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Hamburg: 2-Hour XXL Port of Hamburg Cruise Tour

1. 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: In the Footsteps of "Olivia" Reeperbahn Tour

2. Hamburg: In the Footsteps of "Olivia" Reeperbahn Tour

Learn all about Germany's most famous drag queen, Olivia, on a walking tour with a local guide. Discover the many highlights of Hamburg's St. Pauli, Reeperbahn, and the Große Freiheit have to offer. With a local by your side, walk through Hamburg's red light district and past the Herbertstraße. See everything from the Dancing Towers to the famous David Wache as you listen to stories and funny anecdotes told by your guide. Discover the famous party miles, the Hans-Albers-Platz, and the Große Freiheit, where you can also find Olivia's bars. Plunge straight into Hamburg's nightlife and round off your tour with one local specialty drink and one shot.

Hamburg: 1h Harbor Boat Tour with Live Commentary

3. Hamburg: 1h Harbor Boat Tour with Live Commentary

Discover the Port of Hamburg on this harbor cruise with commentary. See the busy loading docks for the container ships, learn how the tide impacts the shipping industry, and marvel at the Elbe tunnel. Board your ship at the port and cruise into the harbor. As you sail, enjoy witty commentary from your captain describing the history of the sights you pass. First, head to the impressive cruise ships in the harbor, ready to set sail to foreign destinations. Next, get close to the modern and busy loading docks of the container terminals and learn how the tide affects all the industries associated with the harbor. Continue to Harbor City and see the iconic Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg's beautiful concert hall. Cruise past the Old Elbe Tunnel, Elbe beach, and the busy fish market before returning to port.

Hamburg: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour around the port

4. Hamburg: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour around the port

Explore Hamburg in a playful and extraordinary way with a scavenger hunt through the Port of Hamburg. The Port of Hamburg route leads you to the most well-known sights around the fascinating harbor. The starting point of the scavenger hunt is the Kornhaus bridge with the Fleetschlösschen. Continue to the statue of Störtebeker and through the modern HafenCity with its Marco-Polo-Tower and the Unilever-House. On your way you see the Sandtor port, the Elbphilharmonie and the historic Speicherstadt as well as St. Catherine's Church. Take a break from your scavenger hunt at any time and explore the sights more extensively, enjoy a snack or a drink or just relax. Solve the 16 quests and learn more about the sights on the way. Decide when you want to start your hunt and where you'd like to stay longer. Take as many friends as you like and explore the Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

Hamburg: Scavenger Hunt and City Sights Smartphone Tour

5. Hamburg: Scavenger Hunt and City Sights Smartphone Tour

Get to know Hamburg at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the Hauptkirche St. Michaelis, Davidwache, Alter Elbtunnel and many more exciting sights in the neighbourhood. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Springbrunnen Michelwiese" and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the Old Elbe Tunnel. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Hamburg: Bike Tour of the Speicherstadt & Old Harbor

6. Hamburg: Bike Tour of the Speicherstadt & Old Harbor

Enjoy a tour of the old docks by bicycle in the Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Experience a multi-faceted excursion over the Alster to the Chilehaus, through the Speicherstadt in the east and over to the Elbquartier.  Enjoy a visit to the German Greenpeace Center, then travel further over the Baakenbrücke into the Baaken Harbor. Take in a panoramic view of the Freihafenbrücke, then ride along the Moldau Harbor to the Hafen Museum in Hamburg. Immerse yourself in the maritime atmosphere as you pause for a coffee, before continuing over the Argentinienbrücke and the Steinwerder district, through the old Elbe Tunnel, then back to St. Pauli.

Hamburg: Port Highlights Self-Guided Discovery Walk

7. Hamburg: Port Highlights Self-Guided Discovery Walk

Embark on a sightseeing walk through the bustling Hamburg Port and learn the history behind each turn with a tour available on your smartphone. Immerse yourself in the history of this historic port and visit highlights, including the fish market and Elbe Tunnel. Begin your walk at one of Hamburg's oldest harbor pubs. Continue through the lively fish market, past the old Elbe Tunnel, and on to the Landungsbrücken. Journey through 800 years of port history and learn interesting trivia, such as how many kilos of green coffee leave Hamburg Port every second and what percentage of Hamburg's surface area is made up of water. Follow your smartphone guide to all the major sights with ease and enjoy the freedom to pause the tour as you like, allowing you to make detours, stop for pictures, and take breaks. The tour is a great way to get outside and discover new things with family, friends or on your own. It's like being shown Hamburg by a good friend. Many anecdotes will enrich your walk through the city. Enjoy your time in Hamburg! *** Good to know *** You will receive the link to start the tour in an email directly after booking.

St. Michael’s, Elbe Tunnel & Harbor 2-Hour Hamburg Tour

8. St. Michael’s, Elbe Tunnel & Harbor 2-Hour Hamburg Tour

On this interesting tour you get to see 3 of the most fascinating sights in Hamburg: St. Michael’s Church, the Old Elbe Tunnel, and the harbor. St. Michael’s Church is lovingly called “Michel” by the Hamburg residents and is the youngest of the 5 main churches in the city. Admire the 5 organs, the largest clock tower in Germany, and the impressive bell tower. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the observation deck, which you can access by walking or by lift. Check out the widow homes from the 17th century behind the church in the Krayenkamp, the last remaining examples of typical courtyards buildings around courtyards in Hamburg. You then walk through the Portuguese quarter in the direction of the landing stages. Here you can see the two ships by the shore: Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego. While the hustle and bustle of the landing stages invites you to linger for a while, you continue on to the Old Elbe Tunnel. Climb up the stairs in the over 100-year old construction or take the elevator. Depending on the time remaining, you’ll go under the River Elbe to Steinwerder, where you can enjoy the wonderful panoramic view over the city of Hamburg.

Hamburg Waterkant - a modern scavenger hunt tour.

9. Hamburg Waterkant - a modern scavenger hunt tour.

During this tour, you will visit the following sights: - Elbphilharmonie - Elb-Boulevard - Das Feuerschiff - Cap San Diego - Hauptkirche St. Michaelis (Michel) - Museum ship Rickmer-Rickmers - Landungsbrücken - Alter Elbtunnel The length of the route is about 3.5 km. Approximate time to complete the quest will be 2.5 - 3.5 hours. You've just landed in a fascinating world, where you will encounter tricky puzzles and worthwhile information. You will be welcomed to a world of exciting hidden clues and mysterious hints from the very first task. Our tours are distinguished from conventional city tours by the fact that we actively communicate with each other, we get closer to each other, and we improve each other's knowledge by learning from each other. You are free to start and finish your journey as you please. You do not rely on travel guides or groups to participate. To take part, you only need a smartphone with an active internet connection. Here’s how it works: - From the moment you redeem your voucher for this city quest on our homepage, we will immediately send you a start link via mail. You can start the scavenger hunt by accessing this link through your smartphone. - You will follow the route that takes you from one show-place to the next. On the way, you answer clever questions and solve tricky puzzles. - When faced with a challenging assignment, you can get help from the system by using multiple clues and even seeing the correct answer. Of course, you are free to use the Internet for research. - At the end of each task, you will receive exciting information and entertaining stories about the relevant sight. You can do this fun tour at any time. However, we recommend that you do it during daylight. On the way, you can take breaks if you wish, e.g. to explore certain sights a little further or to have a bite to eat.

Hamburg: Port Scavenger Hunt and Ferry Ride

10. Hamburg: Port Scavenger Hunt and Ferry Ride

Discover the Port of Hamburg with a modern scavenger hunt and enjoy the maritime flair of the Hanseatic City. Start the tour at the Bahnhof Landungsbrücken and enjoy an exciting tour by foot and ferry in small teams of at least 2 people. With the GPS device you'll come across many, for instance; the Elbphilharmonie, the Old Elbe Tunnel, Landing Bridges, Harbor Police, cruise ship terminal, fish market and docklands. With luck you'll even find geocaches. You'll always have contact to the organizer and the other teams (in the event of multiple groups) - certain tasks can only be completed with the help of the organizer or the other teams. As you will be using public radio frequencies don't be surprised when harbor workers or crews use the same frequency. You can choose from 3 different routes (Altona, HafenCity or Steinwerder), each of which includes a journey with a harbor ferry. The routes travel through the most beautiful parts of the harbor, which guarantee beautiful photographs and some peace away from the crowds.

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The 2-hour tour of the port, the warehouse district and the container ships was well worth seeing and, thanks to our captain Jannis, more than entertaining. Great guy, great information and always a casual saying on the lips. We would recommend it at any time. The chairs, on the other hand, were quite narrow and unfortunately it was not possible to buy drinks during the journey, but only at the very beginning. Not quite optimal for 2 hours in hot weather. Ship was equipped with toilets which were very clean.

The tour is very interesting. Especially good was the captain who personally commented and guided the tour (no tape was played)! This gave the tour a personal touch and was really fun. Driving through the Speicherstadt and to the Elbphilharmonie gives you a different view of these highlights and driving through the harbor right next to the huge container ships is really impressive. Overall, absolutely recommendable, but definitely with a personal tour by the captain!

A very nice and informative tour, in a pleasant number of participants. Dennis knows all the corners, tips, tricks, much more that you should know about the Reeperbahn and where you should have been. Convinced right from the start with his open and humorous manner. Always a snappy saying up his sleeve. We were very satisfied and would definitely recommend it to everyone, also suitable for people who have been there before.

We booked the trip online. Everything worked great with the online tickets on the mobile phone. We had Lukas as speaker. Luke was great. He was super easy to understand and he didn't just rattle off his text like some others. Lukas likes his job, you can tell. He was also very nice to the children. Luke - keep it up. The 2 hours were over far too quickly. Always happy.

The harbor tour was really great. You get insights into the Speicherstadt, the harbor and also the coasts, which you would hardly have gotten without a boat trip. Our captain made the ride very fun and interesting. In the end we drove around a lot in the harbor, which in my opinion would not have been necessary, but still a successful boat trip.