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Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. 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 Combo: Hop On Hop Off & Water Ticket / Harbor Cruise

2. Hamburg Combo: Hop On Hop Off & Water Ticket / 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: Hop-On/ Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Classic Line

3. Hamburg: Hop-On/ Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Classic Line

Begin your guided sightseeing tour of Hamburg by boarding a wonderful yellow and red double-decker bus. You will then drive around the vast Alster Lakes, over the Jungfernstieg, and to the town hall on this hop-on-hop-off tour.  Along your journey, you will make 15 stops and have the chance to pause at each location, continuing on with a later bus if you wish. You will see many tourist attractions along the way, including St. Michel Church, the court of justice district, the Elbphilharmonie, and the Hafencity. You will also visit the fish market, St. Pauli Piers, and the beloved St. Georg district as your expert guide provides interesting facts and useful tips along the way. Weather permitting, the roof of the bus will be opened for fantastic city views.

Hamburg 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

4. 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.

Sailing Sight Seeing Tour (1.5hr) on Aussenalster in Hamburg

5. Sailing Sight Seeing Tour (1.5hr) on Aussenalster in Hamburg

The crew will welcome you aboard the sailing ship for your private cruise on the Alster River in Hamburg. Under the guidance of your experienced skipper you’ll enjoy, explore, and experience Hamburg from the water. Experience a fantastic sailing trip with a unique maritime flair in the heart of Hamburg. The skipper can customize the tour to suit your interests. You can decide how much time you want to allot to water sports, entertainment, and information. Discover a pirate treasure at the top of a church tower, a bridge named after a U.S. president, the White House in Hamburg, a seamen’s church far away from the harbor, and a mosque far away from the Islamic world. This and much more awaits you on the tour!

Hamburg: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus City Tour

6. Hamburg: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus City Tour

Discover Hamburg your own way with a Hop-on hop-Off ticket. Get on and off the bus whenever you want, at any of the stops, and take as much time as you like to see the interesting attractions. You can also take it easy, stay on the bus, and enjoy the view as you ride around the city. Take a break at the St. Pauli Piers and visit the Hard Rock Café. Visit the exciting historical warehouse district and the Miniatur Wunderland model railway, or take a tour around the harbor. Stroll across Hans Albers Square along the Reeperbahn, all the way to Große Freiheit (Great Freedom) on the newly dedicated Beatles Square. Scale the beloved St. Michaelis Church and admire Hamburg from above. Admire the imposing City Hall, and give in to your shopping urges in the stores along magnificent Jungfernstieg. Stroll around the Outer Alster Lake and admire its beautiful views, and find out how much green space this Hanseatic city has to offer. Bus Stops: 01 : Kirchenallee/Central Station 02 : Marco Polo Terraces/HafenCity 03 : Kehrwiederspitze (Historic warehouse district) 04 : St. Pauli Piers 05 : Reeperbahn 06 : St. Pauli Piers/S-Bahn station 07 : St. Michaelis Church (Michel) 08 : City Hall/Reesendamm - across from City Hall 09 : Gänsemarkt (currently closed) 10 : City Hall/Reesendamm, City Hall side 11 : Gerhardt Hauptmann Square 12 : Kirchenallee/Central Station, east Side 13 : Holzdamm/Hotel Atlantic 14 : Beautiful View/Outer Alster 15 : Alsterperle Hotel

Hamburg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Family Ticket

7. Hamburg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Family Ticket

Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Hamburg to explore the city’s highlights with a family ticket, valid all day long for up to 2 adults and 3 children aged 6 to 14. Hop on and off wherever you want to discover all the sights. Make multiple stops and create your own itinerary for a perfect day of sightseeing. Stop to learn more about the exciting history of the Speicherstadt or visit the Miniatur Wunderland model railway. Visit the famous Reeperbahn, climb the beloved St. Michaelis Church to admire Hamburg from above, or browse the shops along Jungfernstieg. With this family ticket you can experience it all. Bus stops: 1: Kirchenallee/Main station 2: Marco Polo Terraces/HafenCity 3: Kehrwiederspitze (Historic warehouse district) 4: The piers of St. Pauli 5: Reeperbahn 6: St. Pauli Piers/S railway station 7: St. Michaelis Church (Michel) 8: Rathaus/Reesendamm - opposite the town hall 9: Neuer Jungfernstieg / Colonnaden 10: Town hall/Reesendamm 11: Gerhardt Hauptmann Square 12: Kirchenallee/Main station, east side 13: Wooden dam/Hotel Atlantic 14: Beautiful view/Outer Alster 15: Hotel Alsterperle

Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

8. Hamburg: City Cruise on Alster Lake

Sail past the famous Alster Fountain and under the Lombards bridge directly to the Outer Alster. See beautiful residential areas and sights, such as the Hotel Atlantic, Blue Mosque, U. S. Consulate General, or Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Discover the city´s stunning panorama with its church spires and bridges, as well as the natural life along the lakeside with its many water birds and rare plants.

Hamburg: Downtown, Alster & Alternative Areas Bike Tour

9. Hamburg: Downtown, Alster & Alternative Areas Bike Tour

Discover the contrasts of Hamburg on an exciting bike tour through the Hanseatic city. The tour convenes at Dammtor, just 10 minutes from the bike shop. After you have chosen a suitable bike for yourself, ride towards Sternschanze, through the historical neighborhood of Schröderstift, Sternschanzenpark, and the actual district with its alternative cultural activities. Continue on along Hafenstrasse in St. Pauli through the Portuguese quarter to Neustadt. Find out more about the project of the artist cooperative “Komm in de Gänge” and pass through the sophisticated boutique scenery along the Inner Alster Lake. Visit the Kontorhaus district from the 1920s and visit the “Münzviertel” in Hammerbrook, a representative case for the discussion on socially responsible city use. Ride on to St. Georg, where you will find contrasts of multicultural life. The route takes you on to the Inner Alster Lake under the Lombard Bridge with its “campers” and further on to the rowing clubs and consulates before returning to the bike shop.

Hamburg: Bike Tour of the Speicherstadt & Old Harbor

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Alster Lake

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Very good tour, especially for people like me at the moment who are not so mobile or who have difficulty walking. Everything is explained well and in an entertaining way over the loudspeaker. And when the "voice" takes a break, the bus driver (in my case Klaus) tells a few anecdotes. I liked it and would go again.

Excellent tour showing us all the sights of Hamburg. The only slight problem was finding where the bus started from after we got dropped off by the large lake in centre of city. Could have done with an information board.

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!

The English audio guide was excellent! So was the driver / guide. Super friendly and a fabulous hop on hop off!

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