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5 reasons boat tours may be the best Hamburg attractions

Hamburg has quite a few bodies of water that run through and around it. Whether you take a boat ride on the rivers Elbe or Alster or you choose to tour Hamburg's famous harbor, there is no better place for a boat cruise than Hamburg!

  • See a new side of the city!

    1. See a new side of the city!

    Take a boat tour on the river and enjoy being on the water that flows through Hamburg. See the city from a whole different perspective.

  • Enjoy a romantic sunset boat ride.

    2. Enjoy a romantic sunset boat ride.

    Sunsets are beautiful and even better by boat. Watch Hamburg twinkle as the sun makes its descent.

  • Fun for the whole family!

    3. Fun for the whole family!

    A Hamburg river cruise is the perfect activity for the whole family. From the newborn to the matriarch of the family, there is certainly something for everyone aboard a boat cruise.

  • A stress-free way to sightsee in Hamburg.

    4. A stress-free way to sightsee in Hamburg.

    By boat, you are free to simply take in the sights of Hamburg. No need to worry about your next destination, your captain's got it covered!

  • Go for an adventurous experience!

    5. Go for an adventurous experience!

    Taking a boat cruise can be exciting and refreshing. Feel the wind in your hair - or sails - and get in touch with nature while you visit Hamburg!

Planning Your Visit

  • What kind of boat tour should I choose?

    If you're feeling spontaneous, go for one of the hop-on hop-off boat tours. When something on shore catches your eye, you can signal the captain and conveniently disembark. Other popular options include evening trips that let you see the city's architecture glow under starlight, and a historic boat tour that gives you lessons on Hamburg's heritage.

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What people are saying about Hamburg

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 6,937 reviews

Es war eine kleine Barkasse, die nicht nur im Hafen, sondern auch ein Stück durch die Speicherstadt fahren konnte. Die Bootsführerin hat live gesprochen und konnte daher direkt auf spezielle Schiffe oder Fragen eingehen. Höchst informativ und sehr schön gemacht.

The tour was comprehensive and informative. We say many of the important districts of Hamburg and the architectural buildings we were hoping to see. The tour was informative and the guide was very funny.

We even drove longer than the announced 90 minutes because we made a detour to a particularly large container ship. Explanations from the guide were good.

It was sooo beautiful, through the Speicherstadt, the port, the container port, through the locks, past the largest container ship in the world

Der Kapitän war fantastisch! Schöne gesuchten und war auch ein Humorist!