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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: In the Footsteps of Olivia Reeperbahn Tour

2. Hamburg: In the Footsteps of Olivia Reeperbahn Tour

Discover Hamburg's famous St. Pauli and tour the highlights on this guided walking tour. Take a look at infamous spots like the redlight district as well as interesting bars and attractions, including Spielbudenplatz and the Olivia Jones Bar. See the home of the FC St. Pauli and its world-famous stadium. Take a stroll along the most sinful mile in the world: the legendary Reeperbahn or Hamburg's redlight district. Admire local gems, including the smallest police station in Europe: the Davidwache. See the highest cocktail bar in the area and soak up the stunning views of the harbor. Visit famous plazas like Hans-Albers-Platz and Beatles-Platz and learn the history behind each turn with insightful commentary from your local guide.

Hamburg: Adults Only Reeperbahn Tour

3. Hamburg: Adults Only Reeperbahn Tour

Explore the most sinful street in the world! Discover the unique character of the Reeperbahn, located in the neighborhood of St. Pauli. Hear a multitude of myths and legends of this colorful and notorious district and learn all about the streetwalkers, boxing legends, and gang warfare. Find out whether the Nutella-Bande actually has anything to do with chocolate and how much the prostitutes really earn. Visit the legendary cult bar “Zur Ritze,” where many boxing legends have swung their fists, and learn more about the life, work, and personal fortunes in the neighborhood.

Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

4. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

Admire Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions sparkling at night, marvel at the illuminated Speicherstadt District, and see impressive container ships up-close aboard a 1.5-hour evening cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your nighttime 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 beautifully lit up. 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 shining 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.

St. Pauli Tour: Drag-Attack with Barbie Stupid & Lee Jackson

5. St. Pauli Tour: Drag-Attack with Barbie Stupid & Lee Jackson

Barbie Stupid and Lee Jackson, stars of Olivia’s Show Club, know the neighborhood and its bars, clubs, and dives like the back of their hands. Their guided kiez (neighborhood) walking tour is not a regular guided tour. It's a sightseeing show – a perfect mix of saucy banter, sinful sights, information and entertainment. With witty remarks, Barbie and Lee guide you through the red-light district. The tour leads you across the Reeperbahn and along winding paths to the Große Freiheit, the birthplace of St. Pauli. Stops include the world-famous Herbertstraße, the Davidwache (Germany’s most famous police station) and much more. Germany’s most famous drag queen, Olivia Jones is a proud advocate who speaks up for respect, diversity and tolerance. With her colorful team of entertainers, she shows you around Hamburg’s infamous red-light district sharing insights into the world of spotlight, red light, and flashing blue lights.

Hamburg: Schanzenviertel Food and Beer Tour

6. Hamburg: Schanzenviertel Food and Beer Tour

Hamburg was once a brewery stronghold. With over 500 breweries, it was the most important brewing center of the Hanseatic League, a large association of European merchant guilds and trading cities. Weißbier is actually a Hamburg invention from the 14th century. Today Hamburg's Schanzenviertel, a former meatpacking district, is a lively craft beer destination and full of underground pubs and trendy bars. Since around 2013, the craft beer movement in Hamburg has been breathing new life into one of mankind's most ancient beverages. In addition to the old and traditional styles, there are also innovative and newly interpreted beers to try. At the beginning of the tour, you will visit the Ratsherrn brewery. Then the guide will show you the Schanzen district. Visit the best curry sausage stand and enjoy a sausage together. After that, check out a cool craft beer bar. You will have the chance to taste and order some interesting new beers, depending on which type you like the most. Visit a bar with more than 100 beers and various other specialties. Take the opportunity to taste beers that taste more like fruit juice and other interesting flavors. Relax and finally chat around a round table while enjoying these tasty beers and chatting with new friends.

Hamburg: Entrance to the Museum Ship Cap San Diego

7. Hamburg: Entrance to the Museum Ship Cap San Diego

Go on an imaginary journey to the 1960s and 70s, across the Atlantic Ocean to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires and back again. Experience life as a lookout on the bridge or stand deep within the Machine Room to feel the steady pulse of the engines. Relax with the passengers in the saloon to the sound of light music while on a fun-filled voyage to South America. Cap San Diego is the largest civil museum ship in the world. It is the last surviving ship in a series of six fast general cargo ships, which were built in 1961/62 for the shipping company Hamburg South and drove to South America until the end of 1981. Hamburg's unique maritime monument has been a museum ship since 1988 and can be visited from bridge to hatch and from heart to head. During your self-guided tour, watch the documentary "A Suitcase Full of Hope - Emigration Port of Hamburg" about the fate of emigrants between 1850 and 1930. In hatch 2, find the permanent exhibition "General Cargo and Container Handling," which clearly documents the history of sea freight transport from 1960 to today with many historical images and explanatory texts.

Hamburg: Discovery Dock Experience

8. Hamburg: Discovery Dock Experience

Embark on a digital and interactive experience through the heart of Hamburg. Learn about what goes on in and around the city. Your experienced tour guide will lead you on a journey through its history and introduce you to a world of technology and vision. Breathtakingly realistic and fascinatingly informative – the Discovery Dock turns Hamburg into a multimedia adventure playground, a digital and interactive experience for the curious, adventurous and inquisitive. Load container ships as crane operators, experience the G20 summit as a reporter, support customs in the search for smuggled goods, enjoy a virtual concert, fly over Hamburg, stand next to a container ship in a dry dock and observe the movements of the ships day and night. Prepare to be inspired by the interactive, trend-setting mixed-reality experience that virtually brings the city to life by way of state-of-the-art virtual-reality technologies, projections, live simulations, as well as sound and light effects.

Hamburg: RICKMER RICKMERS Museum Entry Ticket

9. Hamburg: RICKMER RICKMERS Museum Entry Ticket

Welcome aboard. Hamburg's museum ship brings back the glory days of the windjammer. The ship is one of the last great sailing ships, which was built by a German shipyard and exclusively used as a merchant ship. Today, the proud three-master is located in the heart of the Hamburg port, acting as an interactive museum that attracts visitors from all around the world. Use your entrance ticket to start exploring the RICKMER RICKMERS, with full access to all areas. The museum allows its visitors a glimpse into the life of a sailor. The boat is divided into three sections. The first is the museum area, which highlights the history of the ship, and is where all aspects of onboard life have been meticulously restored. In the exhibition area, you'll find a mix of restored nautical objects and changing temporary art exhibitions and photography displays. The onboard restaurant is a great place to sit down and enjoy authentic Hamburg dishes as well as typical nautical food.

Hamburg: International Maritime Museum Entrance Ticket

10. Hamburg: International Maritime Museum Entrance Ticket

Take a voyage of discovery across nine 'decks' at the impressive International Maritime Museum. Housed inside the oldest surviving warehouse in Hamburg, the museum gives you a comprehensive view of the sea and oceans, and how cultures have explored them throughout the millennia. Meet pirates, find out how captains mastered navigation, look at hundreds of nautical uniforms and connect with Hamburg's important nautical history. The exhibition includes more than 40,000 pieces, making it the world's largest private maritime collection. An absolute highlight of this museum is the floor dedicated to marine biology research. This portion of the exhibit was developed in collaboration with leading scientific institutions and is constantly updated. Research instruments, samples from the sea bed, films taken by diving robots, an actual wall of ice and fascinating underwater audio samples deliver a vivid impression of the seas.

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The tour was great, the guide was great. However, you should first think about what to expect. Due to the energy crisis, Hamburg is no longer as illuminated as before. Correspondingly dark z. B. the warehouse district. Below deck, cozy and warm at a table, you really don't see that much, despite the glass roof. Rather only shadowy outlines. I was actually a bit frustrated at the time and would have missed the tour at most 1 or 2 stars at this point. However, if you are weatherproof, you can leave the passenger compartment and then have a wonderful view of Hamburg. In the typical gray Hamburg weather, of course, not always so pleasant. We only had a little drizzle, which was easy to bear. The perseverance on deck was actually rewarded with insane views. Conclusion: Light ride in good to moderate weather highly recommended.

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

Beautiful and romantic boat tour through the canals of the warehouse district and the harbor. Our guide was super flexible and a detour to the well-known container ship currently in the port was possible. The information was always interesting and we were able to learn something new about Hamburg. We would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Hamburg.

Punctual departure, nice and understandable information - not too much, not too little. The 1.5 hours flew by and he kindly made a stopover at the Elbphilharmonie so that we could get off there; just before the regular end.

Well organised, the guide was very funny, informative, kind. We enjoyed the tour very much.