjoy an enigmatic and exceptional tour and interrupt your scavenger hunt, whenever you feel like it.

Hamburg Center: Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Sightseeing Tour

7. Hamburg Center: Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Sightseeing Tour

Discover the city center of Hamburg during this interactive scavenger hunt game played on your smartphone. Learn interesting facts, solve questions, gain points, and see how you place on the regional league table. Get to know Hamburg city hall and the famous Jungfernstieg with the Binnenalster Lake, and more. Learn about the city including its development and history. Discover historical places as well as must-see sights and hot spots away from the usual tourist paths. For each solved question or task, receive 10 safari points. If you need a hint to solve the question, you only get 5 safari points. At the end of the game, your safari points will be added. The higher your score, the higher your placement in the safari regional league table.

Hamburg: Self-guided Smartphone Old Town Tour

8. Hamburg: Self-guided Smartphone Old Town Tour

Explore Hamburg’s historic center with a self-guided smartphone tour and messenger-based game. As you walk around the inner city looking for clues to help Maya get her memories back, you’ll see some of the city's most iconic sights and learn about their colorful past.   Your adventure begins outside the majestic building of the Kunsthalle - Hamburg’s historic art museum. Follow the clues to the Jungfernstieg where you can gaze out across the waters of the Binnenalster lake before checking out the stylish shopping mile of Mönckebergstraße. As your adventure continues to the Old Town, marvel at the ornate facade of the neo-Renaissance City Hall, the Colonnades, and the 19th Century Gänsemarkt. Finally, you’ll discover the famous destroyed church of St. Nicholas and find out it is connected to your mystery game.

Hamburg: Interactive Manhunt Game "Finding Mr. X"

9. Hamburg: Interactive Manhunt Game "Finding Mr. X"

Experience an exciting and eventful city tour in the form of an interactive game played on your mobile phone. Follow in pursuit of Mister X, who will report from different areas around the city and give you clues about his next location. Act tactically and follow the clues to catch him and receive your bounty. Each hint collectively forms the basis of a city tour. The exact route of the tour depends on where Mister X decides to end up that day, but you can look forward to seeing such sights as Landungsbrücken, Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt, Hafencity, Park Plantenunbloomen, Jungfernstieg, Petrikirche, Chilehaus, and much more. The tour can be customized to the ages and number of the participants, so it is the perfect activity for everyone, from children's birthday parties to team building activities. Don't miss the opportunity to explore Hamburg in a novel new way.

Hamburg: Historical Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Hamburg: Historical Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour

Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, has a fascinating history. It grew from a small harbor town in the 9th century into one of the world’s leading harbors today, and is filled with stories and places of historical significance. On this walking tour, I’ll show you the medieval canals, baroque churches, and many other historical structures in the inner city that survived the firestorms of World War II. Our tour starts where the canal that runs along City Hall (Binnenalster) meets Hamburg’s posh waterfront, the Jungfernstieg. From there, you’ll stroll through the city center to Elbpromenade, a popular boardwalk at Hamburg Harbour. On the way, I’ll tell you about the city’s changes throughout the centuries, and how its great wealth sometimes contrasted with abominable living conditions for the poor. You’ll see some of Hamburg’s most famous landmarks like the Brahms Museum and Krameramtsstuben alley where the widows of deceased grocers in the 1600s used to live, as well as a few hidden corners most tourists miss like the Hummel Memorial. Along the way, you’ll have an opportunity to: • Listen to stories about Hamburg celebrities including Johannes Hummel, the Wolf brothers, and Swedish Queen Christina • Take pictures of the many sailboats on Alster Lake • Get ideas of where to browse and shop in both upscale or more down-to-earth stores • Try Portuguese pastries in Little Portugal • Find out how the Terrorist organization RAF attacked a Hamburg landmark in 1972 • Be reminded of Venice when you overlook the Kleine Alster, one of Hamburg’s historic canals • Hear about Operation Gomorrah, the Allied attack on Hamburg in 1943 • Visit the most important Baroque Church in Northern Germany, St Michael’s Church • Take in stunning views of the Harbor So have your camera ready, and join me on this hour-long tour that’ll surely make you fall in love with Hamburg.

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It was just perfect! It was my birthday, there were 5 of us (with a heavily pregnant woman on board). The ride was comfortable and everything went very well, even much better than I imagined ))) first of all thanks to the captain of our sailing boat - Mr. Lutz ;) He is very nice and just professional in his job! 100%! (I don't know any other guides but I think he's the best!) Thank you! PS great birthday gift or just a great idea to have a good time with friends!

a great experience, you can find out everything about the special buildings on the banks of the Alster, celebrities living there, former film sets (007) in the most relaxed position - sitting in the sailing boat. With such a great ocean-experienced skipper as Volker much much more. You should not miss this experience, recommend Tillmann and family

Everything was great, from the online booking to the experience itself. Bicycles with a back pedal are unfamiliar and not easy to use...thanks to the guide Fabian...he did a great job. Greetings and more CAVIEZEL from Switzerland

I really enjoyed the tour and it was great to hear so much history and also see a lot! Phil was a great tour guide too and nice to talk to some Aussie's after mostly been the only one for the rest of my holiday.

We liked it very much. The boat was on time, the weather was excellent, the captain told us good stories about Hamburg. Such a trip is worthwhile.