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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: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

2. 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 XL Port of Hamburg Cruise Tour

3. Hamburg: 1-Hour XL Port of Hamburg Cruise Tour

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: 2-Hour XXL Port of Hamburg Cruise Tour

4. Hamburg: 2-Hour XXL Port of Hamburg Cruise Tour

Enjoy the unique maritime flair and colorful crowds at the Port of Hamburg on this daily cruise that loops the docks. Thanks to your guide, learn about the history of the port and the city and take an exciting ride through the locks. Discover this gateway to the world up-close onboard a little ship, equally suited to a fleet. Find out just how huge the Port of Hamburg, the second-largest port in Europe, is. Hardly another city in the world is so tied to its port; Hamburg truly developed because of it. The most important sights and the skyline are inextricably linked to it. Experience the contrast between past and present, commerce and culture, the little fishing town along the Elbe, and the state-of-the-art container complexes. You'll also learn about the sinful stretches and fish market, old cutters, and massive cruise and container ships. Our onboard guide provides live commentary in German. For commentary in other languages, please download the 'Rainer Abicht' app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app offers audio tours of the harbor cruise in six different languages.

Hamburg: 1.5h Grand Harbor Evening Lights Cruise

5. Hamburg: 1.5h Grand Harbor Evening Lights Cruise

Explore Hamburg’s Harbor District on a relaxing evening boat cruise with live commentary in German, and discover the most romantic scenes and Hamburg’s architectural richness from a whole new perspective. Start your evening harbor adventure at Landungsbrücken and cross the famous bridge to reach Pier 3 where you will board your barge. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture and the illuminated views of Hamburg’s port shining in beautiful blue lights. See the lights of the Elbphilharmonie, the Harbor City, the musicals, the landing bridges, the ships, and the container bridges that are destined to set a romantic atmosphere. Sail through the canals, Elbe beach and Hamburg’s famous fish market, and learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide.

Hamburg: 1-Hour Harbor Evening Lights Cruise

6. Hamburg: 1-Hour 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: 1.5-Hour Evening Harbor and Speicherstadt Cruise

7. 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.

Hamburg: Hamburg City Card with Free Public Transportation

8. Hamburg: Hamburg City Card with Free Public Transportation

Discover more and pay less with a Hamburg city card. Enjoy free public transportation (HVV) in the entire greater Hamburg area and up to 50% off over 150 sights, including all the museums. Whether you're visiting for a few hours or a few days, explore Hamburg at your leisure at affordable prices. Print the PDF attached to your voucher or validate your card on the free "Hamburg - Erleben & Sparen" app. Then, show your card when buying tickets or traveling on the HVV network. Download the app for a travel guide to Hamburg and information about all the discounts and sights included in your card. Save time by booking discounted sights in advance (depending on the partners' site). Enjoy free travel by bus and train (HVV), at any time of day, including:• Harbor ferries including Route 62 Landungsbrücken - Finkenwerder • Free city tour: Bus Route 111 HafenCity - Landungsbrücken - Altona Benefit from up to 50% discount on more than 150 sights, attractions, city tours, and museums, including:• Sightseeing tours and museums • Musicals and theater shows (for remaining tickets at regular box office performances) • Harbor and Alster river cruises and city tours Some advantages at a glance:• 15% discount "Dialogue in Silence" (please book in advance) • 20% discount on Hamburg town hall • 28% discount on Comedy tour (in German, free for children under 15) • up to 14% discount on different Bus sightseeing tours • 20% discount on Pedicab Pedalo Tours • Up to 17% discount Verein Alsterdampfschifffahrt: some Alster cruises • Up to 28% discount on Harbor Cruises • 25% discount Police Museum • 50% discount Archaeological Museum of Hamburg • 15% discount Night Watchman Tour (in German) • Up to 25% discount St. Michael's Tower: tower, viewing platform, crypt • 27% discount on Hamburg Dungeon • 15% discount Ratsherren brewery tour • 20% discount Speicherstadt Museum

Hamburg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Alster or Harbor Cruise

9. Hamburg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Alster or 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)

Hamburg 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about St. Pauli Piers

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4.6 / 5

based on 12,721 reviews

Super Möglichkeit, diese schöne Stadt auch bei nicht so guten Wetter zu besichtigen. Mir hat richtig gut gefallen, dass der Busfahrer lustige Anekdoten erzählt hat! Weiter so!

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

Excellent way to go around the city and learn more about this fun city

Nice trip around main area of hamburg harbour and its iconic buildings

It was really cold outside but this was a great experience!!