Water activity

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

Water activity

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

From US$ 27.88 per person

Admire famous sights along Hamburg’s iconic harbor, glide through the picturesque Speicherstadt, and see impressive container ships up-close on a 1.5-hour cruise with live commentary in German.

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Explore Hamburg’s Harbor District on an day-time boat cruise with live commentary in German
  • Discover the waterways of Speicherstadt, the world’s largest warehouse district
  • Admire panoramic views of St. Pauli’s Pier and Hafen City on an open deck
  • Get amazing photo opportunities of the city’s famous water-side landmarks
  • Enjoy an exclusive stop to disembark at the iconic Elbphilharmonie
Full description

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.

  • 1.5-hour harbor cruise
  • Live commentary in German
  • Exclusive disembarkment at the Elbphilharmonie with optional disembarkment at the tour's original starting point
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Once on the tunnel-like Überseebrücke bridge, start to walk down. Through the windows of the bridge, you will be able to see the boat on the left side of the bridge named "Traute Abicht".

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Baby strollers
  • Food

Know before you go

  • Please note that the live commentary on this tour is in German only
  • Boats have an open or closed glass roof depending on the weather conditions
  •  Please note that the tour of the Speicherstadt (warehouse district) is dependent on the water levels. Cruises are scheduled according to the tidal calendar. However, if the tide changes unexpectedly to high or low water levels, then it will not possible for any boats to enter the narrow waterways. If this is the case on the day of your tour, an alternative route will be done
  • Children under 7 don't need a test. In order to trace any infections, the staff will record contact details (via the Luca app or a paper contact form)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 3687 reviews

Review summary

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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

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January 14, 2023

I think a boat trip is part of a visit to Hamburg. This ride is nice. A lot always happens on the right-hand side, so be careful when choosing a seat. The guide is a bit intentional at one point, but still nice and a bit humorous here and there. The only thing that bothered us was the wording of the "Ukraine conflict" because it's a matter of war. Anyone who cannot cope with rocking boats should generally avoid such boat trips.

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January 3, 2023

This tour was interesting. However, it is one of the more expensive tours in Hamburg. It depends very much on how good the tour guide is, whether he can carry the group along or not. We had a great tour guide who, among other things, saved us from icebergs in the Speicherstadt with the music of Celine Dion :-) but also had quite interesting facts for us.

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January 1, 2023

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