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Family Port Tour

1. Family Port Tour

Throughout this tour you will receive the answers to your questions about Hamburg’s port, such as why are the merchants’ houses standing in the water? What is inside the famous warehouses in the Speicherstadt? How do the huge ships get into a dry-dock? And what is an “English closet”? Explore Hamburg’s waterfront on foot and by ferry and hear fascinating stories of merchants and pirates, spices and goods from all over the world, and of old ships and modern container vessels. Take a guided walk along the canals and waterways of the historic port area in the Speicherstadt and Hafencity, as well as in the historic Deichstraße. You can also see the famous Elbphilharmonie and the Landungsbrücken and enjoy impressive harbor vistas. Throughout your tour you will be able to enjoy the maritime atmosphere along the canals and the river Elbe, taking in stunning views along the way.

Hamburg: Spice Trade Walking Tour

2. Hamburg: Spice Trade Walking Tour

Embark on an exciting journey through Hamburg with Jacob Lange, an influential and respected spice trader dressed in historical 19th-century merchant clothing. From his magnificent manor, which was built on the historical Deichstrasse in 1686, you’ll follow your guide over the city’s bridges to the Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse complex in the world. Walk along the picturesque waterways and warehouses, past Hamburg's imposing construction site, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, and make a quick detour to HafenCity. Discover interesting and entertaining facts about the “city within a city”, its global spice trade, and its rich history. Your guide will also recall many entertaining anecdotes about the Hamburg spice trade. Find out why a peppercorn isn't necessarily a corn of pepper. You’ll also learn how the spice trade once controlled the fate of the Hanseatic city. This tour with a traditional spice trader gives you great, genuine insight into the city of spices.

Hamburg Historical City Tour

3. Hamburg Historical City 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 two-hour sightseeing walking tour. Starting with the origins of Hammaburg, through the period of the Hanseatic league, the big city fire, the colonial time and the industrial revolution, get to know how history shaped Hamburg’s urban development. On your way from the town hall to Deichstraße, discover the oldest traces of the city, take a look at the inside of representative Kontorhäuser (office buildings) and experience the picturesque flair of the last relics of the medieval old town. Apart from architectural highlights and insider tips, social aspects will also be part of the topic of the tour. At the end of our tour, the different aspects of history will form a general overview of Hamburg’s urban development. Not far away from the new Elbe Philharmonic Hall, you might adumbrate what Hamburg’s future is going to look like.

Hamburg: City Tour by Bike with Elbphilharmonie

4. 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.

From Kiel: Best of Hamburg Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

5. From Kiel: Best of Hamburg Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

Make the most of your time onshore and explore Hamburg on a guided tour from Kiel. Learn about Hamburg's essential role in the historic Hanseatic League, visit the ruins of St. Nicholas Church, and stroll down Hamburg's oldest street, Deischstrasse. Meet your driver in front of your cruise ship just after docking and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. After a relaxing journey, arrive in Hamburg and meet your local tour guide. Enjoy a stroll through the historic heart of Hamburg and see the stunning Town Hall. As you walk, learn about Hamburg's role in the Hanseatic League from your guide. Continue to cross the ancient Trost bridge and visit the St Nikolas Church. As you stand next to this burnt-out shell of a church, learn how it acts as a way to remember the near-total destruction of the city during World War II. Leave the church and head down Deichstrasse, the oldest street in Hamburg. As you walk down this historic street, enjoy the view of the nearby Elbe River. Before returning to the bus, continue wandering down the river and through the scenic Landungsbrucke river walk. Drive over to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Speicherstadt, and see where historically traders stored their goods. Explore the Hafencity, the newest area of Hamburg which includes the iconic Elbphilharmonie. After your guided tour ends, enjoy 1 hour to explore Hamburg on your own. Grab lunch, buy some souvenirs, or explore one of Hamburg's museums. After returning to Kiel, you will have about 1.5 hours before your cruise departs, giving you time to explore Kiel or relax with a coffee.

Hamburg: Historic City Center Group Walking Tour

6. Hamburg: Historic City Center Group Walking Tour

Follow your guide through the inner city and harbor on this walking tour of Hamburg. Listen as your guide regales you with facts and tales that only locals know. See both the city's highlights and its hidden gems. Meet your guide at the Neo-Renaissance-style Rathaus (town hall). View the Gothic Revival cathedral of St. Nikolai. Take a stroll on the city's oldest street, Deichstraße. Find out about the city’s rise from a small-time trading post to one of Europe’s leading harbors as you go through the harbor.  Admire modern architecture at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall which has a waved roof that is in harmony with its waterfront position. Hear your guide reveal how Hamburg got the nickname “the Pearl.” Let your guide tell you about Hamburg’s rich republican tradition, its cosmopolitan heritage, its mercantile success and its musical pedigree. Finish your tour by the water on Am Sandtorkai street.

Hamburg: 2.5-Hour Private Historical Walking Tour

7. 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 building for free after the tour, or continue your Hamburg adventure in any number of cafes and restaurants with a view over the harbor.

Hamburg: Speicherstadt & HafenCity 2-Hour Walking Tour

8. Hamburg: Speicherstadt & HafenCity 2-Hour Walking Tour

Explore Hamburg on a 2-hour walking tour through the historic Speicherstadt (warehouse district) and the modern HafenCity. You begin the tour at the Rödingsmarkt metro station and cross over the Binnenhafenbrücke after taking a look at the 17th century houses on the Deichstraße. Stroll along the former Zollkanal with fantastic insights into the canals through the Speicherstadt. Discover interesting facts about the origins of this unique warehouse complex. Find out what jobs were available in past times, how products are transported into the building nowadays, why there are no floors, and why only the buildings in the east have round towers. You then cross over the Brooktorkai and join the 21st century. Between glass buildings in modern designs, there are several listed buildings to admire such as the Kaispeicher B (quay warehouse B) with the Maritime Museum, and the Port Authority on Überseeboulevard. Marvel at the highest schoolyard in Hamburg and the unique Elbe Philharmonic Hall at the Coffee Plaza. Enjoy the views from the Unilever building over the harbour and hopefully a large cruise ship.

Hamburg: Town Hall, Speicherstadt, and HafenCity Tour

9. Hamburg: Town Hall, Speicherstadt, and HafenCity Tour

Enjoy a tour between the Hamburg Town Hall and HafenCity. From the Town Hall, cross the Trostbrücke to reach the war memorial, St. Nicholas's Church, and the historical Deichstrasse. Pass through the Speicherstadt (warehouse district) to the cruise ship terminal in HafenCity. The tour continues along the Elbe River to the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, the Landing Stages, and the Baumwall metro station. Learn about the Great Fire of 1842, and discover how Hamburg developed from narrow streets and passageways with half-timbered houses to a modern commercial city in such a short amount of time. Throughout the day, learn about how the city changed over the centuries through historical images.

Hamburg Private Walking Customized Tour

10. Hamburg Private Walking Customized Tour

Learn how the village of Hammaburg grew from a small settlement of 800 people to become the second largest city in Germany with 1.86 million residents. Hear about the cholera epidemic and the great fire of 1842 that began in a cigar factory. Learn why the people of Hamburg say "moin" all the time. Hamburg is a big beautiful city with lots of water. It has more bridges than Venice, Amsterdam, and London put together. There is the beautiful Alster Lake with wonderful villas around it. The Town Hall looks a bit like a castle and was built in 1897. See the oldest basin in the city at the Trostbrücke. Marvel at the merchant houses of the Deichstraße. Visit the Church of St. Nicholas, which was reduced to ruins during World War II. Listen to the most sinful stories of the Reeperbahn. It is hard to believe but not everything in this part of the city is about sex and drugs. You will first be told the exciting history of St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn and then head to the different places like Spielbudenplatz, the Dancing Towers, the theater mile, the police station, Hans-Albers-Platz, the Ritze, and of course, the Große Freiheit, where the Beatles became famous. Until 2013 live sex shows were allowed here but they are now forbidden.  Learn the story of Hamburg's old warehouse district and see the amazing glass structure of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Get breathtaking views of the harbor from the Elbphilharmonie Plaza. Explore the HafenCity district, including the Speicherstadt area, which as declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Encounter a beautiful courtyard at one of the old warehouses. Learn why spiders are a problem in the HafenCity. Go aboard and see the many different and beautiful sights of the city of Hamburg on a private harbor cruise. The itinerary of the tour is flexible, depending on the tides and daily events. Learn about the city's history, the incoming and outgoing ships, and everything else you might be interested in. Sit back and enjoy the view of the city from the water on one of the sun decks or in one of the air-conditioned salons with large panoramic windows.

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What people are saying about Deichstrasse

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 180 reviews

Informative and entertaining

We booked this tour for a group of American students in English. It was a lot of fun and the nice guide led us confidently and with a lot of expertise through the Speicherstadt and Hafencity. His English was very good. Even about our subsequent tour program, he was able to tell us some facts and figures from the hand (Elbphilharmonie). Thank you very much and will definitely come back to you for the next year.

Our trip with Bernd Kaupert sightseeing was fantastic. We saw places we would never have found ourselves. Bernd knows a lot about the city and happily shares his knowledge. It was the first time we were on a guided bike city tour, but definitely not the last! Highly recommended.

We really liked the bike trail. We saw a lot of Hamburg and learned interesting things. Our guide Manfred always made sure that everyone came along and answered our questions. We can definitely recommend the tour.

The children loved it, what more could you want

The tour was very interesting, even for us adults. The ways are short, there was a lot of information and funny stories. Very entertaining and recommendable.

Interesting, child-friendly, varied ... not only for the "little ones" a great guide. Nicole did a great job!