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  • Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

    1. Elbphilharmonie Plaza: Guided Tour

    Visit the Elbphilharmonie Plaza with your guide, with some exciting background about this spectacular building to accompany you along the way. Hear about the building’s original plans, plus its construction, completion challenges, and special features. Tour the outside of the building while learning about its façade and other external features. Then, travel on up the Tube — the longest escalator in the world. Glimpse its large panoramic window before arriving at the Plaza: an activity hub connecting the historical docks to the modern glass architecture. Take a moment to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Hamburg over the harbor and HafenCity from the Plaza. Hear about the music that is played inside as your guide gifts you with more tidbits about this striking modern structure.

  • Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

    2. Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt & HafenCity Tour

    Meet near the Elbphilharmonie for this tour and see what this part of Hamburg has to offer. Your guide will wait for you with your tickets. Enter the building via the longest escalator in the world, the "Tube".

    Pass the panoramic window and get to the majestic Plaza. Ass you stroll through the building, learn what is so unique about this masterpiece and its concert hall. Get a deep insight into the background of the Elbphilharmonie, leaving no questions unanswered.

    Unfortunately, the concert halls can't be visited. After having seen the "Elphi", continue your tour outside to get to know more of Hamburg. Discover the historic Speicherstadt warehouse district and listen to the explanations of your guide.

    Then, cross over to the modern Hafencity and marvel at its futuristic buildings. There are many ce...

    This tour focused on architecture , town development and some history. It was maybe a little onesided. I expected to see more of the town on this walk.

  • Hamburg: Harbor Cruise with Wine and Cheese

    3. Hamburg: Harbor Cruise with Wine and Cheese

    Sit back and take in the beautiful Hamburg sunset during this wine and cheese harbor cruise. Relax in the calm atmosphere aboard the comfortable ship, with limited capacities to make it the perfect romantic sunset experience for you and your other half. A dedicated server will ensure that you enjoy delicious white or red wine and a variety of locally-sourced cheese. Dine open air in warmer weather or feel cozy and warm in the heated salon during winter.   Cruise through Hamburg Harbor as your live tour guide points out picturesque monuments and teaches you about the history of this Hanseatic city. Learn all about the port facilities, shipyards, docks, container terminals, cruise ships, St. Michael's Church, the Elbphilharmonie, the new district of HafenCity and parts of the historical Speicherstadt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Einfach alles war so super! Guter Wein, nette Unterhaltung, einfach ein wirklich schöner Abend. Kann ich wirklich sehr weiter empfehlen

  • Elbphilharmonie Highlights, Plaza & Surroundings

    4. Elbphilharmonie Highlights, Plaza & Surroundings

    Learn about the latest landmark of Hamburg on a guided tour of the Elbphilharmonie. Get answers to any questions you have about the stunning new building in the HafenCity quarter. Hear why it took so long to build and how much it cost. Start with a walk around the building to admire its façade and learn about the area's past and new architecture. Then, go to the Elbphilharmonie Plaza via the longest curved escalator in Europe and get interesting details about the building as you take in the views of the harbor. Listen to your guide as they share anecdotes about Hamburg and its new landmark and tell you about its unique acoustics.

  • Speicherstadt: Walking Tour with Elbphilharmonie Plaza Entry Ticket

    5. Speicherstadt: Walking Tour with Elbphilharmonie Plaza Entry Ticket

    Explore 2 of Hamburg's more famous areas during a guided walking tour of the former warehouse district, Speicherstadt, and the modern HafenCity. Best of all, gain access to the famous Elbphilharmonie. Hear all about why the warehouse district was built in the 1800s and how it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Compare what you see in front of you with your guide’s historical photos to get a feel of what it was like in times gone by. After your guide drops you at the Plaza and introduces you to the Elbphilharmonie, enter the exquisite building by the water. Discover the building's interior and get up close with its modern glass architecture. Plus, don’t miss the breathtaking views over the harbor and HafenCity.

  • Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Private Walking Tour

    6. Hamburg: Speicherstadt and HafenCity Private Walking Tour

    Meet your expert private guide and first explore the Speicherstadt district of Hamburg. Discover one of the largest warehouse complexes in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the history of the large warehouses which are used to store valuable trade goods. Visit an active carpet warehouse, and learn more about the lives of dockworkers and merchants. Afterward, continue the tour along the "Fleete" into the modern areas of the HafenCity. See contemporary buildings designed by international architects as part of an extensive urban regeneration project, which aimed to give new life to this area of Hamburg in recent decades. Stop outside the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, one of the largest concert halls in the world known for its striking modern architecture. Hear more about the controversial construction of this building. Take the world's longest curved escalator up to ...

Planning Your Visit

  • Best time to visit

    As one of the HafenCity's greatest pleasures is simply walking around and admiring the incredible architecture and views across the water, it's best to visit on a sunny day. Considering Hamburg's famously capricious weather, your best bet is during the summer months.

  • How to get there

    It's very difficult to find a good parking spot at HafenCity, so you're better off with public transport. Just take the U-Bahn (subway) line U4 to either Überseequartier or HafenCity University stations and you'll find yourself in the heart of the HafenCity.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    As part of Hamburg, HafenCity is open all day, every day!
  • Is it expensive?
    It's free to visit, but you'll want to set aside a budget for food and entertainment.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With so much to see, it's a great idea!
  • How to get there
    Take the U4 to the Überseequartier or HafenCity University station.
  • Additional information
    *HafenCity at night is a different world, so try to stick around after the sun goes down for a bit!

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What people are saying about HafenCity

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 20,435 reviews

We had a very nice boat tour with perfect weather and the opportunity to go to the Speicherstadt - this is not always possible because of the ebb and flow of the tide. Our guide / captain was very friendly and funny and gave us very informative facts about Hamburg and especially its port. All in all, the boat tour was great! She is definitely to be recommended and also helps day guests to find the best fish sandwiches in Hamburg.

The Captain was too nice. He drove extra 20 min to show us more then it is planned. Best boat experience untill now. I do not remember his name but I think hes family comes from Turkey. He explained all the things that we saw and much more. Thank you. 5*

The guide was very good. Made a show from the tour and did his best to let us see as much as possible.

Hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht & hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt! War lustig und interessant gestaltet :)

Great day thank you very much. Exellent guide and driver!!!!